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Cheap Husky and Stihl chainsaw clones/knock offs, should you buy?

 
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Walt Chase wrote:Devin as far as your chainsaw mill.  I completely understand about the expense of the thing.  Have you ever run a chainsaw mill?  It, from what I understand is back breaking work and they are pretty hard on a chainsaw too.  I want to suggest that you go to the  forestry forum ( http://forestryforum.com/ ) and do some reading in the sawmills and sawing section there.  Most of the guys have Woodmizer or one of the other big name brands, but there are some that have some of the lower priced mills and have had good luck with them.  I'll also suggest that you look at the Woodmizer LT15 mills.  While more expensive than your chainsaw mill I think you would be better served by saving your pennies a bit longer and getting  one of them.  I personally have a Woodmizer LT28.  Was planning on a LT15, but when weighing the pros and cons decided to go with the LT 28.  Yes it was expensive, but has not given me a minutes trouble and from what I understand the customer service, which I have yet to use, it second to none.  One other thing I have gleaned from the Forestry forum is that if and when you decide you no longer need a sawmill the Woodmizer has an excellent resale value.



I had a chainsaw mill and was pretty quick to give that nonsense up. I always joked, "you start sawing a board today, and finish it tomorrow"...yeah that slow. And it was very wasteful. Where as a bandsaw mill is about 1/16 of an inch in kerf, a chainsaw mill is 3/8. That is HUGE, especially if you are using smaller logs, and as we all know, even the biggest tree tapers, and so small logs are at the top of the tree. To put that in perspective though, for every 16 boards sawn on a bandsaw mill, one board is lost to sawdust. With a chainsaw mill, for every three boards cut on a chainsaw mill, one is lost to sawdust. That is a LOT of sawdust, and a huge loss in lumber.

On bandsaws, Woodmizer is king, but at all costs stay away from Norwood...they are pure JUNK! There are really two happy days in a man's life: The day they marry their wife, and the day some sucker buys their Norwood Bandsaw Mill and it is being towed off the homestead!
 
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I heard the Chinese Knock Off chainsaws are pretty good. I do not have one, but I might consider buying one. There is no possibly way it could be any worse than my worst purchase I have ever made: A Husqvarna 562 Chainsaw. I call it my Forever-Crank. From rattled off bolts, to never starting, it is $750 of pure JUNK. It is however, out in the woods everyday...ever since it would not start and I finally threw it over the brush pile.

As for Harbor Freight, I actually like their tools and go there often, but this is what I have found. They are the place to go for seldom used tools. For instance, I am not a mechanic, but sometimes I need an impact gun. So I have a cheap Harbor Freight one. If I was a diesel mechanic, yeah I would have a Snap On tool, but for the occasional stuck bolt, my Harbor Freight impact wrench has served me well, and for 20 years. And so because of a lack of daily use, I would never buy an expensive snap on impact wrench, but rather than go without, I buy cheaper since I am using it less frequently.

Harbor Freight has really enabled me to get far more tools due to their price, and lets be honest, we could barely stand up on two feet, much less be on top of the food chain if we were not capable of devising tools and using them.
 
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