The Woodchuck and Firewood Hoarders Thread

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Really nasty find for bar chain are the old dark brown porcelain insulators used in the early to mid 1900’s. Most were set with a 3/8” steel lag for phone and electrical. Screwed into a tree next to or near a building and later abandoned to let the tree grow around it. Instant dull chain, just like hitting rock.
Yep, that would take the sharp off a chain for sure :)
 

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4 degrees this morning when I left the house,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, guess I better haul some wood closer to the stove. The stove sure knows how to get rid of the wood when it is like this.
 
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The forum has informed me that I'm not allowed to post pictures, so until that's remedied I can't share saw porn.

BUT, one of our Hide brethren reached out looking to re-home one of his surplus MS260 Pro's and it arrived yesterday and today. Two boxes of powerhead, bar, and a ton of chains that he just wasn't using, so I'm sitting here staring at it with maniacal glee looking for what in my yard needs to die at it's hand.

It was an absolutely badass and unexpected act of magnanimous generosity for which I am deeply humbled, again. You Deplorable bastards are just too damn cool!
 

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I just got rid of my last saw with 325 size bar and chain. I am now looking to replace it with a mid-size (16-18 inch bar) saw that runs a 3/8 bar and chain. I am kind of married to a Dolmar brand, as that is the only dealer around that works on things if they need it. Huskey is sold at the nearby farm / home store and Stihl is sold at the local hardware store, so,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, I'm ok with this concept as I like the Dolmar dealer, but have a question for you guys.

Anybody have info on the 5105 or the 6100 Dolmar? I would fit it with more than likely a 16 inch bar / chain and then just run the piss out of it. I cut a fair amount of wood and have bigger saws if needed, so,,,,,,,,,,,,

I have a 6421 model saw that I could put an 18 inch bar on and just go from there. I don't care to buy another saw, but don't have to.

I for some reason don't want the 510, but maybe I needed to be talked out of that.

Also, FWIW, I just saw some headlines about John Cougar Mallencamp. He is now off my list!
 
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Friday in the timber. Wasn’t finished loading when the photo was taken. Saw is sitting on Shagbark Hickory. Rest of the load was Red Elm and Oak. Not as productive as last week as this blow down is nasty. I have to slow down, think, watch movement, etc... I work alone so it’s important to me to get out of there safely.

 
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The forum has informed me that I'm not allowed to post pictures, so until that's remedied I can't share saw porn.

BUT, one of our Hide brethren reached out looking to re-home one of his surplus MS260 Pro's and it arrived yesterday and today. Two boxes of powerhead, bar, and a ton of chains that he just wasn't using, so I'm sitting here staring at it with maniacal glee looking for what in my yard needs to die at it's hand.

It was an absolutely badass and unexpected act of magnanimous generosity for which I am deeply humbled, again. You Deplorable bastards are just too damn cool!
That is a GREAT saw! Saw in my above post is a Pro 261. If I had to have 1 saw, it would be the one. You can do a lot of work with a saw in that class size. This particular 261 runs like a raped ape. Love it.
 

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Years ago, I had one of the Stihl 026, before they were 260s. Don't know if the same holds true for the 260, but my 026 pro was magical. I had bought 40 acres and had a van body off of a truck for a shed on the place and my 026 either grew wings or sprouted legs, as when I came back one day it was gone. Have to watch these things as they have a good vanishing act.

tnichols, there are a lot of BTUs in that truck!
 

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Friday in the timber. Wasn’t finished loading when the photo was taken. Saw is sitting on Shagbark Hickory. Rest of the load was Red Elm and Oak. Not as productive as last week as this blow down is nasty. I have to slow down, think, watch movement, etc... I work alone so it’s important to me to get out of there safely.

It seems the hickory that goes down around here is of little value if you don't get it soon. That load you have looks like it is still very hard. How long had it been down?
 
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It seems the hickory that goes down around here is of little value if you don't get it soon. That load you have looks like it is still very hard. How long had it been down?
You’re exactly right. You have less than a year. Damn shame, but 2/3 of this tree was already punky. Oak right next to it will last years up off the ground. I won’t put Shagbark in the barn as it tends to get bugs in it as well. Love the BTU’s and the smell though.
 
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Years ago, I had one of the Stihl 026, before they were 260s. Don't know if the same holds true for the 260, but my 026 pro was magical. I had bought 40 acres and had a van body off of a truck for a shed on the place and my 026 either grew wings or sprouted legs, as when I came back one day it was gone. Have to watch these things as they have a good vanishing act.

tnichols, there are a lot of BTUs in that truck!
Yep, the old 026 Pro was the absolute tits, and is apparently better at disappearing than any other saw. I returned to my home and tool room after many years away to find absolutely every tool I'd left in it except the old 026. It's amazing how that shit happens, when my "tenants" miraculously butchered two of my Live Oaks without any knowledge of the whereabouts of a chainsaw.

