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  • The Woodchuck and Firewood Hoarders Thread

    It seems as though at least a few of us share a second addiction of chainsaws, log splitters (thanks to you wonderfully generous deplorables), firewood hoarding and stacking, and in general just making trees our bitches.

    tnichols and I are both on at least one other forum specific to this field, but like us with precision rifles, the guys over there are maniacs for this shit. You can't ask a simple chainsaw question without the general consensus instantly being that you have to have a custom-built pro saw ( and many of them) for every application. I figured there might be some fun in those of us who don't make a daily living at it (with the possible exception of oneshot86 earning his Natty Light money) just sharing some knowledge and pictures of our setups.

    I'm also WAY overdue in following up on Splitzilla's status, so this is as good a place as any.

    I know we've got pics related to this spread all over "what's my view" and a few other threads, but feel free to duplicate / consolidate them here as you see fit.

    So come on 1J04 , MtnCreek MontanaMarine , vh20 , sirhrmechanic, Tucker301 , and all the folks I've seen post up homestead pics, but apologetically can't remember all the user names. Show Off Your Wood!!!!
    Last edited by bogeybrown; 12-27-2017, 10:52 PM.
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  • I used Husqvarna 50's about 30 odd years ago. They were good saws.

    We were contract thinning pines in commercial pine forests in NZ, and ran them with either a 13" or 15" bar. Tree diameter usually less than 10".
    Was good money back then for a kid not long out of school - I could make $18/hour after tax when paid by the acre, providing labor only. You had
    to get after it.
    We had used Jonsereds and Dolmars before we got the Huskys, and the difference was night and day. Work 'em 7-8 hours a day 4-5 days a week,
    and they sort themselves pretty quick.

    I can't believe the dicks that use 28" bars to cut 8" trees . Match the bar to the job, for fucks sake. And use a big enough power source. Don't waste power and
    sharpening time on bar you don't need.

    As I've said before, it's not an extension of some anatomical part.


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    • Originally posted by bogeybrown View Post
      I stopped by the chainsaw shop the other day to see about trading my Christmas 465 Rancher for a decked out 365 with 28" bar. While I was heading that way I decided to bring the 455 Rancher in for a professional tune up since it's about 4-5 months old and has gotten enough use to have run in by now.

      As I was at the airport yesterday their mechanic called me and said that as he was going through it he discovered that the piston is scored and that the saw needs a new top end. Even though I didn't get that saw from them they're going to go through it in search for the factory defect (bad seal or whatnot) to compel Husky to pay for the rebuild. I am flipping the fuck out that a new saw, run on Husky premix, with carb limiters that would prevent me from being able to adjust it too lean and damage a piston, has committed suicide within months despite being properly cared for.

      How Husky responds based on what the mechanic finds will definitely determine if I ever buy another one. Husky was an experiment for me after a lifetime of Stihl ownership. The ball will be in their court depending on what the final inspection reveals.
      Bogey,

      Donít recall if you had told me about the arborist site or if you haunt that as well, but from what I read over there the ďnewĒ ranch line can be prone to that. I almost snagged one of the 450 series myself, but found a gently used 350 on eBay for a good price and from what I have read the older 3 series (350, 346XP) blow the ďnewĒ ranch line away. I just missed a 372XP here locally for $300, and if I hadnít found the 350 I was gonna save a few more sheckles for a 550XP

      I hope Husky does your right. I ran the older huskies (a 365 with a 28 just like you mentioned) for my cousin and I prefer them to the Stihls we have at work now.

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      • Originally posted by ajv35XX View Post

        Bogey,

        Donít recall if you had told me about the arborist site or if you haunt that as well, but from what I read over there the ďnewĒ ranch line can be prone to that. I almost snagged one of the 450 series myself, but found a gently used 350 on eBay for a good price and from what I have read the older 3 series (350, 346XP) blow the ďnewĒ ranch line away. I just missed a 372XP here locally for $300, and if I hadnít found the 350 I was gonna save a few more sheckles for a 550XP

        I hope Husky does your right. I ran the older huskies (a 365 with a 28 just like you mentioned) for my cousin and I prefer them to the Stihls we have at work now.
        Hey buddy, yeah I was one of the guys who mentioned Arboristsite, I'm also on OPE. The Rancher was an emergency purchase from Lowes to avoid potential legal action from some angry neighbors. Now that I've found the actual Husky and Stihl dealer for my area I've got access to better saws. Before momma bought me this new saw my plan was to find a 372 on AS or OPE, but now that I have this "credit" at the shop I'm trying to find the best upgrade that I can reasonable afford, which appears to be the 365.

