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astonhilbilly


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25/04/2010 18:47

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What would members recommend we buy (here in the UK to bring over) to make the job of sawing logs a bit easier?



I have just seen an advert for a foot operated logsplitter - has anyone ever used one? If so, what do you think?



cooper


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25/04/2010 18:51

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I have no axe to grind here, but a bow saw & a axe should do the trick.



jerryj


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25/04/2010 21:09

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If you are looking for an electric chain saw, (German make), the easiest way to cut logs. I have one you can have for 40. Its got an 18 inch blade, and probably only been used 3-4 times.

Call Jerry 0533 8664651



astonhilbilly


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25/04/2010 21:57

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jerryj, yes, we are very interested in buying the chain saw but won't be over until the beginning of July. Is that OK with you? If so, we will ring you as soon as we come over.



jerryj


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26/04/2010 15:35

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Sorry - someone else saw what I wrote, and came and bought it this morning



Tenakoutou



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26/04/2010 18:50

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Buy a Stihl (38-50cc size engine) in UK and bring with you - chainsaws cost an 'arm & a leg' in TRNC.



It's a bit risky buying one (much cheaper) on the Greek side, as some people have been caught at the border by TRNC Customs officials and had horrendous fines and hassle. Even if you declare it at the border, it may still cost you more than to buy locally. How they justify TRNC prices for chainsaws (and goodness knows what else!) defeats me!



At least you can get a Stihl seviced in TRNC - not that one should need much for home use. Buy a chain sharpener (if you can afford it!), or simply buy a chain sharpening file guide +, of course, a few files of a size to suit the size of the chain you need to sharpen. It's easy to sharpen a chainsaw chain - just ask the man in the shop, or a cobber!



I should mention that Husqvarna are a very good make of chainsaw (Swedish), where Stihl is German. Although I have a Stihl in Cyprus, I used to have a Husqvarna in New Zealand and found



Tenakoutou



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26/04/2010 18:53

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Cont'd: the Husqvarna both quieter and that it had less vibration than Stihl, also equally easy-starting and reliable. A new chain for one in TRNC costs 70TL - I know cos my cobber just bought one in Lefkosa yesterday!



Tenakoutou



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26/04/2010 19:20

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Cont'd:



BTW - Electric chainsaws OK for a bit of light pruning - useless for cutting logs, unless 'pith pine', which Cyprus Pine, Olive, Carob, is not!



colly


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26/04/2010 21:58

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You will not be alowed to take a chainsaw on the plane because it has a petrol tank. I believe this does not change even if it is new.



A chainsaw is great for cutting logs that are already the right diameter, I would advise against using one for cutting larger logs into smaller logs as this can be very dangerous. At the very least have protective clothing on your legs and head as these are the areas that you are most likley to suffer a fatal cut assuming that you keep both hands on the machine.



I would not bother with the foot operated splitter! Whilst you can create quite a lot of cutting force it requires an energy sapping effort to get the blade moving.



Use an axe for the smaller ones and if you get a large one use wedges and a sledge hammer looking for natual faults in the log.



Brinsley


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26/04/2010 22:04

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Msg 9

If it's brand new there will not be petrol nor oil in the machine so will be okay for the hold.



Richard



Tenakoutou



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27/04/2010 10:07

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If flying, check with travel agent/airline as to their regulations. If OK, take the bar and the chain off the chainsaw and stow in suitcase (won't infringe on your luggage space!) - thereby, they can't say you're carrying anything in your hand luggage that can be construed as a weapon. Carry the chainsaw body in hand luggage. It's doubtful Customs at Ercan will bother to stop you - Bob's your uncle - Fanny's your aunt - job done!



I've just refurbished a Chinese made chainsaw, sold by a British B&Q D.I.Y. store - it appears and runs OK, but spares, I understand, very difficult to source and too expensive if you can. It was also very complicated to work on. Unless you're a competent D.I.Y. mechanic, don't touch one - even if tempted by the 'el cheapo' price.



In terms of safety gear, a full face visor and a pair of (flexible) gardening gloves should suffice. I worked in the N.Z. forestry for a coupla three years - never wore any safety gear, except safety boots and hard hat.



colly


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28/04/2010 19:44

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"If it's brand new there will not be petrol nor oil in the machine so will be okay for the hold."



I would check as I am sure I read somewhere that petrol engines are not allowed. As for no petrol in a new one I thinki it is has a fuel tank which could have fumes in, even if new it might have been tested.



"In terms of safety gear, a full face visor and a pair of (flexible) gardening gloves should suffice. I worked in the N.Z. forestry for a coupla three years - never wore any safety gear, except safety boots and hard hat. "



Disagree with this one! It will only suffice if the saw never goes near your legs. Good on you for not requiring any more saftey gear than you had in the 3 years in n.z..



Tenakoutou



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Hey, Colly - at the speed we had to work, on contract, in the forestry, one couldn't if all clobbered up in 'safety' gear. In summer, we all worked in just shorts and a bush singlet!



If the initiator of this thread has had nil operating experience, then suggest find a cobber who's used to using a chainsaw and get some practice/tips before attempting it alone.



Actually, a Stihl operator manual gives all the tips - safety, method of use, etc - but there's no substitute for experience, as I'm sure you'll agree!



In Msg 11 I advised to check with one's carrier (airline company) and, perhaps, I should have added, airport security regulations, to see if carriage of said article is permissable.



colly


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29/04/2010 17:30

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I have to admit to operating one in TRNC without the gear for a small job. If I was doing prolonged work I would really want the trousers and helmet . I know that they are a bind as they make you sweat even in the U.K.



Tenakoutou



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01/05/2010 15:33

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It's a good idea - in fact essential - to make a *'saw horse', or *saw table - preferably about waist high. You could use a Black & Decker 'Workmate', although these are very light, and unless you weigh them down with concrete blocks on boards fastened to the bottom steel leg braces, they're liable to tip over, which could be dangerous.



Someone like 'Ronnies Furniture' can make you either *item.



You still need a helper to hold the log - makes the job much easier and safer!



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