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Offline Mad Professor

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Re: What should be my first chainsaw?
« Reply #20 on: November 06, 2018, 06:54:13 PM »
I'd get a "pro" saw but start out with safety chains.  Size would depend on the wood you'll be cutting and physical abilities.  Don't go too big with a first saw regardless.

Safety equipment: boots, chaps, gloves, helmet w/visor/hearing protection, gloves.

Tools to work on the saw, and to work on the trees with the saw.

If You can take a course that would be great.  If not get some guidance from someone experienced.

Lots of good videos out there and manuals.  Look/read those first off.

BC feller training standard is a great series but probably bigger trees than you'll be dealing with:



Also some good manuals



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Re: What should be my first chainsaw?
« Reply #21 on: November 07, 2018, 06:45:08 PM »
I'd vote for the mid level saw instead of a pro level.  I had a Husky 50 Rancher for 20 years and cut 5 cords a year with it every year.  It rode with me in my truck and quad for those 20 years, cutting windfall across the road.  Replaced the bar once, many chains and a new spark plug every few years or so.  I finally retired it last year and went with a bigger saw (65cc) - again a Rancher version.  The new saw has more power but is heavier and not as portable.  It was almost $200 less than the equivalent horsepower pro version.  I used the money saved to buy extra chains and a new 22 rifle.  My sawing days will be over before it wears out I hope.  The big question for you is how big of wood will you cut? A more powerful saw with a shorter than recommended bar is the way to go.  My 50 had a 20" bar and I could cut 36" wood but it was not fun.  New saw came with a 28" bar and I swapped out a 24" bar on it and it rips through the wood.  Anything in the 50 -60 cu in range should be plenty.

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Re: What should be my first chainsaw?
« Reply #22 on: November 21, 2018, 09:57:10 PM »
372 Husqvarna with a 24 inch power match bar and professional chain from Bailey's
4500 hours on my 2004 LT40HDG28, CBN sharpener and auto setter, 25" woodmaster planer with 9'auto leveling bed and trac vac chip handling system, 1998 L3010 kubota, 2010 L3200 kubota Festool TS75 rail saw with 42", 75" and 106" rails.


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