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Chainsaws ... Gas vs. Electric , whats better?
rodeotiki
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From: calgary
Posted: 2005-03-22 4:20 pm   Permalink

I am thinking about getting another Chainsaw because my Father wants mine formy folks cabin.

Wich is better? I have read the thread on tools carver use. Does electric have the power? How many amps is ideal? How long of a bar is best ?

Please help me, What do you use?

Thanks .. Collin aka rodeo
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tikimecula
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Joined: Apr 27, 2004
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From: BFE, KS
Posted: 2005-03-22 4:31 pm   Permalink

16" Gas is what i use. I was just thinking about picking up an electric for when i need to make i few quick cuts. But i think it just comes down to prefrence.

 
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McTiki
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Joined: Aug 22, 2004
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From: Sunny Florida
Posted: 2005-03-22 4:35 pm   Permalink

I prefer the electric saws myself. I have a Poulan 14 in which has plenty of power and has never heated up on me. I prefer it over the gas due in part to kickback potential and noise. I also use a 4 in bar cordless saw that rips for about 25 -35 minutes. Then I have the new toy. The Lancelot blade for the diegrinder. Awesome tool. Just don't try to guide it with your finger. (Chainsaw teeth @ 13,000 rpm)
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Benzart
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2005-03-22 4:47 pm   Permalink

Hey Rodeo, it Used to be that you had to have gas to have power but no more. Do a google search on electric chainsaws and you will see plenty with the main manufacturers offering 2 or 3 different power levels. Makita and Husquevarna both offer powerful saws and an "Inline" version that should be a super saw with its narrow ootprint.A couple of our carvers have the Makita inline model I believe.
Gas can have more power but electric is Much lighter and quieter.
You really need one of each because there are times you need to cut a log away from home. Hope this helps.
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cynfulcynner
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
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From: Ocean Beach, San Francisco
Posted: 2005-03-22 4:52 pm   Permalink


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Raffertiki
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Joined: Oct 31, 2003
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From: L.I.
Posted: 2005-03-22 5:28 pm   Permalink

My curse with 2-stroke engines forces me to go electric, but my 14" B&D has served me well, so far.

 
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surfintiki
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Joined: Sep 30, 2004
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From: S. Chatham, MA
Posted: 2005-03-22 6:02 pm   Permalink

carftsman has older models on sale for under $50 at Sears, are these just total useles crap? I'm tempted, in my financial position! BARGAIN!

 
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McTiki
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From: Sunny Florida
Posted: 2005-03-22 6:10 pm   Permalink

Electric or Gas Surfin?

 
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chisel slinger
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Joined: Feb 23, 2004
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From: columbus,ohio
Posted: 2005-03-22 6:26 pm   Permalink

both. I only use the gas for big hardcore cuts. the electric for carving. less noise, no smoke, and less power. alot more controlable. both are craftsman. this is my third c-man elecrtic. I burnt up two, but I more than made my money back. great for the witco style stuff.

 
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surfintiki
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From: S. Chatham, MA
Posted: 2005-03-22 7:23 pm   Permalink

Electric, 14", lightweight...like $45ish.
Bailey's has got the Arbortech woodcarver on sale for $24, fits 4 & 4.5" grinders...whadd'ya think?


 
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Lake Surfer
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From: Milwaukee, WI
Posted: 2005-03-22 10:22 pm   Permalink

I burnt up a Craftsman electric... though I pretty much only use the chainsaws for cutting the logs...

Arms and chisels for me!

I do want to give the Lancelot a try though... need to sell some tikis to buy one...


 
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Aaron's Akua
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Joined: Jul 09, 2004
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From: Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Posted: 2005-03-22 10:45 pm   Permalink

Rodeo, I was able to get some great tips on chainsaw selection from Ben, Cheeky, and Kiegs on page 3 of This Post. There's lots to think about.

I narrowed it down to to Makita models: The UC3500 in-line, and the 5012B. The 5012B has a tremendous speed, 5500 FPM, which is about twice the speed of std models. I ended up with this one,

the UC3500, because it's in-line, nicely balanced and super easy to use, and as a chainsaw novice, I'd probably cut my nuts off with the other one. Hope this helps.

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Tiki Diablo
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Joined: Jun 24, 2002
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From: socal
Posted: 2005-03-23 12:06 am   Permalink

I use a Dolmar( rebadged inline Makita) This sucker is cool for sure adn powerful. I would lose the chain that it comes with and get a chain w/out the anti kick back links. Like butta baby!

 
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tikitony
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Joined: Aug 18, 2002
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From: Ventura, CA
Posted: 2005-03-23 12:54 am   Permalink

electric for sure, 3 horsepower Remington 16" from Home Depot. I've been very happy with this after going through about 5 1.5 horse 14" Remingtons. THe extra power seriously cut carving time in half. I use %100 power tools, and only the chissels for show. I think it was about $60. Although, I still have a 14" around for tighter curves.
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rodeotiki
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From: calgary
Posted: 2005-03-23 11:22 am   Permalink

Homedepot has a 3 horespower and a 3.5 horespower. Both are 16 inch blades , one is 99 and the other is 139 . Is a half horse worth 39 bucks.

Those are Canadian prices , sorry for the confusion

[ This Message was edited by: rodeotiki on 2005-03-23 14:26 ]


 
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