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Originally posted by Gazrok
Yep, it's tricky, because to start it, you have to put it on the ground and use a foot to hold secure. I've been starting it up either in the garage or by the horse walker, where I have some concrete to securely hold it with my foot, while the blade is over the edge and touching only air. I then just carry it, while idling, to where I need to use it. A pain if it stops though...more walking, but I've heard too much about the dirt.
Originally posted by Gazrok
reply to post by 12m8keall2c
Yep, I figured out the heat thing too...somehow just instinctively knew I had to give it a break.....
To others: I actually have a Husqvarna riding mower and weed whacker, and both are pretty decent. I really wasn't expecting this kind of heavy need for a more robust chainsaw when I went with the Poulan. If such things keep being necessary, I'll likely get a more professional grade Husqvarna one next time. The one I wanted at Tractor Supply was a bit pricey for the wife at the time...but if I need to, I can make the case for it...(Though she'll never go for a $400 chainsaw).... Still, so far, I've been pleasantly surprised at how well it's going through them. I'll have to take some pics so you can see what I'm up against.
Basically what I have to saw up....
Thanks for all the help though guys, it's really appreciated (and nice to know I'm doing some things right in this...)edit on 12-8-2013 by Gazrok because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Kreyvic
reply to post by Gazrok
Learn to sharpen your chain,either by hand or electric sharpener and always carry two or three sharpened chains with you so you can swap out your chain in the woods if need be. I prefer to have a couple chains with me so i don't waste time sharpening them when i am working.
Originally posted by tjack
Let the saw pull itself up to the dogs (sharp pointy grippers near the base of the blade) until they grip the log. Then lift the handle so the blade tip cuts downward into the wood some amount. Then pull the saw backward a little (off the dogs) while letting the tip pivot back upward, and once again let the saw pull into the dogs again and pivot the blade downward, kind of a rocking horse or see-saw motion with the blade.
This lets the saw and gravity do most of the work, if you find yourself manhandling the saw, chances are there's a better technique.
Also, keep the blade out of the dirt, it only takes a second for mother earth do dull a fresh blade.
Originally posted by mwood
And people.... If your dropping a tree DO NOT underestimate how many thousands of pounds the tree can weigh depending on the size of it