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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

I Got A Cool New Tool, Don't Tell Phil

 

  It's A Stihl Chainsaw and metal detector!! Two Tools In ONE!

 

 There's a big old 3 forked stump in the yard and I decided to start whittling it down low to the ground.

The saw is a 16" so you can get some perspective. I walked it around the whole base and the blade didn't

touch the cut I made on the far side.










 

21 comments:

  1. I'm cringing thinking about the sound of hitting the nail

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  2. I've never found a nail, but I've had my share of barbed wire. It's usually 3 inches long or so. It comes from trees that were at one time along a fence line. They act as a huge magnet would (attracting the metal in the chain). Amazingly, it almost exclusively runs parallel to the grain in the stump or log; can't figure out how or why.

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  3. We were Geocaching last weekend & found a chunk of juniper that had grown completely around a strand of wire.
    They just trimmed it back & left the piece as decoration.
    CC

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  4. Ouch! You've had that saw for yeeeears huh! I have an O29 as well, and farm boss (branbe newbe) MS290. Your O29 is at least, 20 years old. Great chainsaws, huh? Ohio Guy

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    1. Good eye! That saw is from 1996. 25 years old. I had to replace the bar oil pump and obviously chains. It performs exceptionally well and I’ve taken good care of it.

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  5. Wait 'til you find a railroad spike in a tree.

    THe damage is the same as yours, only moreso.

    Don't bother to try and sharpen the chain, toss it and get a new one.
    In fact, get two, so you have a spare for incident like this.

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    1. I’ll grab a couple tomorrow.

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    2. I call your railroad spike and raise you 3 (yes, three!) horseshoes!!! In the middle of one oak stump.
      I've hit one horseshoe before (at a ranch that's been in the family for 167 years) but I would not have thought it possible to hit a pocket of THREE horseshoes!
      It's possible. Photo available on request.

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    3. Elmo, send the pic to my email. It's on the sidebar up near the top.

      Thanks

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  6. As a sawmill automation engineer in the 90's, we had to put metal detectors on the "input" side of the log cutting/processing end, because the Ecoterrorists were spiking the trees here in the Pacific Northwest and it would play merry hob with the bandmill(s) chopping up the unprocessed log. The "green chain" would stop, an alarm would sound, etc. I had the sawmill operators think I couldn't get it sensitive enough to detect a gum wrapper, I gobstopped them by doing just that. A week later they had me adjust it a little less sensitive, it would stop for the darndest reasons, like a staple in the tree, etc. Heh.

    You've never lived until you see an industrial-grade bandmill blow up a band when it hits a spike!

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    1. I remember 30 years ago when an off-bearer (tail sawyer) in Mendocino County got half his face removed when the 8' double cut band mill he was working next to hit a ceramic spike set by the Earth First! crowd. Bastards.

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  7. There is plenty of meat left on that chain. Buck up and get 'er sharp. I've hit all sorts of shit in tree trunks - from sap spouts to a chunk of slate. It might take a while, but I have yet to throw out a chain with that much life left in it.

    Leigh
    Whitehall, NY

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  8. My dad once found a bullet buried in a piece of wood that he was cutting on his table saw.

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  9. Haven’t found a nail YET... One spare chain? 2 is 1, 1 is none, blah blah blah. I keep 3 spares in the saw kit and two spare plugs. Out where I have to cut trees, the nearest town that would have replacements is an hour away, IF they have them.

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  10. Dang buddy. I guess that's why those two tools were always sold separately.
    Being from the Pacific Northwest myself I well remember the Ego Terrorist assholes back in the day spiking trees. Nasty business, especially for the Fallers. I suppose a new chain is a cheap alternative compared to having one explode on ya completely. Still sucks. Nice saw BTW. They make good shit.

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  11. I have the same saw, and with a sharp chain it is like a Star Wars light saber through wood. Don't use pump gas unless it is ethanol free, as I found out the hard way. That pump gas will keep your saw from starting. I use the Stihl oil as well. I have my chains sharpened by the shop with the machine that is automated, I lack the patience to file a chain sharp, plus I think it is better and more uniform on the machine. I think I have about six chains for this saw at least, keep 'em sharp.

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    1. I use the Stihl premix gallons in the saw and leaf blower. They start with one or two pulls no matter what. It's costly but worth it. IMHO

      Irish

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  12. That's cool. They have an attachment for downed trees that finds rocks. Works great.

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  13. I love my stihl ms270 except the cheap plastic pull winding system and spring. I keep 4 sharpened blades at all times. Wish I had an older model but did not need one until about 20 years ago.

    That and rocks picked up in the soil during growth have been my hits. Horseshoe interesting, like that winchester found in Arizona would like to know the story on how the horseshoe got there, maybe hung on a limb after shod.

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  14. I've been a tree man my whole life. Grew up logging. I've found all kinds of metal in trees. I found the end of a swing frame in a poplar about 5 years ago. 4 foot diameter tree wouldn't fall over cause the 2" steel pipe frame was in it. I had to deliberately cut the pipe with the chainsaw. I felt physically ill as I was abusing my friends Stihl. I sure was glad it was a borrowed saw.
    And how do we add pictures to our comment?

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