        I'll try to find that thread on AS to see if they had identified the fault so I can save the mechanic some time digging through it. Thanks for letting me know.
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        • Originally posted by Sean the Nailer View Post
          Does anyone own/buy/use any Husky "2 digit" saws, or have you?
          STN, I think my bride has a 61 or 63? Some such thing anyway. I'm still partial to my 372xp knock around saw and the old 394 for serious chip making. If it gets real serious I just break out the Timbco with the Quadco hot saw.
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            • Loving the stuff fellas. A woodburner is on my list of wants for a new place. and I want to build my own outdoor fire pit.

              I like that one a lot Barney, the girlfriend would be a fan as well.

              I have been thinking of a table height pit with about 18-20' tile toped table around the pit, get a nice fire going and dine around it, and have a place to set snacks while drinking bourbon and staring at the embers.......

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              • Originally posted by bogeybrown View Post

                Hey buddy, yeah I was one of the guys who mentioned Arboristsite, I'm also on OPE. The Rancher was an emergency purchase from Lowes to avoid potential legal action from some angry neighbors. Now that I've found the actual Husky and Stihl dealer for my area I've got access to better saws. Before momma bought me this new saw my plan was to find a 372 on AS or OPE, but now that I have this "credit" at the shop I'm trying to find the best upgrade that I can reasonable afford, which appears to be the 365.

                I'll try to find that thread on AS to see if they had identified the fault so I can save the mechanic some time digging through it. Thanks for letting me know.
                I have a 365 special and love it. It's not a 372 or 394/395, but big enough to cut with a good chain and not too heavy. About perfect for cutting firewood.

                FWIW, the last Stihl I bought came with some extended warranty if I bought a 6 pack of Stihl oil with it. I don't remember the details, but might be worth asking them about if you decide to look at them.

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                • Originally posted by MtnCreek View Post

                  I have a 365 special and love it. It's not a 372 or 394/395, but big enough to cut with a good chain and not too heavy. About perfect for cutting firewood.

                  FWIW, the last Stihl I bought came with some extended warranty if I bought a 6 pack of Stihl oil with it. I don't remember the details, but might be worth asking them about if you decide to look at them.
                  Yeah, I bought a big commercial trimmer and then later their biggest pole saw and I did that deal with both of them. Buy a 6 pack of Stihl oil and the warranty doubles from 1 year to 2. I bought the trimmer in 2014 and the pole saw in 2015, but I think they still offer the same deal.

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                    • ^^^ Heís a stout little shit. I could put him to work around here!
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                      • When I was working out the deal on the 365 they said that if I bought a gallon of the Husky premix I could get a 4yr warranty vs the standard 2 since I'm not using it professionally.

                        As soon as I clean the road grime off myself from yesterday's drive from Chicago and subsequent Alabama championship celebration I'll be heading up there to start dealing with my jacked up 455. That's gonna determine whether a 365 is in the cards.
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                        • Was working on saws this morning and took a pic of my simple chain organizer I made out of an old barn board several years ago. I HATE tangled bar chain, itís like doing a Rubics cube when you want to keep working.

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                          • Originally posted by cav has been View Post

                            STN, I think my bride has a 61 or 63? Some such thing anyway. I'm still partial to my 372xp knock around saw and the old 394 for serious chip making. If it gets real serious I just break out the Timbco with the Quadco hot saw.
                            Oh damn, those are the cadillacs of Husky saws in those cc ranges. Please tell me you've got some videos of the hotsaws running?
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                            • Originally posted by tnichols View Post
                              Was working on saws this morning and took a pic of my simple chain organizer I made out of an old barn board several years ago. I HATE tangled bar chain, itís like doing a Rubics cube when you want to keep working.

