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Offline Skeans1

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Re: Chainsaws for Bad Shoulders?
« Reply #20 on: October 07, 2021, 10:22:40 AM »
I would suggest an "elasto start " pull cord if they still make them .FWIW I only drop start small displacement top handle saws .In fact did same in a tree about three years ago  .Bad footing and even with the elasto popped   a shoulder out .Left side torn bicep ,right torn rotator . BTW I'm 73 and not half the man I used to be .Father time is a very cruel task master .
Those elasto start handles will cause more injuries then help, youíre not getting the direct pull itís a jerk motion. Have you ever tried drop starting with those handles itís painful.

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Re: Chainsaws for Bad Shoulders?
« Reply #21 on: October 07, 2021, 10:40:39 AM »
Get something small and inexpensive. An Echo CS400 with a 16Ē bar/chain. This would be my choice for what I would choose. For what they are they run really well. I know this for a FACT. My buddy has 1 that Iíve done small maintenance to. For what it is, itís surprising, and appears to be superior in build and materials considering what they do/donít cost. His little saw is SURPRISINGLY a little runner. 
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Re: Chainsaws for Bad Shoulders?
« Reply #22 on: October 07, 2021, 11:24:24 AM »
I was actually making do fairly well after my cortisone shoulder shot a week ago last thursday- Rode mtn bikes all that next weekend and worked last weekend OK. This Monday a jointed my last 30 10' 2x6's and ripped them on tablesaw while my new 14 yr old shoveled like 25 loads of shavings over the bank. So this Tuesday things changed...Wife and I had twin annual dermatology appts. then went to Cane's Chicken where we buy tailgaters of chicken and freeze it for cheap and easy meals. They are back to non-entry so this cute little girl brings out my order and hands this large paper shopping bag to my left arm hand through open drivers window. I try to switch it to rt hand after opening door handle cause it will not drag through the driver door window opening and cutie has already walked away. When I transfer the heavy, mostly awkward bag to my rt hand it pulls my shoulder as I manage to open that door. I'm nearly in tears when I toss it in the rear seat. Yesterday I was barely able to clean up my pine saw rip strips off floor and cut into kindling. 
 Then yesterday a.m. as I shake the stink bugs from our UTV- Mule/wet seat towel and the shoulder comes apart yet again. I can now barely hold a cell phone to my rt ear-"a good thing?" :D But can also barely bathe or dry myself- "a bad thing". yuk. Got another quicky shoulder appt in a few minutes...
Per Al above: I am what I call "the little bit that's left-of a helluva boy" Seriously. Ate an apple yesterday and the only lower molar I have left while meanwhile having recently spent over a 1000 bucks for state of the art various dental xrays missed the molar above that lonely lower one which has split off a chunk of whats very obviously to my non-dentally trained small mind and was badly rotted. I even saw a specialist last visit who went over the pics of my jaws. His name is actually!-> Dr. cutcut- ha! :D   I type this with my rt elbow at rest, sad tale to grow old but great to see the sun come up and our oldest is here visiting as he's leaving TX test pilot job to fly for Duke Energy living within 50k of Charlotte, NC AP and been apt hunting there. Currently foods even better here cause big boys in town...
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« Reply #23 on: October 07, 2021, 11:45:04 AM »
Al you must of been one hell of a man in your day, to still be even half that man.  I
It wasn't anything I've done just good genes .However forgetting my age and still thinking I'm 23 instead of 73 has caused me to be recovering from hernia surgery as I type this post .Things happen I guess when you fail to heed the words of "Dirty Harry" ----a man has to know his limitations----
Now about this gents saw ,first I've never seen a 261 but assume it's a later version of an 026 ,a three cuber .Weather it's got a decomp or not I can't say If an elasto start pull cord is out of the question then about the only thing left would be a D-handle . Of course a viable option could be a battery saw .Some who own them seem to like them .I've never seen one or operated one .I suppose if you have enough batteries they could get the job done .

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Re: Chainsaws for Bad Shoulders?
« Reply #24 on: October 07, 2021, 12:13:31 PM »
On the subject of heavy saws my departed pappy ran a McCulloch PM 610 until he was over 80 years old .For 60 cc's that is one heavy saw and it got too much for him .I took out a little all metal Poulan,2 cuber  I had restored which he could handle .He passed at 86 years old ,14 years ago .Both those saws reside in my shed .

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