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jasonw
08-15-2010, 05:35 AM
I got mine today. Using it on the big job starting Monday. Looks well built. I will report back with my findings after I put some good hard hours on it.

jasonw
08-15-2010, 03:47 PM
I got mine today. Using it on the big job starting Monday. Looks well built. I will report back with my findings after I put some good hard hours on it.

I tested the new saw this morning on an old tree stump out back. Seemed to work very nicely but the real test is if it can handle 16 hours of hard cutting nearly non stop.

jasonw
08-15-2010, 03:49 PM
Here's a retail picture of it. I will get more pictures of mine later.
http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B0007MGCSU.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg

Steve
08-16-2010, 08:12 AM
I bet it is real useful!

picframer
08-16-2010, 05:31 PM
I bet it is real useful!

We run the Stihl units and they see hundreds of hours of work a year, generally speaking the staff wear out a chain every three weeks just from use, they are simply amazing.

jasonw
08-16-2010, 06:39 PM
Well the saw ran for 4.5 hours strait today. Went through 2 tanks or bar and chain oil which seems a little excessive but its a small tank so all Is good I guess. I am very very happy with it. It took down several 20" dia oak branches without skipping a beat. Got pinched a few times but that's not the saws fault that's my fault. I plan to run it 9.5 hours tomorrow to finish this months invoice on this job. Hopefully it will hold up. My father "much smarter about saws than me" inspected the bar and chain and sharpened it and said it looks like it did quit well, not the amount of wear he would expect from a TB saw so that's good I guess. The chain fell off one time but again that's my fault as I forgot to adjust the bar after initial chain stretch, at the same time I was cutting sideways when it came off. All in all I am extremely pleased with it.

picframer
08-16-2010, 07:06 PM
Just curious how you cut a 20" diameter branch with a 12" bar

jasonw
08-16-2010, 07:22 PM
Just curious how you cut a 20" diameter branch with a 12" bar

Its actually an 8" bar. Cut one side then cut the other, gravity takes care of the rest. 4 inches of brittle old oak cant handle a thousand pounds of wood.

MountainViewGreenskeeper
08-16-2010, 07:28 PM
Just curious how you cut a 20" diameter branch with a 12" bar

Same way I took out my 42in palm tree with an 18in chain saw. Very very carefully lol....

jasonw
08-16-2010, 07:33 PM
Same way I took out my 42in palm tree with an 18in chain saw. Very very carefully lol....

Exactly. Not the safest thing in the world but do able. Trust me there were many a time I heard a crack and ran back lol Its amazing the crashing sound that kind of wood makes when it hits the ground.

MountainViewGreenskeeper
08-16-2010, 11:16 PM
Exactly. Not the safest thing in the world but do able. Trust me there were many a time I heard a crack and ran back lol Its amazing the crashing sound that kind of wood makes when it hits the ground.

Even better when you in a city and its a little windy after you start cutting and it hits the sidewalk on the other side of the road. All my neighbor came out. Told them I would have said something but didnt want a crowd watching. Something always goes wrong when someone watching lol.

jasonw
08-19-2010, 09:27 AM
Even better when you in a city and its a little windy after you start cutting and it hits the sidewalk on the other side of the road. All my neighbor came out. Told them I would have said something but didnt want a crowd watching. Something always goes wrong when someone watching lol.

HAHAHA I agree. I hate when clients want to watch. Its like "Do you have any idea how bad you will sue my when this trimmer kicks up a rock and takes your eye out? Get away" Because of the safety risk each day when the GM come up to say hi and compliment the job I stop, shut the saw off, put it down and talk a few minutes. He normally spends only 3-4 minutes talking them hops in the Benz and heads down the road. The perfect client.

jasonw
08-26-2010, 02:29 PM
Ok so here is the final verdict. The pole saw attachment is awesome. I have beat the tar out of it for 12.5 hours now and it just keeps going and going. Even hit the dirt a few times with the factory chain and it still cuts like butter. It was sharpened after the first 5 hours but not the last 7.5. The only problem I had is with the engine on the trimmer. Because its a 4 stroke its not meant to run upside down. Instead you are suppose to rotate the attachment not the whole thing so a few times it stalled when I got carried away with cutting and flipped it over. I noticed the chain guard gets packed with crap fairly easy which I am told will cause over heating of the bar and gears as well as the clogging of the oil ports in the bar however I didn't have this problem. I would run it the whole time and just clean it out after each day of use. The 12.5 hours was during 3 days so it was cleaned 3 times. I tore the entire thing down after the 12.5 hours and it still looks and works news. My only recommendation is to watch the oil carefully, it goes through bar and chain oil fast, also pay attention to the chain tension. It says right in the manual that it will stretch fast and require a lot of adjustment the first few hours of use. This is not joke. Check it after 30 minutes then every hour after for a few hours. Once it goes through the initial chain stretch though it hold its settings great.

justin_time
08-26-2010, 05:49 PM
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jasonw
08-27-2010, 11:50 AM
did I forget to hit post last night? I was sure I replied to this. Anyway here ya go. seems a lot of oil leaked on it the past few days in storage. I wander if this is an indication of a problem,
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs189.ash2/45211_148846778478133_100000584355509_328418_72900 15_n.jpg
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs205.ash2/46858_148846805144797_100000584355509_328419_26966 11_n.jpg
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Chachi
08-27-2010, 12:07 PM
Looks nice. I am looking into a Jonsered Trimmer & Pole saw as I LOVE there saws. I have a lot of experience using the Jonsered 2171 chain saw, BEAST of a saw is all I can say.

jasonw
08-28-2010, 09:43 AM
The adjustment for the bar on this one is rather nice, you just loosen the 2 nuts then turn a screw, clockwise pushes the bar in and thus loosens the chain, counter clockwise has the opposite effect. Its a little picky and takes several very small adjustments to get it perfect but I like it.

hobyiam
08-31-2010, 04:16 AM
We have these in Aussie also and I wouldnt be without mine, they have plenty of grunt and is a real work horse, even if you add the other poles and use it up to 4.5mts long
I also use mine with the hedge trimmer atachment as I get a lot of hedge work, I find it better then my stihl hedge trimmer.
Ive had mine since feb this year and has more then paid for it self, if it packs up who cares as they are cheap so ill just get another one.
I laughed when my mate got one and said to him that it wouldnt last but his is just on a year old.
Dont take my word for it ......... try one for yourself.

jasonw
09-02-2010, 01:33 PM
We have these in Aussie also and I wouldnt be without mine, they have plenty of grunt and is a real work horse, even if you add the other poles and use it up to 4.5mts long
I also use mine with the hedge trimmer atachment as I get a lot of hedge work, I find it better then my stihl hedge trimmer.
Ive had mine since feb this year and has more then paid for it self, if it packs up who cares as they are cheap so ill just get another one.
I laughed when my mate got one and said to him that it wouldnt last but his is just on a year old.
Dont take my word for it ......... try one for yourself.

I agree. Mine is on its 2nd season with no problems just regular maintenance. If you take care of them they will last. I love them because I can offer 20 different services and only have one motor to maintain. The Troy Bilt brand has been very good to me. I have this, a tractor and push mower made by them, all going on there 2nd season with no problems.