I spent this evening talking to a few buddies to see if they had anything on their property in need of this 260. I am more excited to sink this thing into some blow downs than I am the new Husky 365. The old 026's just felt "right" in a cut, and I'm confident the 260 will be the same.

Thanks again man, super cool of you.
 
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Friday in the timber. Wasn’t finished loading when the photo was taken. Saw is sitting on Shagbark Hickory. Rest of the load was Red Elm and Oak. Not as productive as last week as this blow down is nasty. I have to slow down, think, watch movement, etc... I work alone so it’s important to me to get out of there safely.

Take someone with you if you can. Never know. It's a shitty thing to ask of a kid, but I took my oldest boy with me last weekend to some property in al where I had some bush hogging to do. He had a phone with service, knew how to describe where we were and had a rifle and fishing rod to burn time, as long as he kept up with what the tractor was doing. The more I think about it, maybe it wasn't all that shitty a thing to ask.
 
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Take someone with you if you can. Never know. It's a shitty thing to ask of a kid, but I took my oldest boy with me last weekend to some property in al where I had some bush hogging to do. He had a phone with service, knew how to describe where we were and had a rifle and fishing rod to burn time, as long as he kept up with what the tractor was doing. The more I think about it, maybe it wasn't all that shitty a thing to ask.
Totally agreed. Momma and I had a standing deal that within reason I don't run the saws completely alone, for her peace of mind as much as anything, but it makes solid sense. I keep a tourniquet and first aid shit in my saw bag, wear chaps, etc, but there are very few minor fuckups with power saws.

With her being gone for months on end now we're working on a reasonable compromise. In the past I'd do it without a second thought, but I guess I've survived enough shit that I don't mind mitigating some risk of catastrophe when I'm able.

Looking back to my childhood, I realize that a lot of the time my mother wanted me to spend helping my dad build shit was to be able to come get her when he invariably hurt himself.
 
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^ Growing up, I took every step my dad did. When I was 5 I spent the day helping him plant shrubs. Splitting one of those black plastic shrub pots, he let his knife slip and jabbed it in his thigh. I ran to grab paper towels and tape for some hillbilly first aid. After we got done for the day, we took one of those shrub pots and a pump 22 in the woods for my first time ever shooting a rifle. I'll never forget that day.
 

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Dumb-dumb question gents:
If I’m gonna run the Tru-Fuel 40:1 mix in my Husky and J-Red, is it true I will need to have them adjusted for that?
 

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Totally agreed. Momma and I had a standing deal that within reason I don't run the saws completely alone, for her peace of mind as much as anything, but it makes solid sense. I keep a tourniquet and first aid shit in my saw bag, wear chaps, etc, but there are very few minor fuckups with power saws.

With her being gone for months on end now we're working on a reasonable compromise. In the past I'd do it without a second thought, but I guess I've survived enough shit that I don't mind mitigating some risk of catastrophe when I'm able.

Looking back to my childhood, I realize that a lot of the time my mother wanted me to spend helping my dad build shit was to be able to come get her when he invariably hurt himself.
Been there. I always had to help my dad when he was running a saw or the splitter. Not knocking him, but the one time I wasn’t, he managed to loose a thumb to the log splitter
 
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Dumb-dumb question gents:
If I’m gonna run the Tru-Fuel 40:1 mix in my Husky and J-Red, is it true I will need to have them adjusted for that?
If your carb is properly adjusted on a 50:1 then it should require a re-tune.


^ Growing up, I took every step my dad did. When I was 5 I spent the day helping him plant shrubs. Splitting one of those black plastic shrub pots, he let his knife slip and jabbed it in his thigh. I ran to grab paper towels and tape for some hillbilly first aid. After we got done for the day, we took one of those shrub pots and a pump 22 in the woods for my first time ever shooting a rifle. I'll never forget that day.
My "saving dad" moment was working on the old furnace and he got pinched between two large immovable steel objects. Between us we were able to wedge something in there to keep the pressure off of him while I ran for help. One of the neighbors said he'd have lost his leg at a minimum if he'd been alone. After that he had no chance of telling my mother that he didn't need a chaperone.
 
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My Dolmar is a 510. I don't use it a lot, but I really like it. Hopefully, that will change when we move to the farm.
That should be a great all around farm saw and will tackle a lot of chores for you. Prepare yourself though, if you're like many of us you will find the "need" for some more saws. I don't even live on a farm and my collection of saws has become comical.
 
