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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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