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Old 04-25-2008, 01:42 PM   #21
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.........power chain saw.....
That's the one I forgot to put on my list.....I knew I missed something!

I bought it because......ummm......I ummm......needed it didn't have one! Actually I thought after ER I might attempt to do some chainsaw carving. It's a neat way to use an old tree stump or a big log.
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Old 04-25-2008, 01:47 PM   #22
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That's the one I forgot to put on my list.....I knew I missed something!

I bought it because......ummm......I ummm......needed it didn't have one! Actually I thought after ER I might attempt to do some chainsaw carving. It's a neat way to use an old tree stump or a big log.
My buddy tried chainsaw carving. After 24 stitches his wife made him give up that hobby.
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Old 04-25-2008, 02:00 PM   #23
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My buddy tried chainsaw carving. After 24 stitches his wife made him give up that hobby.
Yep, accidents do happen. One of my Dad's best friends from his days in the USN, was out cutting a branch off one off his trees about 12-15 years ago, the chainsaw kicked backed and decapitated him. Ever since his sudden demise, I've been extremely (probably overly) cautious when I fire up my saw. That's also been one of the reasons I haven't gotten around to trying my hand at using it to carve up any stumps....yet.

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I have a chain saw on a 10' long pole.

THAT makes the wife a little bit nervous.

Sam, if you find any of the clicklock style power heads in the 50-80cc range, let me know. I havent seen anything over 40 and the biggest one I've seen for sale right now is about 34.
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Sam, if you find any of the clicklock style power heads in the 50-80cc range, let me know. I havent seen anything over 40 and the biggest one I've seen for sale right now is about 34.
You are correct--I was working from my all-too-fallible memory regarding the size of the existing ones. My Ryobi 4 stroke is 26ccs (and works really well). BTW, the reviews of the blower attachments for these EZ-Click style tools are generally unfavorable.
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Kickback with chainsaws is a lot less common these days (see this thread). In addition to changes in the chain and bar, all the modern saws have an "inertial brake" that automatically stops the chain if it detects that the saw is rotating back quickly.

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Kickback...I was once demonstrating my ‘infamous’ chainsaw kickback technique...used to warn new woodsies on the dangers of chainsaws...had one of the newer (at that time), 13,000 rpm saws with a special sprocket to kick the chain speed up some more...Weeell, I revved it up a bit much, made a straight in plunge cut (attempt) and threw the saw up over my shoulder, OVER the fellows standing 10 behind and to the side...saw landed perhaps 35’ away...Truly a humbling experience in front of a bunch of Chicakos.
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You are correct--I was working from my all-too-fallible memory regarding the size of the existing ones. My Ryobi 4 stroke is 26ccs (and works really well). BTW, the reviews of the blower attachments for these EZ-Click style tools are generally unfavorable.
The blower attachments DO stink. Really weak. But the rest of the attachments work pretty well. I have an edger, hedge cutter, string trimmer and tiller.

The tiller and hedge cutter work well with the 40cc head. They were a little iffy with the 31cc I used to have.
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...power chain saw...
Oh, yeah, I forgot that on my list. It's a Stihl, bought in 1980. However, since I will not use it unless both feet are firmly on the ground I've been thinking of one of the ones with the saw chain on the pole for the branches too thick for the pruner on a pole.

The chain saw is the one that scares me the most. Maybe that's why I've never had so much as a close call with it.
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I find my table saw slightly more intimidating than the chain saw.

Only thing I've ever had kick back on me was the reciprocating saw. That wakes you up.
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I'm very wary of my radial arm saw. It is fine for cross-cutting, but ripping with it is not very safe. I'm going to buy a table saw soon.
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The blower attachments DO stink. Really weak. But the rest of the attachments work pretty well. I have an edger, hedge cutter, string trimmer and tiller.

The tiller and hedge cutter work well with the 40cc head. They were a little iffy with the 31cc I used to have.
Any opinions n Ryobi electric?
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Ryobi electric what? Blowers?

