View Poll Results: Is it worth toting a chain saw when on the road?
Nope, you are better off buying. 2 15.38%
Darn tootin, wouldn't leave home without it. 5 38.46%
Yes, buy a cheap one 2 15.38%
Yes, buy a top of the line one 5 38.46%
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Old 04-28-2007, 10:49 AM   #15
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taking wood in national forests...some do allow this, USUALLY with a permit.

and naturally, camped on private land the rules are local...

but free wood in the west has gone the path of free parsley at the grocer...

air compressors....

i carry and USE a 12v model and a 110v too...

the 12v gets used more frequently because of access.

on the road unloading a genset AND compressor takes time,

depending of packing arrangement, but mine are first in/last out times...

while the 12v is ready to top off a tire in 2 minutes. yes it takes more time 4 inflation.

the ac/tank/compressor is more likely to see action once in a camp site...

the 110 also sees duty at home and in the garage, so carrying both is a matter of space.

and actually the ac compressor sees more action inflating tubeless bicycle tires while camping....

where a quick blast of air helps seat the beads..


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Old 04-28-2007, 11:04 AM   #16
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Summer of 1998 I stopped at a Casino for lunch and decided if the slots were kind to me I'd use the money to buy a chainsaw for my GF's wooded property - $110 later I was owner of a 16" Mac, and two weeks later straightline winds tore a 20" limb down and left it hanging on 120V utility power feed lines; St. Paul lost 100,000 trees that storm so the utilities simply cleared the line and left a huge pile of brush that I handily cleaned up w/ the Mac. Question: If I had not of bought the saw would the tree still be intact?

Currently I keep a Remington electric chainsaw with my kipor inverter generator - using the combo here in the neighborhood I've earned back half the generator cost clearing alley fencelines of weed hedges the old timer neighbors let grow up. The 16" Mac is so fussy over fuel that the Minnesota ethanol-blend won't start it after just a few weeks storage in a sealed gas gan!

If you are an Interstate traveler you may never see the need, but when on gravel county or private roads summer thunderstorms can drop limbs and trees just where there is slim chances of backing up or turning around when trailering. Where the trailer goes, a chainsaw goes...


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Old 04-28-2007, 03:27 PM   #17
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The blades they have out now for the small hand saws and folding buck saws are amazing , the good ones , not wally world. No chords ,gas , batteries or noise . Plenty for camp fire wood on the road .
Now if you're talkin' Andre camp fire , you need a Jonsered and a dump truck.
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Old 04-29-2007, 11:18 AM   #18
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If you get a chainsaw. Get the safety equip. too. Them suckers can bite you pretty hard.
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Hi Rodney, I chose yes.

I have a 16" Craftsman chainsaw. It works really good for my needs at home and out camping. It has a hard case that allows for storing the chain saw, chain oil, add oil for the gas, an extra chain and the tool to remove/adjust the chain.

I hardly ever take it camping unless I am going into the backwoods. I do always take a bow saw and an ax.

If I was was going on a long trip and staying in a wide variety of places remote and non-remote, I would bring a chainsaw along. Be aware of local regulations before going cutting. Some places have certain areas that you are allowed to cut in. Make sure that your chainsaw has a spark arrestor. It is required in most states that I know of and just makes good sense.

Most of the time I bring my own wood along in totes. When I run out I buy or scavenge.

Keep in mind that Oregon in particular requires you to have a shovel, ax, and a few other things ( I forget what they all are ) when going into the back country during fire season. They can fine you if you don't have these things with you.

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