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16"-18" Chainsaw recommendations

July 13, 2015, 11:16 a.m.
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years ago we wrapped our Poulan saw in a plastic bag and left it on the mtn and the snow came. It sat for a few months buried in snow till we went back in the spring. Brought fresh gas with us and it fired right up……

would I do that with my Husky XP? no fricken way

July 13, 2015, 2:40 p.m.
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Gents,

Who stashes their chainsaw in the bush?

I need to cut up some dead hook….errr…I have a section of trail that's pretty shitty to access and have quite a bit of work to do.

what are your methods for stashing/hiding your saws? wrap in plastic? keep ventilated? rubbermaid of some sort?

any issues arise from doing this? critters, moisture, other?

I wrap mine in a garbage bag and find the nearest big hollow stump. No problems so far.

March 22, 2018, 1:41 p.m.
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https://youtu.be/LJ56bB13GM8

Jan. 7, 2020, 4:26 p.m.
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not sure if anyone is currently in the market for a small saw but summit tools has a sale on Hitachi 32cc/16" saws right now for $140 - pretty decent price for a reputable brand.

Jan. 7, 2020, 10:27 p.m.
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Anyone here used an electric chainsaw for trail work? Should I just get a gas saw?

Don't need to cut anything huge, and electric is lighter

Jan. 7, 2020, 11:38 p.m.
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Posted by: Hepcat

Anyone here used an electric chainsaw for trail work? Should I just get a gas saw?

Don't need to cut anything huge, and electric is lighter

Once you add in the batteries there’s not much difference in weight from what I’ve seen.  That Hitachi is only 11lbs. Here’s a review:

https://sawedfish.com/hitachi-cs33eb16-16-inch-32-2cc-chainsaw-review/

Jan. 8, 2020, 7:02 a.m.
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Anybody ever used or seen these before? Seems like a really good deal (though obviously a chinese knock off) and it looks like parts might be interchangeable with a Husky. Sounds like there's import duties though too.

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07P4LTGHV/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_1?smid=A3CBY7KNHT196E&psc=1

Jan. 8, 2020, 7:31 p.m.
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Posted by: cbennett

Anybody ever used or seen these before? Seems like a really good deal (though obviously a chinese knock off) and it looks like parts might be interchangeable with a Husky. Sounds like there's import duties though too.

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07P4LTGHV/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_1?smid=A3CBY7KNHT196E&psc=1

They also don't include a bar and chain, so there's another $50-75 depending on the size of bar you go with. At that point you're starting to get into Stihl/Husky money so may as well just go all in. Don't forget about the Poulan's you can get at C-Tire, if you take care of those things and don't beat on them they will last a long time. Another option is to go used, sometimes you can score decent deals off of Craigslist or the like.


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Jan. 9, 2020, 10:03 a.m.
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big fan of e-saws for trail work...  lighter, quieter and less maintenance.  Unfortunately the cost is higher.

Jan. 9, 2020, 11:05 a.m.
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Posted by: LoamtoHome

big fan of e-saws for trail work...  lighter, quieter and less maintenance.  Unfortunately the cost is higher.

For a similar size saw, once you add the batteries the e-saws are heavier

Jan. 9, 2020, 11:44 a.m.
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disagree....  I have both and the e-saw feels way lighter even with battery on the back of my pack.  I can carry it and work on trail....  not so with a normal saw.  Way more plastic with an e-saw.

Jan. 9, 2020, 12:27 p.m.
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Posted by: LoamtoHome

disagree....  I have both and the e-saw feels way lighter even with battery on the back of my pack.  I can carry it and work on trail....  not so with a normal saw.  Way more plastic with an e-saw.

Which brand/model do you have? When I've compared weights of similar sized gas/cordless saws the cordless saws weigh more.

Jan. 10, 2020, 11:35 a.m.
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I have the Dewalt 16" e-saw and a Stihl WoodBoss 028 with an 18" bar.  The Stihl doesn't get much use unless I have a lot of cutting.  I have a spare battery for the e-saw which is a pretty much have.

Jan. 10, 2020, 1:17 p.m.
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do you think it's fair to compare the weight of a higher powered saw with a bigger bar and chain to a smaller saw?

Jan. 11, 2020, 8:26 a.m.
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I don’t know if my Ego esaw is lighter after batteries are considered, but it’s quiet and where I maintain trails that’s very important.

I have three batteries for it and have been in situations where that’s not enough - and that requires you finish up a different day - which is a real PITA having to do two trips that a gas saw could have done in one.

It’s silence means I get to use it at home too at all hours. Helps for firewood, and I live in a neighbourhood.

Personally, I got it for its silence only.


 Last edited by: Ddean on Jan. 11, 2020, 8:27 a.m., edited 1 time in total.

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