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Using the prune cutter on Stihl multi tool

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by Keitai, 25 Nov 2019.

  1. Keitai

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    I was trying to cut down some four or five inch thick branches from an apple tree and when I'd cut a certain way through it pinched my saw and it got stuck. Any tips? Had 3 sections including middle extension so was very long

    Also, how useful are these mini chainsaw?

    What would be the next stage up for a chainsaw to cut slightly thicker stuff? 20191122_135532.jpg 20191122_140555.jpg 20191121_150838.jpg 20191122_143043.jpg
     
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    I think you are pretty close to the limit of your pruner - brilliant though they are. Try cutting a wedge shaped notch to prevent jamming.
    A pro would probably climb the tree to attack boughs of that size and get stuck in with a chainsaw (not recommended!).
    If you want to burn the cuttings, you need a small hobby saw, such as the Stihl MS 171 to chop them up.
    John :)
     
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    Is it ok to mix different brands if chainsaw oil in it?

    Is there a technique for using it? I mean is there a way round to use cutter when attacking branch?
     
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    With rep saw, I always try to go from above (top of branch) so weight of branch causes split to open as you cut.
    Got stuck when going from side (but with rep saw can remove trapped blade and try again with spare blade).
    So position chainsaw blade directly above branch and lower chainsaw onto top of branch.

    I also put cut on underside so that bark does not peal back too far.
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    The chainsaw goes different ways depend ing which way you hold it. Is there a best way?
     
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    Trial and error, cutting wise...I sometimes undercut a branch before slicing through from the top - as the branch weakens the top cut can open as there is a gap below.
    Every branch is different though!
    Regarding the bar oil, yes you can mix brands. Always look at the lubricating requirements for the chain bar gearbox!
    John :)
     
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    I'd recommend holding it by the handle.
     
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    If you cut sloping to the left of the vertical red line, as the branch splinters and drops it clears the blade but its more likely to trap the blade if you cut with it sloping to the right.
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    Ive swtiched between Stihl and Oregon and sometimes screwfix brand chain oil on my little ms181 seems fine.

    Secondly.. attacking a branch not sure i like the terminology! If i was you i would perhaps setup some logs or small stuff on the ground and get used to, be aware of cutting. The most unpredictable area is the front or tip of the blade, this can cause the blade to kick up or kick back. Esp if you are up a ladder attempting to trim it could throw you off balance. I would watch some youtube tutorial videos and then practice, always be firm, in control and be aware of your surroundings. Most importantly wear the right safety gear.
     
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    I have to confess I'm not particularly 'green' when it comes to chain bar oils......these tend to be vegetable based now which I'm sure is relevant when you are using gallons of the stuff in the field.
    For me, its any dregs of engine/gear oil that I have left over goes into a can for bar use - the anti fling properties are hardly relevant but I do make sure the oil is clean....no way would I use old engine oil for example.
    I am however meticulous in the choice of 2 stroke engine oil - which has to be Stihl or Oregon.
    John :)
     
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    Yep, anything lub that I pick up cheap at boot sales goes for bar oil .I used to repair saws for timber faller who used nothing but used engine oil for the20 odd years I knew him:eek:
     
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    For the limited work the oil has to do, I'm sure it was fine....if its clean.
    The small Stihls have a bar pump that has very fine ports and prone to blocking, so the thinner oil the better in this case.
    John :)
     
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    This was a really thick branch I cut with it. Kept cutting wedges to stop it jamming. 20191126_135923.jpg 20191126_140138.jpg 20191126_140355.jpg
     
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    I wouldnt be wearing out a pole pruner cutting where it can be safely done with a chainsaw. The art of not getting pinched so much is identifying which is compression or tension side
     
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    I’d be asking Santa for a MS 170 I think.....less than £200 (y) Those boughs are too heavy for a pruner.
    John :)
     
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