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    1 Week Ago
    Just saw that the last remaining Sequoia tunnel tree fell in a storm. There are still three redwood tunnel trees left.
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    11-23-2016
    Man, I threw my good chain off of my 048 on the bar that came with this 362. Wow. This thing revs to the moon! The original chain is pretty worn according to the Local Stihl dealer but the bar is fine. The saw oils fine now that it's not chock full of pine gunk. I ran it through a few chunks of 12" pine and it flew through them. I can't wait to get this saw on a big ash. With the compression release valve and Elastostart handle I honestly think it starts as easily as my Husqvarna 142. I'm pretty happy with it! On a side note, a buddy let me borrow his BR600 backpack blower today. I have a small Yard Man backpack and it usually takes me a couple hours blowing then raking the leaves when the leaves get too heavy. The Stihl got it done in an hour with no raking. Looks like I'll be back on Craigslist looking for those almost new 600s for sale because the owner NEEDS the new 700...
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    11-22-2016
    Thanks Al. I plan on taking it apart and trying to figure out what the problem is.
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    11-22-2016
    SeanKroll, the rails don't appear to be splayed apart. I'll need to run a gauge inside the groove for a better determination.
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    11-22-2016
    One thing that I ran across as a potential problem with this saw is if the chain gets thrown it has a habit of hitting the front of the gas tank and cutting it open. I don't know how common that is or if it's a general thing that CAN happen to any saw like this. No one really makes a guard for this that I've found, although a guy makes some oversized felling dogs that incorporates a bar between the bottom two dogs that supposedly help along with a longer chip deflector. There's also an aluminum guard that slides over the bottom of the rear handle and bolts to the bottom two front handle bolts that protects the bottom of the saw. I may look into that since this saw is in such nice shape still. I don't know that I necessarily need the oversized dogs, and it doesn't look like the outside dog will fit my clutch cover anyway without drilling.
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    11-21-2016
    Ah, I didn't know that about the heat treating. I assumed that he ran it while it wasn't oiling. I may check out a new bar and chain and see if there is a noticeable difference between the two. It's good to know about the oil capacity as well. I've just always made it a habit to leave the gas a little less full than the oil and fill them both every time I filled the fuel tank.
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    11-21-2016
    Never mind. I'm going to withdraw it for now. I took it to the local Stihl dealer to see what they'd give me on trade for it. They said it had a problem with the oiler. I'll dig into a little further and see what they're talking about.
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    11-21-2016
    I must be too proud of it. How about $300 plus actual shipping for the powerhead?
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    11-21-2016
    If I had endless time I think I could make a decent living on Craigslist deals...
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    11-21-2016
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    11-21-2016
    Hi all. After my 048 started giving me fits I figured I'd look for a newer 20" saw with a chain brake and easier to get parts. I looked at the Stihl 311, 391, 362 and several Husqvarnas. I ended up up finding a deal on a year old MS362C-M. The guy bought it last year, and cut a couple truckloads of wood with it before injuring his back. When I went to look at it it wasn't oiling and the bar looked to be in moderately poor shape. It had the heat blueing along the entire length of the bar top and bottom along the chain groove and the chain wobbles side to side in the groove. The groove and oil holes were clogged up with pine sawdust and no oil was getting to the chain. I pulled the bar and chain and fired the saw up and it pumped oil just fine. I don't know if the bar or chain can be saved or not, but the powerhead looked almost new. I bought it with the like new case for $350. I figure if I have to put a new bar and chain on it I'd still be ahead from what I've seen them going for online used. I've got a couple questions about it. My 048 has a nice Tsumura 20" bar. I was wondering if there would be any issue with running it on the 362? Also, the 362 has an adjustable oiler. With bar and chain oil being relatively cheap I figured I'd run it pretty much wide open and reduce the risk of burning up another bar and chain, but I was wondering if you guys adjust yours due to bar length or what other conditions would warrant opening up or closing down the oiler?
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  • flashover604's Avatar
    11-21-2016
    I think Jill start a new thread on the 362 instead of having people dig through this one.
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    11-21-2016
    Also, with the adjustable oiler on the 362, do you guys usually turn the supply down for shorter bars or just run it wide open and not worry about the extra oil use in exchange for maximum oiling? I usually fill the oil tank full and the gas tank 7/8ths or so so it runs out before the oil tank can.
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    11-21-2016
    Any idea if I'd run into trouble using the bar from my 048 on it?
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    11-20-2016
    I did that Raj. It pumped as soon as it started. I dug a ton of oily sawdust out of the groove and the oil holes.
