Whats up with the Chainsaws?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by kebrowns, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. kebrowns

    kebrowns LawnSite Member
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    I see some guys on here with chainsaws is there an area of lawn care that you use chainsaw for? Do people call you to cut logs or small trees down? If so maybe I am missing out on something.
  2. Sprinkler Buddy

    Sprinkler Buddy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 1,185

    Nice to have on those limbs that fall that are to big to drag. A saw is always handy to have on the trailer. Never know when you may need one.

    They also work great at trimming back the myrtles when you have a lot of them to cut back.
  3. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
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    I used mine for some light tree trimming and to take down a couple of small maples today.
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  4. C Jovingo Landscaping

    C Jovingo Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    Comes in handy after heavy storm with high winds...many downed limbs if not trees!
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  5. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
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    I use mine for cutting wood, lol. I did 5 jobs last month that I needed chainsaws for. My most common use is when I'm removing badly overgrown shrubs. You can't get to the stump until you cut away the growth. The one I use the most is probably my power pole pruner, which is basically a 12 inch chainsaw on a stick.
  6. kebrowns

    kebrowns LawnSite Member
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    what type of chainsaw is good to get?
  7. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
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    What type? Well, like anything else you'll probably get a lot of different answers but Stihl and Husqvarna are probably the most popular brands.

    The most important thing though is that they can be very dangerous in the hands of an untrained/inexperienced user. If you're in that catergory you need to have someone who knows saw safety well train you before you use it, and I don't mean just at the dealer for 5 minutes. You'd also probably want to get one of the smaller homeowner-type saws to start with and a 14 inch bar. It will still be useful to have around for smaller jobs and limbing should you decide to buy a larger one in the future.
  8. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
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    What Darryl said. I would start with something like a ms170. Plenty of saw for this business.
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  9. Tyler7692

    Tyler7692 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have three saws... My oldest, a 10 year old Echo 4400 has probably made me $10,000 in its day. Not bad for a $300 saw.
  10. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,104

    I'm a relative noob to the business and during my start up period, money was tight (to say the least), so I picked this Craftsman saw. (I think it's the same as a Poulan Pro)
    I knew I MAY need a chain saw on occasion, but it made no sense to spend more on a commercial saw that would likely just collect dust most of the time.
    In two years I've used it to cut down 3 small trees and cut up a few medium sized downed trees. It has certainly paid for itself and is sufficient for what I need it for. In time I will add a commercial saw, but for now, it will do.

    A pole saw was mentioned above and I will be buying a commercial pole saw long before a regular chain saw. I also have a homeowner "pole saw" (attachment for a split shaft trimmer) which I have used quite a bit actually. After seeing how often I find myself needing it, I have put a commercial unit on my list for next season for sure.

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