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Chainsaw - your favorite? (by Taylor [TX]) Apr 29, 2013 10:19 AM
       Chainsaw - your favorite? (by Txmike [TX]) Apr 29, 2013 10:31 AM
       Chainsaw - your favorite? (by RB [MI]) Apr 29, 2013 11:15 AM
       Chainsaw - your favorite? (by DaveS [IL]) Apr 29, 2013 11:32 AM
       Chainsaw - your favorite? (by Ken [NY]) Apr 29, 2013 11:34 AM
       Chainsaw - your favorite? (by Taylor [TX]) Apr 29, 2013 11:35 AM
       Chainsaw - your favorite? (by Smokowna [MD]) Apr 29, 2013 11:40 AM
       Chainsaw - your favorite? (by 574-Brad [IN]) Apr 29, 2013 12:07 PM
       Chainsaw - your favorite? (by Rick [IN]) Apr 29, 2013 12:32 PM
       Chainsaw - your favorite? (by RR78 [VA]) Apr 29, 2013 2:53 PM
       Chainsaw - your favorite? (by Mike45 [NV]) Apr 29, 2013 3:34 PM
       Chainsaw - your favorite? (by Smokowna [MD]) Apr 29, 2013 4:27 PM
       Chainsaw - your favorite? (by Michael [IA]) Apr 29, 2013 5:09 PM
       Chainsaw - your favorite? (by Sue [IL]) Apr 29, 2013 6:24 PM
       Chainsaw - your favorite? (by Roy [AL]) Apr 29, 2013 7:42 PM
       Chainsaw - your favorite? (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Apr 29, 2013 9:32 PM
       Chainsaw - your favorite? (by Wilma [PA]) Apr 30, 2013 4:45 AM
       Chainsaw - your favorite? (by Robin [WI]) Apr 30, 2013 10:18 AM
       Chainsaw - your favorite? (by Bill [TX]) May 2, 2013 9:20 AM
       Chainsaw - your favorite? (by Mark [AL]) May 2, 2013 2:50 PM
       Chainsaw - your favorite? (by J [IN]) May 2, 2013 7:06 PM

Chainsaw - your favorite? (by Taylor [TX]) Posted on: Apr 29, 2013 10:19 AM

I need a chainsaw. I can't bear owning this many houses, in what usually feels like the tropics complete with never-stop-growing plants and trees, in hurricane country without owning a chainsaw.

I was trying to saw off a crape myrtle stump on Saturday and mentally snapped. What am I doing? I exhausted myself and still didn't get the stupid thing cut.

Anyway, which brand AND size chainsaw would you recommend?

Note: I am a chick. Though I am strong as a bull when mad, my upper body strength is otherwise abysmal.

Would be used to trim small trees, limbs, and bushes. Anything big or high is hired out.

Thank you!

(less than one month to convention!)

Chainsaw - your favorite? (by Txmike [TX]) Posted on: Apr 29, 2013 10:31 AM

If you aren't going to use it much, buy an electric one. A 14 inch would be fine. Plus they are cheap. You could get one at a box store for less than 60. I have several gas saws. It's just that if you don't use them enough the carb gets gummed up with old gas. Also an electric pole saw would be nice to have. You could buy a 10 inch one, and just use it seperate from the pole for jobs on the ground. They run around 100

Chainsaw - your favorite? (by RB [MI]) Posted on: Apr 29, 2013 11:15 AM

Taylor (TX)

An electric model will serve you well.

Light-weight and cuts great when kept sharp.

Chainsaw - your favorite? (by DaveS [IL]) Posted on: Apr 29, 2013 11:32 AM

Electric chain saws are fine for what you want to do; a pole chain saw is a very useful tool...just don't buy them at Harbor Freight.

Chainsaw - your favorite? (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Apr 29, 2013 11:34 AM

On small enough stuff I would recommend considering a sawzall.I consider a chainsaw the single most dangerous tool the average homeowner will ever get there hands on,you need to understand where things will fall and how to make it go there properly and when on the ground and you cut into a limb or trunk you need to understand how it will bind up or cause kickback.Be very careful if you get one. --72.224.xx.x

Chainsaw - your favorite? (by Taylor [TX]) Posted on: Apr 29, 2013 11:35 AM

But I live in a hurricane-prone area. I have had a need for a chainsaw on two prior occasions where electricity was not available. (and had to rely on contractors and/or neighbors).

Chainsaw - your favorite? (by Smokowna [MD]) Posted on: Apr 29, 2013 11:40 AM

I have four or five Stihl Chainsaws. They seem to work like a champ.

Just so you know, I had one made into a hot that it came with a 16" bar, but we added a 20" bar and a different chain and sprocket. What I had then was a lighter saw that had a longer nose. Very handy for not needing to lean over as much to cut fallen wood, also light with more reach when you are sawing over you head.

Gave away all my Homelite etc saws. --173.66.xx.xx

Chainsaw - your favorite? (by 574-Brad [IN]) Posted on: Apr 29, 2013 12:07 PM

Stihl is the best, however they are expensive. A cheaper Stihl runs around $300. Probably more than you need. Homelite is mostly junk from what I've seen. I hate electric chainsaws, weed eaters and mowers. They have no power.

