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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Firewood tools



I've a problem with gas chainsaws due to my damaged lungs. Their dirty 2 stroke engines send me into uncontrollable coughing fits. You don't want to have a seizure with a running chainsaw in your hands. I've got a nice German steel three foot long crosscut saw. It's a beauty. When sharp it did a fine job of cutting up firewood. When gathering firewood I'd cut it to truck length then buck it up at home with an electric chainsaw.

Sadly, I've neglected the saw the last few years. It's pretty dull now and even the file had rusted. That's an embarrassment, letting tools go bad.

Fortunately, a buddy of mine works for the Forest Service. They use manual saws in wilderness areas. He once took a week long training course on the care and sharpening of cross cut saws. The guy teaching the class wrote the definitive book on the subject. Now all I've got to do is have my buddy teach me how to take proper care of my saw.

My favorite ax lost another handle. It seems I'm always replacing those things. There are “unbreakable” fiberglass handles, but I like a good wood handle. They feel better in my hands. When chopping wood all day that's important.

I've a lead on some good free firewood, so I'd better get my tools in order.

-Sixbears

12 comments:

  1. My Dad is a retired forester. He aquired a two man crosscut saw many years ago when I was 12. My brother was ten. We just had to go out in the woods and cut down a big Big Leaf Maple tree for fire wood. What a pain in the ass. But we did it. It makes one appreciate a good chain saw. When I was 14 I cut down a 60 foot Doug fir with a chain saw on our property without asking Dad first. I dropped it perfectly in the middle of the stand. All dad said was, "good job. Glad your still alive".

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    1. Your dad had a dry sense of humor.

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  2. Did you ever check out the PDF downloads of USFS manuals on axe and crosscut care?

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    1. Yep. Oh I could a servicable job, but I want to do it perfect so as not to cause problems further down the line.

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  3. good tools, even those considered "obsolete" all require good maintaince

    hell, still have ther rotary and cross brace manual drills in my collection thank to learning how to "mothball" them and the saws.

    wood replacement handels can be fashioned from pallet wood


    and for "harbor frieght" there is an electric chain saw available.

    meanwhile like your coluom allways

    Wildflower

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    1. Thanks Wildflower. I am embarassed by my tool neglect. Nobody's perfect. I get busy with things and some details, like putting tools away properly, slip my mind.

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  4. Gotta have some decent tools to keep up with the wood demands you have. Glad you have a buddy that can pass on some pointers for tool care!

    Lots of work involved in wood cutting and storing.

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    1. Lots of work, but I'm working for myself. Not paying the man.

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  5. When chopping with your axe, if you hit what you are cutting, you wouldn't mess up the handle (grin).

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    1. I blame hidden rot. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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  6. Did you know that they make battery-powered chainsaws? My Black and Decker one works pretty nice. It's only got an 8" blade so you are limited to how big a branch you can cut. But any larger and you'd just have to split it anyway ;-)

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    1. I am tempted. Battery technology has reached the point where there are some real useful tools out there.

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