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Author Topic: Stihl saws are tough , A story from my youth  (Read 1938 times)

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Offline hilux

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Stihl saws are tough , A story from my youth
« on: March 09, 2006, 07:38:11 PM »
  When I was a kid about 9 or 12 in that range my Dad worked for Weyerhauser , well every day instead of bringing in there saws they would hide them behing trees or any other good hiding place well one day my Dad  hid his Stihl chainsaw behind a very big tree and that knight there was big wind storm and the tree fell over and buried the saw , well with all the trees that fell over my dad could not find the tree that he hid his saw near  , well fast forward  2 or three years my dad had the idea that we would go up and look for the saw well the family went up there Mom Dad and my brother and we spent the day looking for the tree an we found  it , we dug up the saw and found the gas can to , they were both upside down the saw still had a full tank of gas the gas can was still full , well here is the kicker my Dad tried to start the saw and three pulls later it fired off it only ran for about a minute then shut off , we still have the saw and the gas can. this was the early  to mid 80,s,  the saw is   up in the shop on a shelf and its a tank . this was in Coos county Oregon.     I sent the story to Stihl but I never heard back from them.

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Re: Stihl saws are tough , A story from my youth
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2006, 09:51:32 PM »
Have heard old logger up in our area talk about leaving a saw out at night, getting a coupe feet of snow and not finding it for several months.  Nothing but Stihl around here and they swear they would start right up.

Have also heard the story, (second hand,) of old loggers who would leave their saw out in the woods at night.  When really cold, they would pour a little gas over them, light it and let it burn off.  Warmed the saw up, made them easy starting.  True or not?  Can't tell you.
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Re: Stihl saws are tough , A story from my youth
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2006, 11:35:43 PM »
......Have also heard the story, (second hand,) of old loggers who would leave their saw out in the woods at night.  When really cold, they would pour a little gas over them, light it and let it burn off.  Warmed the saw up, made them easy starting.  True or not?  Can't tell you.

Probably was true, but the saw was a two-man crosscut maybe   ;D ;D 8)
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Re: Stihl saws are tough , A story from my youth
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2006, 07:25:10 AM »
My father would take his old homlite in the woods,build a small fire,and put a small piece of steel roofing on the fire,than put the saw on top of that.
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Re: Stihl saws are tough , A story from my youth
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2006, 08:43:54 AM »
More than one logger put his saw on the snowbank beside the fire during lunch and needed a new one for the afternoon. :D :D
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Re: Stihl saws are tough , A story from my youth
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2006, 11:30:26 AM »
A customer of mine has two boys who "lost" his new Stihl in the swamp when they were cutting cypress.  They just went off and forgot it. It was sitting on a stump.  Not thinking of it for a couple of days they decided that it had been stolen from the back of the truck.   

Two years later, they were in the same swamp, cutting cypress, and there was the saw.   They took it back to the house, filled it with gasoline and it fired right up.  It wasn't hurt at all.

There's some good saws out there.

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Re: Stihl saws are tough , A story from my youth
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2006, 12:25:22 PM »
I've got an old Homelite xl-12 my father in law found in the woods when he was working for Crown Zellerbach 35 years ago.  Apparently somebody walked off and left it while stealing firewood.  It still runs and I crank her up from time to time for old times sake.  I'm getting a bit more cautious in my old age as I don't really like running a saw without a chain brake. ;)


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