Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Two Stihl Saws :: Broken

The sun finally came out and it was a relatively warm (hey, anything above freezing is warm) day for cutting wood. The tractor was successfully making it around without getting stuck, I had found some nice dead and standing locust, there was new gas (it was correctly mixed), and I was actually accomplishing something. All was going well until ... until ... until the saw gurgled a bit and then suddenly locked up! Now I can't even pull the rope out, but the chain still moves freely. Alas, I'm no saw mechanic so this one will be going to the shop (the Amish chainsaw shop that is).

But, that only accounts for the little saw being broken. The big saw broke a couple weeks ago and I just haven't done the repair yet. That one seems to be a simple fix because it is just missing a few screws on the outside I believe, but I'll have the shop check it out to make sure. Hopefully it gets going soon because I would rather cut with the big saw anyways!

The moral of the story :: One saw is nice ... two is way better in case one breaks ... and, it might not be a bad idea to have a hand saw around when chainsaw one and chainsaw two breaks. This is especially true when you rely on the saws for creating heat for the house. Luckily I was able to cut a bit before the break so I have some wood set back ... of course it is the bigger stuff ... where is that axe! It doesn't ever go like it is supposed to it seems, but I will press on.

9 comments:

Rough Rider said...

Keep pressing on, Ethan!

Kelly said...

My friend said the local Stihl dealer has seen a lot of burned up saws as of late. The dealer said 9 out of 10 times, it is due to the cheaper oil from our local farm supply place. It may also be the ethanol in your gas, if they allow that crap in Iowa. The explanation ay have been a line to buy the Stihl oil, but my buddy hasn't had any problem with his saws since then.

Kelly said...

My friend said the local Stihl dealer has seen a lot of burned up saws as of late. The dealer said 9 out of 10 times, it is due to the cheaper oil from our local farm supply place. It may also be the ethanol in your gas, if they allow that crap in Iowa. The explanation ay have been a line to buy the Stihl oil, but my buddy hasn't had any problem with his saws since then.

Ethan Book said...

Kelly ... I have heard that about the oil, so I only use Stihl oil :( Of course the only fuel available is Ethanol so???

David said...

I am just about half way through reading all of your posts and I am keeping up with your daily posts. What a great blog!! You are definitely inspiring me. About the chain saws, That's two stroke motor for ya. I used to cut wood every year as a kid and we had three chainsaws, it seemed like every time we would go cut we would be down to one by the end of the day. Keep a nice long-toothed band saw with you. I use those all of the time and they make pretty quick work of wood. Of course not as quick as a chain saw would ;). Keep up the great blog!

BlueGate said...

Not sure if you are familiar with the mower shop in Melcher, but Leon works on all our small engine equipment and he's the best skills at the best price that we've found in the area. Not to mention that he's a bit of a character, so there's an entertainment factor as well.

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Anonymous said...

ethan if you buy high test gas it should not have ethanol I burned up my saw last fall ethanol will not cool a 2 stroke. you need extra good oil or high test should have both kind of expensive to learn

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I know what you are talking about dear farmer, that has happened to me many times, once it happened to me like 5 times in just a day, I wanted to cry. I had to buy some new saws from another brand

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