With fall approaching now is a good time to get chainsaws tuned up and ready. Thought I would take another stab at getting the STIHL 0011 AVT arborist chainsaw working. Really like the small chainsaw. You can use it for an hour and it doesn’t tire you out. the power to weight ratio was excellent. The originally came from a neighbor that I had helped move. It started up just fine after sitting for a few years in his storage shed. I used it for 2 years and it then just stopped running. It would start and then just bog out.
The first thing I did was take it to an STIHL dealer. The staff was helpful and polite, but the service person comments the fix would cost more than what the saw was worth. This was a real blow. I really like this saw, but to be turned away from a certified STIHL dealership? Geez!
Well, there is always a bright side. Make a video, post it on YouTube and maybe on of the viewers can offer a hand. First video found here: https://youtu.be/H7dTAQEDu5w
In this video, the fuel filter was removed from the fuel tank. Used a forsnips to extract the fuel line and car remove the filter. Also take a look at the exhaust port and the route for spark plug wire.
Had some time off during Spring Break in March. Decided it was a good time to remove some trees that were diseased and to close to cabin.
Side note: Personally, I don’t like to cut down trees, I like the shade and privacy they offer. But these were too close to the structure and could come down in a wind storm.
My good neighbour, who had more experience with these type of trees, came over and gave me a hand felling the trees. He had a just sharpened, sweet Stihl MS-241 that just cut through the trees like hot knife through butter.
After the trees were cut down (off camera), my task was to the de-limb the branches. It’s a time consuming process of cutting and dragging away the branches. If you are lucky enough to have a helper, it goes much quicker.
Once all the branches are removed, the logs are easier to move around. The plan was to drag the logs up the hill and cut the logs up. They will then be stacked for the summer and dried.
The key to cutting firewood, is to not move the logs or piles more than you need to. Very labor intensive for one person. I prefer to cut the logs in an area where there is a lot of foot traffic. The wood shavings from the chainsaw makes the ground less dusty, holds the moisture in the dirt and is nice to walk on.
In the next video, the logs will be dragged by a powered winch to a landing and processed into firewood or timber for building. I’ll talk about a DC Powered winch-in-a-bag by Mastercraft
My father took the lead on the chainsaw and helped cut down a bunch of dead trees near the cabin. My father grew up on a farm on the East Coast and has tons more experience cutting trees safely. With my previous problems with these type of trees, I have no problems letting someone more experienced do the cutting.
Since the older Stihl 011 AVT gas chainsaw was needing some parts, we used a the back up saw. A 3-year-old Poulan 16-in 13.5A Electric Chainsaw running off a 6500 watt generator.
We used a proven method of a 100 foot rope and 3 inch pulley tied to a tree. It helped guide the tree in a certain direction. It worked like a charm and it kept people (and buildings) out of harms way.
Big thanks to my Dad advice, Mom helping pull and my 9-year-old son for filming.
Music credit: Aces High by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a CC Attribution 3.0.
Things don’t always go as planned.One of the trees close to the lake was rotten on the inside. The best time to trim trees is in the early spring before the ice thaws on the lake. The plan was to drop the tree on the lake and then buck it up in smaller pieces. Parts of the tree would be reused as timber for the dock and smaller logs for the wood stove.
Lodgepole Pine trees are difficult to cut. All the branches, needles and weight is at the very top, which can dictates the direction it was going to fall. For the first cut, did a generous open notch to about the middle of the tree. The second cut came down on a 60 degree angle on the opposite side. It should have fell on to the lake… The good thing was I managed to turn off the saw and not pitch the bar (chain/blade) when it fell.
Filming credit: My 9-year-old son (from a safe distance)