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    11-20-2016
    $350 with a like new Woodsman case.
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    11-20-2016
    I found an MS362-C that didn't look like it had been used much. At all. He said the last thing they cut was a pine tree and it had sap all over it. Looking at the bar and chain I thought there was something wrong with the oiler but I think it just got clogged up with pine gunk. I don't know if it is salvageable or not. The chain wobbles back and forth in the groove quite a bit and the side of the bar along the groove is blue from heat. Here are the pictures. Lemme know what you think. It started right up and ran good. I wonder if the bar from my 048 would fit? "] "] "] "] "]
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    11-18-2016
    The wav. file on Madsen's site definitely helps. You can definitely hear it "clean up" towards the end of the file.
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    11-18-2016
    I found this video. http://youtu.be/6kZCSvIYylU When he lifts the saw you get the rough/burble sound I was talking about. I just wanted to make sure what I was hearing was what I was thinking!
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    11-18-2016
    Hi all. After a lot of Internet sleuthing regarding new saws and tuning I've run across a term that I THINK I understand. FOUR stroking. I've been around four stroke and two stroke engines most of my life. When someone is talking about a chainsaw engine four stroking, this is what I THINK they mean. When the engine is WOT it has a smooth sound but when it's four stroking it gets a sort of "buzz" or miss sound? Am I on the right track? I know on my two stroke bikes if I'm heavy on the throttle and the in the power band it's a smooth sound and smooth power but as soon as I back of it the load drops it goes into the kinda "lopey" condition. Am I thinking of the right thing here?
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    11-17-2016
    I'd get on Craigslist and look up tree services or climbers. They'd have it down before you got set up and they're cheaper than the ER. This is coming from someone that hates to spend money on something I can PROBABLY do myself!
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    11-17-2016
    I found a local used 362 for $300. I'm waiting to hear back on it. Sounds like a deal to me, but I can always resell it if it doesn't work out for me.
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    11-16-2016
    flashover604 replied to a thread Whites Boots in Gear Forum
    Yeah. I got ahold of them and asked for a catalog. It comes with a guide to figure out your size. You measure around the instep, ball and from your heel up around the front of the ankle. You measure the width and length of your foot and around your leg at six inches up from the floor, eight inches, ten inches, etc. until you're at the height of the boot you want. There is a piece of paper that you stand on in your socked foot and trace around your feet. You send this paper in with your measurements and tracings and they are able to tell you if a standard size will fit you or if you need custom boots.
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    11-16-2016
    Hi all. I'm looking at getting a 20" Stihl to replace my 048. I don't think I need the 362, but I wanted your opinions on the 311 and 392. They're $499 and $589 respectively. For another $10 I can get a 24 or 25" bar and chain. The 362 is closer to $750. The 311 and 391 both weigh the same, but the 391 has more power. I'm leaning towards the 391 due to the higher horsepower.
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    11-16-2016
    flashover604 replied to a thread Whites Boots in Gear Forum
    I just sent my measurements and foot tracings in to White's. I'll see what size they recommend.
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    11-15-2016
    Another job or two and I think I'll be ready to do that. On a completely different subject, the homeowners approached me about planting some trees as a privacy line. What do you guys do? Avoid dealing with replacements?
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    11-15-2016
    I believe it. If you had to guess, how much reduction would you estimate you get? In other words, how many truckloads of regular brush do you think you get in one truckload of chips?
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    11-15-2016
    I believe that. I've looked at smaller ones but haven't found one yet that want. I need to get a couple more jobs in the bank before I pull that trigger. I can definitely see how it would save me labor costs vs. loading and unloading a trailer a couple times a day.
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    11-14-2016
    Thanks. I'm glad it worked out too. The climber was money well spent. I would've been a day behind if he hadn't come out. I'm afraid that's where critical and possibly life-threatening mistakes come from, trying to get a job done in time and taking chances. Now that I have him as a resource it will let me structure my jobs differently and focus more on cleanup after he cuts. He loves to climb and cut, but absolutely HATES cleanup. He was happy with what I paid him and I was happy to pay it. Now I need to figure out a better way to remove brush. I think for the short term we're going to try a load handler in a pickup bed and rent a chipper for a day instead of taking load after load to the mulch place and unloading by hand there.
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I'm a phone guy. Rarely make it above 18', even rarer to get there with gaffs. I got into Rec climbing after helping rescue a cat out of a red oak after a week of 0-10F nights. Working on a fear of heights.
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