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Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by tdiguy, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. tdiguy

    tdiguy ArboristSite Operative

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    Does the average firewood hack have any use for a ported saw? If i put a poorly filed chain on a ported saw, do you think it would cut better than a really sharp chain on a good running, but not ported saw. Say use a 7900 Dolmar as an example. Also does anyone use square ground chain with hard woods, like white oak or Ash? Or is it mainly used in softwoods?
     
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    I'm an average firewood guy. I don't NEED a ported saw, but I enjoy running them. On occasion it's helpful to get a tree down, but it's not a need, just a want. I also don't NEED my igland skidding winch or timberwolf TW-3hd splitter, they make the process more efficient though.

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    I had a dream, that my saw was ported. At the same time, my hair grew long and luxurious, my member grew longer (>3 inches), people would laugh at my lame jokes, I could not lose a bet, I was admitted to the Olympic Ski Team, I suddenly could play the piano, I owned a Lamborghini, Jessica Chastain was my girl, I found God and he smiled at me with genuine admiration and envy.

    I am going to get my saw port!!!
     
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    It's more like.....a dull chain will turn a Formidable Dolmar 7900 into a child's toy, ported or not but I get what you're asking.

    Kinda reminds me of a coworker getting a new Camaro with the optional 6 cylinder.
    I asked why ? He replied " I don't drive that fast ".

    I don't need to cut wood that fast but am envious of ported saws.:chainsaw:
     
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    In some cases it can turn a good saw into a great saw. Thinking 2065/365sp 359 ECT here.
     
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    stihlguy 10 yo grandson using 024 Super

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    I've run about 6 tanks of gas thru my MS462 C-M, I couldn't imagine the need to cut faster than this saw will cut. But I'm almost 65 also!!!!
     
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    the average firewood hack really doesn't even need a 60+ cc saw

    the MS-290 or 029 was a long time standby for fire wood cutters , many many homes heated by the wood cut with a 290/029.

    a good sharp chain is a need .
     
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    I still use my 011avt far more than anything else. But I cut stuff down small at home so as not to cause tire and mower hazards. I get some big stuff when close to home no one else cares to by having the saws to tackle em.

    But yeah a ms250,290 or 455/2255 will make firewood just fine. But the 60-70cc saws will chunk up 20' logs a lot quicker. In fact so much faster the fun just gets started and your done!
     
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    Very true I have the 2159. Worked over bye mastermind

    Lighter and Cheaper then me buying a bigger saw.
     
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    I chuckled cause I share the same thought, but last Friday I got my 261 back from getting the mastermind package, and I dropped the 3 tank old 462 in the box and off to mastermind for a unneeded power boost.


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    I've only ran 1 ported saw over 10 years ago and still think about it. Lol

    Oh the saw ? 6100 Dolmar
     
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    A ported saw will make the average firewood hack a happy man.:dancing:
     
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    My thoughts exactly. At a certain point it's not only about production or getting the job done. It's about having tools that are a pleasure to use. Ported saws make me smile.
     
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    I discovered ported saws 9 years sgo. I can't go back now.
     
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    We production cut soft and hardwoods with square all the time in the PNW nothing new out here.


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    It all depends how much time you have. I ran stock saws professionally for years. Every time I moved up to a bigger one I regretted not having done so before. Now after starting to modify them I regret not doing that sooner. I’d say shaving time off your cutting can greatly improve your productivity for someone that’s out of shape. My best saw can cut a cord of hard mesquite in less than 15 minutes in good trees. Run the best chain you have, if your not a good sharpener practice more.

    I don’t think it’s worth it to send it off unless your making a living with it or have disposable income. You can do basic mods at home and even mildly port your cylinder. Just widen the ports some and take imperfections out of bends and stuff in intakes. The first one I ported has huge gains over stock. Someone said on here something about “the last 5% of horsepower gain takes 95% of the knowledge and skil to get. “ seems like that is spot on from my experience. The knowledge you need is when to stop because you have outrun your knowledge!
     
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    I just used mine yesterday. I always grab that if I have some small stuff to do. Think it needs a tune, bogging at full throttle.
     
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    A faster saw saw means more wood cut. More wood cut means more wood to split. I hate to split wood.:mad:
     
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    cuinrearview Red saw lover

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    A properly filed chain will give equal satisfaction to a ported saw, IMO. A dull chain will make a ported saw seem lame. I've had a couple ported saws, and am contemplating another one. For firewood they're almost always not needed. It seems like every time I had a worked over saw a cheap or free basket case in the next cc class came my way. Seemed to make the $$ for porting silly...
     
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    Just think of all the powa in a ported saw. :rolleyes:
     
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