bow bar for chainsaw

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by homerescue, Mar 24, 2004.

  1. bowbladesrbest

    bowbladesrbest LawnSite Member
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    well there you go, a younger man working against an older man that tells the story..... when I was in my 20's I could hold that old big Poulan out at arms length and cut with it. Too Old for that crap now!!
  2. desert rose gardening

    desert rose gardening LawnSite Senior Member
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    I used them when I worked for the Forest Service. We only used them for removing small "bushes" that small bar on the bottom will catch the small branches. We never cut anything bigger than two inches with them, thats what the regular bar is for. Nobody got hurt from them:confused:
  3. bowbladesrbest

    bowbladesrbest LawnSite Member
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    Have dropped Lob Lolly pines 36" in diameter and Live Oaks bigger than that. No problem. small bushes, LOL
  4. mayberrync

    mayberrync LawnSite Member
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    Bow bars use to be used by proffessional loggers to saw downed trees into logs. Had a pair of tongs or dogs on the front to hold the bar against the tree
    Made quick work of sawing up large down trees. In the 90's loggers start using hydralic sawbucks to cut multiple trees at once. Have seen a bow bar in years, but haven't logged since 79
  5. de.smith

    de.smith LawnSite Member
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    If you want to sell the bow bar, and it's in good condition, I'd gladly buy it from you. They are dangerous when not used properly, but when used as intended they are extremely useful--but regulations have made them almost impossible to get now.
  6. LarryF

    LarryF LawnSite Bronze Member
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  7. Mac B.

    Mac B. LawnSite Member
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    Even though this post is 4 years old I would still like to comment on it. A bow bar is no more dangerous than a straight bar if handled correctly. As noted in a previous post if you use the dogs for what they are for you will have no kickbacks. It sounds like some of the posters dont even need to be sawing with a straight bar.


  8. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    Pretty cool but not something you see up in my neck of the woods. The only bowsaws I've ever seen or used are hand saws...I keep one in my toolbox at all times.

    I used to work as a Groundman for an Arborist and he had one heck of a kickback one time while running one of his big Jonsoreds that litterally picked him up and tossed him backwards a few feet. I was like woah...WTF. He was cutting a log from below and knew it was a risk so he was prepared for it. I wasn't and didn't know what happened.
  9. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Posts: 2,773

    I used one before. The thing kicked back and cut my leg off. I just stitched it back on and kept going. :) You guys are light weights. :D

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