• Silvadavid's Avatar
    12-17-2018
    Cheers Butch, I'm sticking with it,what is life if you can't rile people with big chainsaws!?😀
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  • Silvadavid's Avatar
    12-17-2018
    No worries mate,my skin is old and leathery,it will take much more than an old bloke with obvious pile issues to phase me 😏And no-that IS NOT aimed at you to be clear,have a good one,cheers!
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  • Silvadavid's Avatar
    12-17-2018
    Sorry mate, I'm not trying to be antsty,but between the trees, I'm being trampled by dinosaurs, I've been working in this sector for 38 years,and I like to think I've learned a bit along the way.Its a shame if you try to express an opinion,someone jumps down your neck-generally,I post in humour,but some peeps dont 'get it',Saying that,Its an intwresting forum and Butch seems a good guy,but there's a 'I am holier than you'crew too.Which seems a shame re:attracting new members.
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  • Silvadavid's Avatar
    12-17-2018
    Wow, cheers for your welcoming posts to my first visits to 'your' forum.Most peeps have been reasonably welcoming/forgiving to me.Butch+stig have been decent,and from your comments,I gather you regard me as the lowest of the low,as I do other things apart from trees-ponds/patios/design,landscaping/fencing/dry stone walking etc,you may pride yourself on being a 'specialist',others unkinder than me may suggest you have what I was taught in college is regarded as a narrow skillset.I would just say-chill man-and keep an open mind, I'm sure you know loads more than me.Diversity is good,a narrow mind is a limiting thing...
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  • Silvadavid's Avatar
    12-17-2018
    Reading the handbook (shock horror for me!),it emphasises you can only do that if the battery is decently powered up,say at 70%?And also only do that a limited amount of times,I guess its a big hit on the battery.Nice idea, but the little saw does ok on 5 ah batteries, I'm guessing in an ideal world you'd like to go out with 6ahx3,which all of a sudden makes it a pricey little pruner,still nice to use tho.
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  • Silvadavid's Avatar
    12-15-2018
    Yes,I,ve got one,and its not hugely powered t.b.h.,its got a clever carb,the saw chain wont run at all when idling.Its a bit unwilling to fast run the chain when cold.Also the actual machine head is quite big to get into congested areas if you understand me.I'm now doing much more with the newish makita 18v duc254-thats a much slimmer build/equally light,with roughly the same power.Safer up high in that as soon as you release the throttle,you need to press a button conveniently placed to regain power.Its got a nice chain speed,and also a turbo button for knotty/harder wood.Also bought as a bare tool-its a decent price-about 140 here in the u.k.
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  • Silvadavid's Avatar
    12-14-2018
    Then again,stalking around as your bmw burns to the ground on the motorway,as several Hyundai owners wave gaily at you,and due to your feeling of being effed up your ass (again),aint gonna get you a huge amount of sympathy either.
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  • Silvadavid's Avatar
    12-14-2018
    I'm not totally impressed with most presige brands offer re:warranty.Stihl/makita/Honda give you 2 years as a homeowner,which is fair.Commercially,you get 3 months,which I regard as taking the piss t.b h,for example-you might buy your chainsaws/blowers in high summer to get the best dealer price.On the other hand,you might buy your mower/hedgetrimmer stock in deep midwinter time.By the time you give your new machines a good going over,its 'sorry sir,your 3 month warranty is over now'.Not a great demonstration of dealer confidence in their products in my opinion.
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  • Silvadavid's Avatar
    12-14-2018
    Yep,I totally agree with you,its a fine saw(the old 038 saw),but it wasn't sold as a pro saw back in the day.So when you buy a modern ms 250-again not sold as a pro saw,you kind of hope for the same.....As to cars,well,lets not go there.Chinese/korean brands give you a 7 year warranty!!Prestige brands like vw/audi/bmw give you three years tops.....its not a good look.
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  • Silvadavid's Avatar
    12-14-2018
    I get the difference between landowner/pro saws,and as everything in life you pays your money and makes your choice.But what baffled me with a brand new ms 250, was the incredible compression to get it going,and then you'd sit it down and watch it absolutely race the chain at idle,then immediately die as soon as you dared try to throttle it up.It was embarrassing to take to a job really.Couldnt get it to idle reliably or run,sent it back to the dealer came back the same.Nearly gave up on it in the end,but bought a cheap and nasty chinese carb off fleabay,which makes it useable.With my venerable 038 I seem to remember it was stickered as a 'farm boss'-i.e. not pro,but thats a saw thats never let me down and will work its guts out for you all day long in spite of being 35 odd years old.So it seems eminently reasonable to deduce we see a certain amount of degradation and dumbing down in quality control from major brands just like in other arenas too-i.e.-cars!
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  • Silvadavid's Avatar
    12-12-2018
    Sorry folks,If I've rubbed folks up the wrong way,I DID point out,I tend to be a stihl loyalist.But,I think modern stuff IS going downhill-irrespective of the brand.My local husky dealer wont stock their mowers anymore-unacceptable failure rates,7 of the handheld blowers he sold out of 12 came back in in the first year-he warned me off them-a good guy.I guess some of it comes down to cultural differences,as to lion tools,makita are very highly regarded-de wallt less so (I'm being diplomatic here) amongst pro tradesmen, Milwaukee try to push in but are pricey and have no track record,festool are top dollar but what most cabinet makers etc,aim for.As to engines-4 stroke Honda and Kawasaki's are the bees knees.The newer ohc Hondas are as good as most,but not a patch on the (almost) vintage ohv kaaz,sarp and honda branded engines from the last Century.Apologies,if this isnt strictly a tree related post.And as one or two posters have mentioned,I AM Welsh 😏Then again it could be worse,briggs+stratton could have ',proudly thrown together in Wales' stamped on them😂,Have a good evening folks.
