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Real men's toys :lol:

I use a chainsaw about 20 or so times a year to rip trees for firewood and have, for the last 7 years, used a McCulloch (Mach 7-42) that has served me 'quite well'. It's started to play silly buggers lately and needed a new carb (easy and cheap fit, problem solved) and now needs a new clutch - more expense and a PITA to fit..... so I looked around for a replacement chainsaw instead.

Someone locally is selling a pro Stihl saw - some £1400 new :shock: and wants £800 for it..... :shock: much as I'd love to go to Stihl for their reliability/efficiency etc there's no way to justify that kind of expense for a job that is far from being my only source of income - only pro-users (i.e. self-employed forestry workers) would spend that amount of cash.

At the other end of the scale I saw a Youtube video by an American guy who questioned the value and usefulness of a $100 chainsaw bought on Amazon!!! That's around £80 in real money..... his results were surprising and he finished his video by stating he'd actually keep the cheap chainsaw for standby use in his truck - it was that good....

So, to the meat of this thread, I perused the usual suspect suppliers and have just got a TITAN chainsaw from Screwfix - £114 worth. Free extra chain with it too!

https://www.screwfix.com/p/titan-ttl632 ... nsaw/3147h

You can get cheaper and you can certainly get more expensive but the 4.5 stars (out of 5) that 80 odd reviews gave seem to show some promise.

The less-than-5 stars result is purely due to other reviewers clearly either not having a clue about chainsaws or the occasional delivery being faulty from the off - so if you take the 1* reviews out of the mix then this TITAN chainsaw touches a full 5* for performance.

No, I haven't actually used it yet :lol: but I have high hopes and will report back in a few days after I've had a go at the 2 tons of logs outside....

Anyone else got one of these TITAN saws? or other low-cost models they can enthuse over? Or not...?

Where are the 'real men' in here????? :lol:

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I've just done the chainsaw thing. Long story, but basically the ancient little McCulloch was hard to start. Always was. Bought a Parkside one, which was hard to pull over. it sort of "jammed" each time it hit compression.
So that went back.
New plug cap on the McCulloch, and it starts fine. . . Nothing in the plug cap either really, just a hooked spring.
I've just bought a Tanaka line trimmer. Not the cheapest, but appears to be excellent so far. very well made too. The Americans like that make.
When the chainsaw dies I may well look at one of their's, but they're not the cheapest, and I only use one occasionally.
Incidentally, I've started using Aspen fuel. Expensive, but you can leave it in the machine, unlike the Eek-o-crepe normal "pump" fuel with added ethanol for guaranteed problems. . .
I've got one or two Titan bits and pieces, which appear to work well and be good value for money.


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It looks like a clone of the McCulloch. I have a few Titan tools now and I have no complaints with them. Quite frankly for £100 odd you can write it off over 5 years at £20 a year and dump it.

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I like my worx electric, it come with a Oregon chain and bar that lasted 2 years, I upgrade to a better Oregon chain and bar and that's made a world of difference


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I'm a mouse. Wouldn't use a chainsaw... too dangerous in my hands...

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wine~o wrote:
I'm a mouse. Wouldn't use a chainsaw... too dangerous in my hands...

Just looking at your avatar I'm in no way surprised...... :lol:

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dewaltdisney wrote:
It looks like a clone of the McCulloch. I have a few Titan tools now and I have no complaints with them. Quite frankly for £100 odd you can write it off over 5 years at £20 a year and dump it.
DWD

I haven't even opened the box yet! but would be pleasantly surprised to find it similar to the MacCulloch - easy to find my way around (not that chainsaws differ much) and I know all its idiosyncrasies but, yes, at this price if I factor it in to my annual heating bill it bumps it up somewhat - to around £70/year!!!

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I've got a cheapest one that while obviously built to a price has done the job. It was probably a bit underpowered and the adjusting screw seemed to have been made from monkey metal and stripped the thread easily but that was easy enough to replace. I also have a stihl which cost around £280 new and to be honest it is a nicer machine to use but if that justifies the higher price is a personal choice I suppose. I've also got a smaller electric saw that's more useful for working indoors for obvious reasons.
One thing that always seems to puzzle me is how temperament chainsaws are in comparison to my other two stoke tools.


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