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Choose a chainsaw (Petrol). Any recommendation?

Discussion in 'Landscaping' started by larrylarry, 5th May, 2016.

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  1. larrylarry

    larrylarry Well-Known Member

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    The purpose of the chainsaw:

    1. Cut firewood (diameter of log around 20-30cm), we often pick up logs from cut down trees to keep them dry for a year before use. Usually pine or gum trees.

    2. Pruning tree branches

    What power do I need? Anything else I need to know.
     
  2. jeffb5ltr

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    I bought a Talon (Re badged McCullough) from Bunning 4yrs ago for $140 i think, it was great until i forgot it was on the back of the ute and i took off and first corner i heard a crash and it was stuffed.

    Best thing is the replacement warranty from bunnings
    it lasted 3yrs with just a chain sharpening (Still was going strong until ute incident)
    for general use it was a lot cheaper then the big name brands, Stihl, Husq ect.
    small enough to handle easily but big enough to do my tree lopping and firewood duty.

    It was 32cc and 14" bar so only a little fella from memory

    I now have a electric one borrowed from my dad and its a ripper, just hate the cord.
     
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    larrylarry Well-Known Member

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    Thanks. They have it in Bunnings.
     
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    I bought my dad a McCulloch for his birthday. I love it. It has the easy start, which makes it very easy to start. It wasn't cheap though.

    Whichever kind you get, keep the chain sharpened. I spend three days chainsawing in Adelaide and having a sharp chain makes it very easy.

    Gumtree?
     
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    We swear by the Honda 4-stroke range - have a 170 and a 250.
     
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    Yep, another vote for the mcculloch/talon from bunnings. Got the base model petrol version and felled and chopped 6 full grown dead gumtrees with it this year and still going strong. I think the engines for these are made by Husqvarna? Only thing is if you plan to do a lot of work with it you will go through a lot of chains, even with sharpening.
     
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    larrylarry Well-Known Member

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    I want to cut these chunks to smaller ones. Too big to chop by axe. I have big hardwood blocks to saw into smaller pieces for fireplace.
     
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    They look small enough to go through a block splitter, wouldn't that be easier than chainsawing?
     
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    larrylarry Well-Known Member

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    cord is annoying.

    true. i have a trojan block splitter. Will have to wait for wood to dry. so i thought maybe i should cut these fresh ones into small pieces to dry.
     
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    Good satisfying exercise too. Probably won't need to fire by the time you are done.

    My old man has a Stihl, doesn't get used much these days. After almost 10 years without been started it only required about 3 pulls to get started with the old fuel in it, I was amazed.
     
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    larrylarry Well-Known Member

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    either way, a man looks good with either a splitter or a chainsaw...but the latter has vroom!
     
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    Stihl have had some good deals

     
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    image.jpg Can't go past one of these bad boys. Otherwise based on your usage I would go a stihl MS170. I was running a MS661 for the household fire wood but it was a bit of a overkill.
     
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    STIHL make the best chainsaws for real work.
     
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    stihl or mcc

    ta
    rolf
     
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    Don't forget the safety gear.
    I always wear:
    • Safety boots
    • Ballistic nylon trousers
    • Face shield
    • Rigger gloves
    I have also found an electric sharpener worth the money. effective and needs less skill than using a file.
     
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    I have stihl. Very reliable
     
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    larrylarry Well-Known Member

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    I wear boots, tracking, gardener gloves, ear muffs and safety glasses. I will go check out Stihl ms 170
     
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    I have a stihl and I use it everyday at work. If it's in your budget then I would suggest stihl.