Ive searched around on the forum about Chainsaw advice and didn't find too much so I though Id start a new thread.
Here are a few questions and observations I have:
I have a Poulon 295 with a 20" bar and its served me pretty well. Im actually on my second saw of this type and for the most part its a pretty good saw. I think its a little underpowered for a 20" bar but with a sharp chain Ive been pretty satisfied with the saw. But the one I have now is starting to see some wear and I am thinking about pulling the trigger on a new saw for the summer wood cutting season. What the best brand for the money? Ive been looking at Stihl but they are spendy. I know you get what you pay for but is it worth the extra coin?
I try to keep ontop of my chains and sharpen them just about every time I gas up. This seems to work ok. But I can never get that factory edge back on the chain. Ive tried the dremel method and thats faster but most of the time in the field it the good old round file and time that gets used the most. Anyone have a good advice or link on sharpening chains? And it it worth it to invest in one of those sharpeners like this one: http://www.baileysonline.com/itemdet...5200&catID=131
Bigger saw, bigger bar, bigger chain better cutting? I think this is self explanatory. What the best all around wood cutting saw size for AK.
Im pretty safe and if I feel uneasy about any situation such as felling, or an awquard cutting angle I move on, it not worth it for the firewood to risk injury. What saftey equipment do you guys use? I wear earplug, and saftey glasses and work boots, but I have not been in the situation where I think I need to wear leg protectors. What do you guys think.
And finally Ive heard that in the spring you can fell Birch trees and leave them lay and once the leaf out without their root system, it sucks all the moisture out of them so that you can use them safely the next winter. Is there any truth to this?
Cutting wood in the cold. Recently with our Fairbanks cold Ive been doing som cutting in the extreme cold. Ive richened up my oil to gas ration in my saw and it seems to run pretty good. The bar oil is another problem at -30 bar oil doesn't want to flow very well. Does anyone have some tricks to help it flow besides keeping the bar oil warm? Inside the cowling of the snowmachine in a metal bottle works pretty well as long as your not sitting with the machine off for too long.
Finally, splitting. I usually split the wood as I need it instead of splitting it all once I get it. I split it if the wood is at all wet but if it dry I find it keeps better if they are left in rounds and elevated off the ground. I think the bark helps protect the wood. I put mine on pallets with sheets of old roofing ontop so the wood can breath and the water runs off.
Stay warm out there and enjoy those nights by the fire when you know it was your work that is keeping you warm. It bring an satifying feeling to me. A good fire and a warm house makes a easier winter.