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Offline beenthere

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Re: Need help choosing correct saw size.
« Reply #20 on: August 23, 2012, 10:20:03 AM »
Just for the record, how much have you used the MS390? in days, or weeks, etc of experience?
- or in terms of cords or bdft cut up? or how many trees felled?

Your saw dealers you visited may have been concerned about getting you overboard with a bigger saw at an expense they didn't feel comfortable hanging around your neck. They have a conscience too. ;)
Also, I suspect many or most dealers don't have bigger saws than 20" bars readily available in their inventory.

Will be interested to know if they have a 28" bar and the skip chain available to you.
But wish you well getting the tree cut down and then up. :)
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Re: Need help choosing correct saw size.
« Reply #21 on: August 23, 2012, 11:05:26 AM »
I ran into an employee of a local stihl dealer the other night at the schools open house.  He was bragging they just sold an 880 to a tree service.  That saw has been on their rack for a couple of years.  A few days after the sale, the new owner came in to get a smaller bar. :D  I can't remember what was on it, but it was at least 4'. :o
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Re: Need help choosing correct saw size.
« Reply #22 on: August 23, 2012, 01:11:37 PM »
Just for the record, how much have you used the MS390? in days, or weeks, etc of experience?
- or in terms of cords or bdft cut up? or how many trees felled?

Your saw dealers you visited may have been concerned about getting you overboard with a bigger saw at an expense they didn't feel comfortable hanging around your neck. They have a conscience too. ;)
Also, I suspect many or most dealers don't have bigger saws than 20" bars readily available in their inventory.

Will be interested to know if they have a 28" bar and the skip chain available to you.
But wish you well getting the tree cut down and then up. :)

Not much experience falling, only a few small ones in my yard, anything over 15, 20ft or so I leave to the pros.  Actual use of the saw(s) cutting (bucking) logs into firesize pieces is maybe 100 hours over the last 15 years.  Probably a bit more, I don't keep track.  Definately spiked 2 years ago, remember the freak snow storm in Sept and the tropical storm the East coast got?  That was 2 days of cutting to clear my yard as well as helping out around town as a FF.

Your probably right about the dealers.  Still seems odd that I couldn't get a decent conversation going though (remember I had a few bucks to spend and was willing to do so if they convinced me it was useful).  You guys have been great and how hard was that?

Bill

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Re: Need help choosing correct saw size.
« Reply #23 on: August 24, 2012, 10:07:18 AM »
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... You guys have been great and how hard was that?

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You have no idea how hard it is to keep up the greatness! ;)
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« Reply #24 on: August 24, 2012, 01:05:18 PM »
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... You guys have been great and how hard was that?

Bill

You have no idea how hard it is to keep up the greatness! ;)

Hi Kilgrosh

OK, maybe I deserved that  ;D.

Maybe I can explain better what I mean.  Iím a fairly experienced amateur wood worker,   working the end produce as it were.  About 60% of my house has been rebuilt by me, all of the kitchen and bathroom cabinets are mine.  I made 2 big book cases for the study and several tables.  I built the garden shed.  Yada, Yada, Yada and so on (not bragging, just setting the stage).
If you had asked me what equipment you would need to complete a woodworking project (that I had experience on) I would be able to give you considerable advice.  More questions would refine the advice and I expect that when all was said and done you would then have a realistic idea about what you were in for.
Just like what happened here.  Everyone was very helpful and I think I have a good working knowledge about what I need to complete the job.

But when I explained the project to 2 different dealers all I got was blank looks and little to know practical advice. I couldnít believe it.  This is a definitive job, I had the physical dimensions and a working time frame and I got nothing back.  Itís OK now as the board has filled in the gaps that I needed but these guys are in business to sell dopes like me the equipment and advice to do this work.  I still canít believe it.

Please donít think me arrogant.  Iíve had most of that beat out of me over the years through one stupid stunt or another; that is exactly my point I was going to people who are supposed to know more than me to get their advice and I was willing to pay them for the their expertise (within what I could afford of course, which is also the point of this project as I canít afford to have the entire tree removed by the arborists).


Of course I donít really know what Iím in for, not entirely, but I know how to work hard and Iím willing to laugh at how naive I was (I have a feeling my yard is going to be VERY full of logs) but at the least I will have learned something and have a great story to tell.

Iíll try to re-post with details and pictures when the job is done (not that you guys donít see this stuff all the time but you may get a laugh or two out of it.  Youíve earned it).

(now if you want to talk sailing, thatís a opened ended topic! (I buoy raced for about 10 years and now Iím building a 12 Ĺ in the garage))

Bill

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Re: Need help choosing correct saw size.
« Reply #25 on: August 24, 2012, 02:44:23 PM »
... Plus Iím pretty sure the wife would be seriously *pithed with a stack of would that big just sitting in the yard for the year as it dries.


Bill,

I think you should try to find a sawyer who can handle these logs. Perhaps somebody with a swingmill. I would think your wife would prefer a nice, neat stack of lumber (say 4' wide x 10' long X 6' high) perhaps in the back crorner of the lot, rather than a huge stack of firewood. If you can get it milled and dried, that tree should produce at least 1,000 bf of lumber. You could make a whole lot of woodworking projects out of that much nice elm lumber.

Good Luck!

Herb


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