Good Sam Club Open Roads Forum: Hand-powered chainsaw -- for emergency use
Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in General RVing Issues

Open Roads Forum  >  General RVing Issues

 > Hand-powered chainsaw -- for emergency use

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 6  
Prev  |  Next
crosscheck

Coldstream, BC

Senior Member

Joined: 12/14/2010

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 03/16/20 11:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Dan,

Like you, we sometimes encounter downed trees when driving on back roads. Most of the time, unless they are huge pines etc,they can be pulled out of the way with a long chain and a good 4x4 truck with out any cutting.

Because much of our camping/ back packing over the years has been in cool/cold northern mountainous areas, having a daily fire was more than just ambiance. I always carried a Coghlans folding alumium saw that could cut up 6" snags quickly for fire wood. Most of the wood for fires is from softwoods but the saw also cuts through dense desert hard woods but it is slower work. This is a light, back pack saw that is extremely sharp if you replace blades every year depending on usage but it cannot cut large diameter rounds as well as a full sized bow saw.

I know you said that you already have a bow saw for emergencies but like another poster mentioned, the wider the kerf, the tougher the work. A chainsaw blade is wide compared to the blade for my foldable saw and I think it will prove to be a lot of work unless it is used just for the odd times in an emergency. If you have the time, go for it.

Dave


2016 F350 Diesel 4X4 CC SRW SB,
2016 Creekside 23RKS, 490W solar, 2000W Xantrex Freedom 2012 inverter, 4 6V GC-2 (450AH)
2006 F350 CC 4X4 sold
2011 Outfitter 9.5' sold
Some Of Our Fun:http://daveincoldstream.blogspot.ca/

profdant139

Southern California

Senior Member

Joined: 11/14/2005

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 03/16/20 11:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here is a link to the product mentioned by Fisherman, above:

Pocket chain saw


2012 Fun Finder X-139 "Boondock Style" (axle-flipped and extra insulation)
2013 Toyota Tacoma Off-Road (semi-beefy tires and components)
Our trips -- pix and text
About our trailer
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single list."


Gjac

Milford, CT

Senior Member

Joined: 08/16/2006

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 03/19/20 05:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

profdant139 wrote:

Here is a link to the product mentioned by Fisherman, above:

Pocket chain saw
I have one similar to this one, I used it for backpacking when I was younger. It works good and rolls up and fits in a round container about 4 ins in dia. It is thinner and lighter weight than a chainsaw blade. It definitely works, not quite as fast as a bow saw but takes up a lot less space in a backpack. I now camp in a class A and have more storage and have an electric chainsaw.

mapguy

Puget Sound

Senior Member

Joined: 09/02/2007

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 03/19/20 08:04am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hand powered chain saw blade cutting devices have been around for forever. Very popular with the snowmobile and off road motorcycle enthusiasts due to light weight and cutting capacity. If sharp -they cut well but suck up energy during use.

Manual Chain Saw at home Depot

ppine

Northern Nevada

Senior Member

Joined: 07/04/2016

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 03/19/20 09:08am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

naturist is right.
I have owned a logging company and also pruned thousands of trees. A pruning saw has a much smaller kerf and requires much less effort. I like the Japanese saws that cut on the pull stroke. Bring an axe just in case for the big stuff.

Electric chain saws are ****, under powered and poorly made. Maybe the new ones are better.

* This post was edited 03/22/20 07:15am by ppine *

Naio

Snug as a bug in a rug

Senior Member

Joined: 03/04/2014

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 03/19/20 09:30am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Quote:

"anti-social distancing"


[emoticon]


3/4 timing in a DIY van conversion. Backroads, mountains, boondocking, sometimes big cities for a change of pace.


BarneyS

S.E. Lower Michigan

Moderator

Joined: 10/16/2000

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member


Posted: 03/19/20 10:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Moved to General RVing Issues forum from DIY.

profdant139

Southern California

Senior Member

Joined: 11/14/2005

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 03/19/20 12:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

mapguy, I went to that link at Home Depot -- very helpful!! But I was surprised by the text of the product description:

"With its carbon steel teeth and extreme portability, this survival saw is an essential tool for snowmobilers, campers, hikers, mountain bikers and all other outdoorsmen."

Just for the record, when there is wood to be cut, DW always takes her turn with the saw. So we may have to ask them to change "outdoorsmen" to "persons of outdoor-ness." [emoticon]

drsteve

Michigan

Senior Member

Joined: 06/09/2006

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 03/20/20 06:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Battery powered chainsaws are light, powerful, and easily carried.


2006 Silverado 1500HD Crew Cab 2WD 6.0L 3.73 8600 GVWR
2018 Coachmen Catalina Legacy Edition 223RBS
1991 Palomino Filly PUP

Horsedoc

Dixie --- N. Georgia

Senior Member

Joined: 09/30/2002

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 03/20/20 07:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

LOL!! An exercise in futility if you want to cut anything that has any weight. Looks like something from Popular Mechanics when I was a kid. Hope someone is with you that knows CPR if you try this.

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 6  
Prev  |  Next

Open Roads Forum  >  General RVing Issues

 > Hand-powered chainsaw -- for emergency use
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in General RVing Issues


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:




© 2020 CWI, Inc. © 2020 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved.