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Blog entry by DocSavage45 posted 269 days ago 1047 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In my previous blog I got some good advice. Don’t do this. Yet I did it.

Don’t plan to be milling lumber daily but I guess I need to find out if I can? Looking for advice on lumber mill. Thinking Alaskan? Saw is 50 cc 20 inch anti kickback. Highly rated and looks like a monster. I couldn’t afford the lighter Husquavarna.

I also bought a 20 inch Oregon chain that is not an anti kick back as it is suppose to be better at rip sawing?

I’m going the safe route as I’m impulsive but not stupid. Chaps! and gloves. gonna have to get my woosie self into shape.

I really do appreciate the knowledge you have shared . Need some specific suggestions from LJ’s that have gone this route.

Thanks!

Tom/AKA DocSavage45

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher



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grizzman

6943 posts in 1937 days


#1 posted 268 days ago

well good, im glad you did not listen to many of us who told you not to, you did it, now go get it,,,ye haw,,, get into shape and you canbe Paul bunion yet,,,and call one of the kitties blu…lol, have fun tom, if my back could do it, i would have done it…i look forward to hearing your reports….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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TopamaxSurvivor

14726 posts in 2309 days


#2 posted 268 days ago

Let us know how it works. It would be a good idea to get a few plastic wedges or make a few wood ones. That will be one of your best anti kick back aids.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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DocSavage45

4910 posts in 1476 days


#3 posted 268 days ago

Guys thanks for your support. One comment I appreciated was one of the LJ’s saying he worked out at the gym so he could keep working the wood.

I think that’s next cause I’ve been told it’s hard work. and I’ve been mostly sitting on my pride for the past 5 months.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#4 posted 268 days ago

I’m not one to work out without accomplishing something. I’m running up and down ladders, ect most of the time even though I’m slowing down and about to retire. I have noticed it is harder and harder to keep in shape while active the last few years. I can’t imagine how hard it would be to came back from not doing much of anything physically. Good luck.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 268 days ago

Be careful out there Tom ,you have been know as a cut up :) Send us a couple photos of your handy work.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Dave

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#6 posted 268 days ago

Doc I am glad you did what you wanted. There is some hard work ahead of you. Good luck.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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grizzman

6943 posts in 1937 days


#7 posted 268 days ago

another way to do the sawing is for you to operate the saw, and have someone who is younger and stronger do the hard parts, like moving the logs around, and stacking and sticking the new slabs, you just operate the saw, good luck.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Dallas

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#8 posted 268 days ago

Here is some personal advise on that saw.
1.) If you bought an extra chain with 72 at the end of the part number, it is too long for your factory bar by 2 links.
The proper high profile professional chain for the factory bar is 72LPX070G the low profile chain is 72LGX070G

2.) As quickly as you can get rid of the factory laminated bar. It is prone to overheating the nose sprocket which will then seize up on you, ...... about every 10 minutes. Replace it with an Oregon solid “PowerMatch” bar, 200RNDK095. Solid bar, heavier, larger, nose sprocket stays lubed. The correct pro chain for it is the 72LPX072G or the lo pro chain 72LGX072G. This bar handles the constant heat and abuse much better, it also oils and stays oiled much better.

3.) For a longer bar, 240RNDK095 (24”) matched to the 72LPX084G chain. 280RNDK095 (28”) matched to the 72LPX093G.

My PP5020AV Poulan Pro has been running these 3 bars at various times for the last two years. I have had ZERO problems with heat or breakdowns.
I estimate I have over 250 hours on my saw and the only parts I’ve had to replace were the air filter and a clutch spring. Even the spark plug is original. Still starts on 3rd pull.

(EDIT)
By the way, The Husqvarna 450 Rancher is the same saw as the Poulan Pro PP5020AV. They merely put in a cheaper bar on the Poulan and possibly a lighter clutch.
I should have a Husqy 450 of my own around the middle of the month so I can compare completely.
The Husqvarna logo is plastered and imprinted all over the inside of the Poulan.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Bluepine38

2876 posts in 1719 days


#9 posted 268 days ago

I have a freshly overhauled 450 rancher out in the shed, don’t know why I had to overhaul it, only a few
years old & it was only used for cutting a few years worth of firewood and slicing up a few logs. I like to
keep one of those needle nose small grease guns handy to squirt a little grease into the nose sprocket, I
just like to be sure it gets enough lube. I think it would start easily today at 0% F, but I am to lazy to go
and find out, besides the heater should have my shop warmed up and I have to assemble the $50 Jet
AFS1000B I got off craigslist. Hope you have lots of fun and not too many sore muscles.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Dallas

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#10 posted 268 days ago

Bluepine, I have a spankin’ new Stihl 039, It is shot after working for 3 hours. Cylinder looked as if metal filings were left in it after building.
Stihl wouldn’t warranty the repair, said it was operator error.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Don W

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#11 posted 268 days ago

lumber it up!!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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DocSavage45

4910 posts in 1476 days


#12 posted 268 days ago

Hey gents thanks for your good wishes. Just got home from my sitting on my but and using my mouth job.LOL!

Dallas: just purchased a 72LPX070G 70 Drive Link Super 70 as I figured it would match the existing bar. I have purchased what is suppose to be the ultimate chain saw users book and it is helpful. Watching you tube videos and I will practice maintenance and on my cheapie craftsman that I purchased many years ago. Needed your direction on the Oregon bars :) Thanks!

It may take awhile but I will share some pics when I get my woosie butt in gear. Have a huge walnut stump and some soft maple logs that came off my trees a few years ago to practice on. The compost site is closed and we have 18 inches of snow in Deluth and 6 down here in southern mn.

Gus I think overhauling machinery is a passion of yours?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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gfadvm

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#13 posted 268 days ago

Doc, You are a better man than I am if you can mill lumber with a chainsaw mill! I tried it and it was way too slow and way too much work for the amount of lumber produced. Fortunately, I found a WoodMizer on CL that was too good to pass up! I’m a happy camper now!

Best wishes for safe and productive sawing.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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TopamaxSurvivor

14726 posts in 2309 days


#14 posted 267 days ago

I agree Andy. The little bit I have done was to try it and cut a few boards. If any amount of lumber is the goal, forget it!! Let the young guys run the saw in this case. The old guys can stack, sticker and rest a lot ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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DocSavage45

4910 posts in 1476 days


#15 posted 267 days ago

Did I mention “insane?” Impulsive. and poor.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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