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I did have my engines rpm start decreasing a couple years ago and replaced throttle springs. Could have just shortened that spring, but OCD kicked in.

ouch ... ya I've come close to pinches when getting creative and trying to speed through, but a reminder is always good. thanks!
You should think about safety over production speed. I have found a comfortable speed that makes it safer (for me) and still gets wood to it's finished product.
For me if I try to go too fast, it becomes a harder job and seems like a "JOB" more them a hobby. If I pace myself I can get more wood complete because I can stay at it longer and not get tired and burnt out.
 
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You should think about safety over production speed. I have found a comfortable speed that makes it safer (for me) and still gets wood to it's finished product.
For me if I try to go too fast, it becomes a harder job and seems like a "JOB" more them a hobby. If I pace myself I can get more wood complete because I can stay at it longer and not get tired and burnt out.
All good advice . . safety comes first of course! That said, I far prefer to be up on the hills cutting and getting the heart rate up rather than shuffling in front of the splitter, stacking wood or dealing with business issues. :yes: However, another day above ground .... what's there to complain about ! :D
 
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Nice bit of improvisation there Mike!

I seem to remember scanning a thread where it said you have a new 462 c-m ... bet you're loving that!

Long time no chat pal! :drinkingcoffee:
Yes, it has been quite a while, hope you have been well! How is your 562 holding up? Love the 462, it is light, smooth and fast! The 462 only has a muffler mod (so far), but it cuts right with my 044 that has more mods (but is not ported). They are both great running saws, and I'll use one on one day and the other another day.
 
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With both the saws and the splitter I work as fast as I can but always stay focused on what I'm doing and take breaks when I need to. You can never loose sight of the importance of safety.

I also always wear gloves. Last year, I was splitting a round that had opened up a large crack. As the splitter clamped the round the large crack rapidly closed. I yanked my hand out just in time, one of the fingers from my glove stayed in the crack, but my hand was undamaged. I've heard a lot of debate about gloves or not, but I always wear them as I believe they can reduce of eliminate some injuries. Let's face it, you do this stuff long enough sooner or later you will pinch a finger, etc. A glove can minimize the damage.
 
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Yes, it has been quite a while, hope you have been well! How is your 562 holding up? Love the 462, it is light, smooth and fast! The 462 only has a muffler mod (so far), but it cuts right with my 044 that has more mods (but is not ported). They are both great running saws, and I'll use one on one day and the other another day.
Yes, been busy off and on but doing well thanks. Spending too much time away from saws and outdoors due to work, but got out for a while this spring and have put about 12 chords under cover this year.

I threw the 462 c-m around a short while back at local dealer. Fantastic power to weight! Hardly any heavier than my 562 yet another 10 cc ... I want one and came close to pulling the trigger, but definitely don't need one.

My 562xp is running great these days - no more hot start issues and it pulls over easy. With sharp chain and working in our wood around here, I really don't think I want to cut faster than my 562 is doing. That would mean I'd be done even earlier and heading home way too soon :D Nothing like working up a good sweat out in the woods to clear the mind! Any day outside working in the fresh air has to add healthy time to your body clock.

Do you still have your 362 c-m ? Is it sitting on the shelf a lot more now that you have the 462?

Yep, gloves on for me as well when running the splitter for sure! I've had a few close ones with crazy wood splits also. Can't take anything for granted.

Forgot to mention I bought a 261c-m .... nice little saw that will get more use next year.
 
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Yea, I have too many saws!!! My 2 ported 60 cc saws run great (362 + 360), but don't see much run time as my ported 261 (Ver II) and 462 can handle about anything … and if I go from my house (at about 500 ft) to the cabin (2,200 ft) the M Tronic saws don't need any tuning.

For larger stuff I have great running 044/046 hybrids and a MS460, (all ported w/28" B+C) and several ported 660s for milling and the 36" bar. Some of the 660s are Asian clones that I ported myself that run very strong.

Every now and then a relative will buy a load of logs and I'll go over with a bunch of saws, all sharpened, fueled and oiled, and I'll just use one after the other and make short work of it.
 
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Yea, I have too many saws!!! My 2 ported 60 cc saws run great (362 + 360), but don't see much run time asmy ported 261 (Ver II) and 462 can handle about anything … and if I go from my house (at about 500 ft) to the cabin (2,200 ft) the M Tronic saws don't need any tuning.

For larger stuff I have great running 044/046 hybrids and a MS460, (all ported w/28" B+C) and several ported 660s for milling and the 36" bar. Some of the 660s are Asian clones that I ported myself that run very strong.

Every now and then a relative will buy a load of logs and I'll go over with a bunch of saws, all sharpened, fueled and oiled, and I'll just use one after the other and make short work of it.
CAD :D

Might have to start a new thread called Chainsaw Anonymous - meet once per week and provide support for other recovering chainsaw addicts. Oh wait ... that's kind of what we're doing right now, only in reverse :p
 
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Luckily, several of them are Asian Clones that don't cost much … good for letting me practice saw building and how to learn porting! But my knowledge is on the older style saws, when it comes time to port the 462 it will be sent to a pro.
Good idea Mike to work/learn on Asian clones.

My 346xp is waiting for me to overhaul it but the years keep passing. Retirement is 3 years away. Will have more time for the mancave then.
 
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Just heard one of my nieghbors has a hand all bandaged up. Got nipped in the splitter. I'd guess him to be about 70-ish. Young or old gotta keep them hands clear!
Yep. Keep your eyes open and on the task you're doing because the machine doesn't care if you're young, old, rich or poor.
It'll take off a finger just the same.
A building contractor I know said his 15 year old daughter just lost her thumb after her cousin cut it off with a splitter.
Stay safe out there.
 
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Yea, I have too many saws!!! My 2 ported 60 cc saws run great (362 + 360), but don't see much run time as my ported 261 (Ver II) and 462 can handle about anything … and if I go from my house (at about 500 ft) to the cabin (2,200 ft) the M Tronic saws don't need any tuning.

For larger stuff I have great running 044/046 hybrids and a MS460, (all ported w/28" B+C) and several ported 660s for milling and the 36" bar. Some of the 660s are Asian clones that I ported myself that run very strong.

Every now and then a relative will buy a load of logs and I'll go over with a bunch of saws, all sharpened, fueled and oiled, and I'll just use one after the other and make short work of it.
The tuning on the adjustable older saws I have a question ,how much from 500 feet to 2200 feet would you have to turn the H and L?
 
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As you likely know, increase in altitude means less oxygen available and therefore saw runs richer the higher up you go.
Number of turns will likely depend on saw characteristics so I don't have anything like number of turns per X000 feet. I don't pay much attention to turns, but do pay attention to the sound.
Just always remember to fatten it up when coming back down.

Autotune and M-tronic have done away with this nicely.





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Yep. Keep your eyes open and on the task you're doing because the machine doesn't care if you're young, old, rich or poor.
It'll take off a finger just the same.
A building contractor I know said his 15 year old daughter just lost her thumb after her cousin cut it off with a splitter.
Stay safe out there.
When I was younger I worked in several sheet metal shops that had all kinds of press breaks and press machines that would take off what ever you put in it. Some of the shops went by piece work, and that lead to a lot of accidents because people would get in a hurry trying to make more money. I quit those shops very quickly. They also had guys on fork lifts zipping around the shop carrying stacks of sheet metal. They would turn a corner or stop fast and sheet metal would slide off the lift and all over the shop.
One foreman asked why I was quitting and I said are you kidding me? This is the most unsafe place I had ever seen and I reported them to AOSA after I left.
When you do repetitive work you have to be extra careful not to get lulled into trance and get careless.
 
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