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Re: Best chainsaw for camping

Post by Gaznazdiak » 25 Aug 2017, 9:45 am

I've always found that the best chainsaw for pretty much anything is someone else's
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Re: Best chainsaw for camping

Post by bigfellascott » 25 Aug 2017, 10:06 am

Gaznazdiak wrote:I've always found that the best chainsaw for pretty much anything is someone else's


I don't lend any of my gear to anyone anymore, too many times it's come back busted and no one ever wants to put their hands in their pockets to fix or replace them so now it's a flat no f*** off and buy your own gear! :D
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Re: Best chainsaw for camping

Post by AusTac » 25 Aug 2017, 11:16 pm

Well the need and the want for a chainsaw finally aligned last weekend when my mates ryobi wouldn't play ball and would bog and stall as soon as i WOT'ed it, so off to the local garden shop, not needing a monster, having only had minimal chainsaw experience, and not needing to swing my dick with something that can easily do some damage i ended up walking out with a stihl ms180 and a few nick nacks to get it up and running, having used it a few times now it's a joy, starts runs just fine ( as i would expect for a week old saw ) just sharpened my first chain this arvo cleaned lubed and re-assembled for tomorrows 4wd track clearing duty, being no stranger to power tools and machinery in general and with a blow out kit on standby.. things went well, it certainly went above and beyond cutting huge stumps for firewood, not a bad little unit and i wont be heart broken if for whatever reason it f*cks out, but with 4 years warranty i'm not fussed, if i find myself using it more i'll get a bigger saw that compliments it, here in Vic pretty much every corner small engine/mower joint is a stihl dealer for whatever reason.

At the end of it, even managed to pull down my mates filthy ryobi for a bit of a service, flipped the bar, cleaned the oiling galleries, etc etc, turned out to be his stale fuel, having then using both, i'd take the stihl any day, but thats just me cheap works, for now :)
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Re: Best chainsaw for camping

Post by bigfellascott » 26 Aug 2017, 8:32 am

The MS180's go alright for a chinga - good enough for what you want it for anyway. A mate and I have cut around 50t of wood this year so far and we will continue to do so through the year (we'll be back out today cutting wood) I use a Stihl 029 super with a .325 pitch chain and 7 pin rim sprocket (just converted it over from a 3/8) so it should cut a little quicker and I also run a 394 Husky for the big wood and I also use a 936 Oleomac for the smaller wood (similar size to the 180 of yours) it too goes very well and has done a lot of work and never given an ounce of trouble ever, little saws can cut plenty of firewood don't worry about that, that little Oleomac has cut up some massive gum trees in it's day (over 2ft in diameter) and never once looked like it wouldn't do it.

If you want a good sharpener have a look at the Stihl 2in1 file setups - they do the rakers and cutters in the one motion which saves a lot of time and mucking around and you always know you chain is set up correctly every time you sharpen it (they aren't cheap but well worth it IMHO)
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Re: Best chainsaw for camping

Post by p3seven » 26 Aug 2017, 8:44 am

I use a battery powered reciprocating saw. In the Van or 4WD . Will cut up to 12"" (come at it from both sides). Plenty of throw away blades. Use an inverter connected to solar for charging. No petrol to carry. Batteries interchange with drill. Most fallen limbs on road can be taken bit by bit untill heavy branch can be pulled away. Firewood, l don't make big fires.
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Re: Best chainsaw for camping

Post by bigfellascott » 26 Aug 2017, 8:53 am

p3seven wrote:I use a battery powered reciprocating saw. In the Van or 4WD . Will cut up to 12"" (come at it from both sides). Plenty of throw away blades. Use an inverter connected to solar for charging. No petrol to carry. Batteries interchange with drill. Most fallen limbs on road can be taken bit by bit untill heavy branch can be pulled away. Firewood, l don't make big fires.


That's different and it could be used for cutting up a carcass too :D
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Re: Best chainsaw for camping

Post by Oldbloke » 26 Aug 2017, 9:38 am

Strong arm brand. Always starts and no fuel required. Bunnings sell them.

