What the beeeeeeeeeeeep.
Just back from the cabin where I "attempted" to cut and mill some boards from a spruce tree. This is only my second time using this thing, and the other time was a disaster as well. To be sure, I'm probably using an under powered saw. (Stihl MS 290), but it seems to me, I should be able to do at least a limited amount of milling with it. I'm building a tree stand, not a cabin.
It's my gf's dad's saw. He sharpened it prior to me picking it up on Friday. It felled the 8" dia spruce tree lickety split. Limbed off all the branches pretty easy, too. Cut the tree into 8 ft long logs with no trouble.
I grabbed the smallest 8 ft section, about 5-6" dia, as my first log to mill, and that's when the trouble started. It cut the first 12" pretty easily, then it just stopped-as though it had hit a brick wall. At first, I thought something was binding, but such was not the case. The last 7 ft of log was a knock out fight to the death. I found the saw would cut only if I either a.) pulled and pushed on the saw itself, so as to make the chain cut at alternating angles, or b.) rammed the hell out of the bar up against where the cut stopped (every time I rammed it into the tree, it would cut a fraction of an inch. Needless to say, it took well over an hour just to make the first cut, which was waste material; I never did get a useable board out of it. Burned up an entire tank of fuel and bar oil in the process.
What the heck is going on here? It almost HAS to be operator error. True, I'm not using a "ripping" chain, but I'd think you could still get some useful work out of that set-up. Pretty p.o.'ed at the moment. Wonder if I can rent a monster saw for a day, just to see how THAT set-up works. I may sell this thing if I can't get it to produce useable materials. (Which, if that happens, I am going to be super p.o.'ed.)