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Re: Sissy saw recommendations
« Reply #20 on: September 18, 2021, 08:17:09 AM »
My kind of thread?  ;D My left shoulders wired together, my right has an orthopedic appt next week as it's trying to come apart and my bodies nearing 78 soon-I hope. 
What I refer to as my "senior saw" is a Stihl MS241, both light and powerful but NLA new in the USA and pricey compared to many e.g.'s above that will work OK for the OP. While my Motronic saw as sick this year I began using my Stihl 170 more and really like it for light duty stuff. You can pick these up on the web barely used for not much and they are actually used by some serious users based on size and cost. Forums where saws are the thing mostly the 170 gets lots of arguments but within it's ability it's a winner for me as is the MS241. I bought my 170 for cutting dovetail corners but now it does much more when two saws help. 
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Re: Sissy saw recommendations
« Reply #21 on: September 18, 2021, 09:27:15 AM »
  My wife has the Sthil 180 EZ start which works great for small jobs. Th EZ start was designed for women and men with shoulder injuries and such. You pull the cord out slowly and it winds internally then releases on the reverse wind so you never have to pull pull a cord hard or fast.
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Re: Sissy saw recommendations
« Reply #22 on: September 18, 2021, 11:35:07 AM »
That's what I was talking about.  If you are able to pull a regular one, if you wind it up, and right when you feel it about to take over, give it a short, quick jerk, it will start in fewer tries than letting it crank itself.

I probably wouldn't have bought it myself, to start with, but a friend borrowed my old 018.  His method of keeping his garage locked was parking their extra vehicle close to the old, outswinging doors.  That worked fine, until he needed to drive that vehicle to work one day.  He replaced my stolen 018 with the 180.  I ended up liking it more than I thought I would.

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« Reply #23 on: September 19, 2021, 09:29:43 AM »
My MS241 has a compression release but actually pulls similar to my 170 saw with none. 
This sissy saw user has an electrical stimulation device he uses on his shoulder while watching the TV news. They do work, which is why athletic trainers have used them for years as do PT's and Chiros.. 
My alternative to pulling starter ropes? :D 
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« Reply #24 on: September 25, 2021, 10:23:44 AM »
I'm in a similar situation as I have a woods full of spruce, balsam fir and other such vermin.  Lots of small limbing, also lots of 6" and under birch and some larger pine and spruce for the CSM.  I do a lot of small wood cutting.  I've found the perfect saw to be a magnesium housing Jonsered in the 50 CC range with a 16" bar and very sharp Woodland pro/Carlton full chisel chain.  My particular saw is a Jred 2149 sadly no longer produced.  This is my do-all small wood saw.  I had a 2152 that died a warriors death some years ago on loan to a former buddy.  That saw was great also.  Haven't followed new production models closely, but handling a few at my local dealer a few months ago before helpful tips on here helped me rejuvenate my 2149, a couple of the pro models from Husqvarna and Echo in the 45-51CC range with the edge in ergonomics going to the Echo were the frontrunners for replacement.  All above saws are relatively narrow and long in body, allowing you to get close to the trunk and use it to take some weight off your back and arms.  Proper limbing technique is more important that bar length.  I've found a longer bar to actually increase fatigue while limbing, as you're working against that weight forward to keep it working and undercuts used so frequently while limbing are more difficult and dangerous.

The 50CC range is needed for me as I'm doing occasional larger cuts and felling of larger diameters in remote locations where I don't wish to lug the heavy saw.  I believe you could be well served with a lower displacement pro model saw with a rapid acceleration curve.

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« Reply #25 on: September 26, 2021, 09:38:17 AM »
There are a lot of options for small light saws 
 Some think nothing about shelling out 6-700 bucks for one but I'm not one of them .For that amount I could amass enough saws to fill my Ranger pick up and I'd have half of them running within a week of finding them.
For older saws one often over looked is a Poulan s25 DA .These things usually go cheap and they are almost bullet proof .They are a style of top handle but not like say a Stihl 200T .Again if you can't wrench them most likely you should not venture down that road .
Echo made some dandy little 2 cuber rear handle saws and I have one of them given to me . It had spent it's life as a bucket truck saw but like Humpty Dumpty had a great fall that broke all the anti vibration mounts .It took me some time but I did find some mounts .It's a good little runner but alas is also a shelf queen with many others .

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