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                              That's slick. Now that I've got 5 damn saws, running all different setups, with a possible new one with a different setup in the works I've been trying to figure out how to keep chains orgainized and labeled etc. Most saws come with those infernal ANSI chains already on them, which I pull off and keep as last resort spares. I've got to have those things quarantined from the proper chains because I'll loose my mind wondering why I'm cutting so damn slow.
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                              • I beleive there is an old green link in the picture. Probably came off my old 250.
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                                • Originally posted by barneybdb View Post
                                  Looks like it's design was inspired by an "Empire" star wars fighter lol.

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                                  • Originally posted by Fursniper View Post

                                    Looks like it's design was inspired by an "Empire" star wars fighter lol.
                                    That's awesome.

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                                    • Just got back from the shop, and they'd brought in a 365 spec'd just for me: 28" bar with non-ANSI semi-chisel chain. They did me right swapping my 465 for the 365 and gave me the 4yr warranty for buying the gallon of Husky gas (which my guy gave me at about half price).

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                                      It's already drawn first blood, slicing the piss out of my thumb on that wickedly sharp chain. Now I need to find some big ole trees to get it run in. Chainsaw addiction is an absolute bitch.
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                                      • Originally posted by bogeybrown View Post
                                        Just got back from the shop, and they'd brought in a 365 spec'd just for me: 28" bar with non-ANSI semi-chisel chain. They did me right swapping my 465 for the 365 and gave me the 4yr warranty for buying the gallon of Husky gas (which my guy gave me at about half price).

                                        IMG_2158.JPG

                                        It's already drawn first blood, slicing the piss out of my thumb on that wickedly sharp chain. Now I need to find some big ole trees to get it run in. Chainsaw addiction is an absolute bitch.
                                        Thats Awesome Bogey! That will be a good saw for you. Donít hesitate to post pictures of chips flying with that bad boy.
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                                        • Bogey just mentioned above about proper saw fuel. Itís my belief that poor fuel quality leads to all sorts of carb and engine problems. Poor performance, hard starting, wonít start, wonít stay running, etc... Itís my understanding that newer carb components will tolerate ethanol blended fuels, I donít doubt that. But, most ethanol blended fuels have a very poor shelf life. Most of us probably donít run our saws daily. I believe that most of the good saw premix oils contain a stabilizer of some sort which helps. Short version is, Iíve run the following blend for years with ZERO problems. Saws start easy even after a month or so of sitting, performance is strong, and NO carb problems.

                                          My blend is 3 quarts of 91 octane (no ethanol) with 1 quart of 100LL aviation gas and Stihl (or whatever brand you run) premix. Takes a little more fussing around to mix, but in my experience, itís worth it. Think of it as poor mans MotoMix.

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                                          • I run only 100LL in my saws, no ethanol fuel is very hard to find here now. The airport is 10 min away from me, great shelf life, no water absorption issues

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                                            • Originally posted by missed View Post
                                              I run only 100LL in my saws, no ethanol fuel is very hard to find here now. The airport is 10 min away from me, great shelf life, no water absorption issues
                                              I worked at a motorcycle shop in the mid 80ís, about the time that ethanol blended fuels were being introduced. The service side of the dealership made a fortune cleaning carb banks that had gummed up.

                                              Shelf life on AvGas is measured in years. Ethanol blended fuels, sometimes weeks. We did tests on it to show the customers. Put each respective fuel in a clear glass container and let it sit undisturbed for a period of time. Doesnít take long and you will clearly see separation on the ethanol junk. For small engines itís no bueno.
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                                              • We used to run our saws on Avgas mixed wit Mobil Jet Oil 2, bar oil was OMD 370 (C47 engine oil). Det cord was still preferred over chainsaws though.

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                                                • Anyone tried running the Tru-Fuel stuff in the aluminum cans in their saws? They have it in both 40:1 and 50:1 and was looking at it vs having to mix gas

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                                                  • Originally posted by ajv35XX View Post
                                                    Anyone tried running the Tru-Fuel stuff in the aluminum cans in their saws? They have it in both 40:1 and 50:1 and was looking at it vs having to mix gas
                                                    I can't see paying that much, I remember seeing it at the local saw shop. It was like $8 a quart. $32 a gallon for gas. I'll keep running the $4.50/gal 100LL

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