Havent used them. My old 32cc powerhead was a ryobi and that worked out for me from 1993 until last year when I gave it to a friend. Not super impressed with their rechargeable power tools. They're okay but for a little more you can get better.

I'd recommend this, which I have for leaf eating:

Amazon.com: Toro Ultra 12 Amp Electric Blower/Vacuum #51599: Home & Garden

One of the few blowers with a metal impeller (the thing that all the stuff hits when it gets sucked into the blower)...thats often the thing that breaks in a blower, unless you never use it to suck up leaves and shred them.
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Any opinions n Ryobi electric?
I have a Ryobi re-chargable weed whacker. A fully charged new batterry last for about 30 minutes (+/-) of trimming. The battery lasts about 1.5 to 2 years before you have to lay out a chunk of change for a new battery......IIRC it was about $45-$50. I replaced the battery once, and decided it was serving Ryobi's desires better than mine, so it's sitting in the garage waiting for a garage sale or a dumpster....which ever arrives first.

I've also had several corded electric string trimmers. I wasn't too impressed with any of them.....they just didn't have the oomph to whack lush green grass. They always bogged down under any amount of load.....or they're cheesy plastic 'string' would continuously snap off and run out before I was anywhere close to finished with my trimming. I gave away a pile of those pieces of cr*p.

Thus, I now have my trusty 2-stroke Stihl FS 45 C-E Trimmer. Runs great, isn't that noisy, not overly heavy, and doesn't bog down under a (normal) load. No more re-chargables or electrics for me.
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Yeah, I gave up on the rechargeable electric lawn gear. Batteries are only good for a year or two and then the replacement costs almost as much as the original unit. Plus they're gutless.
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I have a Ryobi re-chargable weed whacker. A fully charged new batterry last for about 30 minutes (+/-) of trimming. The battery lasts about 1.5 to 2 years before you have to lay out a chunk of change for a new battery......IIRC it was about $45-$50. I replaced the battery once, and decided it was serving Ryobi's desires better than mine, so it's sitting in the garage waiting for a garage sale or a dumpster....which ever arrives first.

I've also had several corded electric string trimmers. I wasn't too impressed with any of them.....they just didn't have the oomph to whack lush green grass. They always bogged down under any amount of load.....or they're cheesy plastic 'string' would continuously snap off and run out before I was anywhere close to finished with my trimming. I gave away a pile of those pieces of cr*p.

Thus, I now have my trusty 2-stroke Stihl FS 45 C-E Trimmer. Runs great, isn't that noisy, not overly heavy, and doesn't bog down under a (normal) load. No more re-chargables or electrics for me.
I'll take that Ryobi rechargeable off your hands anytime, Goonie. I LOVE mine which is a model 150r. Yeah, very underpowered, but perfectly fits my limited trimming skills and when the battery runs down, I'm done trimming no matter what! I've had mine probably 12 yrs and replaced the battery twice and the motor once. Battery was less than what you paid and motor was maybe 30 bucks. I also bought a nice Stihl homeowner model ( too lazy to check model #), but it has too much power for me, so it's only used for severe situations or to annoy neighbors.
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I prefer the rechargeable electric gadgets, but as indicated, the cost to replace batteries can be prohibitive, so I have two ways to address that problem:

Sears has a nice rechargeable grass shear/ 10 in hedger combo that is very light duty. I buy the extended warranty and get a new unit when the battery runs down which is less than 2 yrs even though its only used 30 min per week or less.

I get replacement batteries from a no-name store in the neighborhood that sells ONLY reconditioned batteries and takes the worn out ones in exchange.
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i hate them too! i own a lawn care company and after firing up the echo trimmers 40 times/week x 26 weeks last year, they're starting to give me fits. pulll.....pulll....pulll....pulllll.....almost.... .pull...pullll...pullllll...allmost....pulll...pul lll...pulllll...scream1
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I love the sound of my mowers, saws, trimmers, and leaf blower, but I freak out when DW fires up the vacuum cleaner.
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