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Posted by Jim Wilkins on April 27, 2010, 2:33 am

My father taught me how to use a "misery whip" when I was young,
that's why I have so many chainsaws.

I'd rather keep the weight and both feet. Tired = bad aim.

Besides, it's more fun to tinker and fuss with machines than to do
their work. The bonus is a chance to weld or make something on the


Posted by John B. Slocomb on April 27, 2010, 12:31 pm

On Mon, 26 Apr 2010 19:33:11 -0700 (PDT), Jim Wilkins

Years ago, when chain saws were a bit rare I was in Maine and came
across a second hand Mcculloch that I gave my father for Christmas one
year. My mother said that he sawed up all the wood on the place, stove
wood, logs, boards.

More fun then an axe even :-)

John B. Slocomb

Posted by Jim Wilkins on April 27, 2010, 1:19 pm

I wonder if they will become rare again.

Back in the 70's and 80's home-sized versions of industrial equipment
were hard to find; I built my first two air compressors from scrapped
refrigeration compressors. They only became available because Taiwan
and then China began copying simple designs they could sell cheap. US
manufacturers never did restart production of the sort of small
machinery that was sold in the 30's - 50's, and which I now have in my
shop / museum.
My newest machine tool was made in 1965.


Posted by Josepi on April 27, 2010, 3:07 am

Sure, just look at the professional lumberjacks that do it everyday. They
are all slim, trim guys that live to be 100.... if they don't die of
arhritus, heart attack or stroke after 40.

But, another viewpoint would be if you were using a crosscut saw and
an axe, not only would you have worked up a "healthy sweat" and
"opened up"  your pores, but if you did it every day you'd never  have
a weight problem :-)

John B. Slocomb

Posted by Jim Wilkins on April 27, 2010, 11:43 am

Wish I had a skidder like they do, then I could drive over the mess of
stumps and tangled small trees they leave. Now this rig can't reach
the area where the photo was taken:


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