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  • Silvadavid's Avatar
    12-10-2018
    Soz if I've upset anyone-and nope I'm totally not a serious climb up big trees bloke,but-I've spent God knows how many thousands of pounds on mainly small engined machines,so,I've learned what is good,what is hyped,and what is absolute crap,as I see it,dont matter what it runs-the engine is the engine,and when I see it,it seems eminently reasonable to point this stuff out to prospective buyers.Particularly young users agonising what to spend their limited budget on.The beauty of forums like this is surely their diversity?If you want to be a purist and toe the party line,you will surely end up in a marvelous forum with 3 members where you perpetually echo each others opinions ad infinitum.Saying that,I do have a sense of humour,and forgive me that the medics havnt yet bypassed it yet.Love+peas to all.
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  • Silvadavid's Avatar
    12-10-2018
    Oh god its a big hunky logger(bear with me whilst I don my loincloth+ashes outfit) bows down,bows down..........
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  • Silvadavid's Avatar
    12-10-2018
    Likewise,echo stuff seems pretty decent.I found tanaka pole hedgetrimmers pretty damn good too.
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  • Silvadavid's Avatar
    12-10-2018
    Stig,just to gently point out out,you've got bleeding awful taste in lopping tools too-ars? Felco for men,ars for ladyboys 😋
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  • Silvadavid's Avatar
    12-10-2018
    Soz stig,dont get your point there,you admit modern stihls are shit!?Or you're too stuck in your ways to change,or you're not prepared to look at battery stuff,or possibly you just use top-end stihl forestry saws and look down at oafs such as I?Or possibly you're A dyed-in the wool black and decker drill user and view honda and makita machinery with deep suspicion 😀
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  • Silvadavid's Avatar
    12-10-2018
    Yeh,is old better? I've a extremely old stihl 038 super in my shed,which sits idle most summers,I can top it up about Oct-3d pull,off we go.The newer 250,if I pull that out weekly-its a bloody miracle if it starts and runs reliabily -tho much better with a cheapo chinese carb on!
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  • Silvadavid's Avatar
    12-10-2018
    No mick,stihls loss-makita's gain.I'm a firm believer in you buy cheap-you buy twice.I've got a lot of makita workshop stuff-Impact drivers/wrenches/drills and lately hedgetrimmers/brushcutters and chainsaws-zero failures.Admittedly I'm talking about lion battery stuff here,but with stihl-both fairly top end and low end petrol stuff its edging towards 30% issues/ bad dealership/ergonomic failures.NO Way can I commit to a whole new battery system with a brand I can no longer trust-,and of course we now have the new issues of locked-down carbs to consider-not that that is a particular stihl issue,but,its got to the stage if you have a carb issue-I'M looking at you stihl ms 250-just bin the carb,buy an 8 carb from china,and wow,Im now allowed to tune my own carb so it will work both at sea level AND 1500 ft above sea level-end of rant.....🤨
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  • Silvadavid's Avatar
    12-10-2018
    To be clear,I dont start this as a stihl 'hater',but more of a loyal user,latterly, I'm encountering more and more issues with their products.I tend to buy their brushcutters/clearing saws-The odd forestry chainsaw,and some of their 'home owner' smaller chainsaws,and towards the top end or mid pressure washers.In the last year, I've sent back a 129 plus power washer-the lance failed,(it was sent back to me repaired)untouched.Bought the ms 181 c-be small chainsaw-never oiled the bar-never will,awaiting repair.As a big fan of the old fs400 clearing saw (2 bought new and now 1 amalgamated as a daily runner),thought I'd best buy a fs 410 c.Horribly back heavy engine-I loathe the thing-its an ergonomic disaster area+its heavier than the old fs400-w.t.f?And then we have the debacle of the stihl 'twist'fuel/oil caps.It smacks of an under-employed designer coming up with a cunning plan to solve a problem that never even existed!I write this more in sadness+ bafflement than anger,but as I explore the brave new world of battery powered tools,makita gets my budget,I simply cannot/will not trust stihl anymore. 🤔
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  • Silvadavid's Avatar
    12-10-2018
    The shitest stihl saw I have ever being stupid enough to buy-I could expand/rant 🙄
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  • Silvadavid's Avatar
    12-10-2018
    Wondering what peeps think of the newish makita duc254 18v battery saw,I've had one For 3 odd weeks now,and I'm reasonably impressed.The chain speed is really good, I've only used it on the ground so far coppicing hazel,knocking back 3 or 4" ivy stems off big trees and pollarding scrub willows etc.But I think this will be really useful for my season of heading back biggish bramley apple trees/taking 4 to 6 ft off big conifer hedges etc.Having a lot of 4/5 ah makita batteries,this seems a good,cheap buy so far.
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