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Re: Best chainsaw for camping

Post by Jeff303 » 28 Aug 2017, 9:46 am

Bit late but, id go a bunnings mculloch.
Had one for years, was a beast & made by husky.cheap & punched well above
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Re: Best chainsaw for camping

Post by Gaznazdiak » 28 Aug 2017, 10:07 am

Hi bigfella,
I was actually being facetious. Like you, I learned a long time ago that very few people will show borrowed anything the respect they would if they owned it.
I also try never to have to borrow anything just to avoid being considered one of "borrowing/wrecking" persuasion myself
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Re: Best chainsaw for camping

Post by bigfellascott » 28 Aug 2017, 10:27 am

Gaznazdiak wrote:Hi bigfella,
I was actually being facetious. Like you, I learned a long time ago that very few people will show borrowed anything the respect they would if they owned it.
I also try never to have to borrow anything just to avoid being considered one of "borrowing/wrecking" persuasion myself


Yeah I'm the same mate, I really don't like borrowing anything but if I do I will treat it better than my own stuff (if that's even possible) as I tend to look after stuff pretty well and if in the event I break it or damage it I will cover the costs for repair or replacement if it's needed, it's just the way I work (why should someone be out of pocket for something I did type thing). :thumbsup:

Quite simply it's a respect type thing for me, I appreciate what someone had done for me so I show the same respect to them.
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Re: Best chainsaw for camping

Post by bigfellascott » 28 Aug 2017, 10:36 am

Was out yesterday cutting a load of wood (stringy) got all the cutting done and started loading the ute and trailer and the snow started flying, we got most of it loaded but figured we'd better get going out of the gully we were in before we spent the next few days there! :lol:

I think we are up around 8t of wood for the week and getting onto around 60t for winter so far and still have plenty cut up on the ground ready to load but still have a heap to cut up yet (a good 500t or more at least) - she'll be a busy few years I feel but the little 029super should be up to it (I hope) :D the .325 rim sprocket and bar/chain upgrade seems to be going well, very happy with it so for, only negative is the Chinese chain is a little stretchy but hopefully it will settle down soon enough) so far for $17 a chain it's going great (2 tanks of fuel and still haven't sharpened it) and it's cut some dirty wood too (normally I sharpen every tank but wanted to see how this went before I needed to really sharpen it - so far so good and the stretch seems to be getting less and less so that's great too.
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Re: Best chainsaw for camping

Post by Gaznazdiak » 28 Aug 2017, 1:29 pm

Bigfella
Beside the point because I doubt they are still avsilable, but I bought a little 18" Partner Professional 5500 in the 80s thats seen more wood than the porn industry in the last 30 yrs and still only takes 2 or 3 tugs to fire up and works like a navvy. I think they were a Husqvarna product.
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Re: Best chainsaw for camping

Post by p3seven » 28 Aug 2017, 1:43 pm

Dad lore. 2 things you never lend , your chainsaw and your wife.
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Re: Best chainsaw for camping

Post by Oldbloke » 28 Aug 2017, 3:42 pm

p3seven wrote:Dad lore. 2 things you never lend , your chainsaw and your wife.


What sane man would want my wife? :lol:
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Re: Best chainsaw for camping

Post by bigfellascott » 28 Aug 2017, 4:23 pm

Gaznazdiak wrote:Bigfella
Beside the point because I doubt they are still avsilable, but I bought a little 18" Partner Professional 5500 in the 80s thats seen more wood than the porn industry in the last 30 yrs and still only takes 2 or 3 tugs to fire up and works like a navvy. I think they were a Husqvarna product.


From memory my mate has a Partner somewhere in his collection, they made em to last in those days that's for sure. Got an old Jonsereds 621 sitting in the shed that runs like a clock, heavy bugger but has plenty of grunt to get the job done, also have a Husky 394 for all the big stuff when I need it. :thumbsup:
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Re: Best chainsaw for camping

Post by bigfellascott » 28 Aug 2017, 4:24 pm

p3seven wrote:Dad lore. 2 things you never lend , your chainsaw and your wife.


Your dads a wise man. :D

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p3seven wrote:Dad lore. 2 things you never lend , your chainsaw and your wife.


What sane man would want my wife? :lol:


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Re: Best chainsaw for camping

Post by Gaznazdiak » 03 Oct 2017, 7:04 am

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Re: Best chainsaw for camping

Post by Stix » 03 Oct 2017, 8:42 am

bigfellascott wrote:
p3seven wrote:Dad lore. 2 things you never lend , your chainsaw and your wife.


Your dads a wise man. :D

Oldbloke wrote:
p3seven wrote:Dad lore. 2 things you never lend , your chainsaw and your wife.


What sane man would want my wife? :lol:


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


Im single...

My Stihl MS 261c is my wife...!

My rifles are my mistresses...!

I never loan any of them...!!!

Though i do have to deal with some bitchy jealousy between them every now & again...for example if i havnt cut any wood for a few months i need to spend some quality cuddle time with the wife...
The man who knows everything, doesnt really know everything...he's just stopped learning...
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