A long story, written for my own entertainment and hopefully that of others. For those that don't care for long stories, the last paragraph and picture is plenty!
Six years ago they put some electronics in my side. One of the many things off limits was any kind of an ignition system near it. I was warned a chainsaw was certain death to the electronics. One way or another I spend a fair amount of time cleaning fencerows and clearing bits of land here and there. Was a time when I could take a heavy bush hook and a chainsaw and leave a trail of mass destruction behind. Had to be careful because it could take days to clean up what I laid on the ground in a few hours. Good clean fun and I have greatly missed being able to run a chainsaw.
A few months back they changed out the electronics in my side. Better shielding, after passing it up the chain of command as high as possible on the tech side all assured me that running a chainsaw was fine. I had a little toy saw that had came when I bought some other stuff but for more than trimming small limbs it was more annoyance than saw. Cutting logs and making bowl blanks was a little silly with it but I managed. I have been having the hot running wants for a real chainsaw though.
Never bought anything off of Craigslist, never had any luck dealing with a pawnshop either. A chainsaw appeared on Craigslist at quitting time Saturday, a Makita 6401 which is a Dolmar 6400 with different paint. $80 which is ridiculous, plus they had left the sheath over the bar and chain when taking a picture. Other than that the saw looked good, however it was at a pawnshop. Forgot to set my clock back Sunday so I was up early Monday. The back has been giving me hell for over a month but felt pretty good when I first woke up. An hour and a half each way to wild goose chase after this saw but I decided to take the trip.
Five miles north of the pawnshop my back went south! Eyes crossed, pain ridiculous, and now I am an hour and a half from home, alone of course. Barely walking when I got into the pawnshop and they couldn't find the saw they had assured me a little earlier was there and they would hold for me for an hour. My usual pawnshop experience! I looked on their front shelf, all toy saws and priced close to new price. I kept after them and eventually they found the Makita. Did look good through pretty blurry vision. The lady took it outside for me to try starting it. I had her put it on the tailgate of my truck, fortunately I had parked by the door. Looked it over, looked great including what looked to be the original bar and chain. A little paint missing around where trimming six or eight inch limbs wears on the bar. Thirty day guarantee so I didn't even try to start it. After I bought it and the lady sat it in the front of my truck I pulled the rope a little while I was sitting down. It had compression, a lot of compression, and obviously the engine wasn't frozen. Made it back to the interstate and took a handful of goodies for the trip home. After what seemed like three days of driving I made it to the house.
Common sense says time for the heating pad and bed, what chance has common sense against the pull of a new toy? Drained out the old gas, refueled, and the saw fired on the second pull. The compression release was most welcome, don't think I could have pulled the cord without it. What appears to be the original safety chain is very dull, I just cut a cookie off of a five or six inch stob on a pear tree to test it, the only thing near the back porch I dared whittle on.
I'll order a couple loops of real chain next month. Eventually I'll stretch the twenty inch bar a few inches later too. One reason I wanted this particular saw, just happens that while it is a decent 64cc saw if a little heavy, a simple piston and cylinder change will convert it to a saw that is light for a 79 to 84cc saw. It is a decent commercial grade saw now with plenty of potential. I'm a happy camper! A country boy needs a chainsaw.