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« on: August 20, 2010, 09:25:39 AM »

BF's Wild Thang chain saw is nearing the end of it's life. He has to get a bunch of trees removed quickly for his new pond, and bought a cheap chain saw at Home Depot--not that much cheaper than the Wild Thing money wise but much cheaper in quality. I'm seriously worried about his health. The new chain saw is ricketty and takes a long time to stop rotating after he releases it. It may in fact keep turning while in neutral. He's become mum on the details as I have gotten more worried.

He is working on a steep hill (for the road to the pond), and definitely not employing safe practices, as trees don't fall easily with grape vines holding them together. He chain sawed his thigh the other day, just a minor cut, but he won't go out and buy a new chain saw because he just spent $140 on one. Told me to get him one for his birthday, which isn't until December.

I need to go out and buy him a good chain saw today. Stihl? Other suggestions? I'd pay good money if it was worth it, but maybe the Wild Thing is fine?
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« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2010, 09:38:46 AM »

I just bought a Stihl and am pleased with it. Plenty of torque, starts easily every time. Could he tighten the chain down a little so it doesnt free wheel as much?

Who makes the Wild Thing? Poulan?
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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2010, 09:50:51 AM »

I have loved my Stihl...
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« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2010, 10:09:54 AM »

I thought they all had a brake. When you release the handle they stop. Perhaps it needs adjusting?
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« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2010, 11:00:04 AM »

my husbands big saw is a Stihl.  my 'girl' saw is a Husqvarna.  they have both been good for us and require only the usual maintenance.
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« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2010, 12:28:10 PM »

He fixes his chainsaw all the time, sharpens it, new chains, etc.

Wild Thing is a Poulan, I think. We laughed when we bought it, but it served him well. Still, he deserves one that doesn't break all the time. Stihl sounds like a winner.
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« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2010, 12:49:10 PM »

Stihl and Husqvarna are both good, but perhaps even more important, what brand can you buy and get serviced locally?

You may also want to consider some chainsaw chaps:
http://www.stihlusa.com/apparel/chain-saw-protective-wrap-around-chaps.html
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« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2010, 01:18:50 PM »

I use a husqvarna for falling trees and stihl for cutting fire wood the husqvarna turns a higher rpm then the stihl and gets them off the stump faster. But the stihl is a great all around saw.
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« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2010, 02:55:58 PM »

I have two chainsaws...one is a Stihl...the other one is for sale.

buy from a dealer, not a "box house", if you want it serviced. 

just my experience.

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« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2010, 03:14:47 PM »

Say Husk like corn and varnish without the ish and naw like naw I dont any other chainsaw or trimmer.   Wild Things are disposable saws.  Run them until they quit, throw they in the trash and buy another
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« Reply #10 on: August 20, 2010, 03:35:40 PM »

BF's Wild Thang chain saw is nearing the end of it's life. He has to get a bunch of trees removed quickly for his new pond, and bought a cheap chain saw at Home Depot--not that much cheaper than the Wild Thing money wise but much cheaper in quality. I'm seriously worried about his health. The new chain saw is ricketty and takes a long time to stop rotating after he releases it. It may in fact keep turning while in neutral. He's become mum on the details as I have gotten more worried.

He is working on a steep hill (for the road to the pond), and definitely not employing safe practices, as trees don't fall easily with grape vines holding them together. He chain sawed his thigh the other day, just a minor cut, but he won't go out and buy a new chain saw because he just spent $140 on one. Told me to get him one for his birthday, which isn't until December.

I need to go out and buy him a good chain saw today. Stihl? Other suggestions? I'd pay good money if it was worth it, but maybe the Wild Thing is fine?

Chainsaws are not toys, yet some of us " Men" tend to treat them and the activity as so. I think you need to intervene, buy a new one or you'll end up looking for a new BF.
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« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2010, 04:10:09 PM »

Does you BF cut much wood or is this a one time thing?   If he does not cut much, keep in mind the cheap saw will  give out soon.  And before spending $500 on a good saw, look into some chaps to save his legs, and some saw boots also.   

But Stihl and Husqvarna are both good.   Johnsonred is good also.   Look for the european made saws.   All of those are good.   Asian saws are disposable.
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« Reply #12 on: August 20, 2010, 05:23:05 PM »

He chain saws quite a bit, trying to maintain our view of the valley below. This is on a very steep hill. Picture him standing on a tree that's already been sawed through, jumping up and down trying to get it to fall. Reaching out to chop the grape vines. Chain sawing other trees that also won't fall. Squatting down as they all fall toward him at once.

Picture me sitting on the deck with gallons of wine, trying to stay calm as I listen to make sure the chain saw is still going. And enjoying my view. evil

Don't think the chaps will work as he needs to be nimble. But the boots sound like a good Christmas present.

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« Reply #13 on: August 20, 2010, 05:42:34 PM »

He chain saws quite a bit, trying to maintain our view of the valley below. This is on a very steep hill. Picture him standing on a tree that's already been sawed through, jumping up and down trying to get it to fall. Reaching out to chop the grape vines. Chain sawing other trees that also won't fall. Squatting down as they all fall toward him at once.

Picture me sitting on the deck with gallons of wine, trying to stay calm as I listen to make sure the chain saw is still going. And enjoying my view. evil

Don't think the chaps will work as he needs to be nimble. But the boots sound like a good Christmas present.



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« Reply #14 on: August 20, 2010, 06:33:39 PM »

Chaps would not slow you do a bit.     Look into them.
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« Reply #15 on: August 20, 2010, 07:57:08 PM »

Chaps would not slow you do a bit.     Look into them.

Ok, just one question. Would you wear them?
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« Reply #16 on: August 20, 2010, 07:59:28 PM »

No I do not wear them, but I never cut on slopes too steep.  Big trees on flat land.  
Either in high school or college, I did get my baggie pants caught in the chain of my saw, but it never caught skin thank goodness.  That bar brake did not work on that saw.   In college I was downing trees with a guy would did not know much about saws and he did cut his leg, just stitches, he was lucky.  You learn to watch you bar.
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« Reply #17 on: August 20, 2010, 09:32:47 PM »

I wear chaps...but only on date night grin

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« Reply #18 on: August 21, 2010, 08:46:23 AM »

I wear chaps...but only on date night grin


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« Reply #19 on: August 23, 2010, 10:52:30 AM »

I have a poulan Wild Thing .  It's been a good saw for me had it for about 3 years now.

mind you,  I only use it to cut small trees and limbs in my yard and friends yards.

If you take care of your tools right and use them the way they are meant to be used, they will often last much longer.

He manning it around chain saws is just not smart.

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