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Thanks for the good laugh about chainsaws

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01-30-2014 05:59:32

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I enjoyed reading about how sorry Husqvarna and Stihl chainsaws are.

I am assuming these complaints are from guys that are pouring corn gas in their saws and then letting it set for a couple of months between use.

Each time I go out and start up my husqvarna and stihl chainsaw after itís been setting in my shop for a month or more, unused:

I just think back to the old days when I used the old heavy Homelite and McCulloch chainsaws. At least, in those days, you did not have to worry about any bugs biting you as they made so much smoke running 16:1 oil/gas ratio, the smoke killed off any insects. They had noise and spark arrestors on them, they were so loud, even with earplugs you could hardly hear the next day and you had better wait a few minutes after you shut down for the day to check for smoldering fires as sparks were all time flying out of the arrestor.
You never left the shop without your small carb adjusting screw driver poked in the bib of your overalls as you were going to have to make numerous carb adjustments during the day.

Now those were the good old days, but those old saws as cantankerous as they were, sure beat an ax or crosscut saw by a country mile.
Enjoy your new saws,

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01-31-2014 08:43:59

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 Re: Thanks for the good laugh about chainsaws in reply to wellmax99, 01-30-2014 05:59:32  
I have a Husqvarna 254 that I've had since 1991. We cut between 15 and 20 cord every year for 3 houses. My saw has started exactly the same every time, every year. Full choke for 3 or 4 pulls until it fires a couple times. Half choke for 2 pulls and it's going. I have a 3 year old Husqvarna that I consider my backup saw.

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Don in Cal

01-30-2014 07:28:06

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 Re: Thanks for the good laugh about chainsaws in reply to wellmax99, 01-30-2014 05:59:32  
Nope! the only time I leave gas in my saw is when I'm going to use it the next day, otherwise I always run'em dry! now that the USA is becoming energy independent on imported oil again I wonder how long before they quit mixing it(corn) in at the Pump! ha! like that will ever happen! Stihl Claims thier saws will run OK on 10% Corn, but 15% is to be avoided. As to your comment about the good old days/saws..wasn't that before they put anti-kick back bars on them? never had a serious enough kick back to engage the anti kick back bar but saw one on an A&E Home Improvement Show last week. The user admitted he had never used a chain saw before, was using a 16 or 18 inch rental saw to cut some tree roots growing through a chain link fence on a sloped back yard. The saw was held at a level with his head. he must have caught the chain link fence and had no time to react as it kicked back, the chain skimmed the top of his shoulder and when he removed his sweat shirt his skin was cut on top of his shoulder. Don't know if getting tangled in the clothing stalled the saw or the anti-kick back saved him but it was scary to watch, should have sliced his neck open! otherwise he had all the safety gear on, face mask, ear muffs, gloves leg chaps....just forgot to put his brain in gear..once the government see's the video we'll be mandated to also wear metal mesh throat collars!...wouldn't be surprised if Red Green doesn't already sell them there collars, if you don't know who Red Green is look him up on You Tube..he's every Handi Man's hero...he can fix anything with duct tape..I'm still PO'd that his TV show went off the of the greatest men/shows to come outta Canada! all be save with ur saws!

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01-30-2014 07:13:49

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 Re: Thanks for the good laugh about chainsaws in reply to wellmax99, 01-30-2014 05:59:32  

Have used both and still use the old Homelite occassionally.


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Mr. T. Minnesota

01-30-2014 06:21:45

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 Re: Thanks for the good laugh about chainsaws in reply to wellmax99, 01-30-2014 05:59:32  
Been there, done that!! Two things we had to have in hand when operating the Homelite when cutting firewood in January in Minnesota in the 60's, the screwdriver wrench combo and a file. Everyday the temp varied from 20 below zero to 30 above so one had to reset the carb to fit conditions. We were told by Dad cut a double of firewood before you came home.That meant that if you hit a rock or frozen dirt with the saw you had to sharpen it on site. It was truly up hill both ways on the farm in northeastern Minnesota, but we survived.
Mr. T. Minnesota

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