I like the Poulan Pro's. Affordable, not too heavy, and they work fine if you aren't getting crazy with them. If your going to go hard and heavy on big stuff, they start to get tired after hour or so.

Chainsaw - your favorite? (by Rick [IN]) Posted on: Apr 29, 2013 12:32 PM

Agree with 574-Brad. I have both.

Chainsaw - your favorite? (by RR78 [VA]) Posted on: Apr 29, 2013 2:53 PM

If its small stuff first consider the sawall with a pruning blade. A sawall is always a handy tool to have for other jobs. Even have a scraper blade for them to use as an electric scraper.

No chains to sharpen or oil. Pruning blades cheap enough to buy when need to.

But nothing comes close to a gas chain saw. So depends on how much you need it.

Chainsaw - your favorite? (by Mike45 [NV]) Posted on: Apr 29, 2013 3:34 PM

If I can get away with it, I'll use my Sawzall. I'll pull out my chain saw (a Poulan Pro from Harbor Freight) only if I have to. Which I do, a few times each year.

The Poulan Pro cost about $150 and it has performed very well.

I second the comments of Ken above that chain saws are DANGEROUS. They kick, they twist, they bind, they try to kill you. And when you are up on a ladder, you are tempted to over-balance and reach for things you should not.

Be very careful!

Chainsaw - your favorite? (by Smokowna [MD]) Posted on: Apr 29, 2013 4:27 PM

I omitted something before.

If you have a Stihl weed whacker of the better grade, you can buy just the small chain saw attachment for it.

This will give you reach, light weight, keep the spinning chain far from harms way and kill poison ivy.

There is a picture of the pole pruner end.

(Do not buy the cheaper imitations. Not worth it). --173.66.xx.xx

Chainsaw - your favorite? (by Michael [IA]) Posted on: Apr 29, 2013 5:09 PM

I have four Stihls. Everything from a small top handle pruner to a pole saw. What ever you get, find a small hardware store that sharpens chains as a great chainsaw with a dull chain is useless. --50.83.xx.x

Chainsaw - your favorite? (by Sue [IL]) Posted on: Apr 29, 2013 6:24 PM

Look at the Black and Decker Alligator Lopper. I love it! It's like a mini chainsaw and lopper in one. I use it all the time to trim smaller branches, brush, etc. It's not too heavy and has a rechargeable battery. Search for it online.

Chainsaw - your favorite? (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Apr 29, 2013 7:42 PM


All you really need is a $15.00 Bow Saw. With a new serrated blade, it will slice through small branches with ease. Plus, you can build up those upper body muscles too without going to the gym.

Chainsaw - your favorite? (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Apr 29, 2013 9:32 PM


My favorite chainsaw is the one I watch someone else use! I like my toes and legs too much. Too many accidents and no matter how good, they take strong arms.

Too many close calls. Not worth it. There is a reason the insurance companies charge sky high to insure a contractor using a chainsaw.

My guys' first choice in the elec Alligator. $99.

I used it cut down a 7" diameter tree. Just squeeze the handles like giant scissors and pull the trigger.

The blade is fully enclosed and super easy to use. Nearly impossible to hurt yourself.

Sawzall with 12" pruning blade is LETHAL! They snag, snap and fly, will cut thru your leg like a chainsaw. Just use a 6" blade.

Chainsaw - your favorite? (by Wilma [PA]) Posted on: Apr 30, 2013 4:45 AM

I'm an ambitious woman, but do not like handling chainsaws in the least. If my hubby kicks first, I'll hire out that kind of work.

That said, he'd take Stihl over Poulan any day. And he is now the proud owner (and wearer!) of Stihl chainsaw chaps, purchased by me shortly after he admitted that he'd nicked his jeans with the chainsaw - good thing he wears them baggy!

Chainsaw - your favorite? (by Robin [WI]) Posted on: Apr 30, 2013 10:18 AM

I like that idea of buying chainsaw chaps. My husband nicked his jeans with a circular saw a few months ago. Got lucky...

Chainsaw - your favorite? (by Bill [TX]) Posted on: May 2, 2013 9:20 AM

Like Brad said, my favorite is the one that someone else has to use.

I bought a reconditioned Echo from H.D. 13 years ago, and it still performs, and I have cut a lot of trees with it.

Be careful, and do not get in a hurry.

Chainsaw - your favorite? (by Mark [AL]) Posted on: May 2, 2013 2:50 PM

I used a 16" gas homelite for years on the farm.I use an electric 16" Craftsman close to electric plugs.A gas chainsaw is the most aggravating tool around.My Remington electric pole saw is great except for the cheap plastic clamp screws.

Consider a reciprocating saw with an "ugly" blade.That is the nickname because of the big teeth for cutting tree limbs or rough cut lumber.

Chainsaw - your favorite? (by J [IN]) Posted on: May 2, 2013 7:06 PM

I have the entry level Stihl and it seems to work great.

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