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#1 Ryan313 OFFLINE  

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Posted April 17, 2013 - 10:58 AM

I am thinking about getting another chainsaw, a small one. The 029 Super is a great saw, cuts through anything, even when the 20 inch bar is completely buried in hardwood! The only problem... It is heavy! With a full tank of bar oil and a full tank of fuel it is close to 20 pounds. It is not so bad when bucking, but when limbing a tree it gets very heavy, very fast.

I am thinking about finding a 023 or 025? I would like to be able to put a 12 inch bar on it, to keep weight down and still have maneuverability. I usually don't keep branches if they are smaller then about 4 inches, so 4 inches is likely the largest I will cut with it.

Thoughts? Recomendations?

I have used the 029 super to cut up about 10 trees so far, and the weight is the only complaint.

The other day I was limbing a tree and I hit my leg with the saw. I did not hit it hard, I only went though the outer later of my chaps. After thinking about it, I realized that with a lighter saw I probably would not have hit myself. That is the big reason I want to have a lightweight saw for limbs.

Edited by Ryan313, April 17, 2013 - 11:01 AM.

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Posted April 17, 2013 - 11:17 AM

I've used two saws for many years. A 20" full size and a 12" Echo. It is certainly easier on me and that makes it safer. Go for it. I was taught limbing with an axe. Always cut with the trunk between you and the limb that you are cutting.  Good Luck, Rick

 

BTW a cord of dry hardwood has the same heat energy as 200 gallons of #2 oil. You save alot of money burning wood. Spend some of it on yourself. 


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Posted April 17, 2013 - 11:24 AM

Ryan, to me a 12" bar seems a little short to me. Keep in mind the bar length also makes a difference on the balance of the saw in your hands. A longer the bar can make for less bending and reaching. I have a couple of saws. An 044 with a 24" bar (which is too short half the time) and a 032 with a 20" bar. The 032 is the best saw I ever had lite, powerful, and still runs after all the years of overuse.  Maybe around a 16" bar on the 023, 025 ?


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Posted April 17, 2013 - 11:39 AM

For Cutting limbs and small stuff I use the McCulloch Mini Macs.

They are a great saw and they can usually be purchased pretty cheap.

 

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Posted April 17, 2013 - 12:22 PM

I have a older Homelite XL Automatic with 14"bar.  That thing is light.  I went into Home Depot and saw the newer Homelites.  I picked up the one that had a 14"bar and it must have weighed twice what mine does.  I was glad that I have the one I have.  I know the new one is light enough for most folks but since my old one runs well and weighs nothing, I will hang on to it.


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Posted April 17, 2013 - 01:51 PM

You can check in to the Dolmar saws too. I have one Dolmar and a Makita. They are identical saws other than the logo. The one runs good and the other has become a parts saw. Great little saws for limbing and not much weight to them.


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Posted April 17, 2013 - 09:34 PM

Why don't you use one of the smaller saws that you already have? That 029 is not all that heavy or powerful of a saw. My reccomendation is keep using it. Just take extras caution or stop for the day when you get really tired. Im only 5'9"-5'10" and 180-185 lbs, and I use my 460 magnum all day long. You are a little younger than me, but you will get used to the weight and feel of the saw. I do reccomend a smaller saw for limbing though. Like I said in the past wear your chaps, hearing protection and safety glasses. All a cheap investment compared to some medical bills... Those little macs are cool but top handle saws should be used for in tree cutting. They are handy and light but if they kick back they are a little harder to control.


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Posted April 18, 2013 - 05:49 AM

Like what Doc said ,I bought a little MiniMac w/14" bar for just limbs , the older Sears with the 20" bar gets heavy fast for me lol . I'm not cutting wood like you do just when trees and branches fall down and the yard needs clean up . But still worth it for me to have the 2 gas saws , Al


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Posted April 18, 2013 - 07:59 PM

I looked at the specs for some saws, and getting an 023 or 025 would only save me about 5 pounds. I don't think that spending the money would be worth those few pounds; although, if I come across a deal I will pick up a smaller saw.

Thanks for all the help!

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Posted April 20, 2013 - 08:47 PM

Why go lighter when you can go heavier? Lol. I just picked up 3 Husqvarnas, a 99cc a 94.5cc and a 88cc. They are rather large. For $120 I might add..


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