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16"-18" Chainsaw recommendations

Jan. 1, 2013, 6:28 p.m.
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holy crap! i had no idea the fvmba was so organized..

FVMBA has a lot of dedicated Execs and builders who are very passionate about biking and trail building.

Back on topic - I have been using a MS170 for 7yrs. Its light, fits in my Builder pack nicely and allows me the spare wieght to pack in a load of nails if needed on various bridge builds. And when you're looking at a 1hr hike in and out you will really appreciate the light weight. I have noticed weak power here and there but in those situations, I take my time and let the saw do the cutting.

Replacing chains on smaller saws are cheaper too compared to larger ones.

Besides a bandage kit, I also carry a Fox 40 whistle on me for the days I am running a saw.

http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=pH51rAX-G3o

Jan. 2, 2013, 8:41 a.m.
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FVMBA-very impressive..we have nothing like that here on the sunshine coast.

builders go fairly unsupported overall.

Jan. 2, 2013, 8:44 a.m.
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yep nice job FVMBA.

Jan. 2, 2013, 10:46 a.m.
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anybody recommend a good place for pricing when buying a saw?

Hey Bryan, my buddy Brett owns RR rentals in Ladner. Stihl dealer. Awesome bloke, dont think you could go wrong for prices. Let him know its for building.

diggin

Jan. 2, 2013, 10:48 a.m.
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Hey Bryan, my buddy Brett owns RR rentals in Ladner. Stihl dealer. Awesome bloke, dont think you could go wrong for prices. Let him know its for building.

Thanks for the info, I didn't know he sold Stihl. Will keep it in mind when I need supplies [HTML_REMOVED] gear.

Jan. 2, 2013, 2:21 p.m.
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Cool. Thanks.

Jan. 2, 2013, 4:20 p.m.
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this thread reads like a pissing contest.

the guy lives in Merritt and will probably use the saw a handful of times a month, at the most, to clear blow down, by the sounds of it. i'm sure a small and light 16-18" saw would be just dandy for him.

i know people who build on the north shore with 18" poulan saws year after year. if you're an arborist of building a freaking log cabin, then sure get the best. clearing blow down once in a while? you don't need top of the line, but it is nice if you have the dollars to burn. even so, no point in carrying around a bigger saw than you actually require.

an 18" saw is a good size for building on the north shore, so i highly doubt a bigger saw is required in Merritt, of all places.

Jan. 2, 2013, 6:16 p.m.
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I didnt think this thread read like a pissing match. Just people w opinions and ideas. Isnt that how we learn?

Jan. 2, 2013, 6:49 p.m.
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Only the post above yours seems like a pissing match.

Jan. 2, 2013, 7:57 p.m.
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Riteway rentals in poco are a stihl dealer too. Ive never been in there but im thinking of the 170 for my own use too.

Jan. 2, 2013, 8:04 p.m.
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Only the post above yours seems like a pissing match.

u guys are really sensitive…

svennie and i always hassle each other. when we stop i will get worried because it will mean one of us is dead or in a coma or something….

Jan. 2, 2013, 8:15 p.m.
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Skip the homeowners saws and find a good used MS026 / MS260 / MS261.

It has more power than the 270 and it's lighter. It's from their pro series of saws.

Jan. 2, 2013, 8:15 p.m.
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u guys are really sensitive…

he meant the wernie post.

Jan. 2, 2013, 8:22 p.m.
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It's not the size of your saw, it's how you use it. I've been building with a 14" poulan for years. It's a good trail saw cause it's light, quiet and you don't really care when you inevitably dull the teeth on rocks and dirt. Plus it's quick to sharpen cause its so small.

Jan. 2, 2013, 8:35 p.m.
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he meant the wernie post.

thank you.

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