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Old 09-30-2019, 10:35 PM   #21
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In the National Forests in utah there is a ridiculous amount of dead fallen timber, esp in the uinta mountains. Always Take a small chainsaw and cut a pile of firewood for the whole weekend. Itís legal, and encouraged as it reduces wildfire fuel.
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Old 09-30-2019, 11:30 PM   #22
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i always carry a chainsaw. i have had to clear roads in nat forests because storms blew down trees. i would still be there waiting for foresty dept to opened the roads. their first priority is the paved roads. kurt
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Old 10-01-2019, 07:05 AM   #23
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Chugging through Montana and Wyoming, in the areas that there *are* National Forests, folks do seem to be stocking up on wood. Seems they expect a cold season to be here soon If it's illegal then there are a lot of people out very obviously breaking the law ..... It could well vary area to area. There is a lot of dead wood from forest fires up there.

If you get into parks (state / national / provincial ....) they often *do* have pretty specific rules about what you can or can't do. I would not fire up a chain saw in one unless I had checked the local rules.

One thing that a whole lot of places have are bans on transporting wood. To the extent we are talking about firewood, chopping a load in Wyoming and hauling it back to Pennsylvania likely gets you in trouble ....


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Old 10-01-2019, 08:53 AM   #24
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I carry a Dewalt battery powered chainsaw, extra battery and bar chain oil kit in my truck, which is also our TV. You can get a plastic carry case that is clean and handy. We live in a remote forested corner of the state and have cleared trees from the road or our driveway 3 times this year alone. It has come in handy twice to clear trees while towing our AS on lonely roads in northern Minnesota and the Michigan UP with no cell service where we might still be waiting for someone to come bail us out. There are many places you just can't turn around and must deal with what is in front of you. Bowsaw is handy, and I have one of those as well, but can be time consuming and strenuous on a big job. Chain saws aren't just a guy thing...my wife suggested I start carrying it on the road.

Should you carry one? I agree with others that it depends on where you spend your time. Sticking to well-traveled roads and campgrounds, probably don't need it. But if you go the remote route, sooner or later you will likely be glad you toted some kind of device to bail you out of a woody road hazard.
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Old 10-01-2019, 09:01 AM   #25
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I'm reminded of the story of the "Eagles" guitar man, Joe Walsh. He carried a chain saw so if his room wasn't adjoining to Don Felder's, he'd just make a new door. It cost the band $64,000. Since then, Joe has sobered up!
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Old 10-01-2019, 09:08 AM   #26
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Bow saw? Chain saw?

Real boondockers should carry a double bit axe.
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Old 10-01-2019, 09:57 AM   #27
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Bow saw? Chain saw?

Real boondockers should carry a double bit axe.

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He probably had in mind to protect his wife and himself from the crazy copycats of Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie characters.
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Old 10-01-2019, 12:32 PM   #29
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Real boondockers should carry a double bit axe.


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Old 10-09-2019, 09:19 AM   #30
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battery powered Milwaukee chainsaw is my go to tool for wood cutting. No fuel/oil to mess with and starts at the pull of the trigger.
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Old 10-09-2019, 09:22 AM   #31
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Battery powered Milwaukee chainsaw is my take along tool. No oil/fuel to mess with and it starts at the pull of the trigger switch.
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Old 10-09-2019, 09:34 AM   #32
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These chainsaws are amazing....I use them all the time both at home, camping, etc. Lots of power, lasts a good amount of time per charge.



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Old 10-09-2019, 09:38 AM   #33
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Up here in Canada we all have pet Beavers to deal with downed trees and cut fire wood. When they get tired we have this Canadian invention called an AXE.
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I think you received a lot of replies with good reasons. You also received some humorous replies. The real question or comment is: Why did you feel it was necessary to post your question on Air Forums? Did you ever think to ask your husband for his reasons to bring along a chainsaw? I'll bet his answer would be close to what others told you. I take a firearm with me in my Airstream. I hope I don't need it, however, it's there if or when I do. Nuff said.
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I boondock most of the time. A campground with hookups just confuses me.

I do take a chainsaw most of the time. If I don't have the chainsaw, then I have a cordless Sawzall type tool.

Cutting down a live tree and cutting up a tree that is blocking the road are two very different things. No Ranger in the world is going to cite you for the latter.

The area I boondock in was ravaged by a forest fire a few years ago. Dead trees are still vertical. I cut down the vertical ones that - if they fell - could hit my trailer. This is on BLM land, where there is clear cut logging as well as permitted smaller logging. Nobody is going to complain about me cutting down an already dead tree.

Sometimes a campsite has a branch in the way. Cutting off the branch ensures that the trailer isn't damaged. A chainsaw may be overkill for this example.

I have non-professional experience cutting down trees. I can usually put a tree down within 10' of where I plan for it to go. I use the winch on my ATV to (indirectly, with a snatch block) pull the tree in the direction I want it to go.

The usual caveats apply: Don't hurt yourself with the chainsaw. Don't cut a tree down onto your trailer/truck/ATV/spouse. Don't forget get to yell, "Timber!!!!"
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Old 10-09-2019, 01:43 PM   #39
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I like to think my chainsaw(s) are 100% dependable about 98% of the time, right until they are not. My axe never fails to start. A bow saw is quiet, light and less smelly. I would worry about one of my $600 to $1,000 chainsaws if I was away from it for any period of time, but surely nobody would steal a bow saw - too much work. Electric saw tech has really improved, and you probably have a generator or solar power to charge it. At a remote campsite, there is little for me to do other than chop wood, so no chainsaw for me. All of that said, it depends on his mission, so if you guys need one, bring one.
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A chainsaw could come in handy if you run into a sharknado.
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