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What do you take to the woods?

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by AgTech4020, Jan 8, 2019.

  1. AgTech4020

    AgTech4020 ArboristSite Member

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    So I’m curious what everyone else takes to the Woods for an afternoon or weekend of cutting firewood?

    I take three chainsaws, MS210, MS362, & MS660. I take no files or extra chains but only a carburetor adjusting screw driver and a bar wrench. Gas, bar oil as well as my PPE gear are also included. I haul 100% of the wood with my John Deere gator. I cut 90% of my firewood with my MS210, once the chain gets dull I go to the next saw.

    It takes me a minimum of three loads as pictured below to get through one week of heating both my house and my shop. Four loads once the temps drop into the teens or below. I have no idea how to judge a cord of wood. Maybe somebody viewing the picture could give me an idea how much is on the Gator?

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    A cord is 4’w x 4’h x 8’l or 128 cubic feet.


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  3. Huntaholic

    Huntaholic ArboristSite Operative

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    A minimum of 5 saws, 2 pickups, a tandem axle road tractor with a tandem axle trailer, a 540E john deere skidder, a 650G john deere dozer, a 763 skid steer and a dresser wheel loader. Sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on whats tore up at the time and what we need to get done that day.
     
  4. AgTech4020

    AgTech4020 ArboristSite Member

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    I suddenly feel like Very small potatoes! That said I’m guessing you’re in more a commercial situation.


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  5. WWDIII

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    Uhh..........I am sure enough small time. I just walk out back with my 14 inch 69 dollar refurbished homelite to cut down a 6 inch post oak and stack to burn when needed It don't get to cold in East Texas all that often. Doesn't take my 291 Stihl or 490 Echo for what little I cut.

    Now those big pain in the ass pine trees thats a different story.
     
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    Marley5 ArboristSite Operative

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    I also take 3 saws with me, gas and oil.
     
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    1Alpha1 100% USDA certified abnormality-free.

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    Hard to judge without knowing the dimensions of your bed and the height, but that's definitely a dang nice pile of wood you're getting on that gator each trip.

    As the earlier poster said, 4' x 4' x 8' = 128 cubic feet is a 'true cord'.

    One example of a 'face cord' would be firewood cut to 16" lengths, stacked 4' high and 8' long. ( 3 of those would make a cord)

    I notice some guys advertising and selling wood by the tossed in pickup load around here, use the word "CORD" when what they're actually pricing and delivering is only a 'face cord' of wood.
    I bet they have some unhappy customers when they show up.
     
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    My woodlot is just a two minute ride away on the quad. I have limited access through private property. I do have quad access so I do a lot of cutting prior to going up with the pickup and trailer to haul out.
    Depending on the size of the wood I’m cutting, I will just strap a saw on the quad. I take an extra chain, scrench and carb adjustment screw driver and PPE.

    When traveling further away, I always take a couple of saws, fuel, and firewood prepping equipment.


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    Based on that I’m getting roughly 75 cubic feet of wood on each load with the Gator. Just a little over half a cord. That’s nice to know actually!


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    Bobby Kirbos Scrounger of Cellulose Based BTUs

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    At least right now, I'm a car scrounger. I'm never too far from an access road, so perhaps I over pack because I can.
    • 2 saws, always the Echo 490 and either of the Poulans (245, 2800, or 3516) based upon what I expect to be cutting
    • 2 extra chains for whatever saws I bring
    • 1 gallon of fuel
    • 1 gallon of bar oil
    • Tool box tailored to chainsaw needs
    • Wedges (1 or 2 for bucking)
    • PPE
    • Log lifter
    • Log tongs
    • Mtn Dew
     
  12. catbuster

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    What day is it? Tree killing day? Tree carcass removal day? Stump removal day?

    I mean, on tree killing day I bring my 441, or 046, or a 461 with somewhere between a 25 and 32 inch bar, no fewer than six wedges of varying lengths, a council tool 4# axe hung on a shorty handle, scrench, my phone/radio, water, leatherman, a round file, flat file, dulmar and the clothes/PPE I’m wearing. I’m wearing an MSA skullgard & a pair of Frank’s boots right now when I go out to the woods to work, and I’m usually wearing Jackson Nemesis polarized glasses and I have Stihl Pro-Mark chaps. I’ll have a second saw, an extra bar, a bunch of chains, files, screnches, air filters, a bigger can of gas and a jug of bar oil. I also have a fair number of tools in the truck’s box I can work on a broken saw with.

    On log haul out day? I have a minimum 50,000 lb excavator, and a D6 with a 3/4 or 1 ton with a transfer tank, some tools and parts to do minor repairs. Stump day if it’s being done is usually just the excavator while the dozer rakes up slash.

    If I’m going into the woods on a fire... Well, mission and agency I’m working for or with dictates equipment. It gets interesting sometimes.
     
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    028 super, 025 and a sledge & wedge for the cutting. My wife will come just to watch in case of an accident. And we always carry on the farm.
     
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    I carry a: 461, 261, 391
    2gal of mix & bar oil
    Small toolbox with files
    2 chains for each saw
    Wood splitter & tractors stay at farm.
     
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  15. AgTech4020

    AgTech4020 ArboristSite Member

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    I need to add a 261 to my lineup. I’m saving up for the heated handles version.


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    I have the first gen one & I really like it. Not cold enough for heated here. I will say a 026/260 is hard to beat. Tuff ol birds!
     
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    I use an 026 and a 350 which cuts 90% and a 036 and 440 on bigger trees. Cutting cedars off about as high as my head I use my "Wild THing"

    These saws are underrated

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    Husky 550xp and 372xp and sometimes my husky 350 and 181se sqxWdvnqTbG8ycdQVvWhVw.jpg STrJPzwnSRylfgV3VeZMJQ.jpg
     
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    Old2stroke Never too many toys

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    Cant hook or peevee. Logs need to be rolled
     
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    What would you “always carry on the farm” ??

    I bring a saw or two, oil & gas, a file or two, screwdriver, scrench, wedges, axe, ppe, first aid kit

    And I always carry toilet paper and something to drink, usually water.
     

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