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Re: Top handle saw-which one
« Reply #20 on: April 28, 2018, 10:24:26 AM »
Many folks have the mistaken impression that a tiny little top handle saw can't do the great bodily damage as a bigger full size saw is capable of. 'I can control dat tiny little thing one handed no problem'. After a long and pain filled healing process my younger brother no longer has that attitude.
Even when operating two handed, it's harder to control than a similarly sized rear-handle saw. You just don't get the leverage when your hands are that close together... which is why they are not recommended for inexperienced users. My bias against top handled saws is not that they are bad tools. There is a reason they exist. Like a lot of tools, they are great for their intended use when in the hands of someone who knows how to use it properly. It's not something I would recommend for an occasional or inexperienced user.
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Re: Top handle saw-which one
« Reply #21 on: April 28, 2018, 11:05:37 AM »
I see chainsaws like guns.  Casual and inexperienced users have a duty to become competent operators, period.  

A small, cheap gun and small cheap saw serve a PRICE point, not a safety point.   I dont care if its a ms170 or an MS880. it is only as safe as its operator.  The machinery is never to blame for the operators short comings.

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Re: Top handle saw-which one
« Reply #22 on: April 28, 2018, 07:02:35 PM »
Many folks have the mistaken impression that a tiny little top handle saw can't do the great bodily damage as a bigger full size saw is capable of. 'I can control dat tiny little thing one handed no problem'. After a long and pain filled healing process my younger brother no longer has that attitude.
He must have been a weak little todler. I am 55 and have been running saws since I was 12.

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Re: Top handle saw-which one
« Reply #23 on: April 28, 2018, 08:44:17 PM »
We don't know hyow it occurred. I don't want to get into a war here but imho running any saw one handed is an accident waiting to happen, the free hand can't operate the chain brake quickly. What happens if the operator falls on a moving chain or it hits the ground and kicks back? We get complacent it's only a matter of time before we get bitten.
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Re: Top handle saw-which one
« Reply #24 on: April 28, 2018, 09:13:37 PM »
You cant be an arborist without running one handed pretty often.  Being a fireman or a soldier is an accident waiting to happen.  But the job still needs done.  

And i mean that only as a conversational anecdite sawguy, not any sort of snide rebuttal or anything, just to be clear. 
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Re: Top handle saw-which one
« Reply #25 on: April 28, 2018, 10:51:48 PM »

He must have been a weak little todler. I am 55 and have been running saws since I was 12.
NOT AT ALL. He is 6'2 and around 210# and was about 55 like you when it happened. And he has not only run saws, but made his living with them his entire life. 
I am a true TREE HUGGER, if I didnt I would fall out!  chet the arborist

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« Reply #26 on: May 05, 2018, 01:45:51 AM »
Id rethink the top handled saw for ground work.  They are meant for tree climbing, not for ground work. They are designed to be used while up in a tree with one hand on the limb or trunk and one on the saw.  That skill alone is one that takes practice and knowledge. Using one on the ground is awkward and dangerous. If you want a small, lightweight ground saw, there are plenty available that are less than half the price and a whole lot easier and safer to use. 
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