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Is this any good for some backyard tree lopping?
What is the largest diameter you want to cut? Will you need to use the saw for more than a few hours over its entire lifetime?
Chainsaws have a hard life and these cheap copies fail regularly and part supply is non existent. A Stihl ms-170 is suitable for tree pruning and will last a lot longer with maintenance. They are $249 new and about $100 second hand.
Pretty hard to get second hand stihl at your suggested price unless you're willing to scourge Gumtree for weeks. Most sellers think theirs are the last year iPhone lol. For this price I'd say go for it. Chainsaw are simple 2 stroke engine that rarely fail, of course with the pain of getting it running. But you need your skills in sharpening blade for these as the chain is el cheapo and worn pretty quick.
couple of small trees really - most branches would be smaller than my arm and the main trunks no bigger than 6" diameter
Was thinking about hiring one from Kennards but I've found it's a similar price and after one use I'm in front…well thats the thinking anyway
No problem I bought a 20 inch cheapy at supercheap 2 years ago and use it sometimes to cut down trees as part of my mowing job. Paid $75. Just keep the chain tensioned..it can come off if it gets too loose bought cheap chains off eBay for about $12 the mower shop wanted $60 I just sharpen once and then them throw away. I use canola oil in it.
@paulaus: i wasn't even sharpening my chains. just bought new ones. sold them to a bloke who could sharpen. he loved it and i was basically getting chains for about $6 after selling them
will do it fine but the bar will be a big big and in the way if your only using it to chop some limbs.
a 22" bar is good for large tree branches. i find the larger chains stay sharper for longer. but after selling my smaller saw i find the 22" is too big to do some small stuff around the house.
16-18" is a decent all round size for small jobs through to cutting firewood.
Have you actually looked for parts? I haven't had any trouble getting parts at all. About as quick and easy as going to my local Stihl guy for OEM stuff.
You can run these hard, but expect to address shortfalls over time.
Value for money if you expect to do this.
My first chainsaw was a cheap Chinese unit with a 20” bar. I thought it was great value at $129.
It’s been really good. Much better than the price would indicate.
I think this is a steal, and would happily take care of your backyard requirements.
A 22" inch will do just about anything apart from felling trees. But if you're just lopping, get a smaller chainsaw. The weight makes a huge difference. Ask any arborist, and they will have several sizes for different jobs for that reason.
"Commercial" more like comical chainsaw
It would actually be comical to rock up to work with one of these.
On a low-stress day it would be fun to run one of these alongside a commercial Stihl. Regardless of how well or poorly it does I reckon there would be plenty of laughs to be had starting with "hey guys, check out my new $81 commercial saw!"
Plot twist: The tradies find out their German Stihl was made in Qingdao . Down the road from the $81 special. :D
A 22” bar is pretty long for first timers to be taking a shot at chainsawing.
Too right! I'd think twice before putting a 22" bar on my Husqvarna 575xp.
Yeah at 4.3HP this is a pretty powerful saw too, would be pretty unforgiving for a beginner saw.
I use a Stilh MS193T(14" bar) for the yard and a Stilh MS311(20" bar) for trees, they are not cheap but are reliable, they both are about 10yrs old.
4.3 Chinese horsepower is different to regular horsepower though. My cousin has a 62cc baum-ag (same as this one I think, different name) and it goes OK, but just doesn't have the same power as a stihl that is much smaller.
Chinese 62cc is about a 52cc and yes the Baumr-ag 62cc come with a 20" bar much more suited to the power. this is underpowered for the bar size.
What do we think about the centrifugal clutch mechanism? I get the kick back safety side, but If you lose chain momentum mid cut, isn't it going to jam? Do Husky/ Stihl use this system?
Yeah it's standard.
Have had a couple of Black Eagle saws in past. Lasted longer than the Husky I have sitting waiting to be fixed. At around $81 I am willing to take a chance on this one. Also bought the brushless Ozito a few months back. Great light weight machine for smaller jobs .
I have one and cut hard dried firewood with not one issue over the last 3 years I've had it.
the chain it comes with is not the best but will be fine for most. I got a spare replacement from a local chain sharpening guy and with that it's a beast!
I was sceptical of these cheapies and was considering paying $1000 for a name brand one as I chop all my own wood for winter heating. I'm sure the name brand ones are better but for 1/10th if the price they are pretty good
I used a $40 electric one to chop down a Huge pine tree and it was a lot smaller then this chainsaw
I have used an Electric Aldi Chainsaw for many years. $99
It has cut down 9 huge Palm trees and lots of smaller jobs. I have sharpened the blade a few times, but despite trees falling on it and me "fixing it" form these traumas it still cuts acceptable and it starts with the press of a button.
Can I use this to play DOOM?
Don't expect any sort of warranty, support, or spare parts availability outside of a Paypal claim with these jokers..
They should also have a LOT more negative feedback, they get ebay to remove most of them…
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Also watch out for their 'free shipping'. After ordering something from them they said they couldn't send it unless I paid extra in shipping because I'm in a 'regional area'. It was advertised as 'Free shipping Nation Wide' when I bought it, but they said it was a mistake and I would have to pay an extra $40. They eventually refunded me when I refused.
for $81 its worth buying. Add another chainsaw to the lot.
If you wanted spare parts buy 10.
still cheaper than a stihl or husky with 10 sets of spares if you ever need it.
I run 2 Baumr ag saws. so if I broke one I'd just use the other one but it never has. Now I just swap them when the chain gets blunt so I don't have to sharpen on the field.