When the doctors decided I could run a chainsaw again the search was on. Looking at new ones I quickly found that they cost more than my first car for a nice one. I'm keeping an eye out for a used quality saw, meantime I have a MacCat 3516 laying around that I got in a deal with a bunch of other stuff. It's actually a MTD of junk riding lawn mowers fame but it says mac on the side of it. Much to my embarrassment in head to head cutting the electrical plastic fantastical from Harbor Fright outcut it.
Off to the chainsaw forums! No information on a muffler mod for it but how hard can that be? Twenty-three holes and six drill bits later I declared it modded, even put the spark arrester screen back in. Pulled the limiter caps and it could outcut the HF thingie now but not much more. First the big box safety chain had to be dealt with. I considered buying a decent chain and bar but that would have cost almost as much as that little saw and it probably couldn't pull it anyway.
Nothing to do but go buy an oversized chainsaw file to replace the several dozen I have lost over the years. Then I applied my specialty grind to the teeth. Calling it a grind is a misnomer, the multi-conic, hyper-parabolic, triple arch profile can only be created by an unknowing hand using a file.
Now it's time for mixing some fuel. Couldn't find ethanol free so I started with premium fuel with up to 10% ethanol. Poured in some ethanol fix, two cycle oil, a little Seafoam, just a dash of nitro for flavor and aroma, and two little blue pills crushed up in half a can of Red Bull! I knew I was in business the moment I fired off the saw. It sat that snapping and snarling, sounded like a pair of top fuel dragsters idling just before they stage and make a pass. The fumes definitely had a sixties smell to them but that was just a fringe benefit.
The saw cut fantastic! Tree trunks just seemed to melt in front of the chain which I couldn't even see once I put the hammer down on the little saw. The vines that are the curse of south Louisiana chainsaw operaters and the small greenery just disappeared in a green haze. Pure fun and I was going down the fence right of way at a steady walk swinging the little saw before me. Things were grand until . . .
The saw was screaming through the green thorn vines and second growth when I found a green steel t-post. Wonderful as that tooth profile was, what it was cut on was just big box safety chain. The saw shed every tooth in an instant and even 40,000RPM doesn't make a toothless wonder cut. After sadly putting the saw in the truck I broke out a Hu powered bow saw and loppers to finish the project.
I noticed a curious sight as I trudged up the hill to the other end of the fencerow 200 yards away. I could see daylight through a huge oak tree. As I got closer I could see that the exiting teeth had cut a perfect dime sized group through the tree at 200 yards. I had Fearless Fosdicked the oak! I couldn't help but notice that at the angle the teeth exited the 36" plus tree there was nothing else to stop the teeth from achieving earth orbit. Any small metal debris perforating a satellite I'm going to deny everything!