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 04-27-2007, 07:24 PM   #1
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Chainsaw?

I'm thinking about getting a small chainsaw to take with me on the summer tour to cut firewood. I was wondering if it is worth the bother and if it is what is the brand to get and why?
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Old 04-27-2007, 07:32 PM   #2
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I bought an electric Sears Craftsman chain saw a few years ago.

Exchanged it twice under warranty for a stripped drive gear. Bought an electric McCulloch 16" which is clean, light and will cut through anything.
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Rodney, I voted yes, get the best you can. With a caveat.

If you have no other use for a saw, I'm not sure that it will pay. If you can use one around the house, or will use one fairly regularly on the road go for it.
IMO do not buy a cheap one - this comes from 4 years of working in a saw repair shop, and my experience on wildland fires using saws as well as my personal wood cutting. You don't have to buy a great big saw, but buy a good one. My recommendation is either Husqvarna or Stihl. A 16" or 18" saw will cut most of what you want to carry back to the fire, even if you have to cut a bit from each side.
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Old 04-27-2007, 07:49 PM   #4
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I bought a small 1hp electric to use with my small generator when I'm out boondocking. For the same reason I went with a propane generator, I went with an electric chain saw...didn't want to haul gasoline or a generator filled with gasoline in the SUV or Airstream.

I can't do what Paul Bunnion did, but it does a great job and beats choppin' with an ax. With your larger generator, you could get a larger electric and cut even larger wood.

At home I may get a gas one, but for my small needs now, this seems like a great solution.
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I use my Bosch 24 volt cordless sawz-all with a HUGE agressive blade. Does the trick!!! And since I HAD IT, it makes it even better.

The added benefit is to recharge the batteries from the Yamaha EF1000iS and you don't need no stinkin' gasoline (or bar oil)
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I bought a small 1hp electric to use with my small generator when I'm out boondocking. For the same reason I went with a propane generator, I went with an electric chain saw...didn't want to haul gasoline or a generator filled with gasoline in the SUV or Airstream.
I had thought of that, but wasnt sure how useful an electric one would be given you can only go as far as the cord, or even how good the saws are.
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The beauty is that the extension cord can be standard length. The generator moves where I need it, if I need to get closer.

I'll be really frank, it's no gas chainsaw, but it does work on small limbs (say around 6 inches) and such. A larger powered unit (2hp or 3hp) electric would do an even better job. Lew as usual has another great idea and that's the sawzall. I didn't think of that. My chainsaw cost me about $49 shipped. Works great when I boondock and get some limbs I find to cut up nicely for the bonfire.
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Old 04-27-2007, 09:11 PM   #8
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We have a small Stihl 018C with a 12" bar (or at least 12" exposed if that's how they're measured) and it's done everything I've needed in the yard, including taking down and cutting up a couple of 8" diameter (at the base) trees. It's light and I'd definitely bring it along camping in some places. I don't think I'd use it in national or state parks though. Even cutting up downed dead wood might be a problem there.
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hi rodney...

i carry a small hand saw and a hatchet....

while anything is possible, it is unlikely you will do more than 'carry' the chain saw.

as moe suggests the parks/campgrounds that allow cutting wood, even fallen timber...

are uncommon west of the mississippi....

many don't even allow gathering downed wood....

so i've used the hatchet to split some wood and the saw to trim into some sites....

but only occasional use in 'firewood' mode, in missouri or arkansas....

besides a thin blade hand saw is a quick cutter....

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Joe is right...it's not all that common to be able to tear out the chainsaw. Where we go in the UP, they'd rather you yank dead/downed limbs than bring in wood due to all the insects, etc. Might be more common in the future though with all the new insects and such we import from Asia.
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Depends what you mean on the road. Out boondockin in the middle of no where? Maybe a good limbing size. Camping regla, I'm with 2Air. I keep a small Axe and hand trim saw, or my Sawzall.
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Most of my chainsaws are not what I would consider portable I have an older version of the current Stihl MS361 with a 24" Bow Blade and another with a 28" bar. I do have one very small limbing saw. But to avoid calling attention to myself in the campground environment I dew like Lew and use a sawzall with a very aggressive wood blade. FWIW mine is the 18v DeWalt. It is a lot more versatile than the electric chain saw to me. I have seen a few too many near misses and cut cords with them

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I guess I should have specified where I tend to camp. I prefer to boondock and often spend extended periods in national forest campground or in dispersed camping. I should also mention that I am specifically paying attention to the new gear I am acquiring to make sure all of it is usefull enough that it will get used regularlly and not just get toted about. Because of this, I am also debating with myself the merits of getting a aircompressor. I want to have what I need, but I dont want to carry half of the world with me.
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From my days of off-roading in my little 4WD Toyota truck, I still carry a Gerber hatchet and a bow saw for clearing limbs, as well as a folding GI shovel. But these days, with a 3/4 ton long bed truck, I also carry the real things when camping... full size ax, chain saw, and a "real" shovel. MUCH easier to use.

On the Harley (no wire wheels with tubes on mine), I carry a tubeless tire repair kit and foot pump. Would hate to have to use that on a truck or trailer tire! Boondocking a lot with the trailer, I'd definitely want an air compressor (assuming a generator), not just for emergencies, but for properly maintaining tire pressure.
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