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That should be a great all around farm saw and will tackle a lot of chores for you. Prepare yourself though, if you're like many of us you will find the "need" for some more saws. I don't even live on a farm and my collection of saws has become comical.
Load your truck bogey and head north. Throw in some saws and rifles. Shoot rifles first thing in the morning, pack your lunch, get saws ready, and head for the timber. You can cut till the shadows get long and out just at dark. Hot chow waiting at home. Then repeat. It’s a pretty good life ;).
 
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Load your truck bogey and head north. Throw in some saws and rifles. Shoot rifles first thing in the morning, pack your lunch, get saws ready, and head for the timber. You can cut till the shadows get long and out just at dark. Hot chow waiting at home. Then repeat. It’s a pretty good life ;).
That sounds like a great day, but not at this time of year up where you are. Alabama is pretending to have a winter this year and it's bad enough.
 

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I haven't had sex for about a month and I'm still deciding if Boston in February is worth getting some.
That reminds me of a few years ago, the back judge on my crew was having trouble at home and one hot Sat afternoon early in the season a coach said something to him and Phil just lit him up. Coach on my side ask me what that was all about and I told him the other coach must not realize that Phil has not had sex for a couple of months. I don't recall that coach saying another word to him.
 
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That reminds me of a few years ago, the back judge on my crew was having trouble at home and one hot Sat afternoon early in the season a coach said something to him and Phil just lit him up. Coach on my side ask me what that was all about and I told him the other coach must not realize that Phil has not had sex for a couple of months. I don't recall that coach saying another word to him.
Fortunately, after years in the sandbox a month is nothing. Back then it was 6-7 months on a stretch and I truly missed a cold beer and some privacy more than the sex. The joys of getting older I guess.
 

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Crap, I keep forgetting to ask, what level of football are you reffing?
This coming season will be 25 years of High School. Back in 2000 I got ask to work Division 3 NCAA Football. We had a crew based out of Columbia, MO and for 9 years we did that. First 7 years were great, we had more fun than a person should be allowed to have. Then it seems politics got a hold of even that, and it was going to turn into a job. I was not looking for another job so after putting up with it for a couple of years the ones of us remaining gave it up. Some have moved to larger things (1 in SEC, 1 in Sun Belt, couple in MIAA,), while the others just went back to working High School. High School crew I'm on is back to having fun, don't get me wrong, we are all about the game, but we want to have fun also. Not because of me, I think it is because we are all older, but we have had schools call and ask for us. Coaches know (think) they are going to get screwed by the officials, but they think we are going to give them a fair screwing! It is like a lot of things, if you want to be good, you have to check your "ego" at the gate. I've got the ego at the gate thing, now just waiting to get good at this.
 
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Bogey, one thing some of the "mechanics" don't check is ignition system. That will burn a two stroke down just as surely as a lean a/f ratio. The snowmobile dealer installed about a case of pistons, several jugs, and assorted paraphernalia in a Yamahaha triple of mine only to discover the ignition system was possessed.
In this day and age all our small engines, especially two strokes burn C10 or C12 gas and get Royal Purple 2 cycle mix at 60:1
The reason I do not run 100LL, it is formulated to burn fairly slowly as most piston driven aircraft engines turn less than 2800 rpm and cruise a lot lower than that. Ye olde Husky seems to prefer a bit faster pace. YMMV

100 ll is actually formulated to prevent pinging or knocking at high rpm's in motors with high compression. Aircraft engines generally have higher compression than auto motors.
The lead is a lubricant.
 
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Here I go repeating myself, 100LL is designed for relatively high compression engines. It is not designed for high rpm. Most piston pounding type aircraft don't run much over 2800 rpm and cruise at a significantly slower rpm. On the other hand motorsagens are known to run north of 12000 rpm.
 
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Here I go repeating myself, 100LL is designed for relatively high compression engines. It is not designed for high rpm. Most piston pounding type aircraft don't run much over 2800 rpm and cruise at a significantly slower rpm. On the other hand motorsagens are known to run north of 12000 rpm.
Yup, caught that in an earlier post. Thought there was something more to it that I was missing.
 
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Is your saw an older model?
What size bar?
When I looked at the dealers the other day, the 510 was an "easy start" and the 5105 was just a regular saw.
My 510 is an easy start, and it is running a 20" bar. Very happy with it, including the easy start feature. Only complaint is that it's easy to flood. I've learned to never touch the throttle before it starts. Turn the choke on, pull once or twice until it sputters, turn the choke off, and it starts on the next pull. Regardless of how long it's been since it was last started.

Rest of that session, it starts first pull, every time without the choke.
 

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Always liked the Orange, but this new color scheme has me jonesing for her bigger sister; the 2166. Gonna try to fire her up today and see how she pulls.