The best internet resource I have found for saw stuff is
www.arboristsite.com. I'd suggest reading through the forums there.
There's some pretty neat stuff there about tuning & porting saw
engines....and I never realized the degree of accuracy required to properly
file a chain.
I have two Stihl saws and I wouldn't buy anything else. I use my saws for
cutting around 5 cords of firewood per year, but when it came to removing
two "fair sized" trees in my backyard, I hired it done. Having a
professional take the trees down and knowing that nothing
(driveway/fence/flower beds) would be damaged was well worth the price to
Saws aren't cheap --- if this is the one use you have for a saw, you may
even be money ahead hiring the work done.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kai M. Radicke" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "shop-talk" <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, March 22, 2005 11:56 AM
Subject: Chain Saw Recommendations
> Does anyone have any recommendations for a decent chain saw that is
> of downing a good sized tree?
> The tree is in my front yard, overhanging the driveway. I had a look at
> today and quite a few of the larger upper branches are split and rotting,
> not to mention that the roots of this tree are destroying my driveway. I
> rather like the tree, but it has to come down simply because I would
> remove it myself than have mother nature decide that it should fall right
> one of my cars this summer.
> Most of the tree limbs, excluding the main trunk, are 8-10 inches in
> diameter. Can I get through this project with a 16" or 18" gas chain saw,
> or is something bigger called for? I figure I can always make two or more
> cuts to get through the trunk.
> Any particular brands to go with or stay away from? It just has to get me
> through this tree and it probably will see only limited use then for the
> upcoming years. In the past I have managed to trim my tree with a
> reciprocating saw, so I really have no need for a chain saw other than
> particular instance.
> Thanks All!