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17 minutes ago, Coop said:

I noticed today that stink bugs have discovered my tomato plants. Although the plants have about had it due to the heat, there are still plenty of nice tomatoes to be picked and these bugs play havoc on them. 

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And we never see tomatoes like that even in September.

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10 hours ago, Coop said:

Drew, when you mill with a chainsaw, do you get good uniform in thickness? 

Usually. The only reason I could see that would result in  an uneven thickness is if the chain was sharpened with a bad set to one side or drastic user error. As long as the chain is well sharpened it's pretty east to get a uniform thickness.

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10 hours ago, Coop said:

I bet the file outlasts the chain! :D

Trouble is i have more than 1 chain and my chains are double the length of a regular chain...

40 minutes ago, wtnhighlander said:

Testing a new glue dispenser.

I was looking for a dispenser like that the other day to dispense bar and chain oil. I ended up poking a hole in the top of a 20oz pop bottle. It doesn't work nearly as well...

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On 5/23/2022 at 7:40 PM, Chestnut said:

Any one know how long a chain saw file will last? I sharpen every tank and have probably run 6 gallons of gas through my saw. Not sure how many tanks that is.

I'd guess about 20 sharpenings, but that counting each one as three strokes per sharpening.  I hit the chain at each fill up.  I've never counted, but as long as it's throwing metal shavings without having to push so hard, I keep using it.  When it stops cutting, I pull out another one.

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On 5/23/2022 at 7:29 PM, Coop said:

And the first pic is bottom up? I’m an equally divided top and bottom admirer! :D. Nice job! 

Yep, she’s upside down. Thanks to all for the comments. The battle continues :-)

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On 5/24/2022 at 7:16 AM, Tom King said:

I'd guess about 20 sharpenings, but that counting each one as three strokes per sharpening.  I hit the chain at each fill up.  I've never counted, but as long as it's throwing metal shavings without having to push so hard, I keep using it.  When it stops cutting, I pull out another one.

Good information thanks. I'm using the stihl 2 in 1 file holder. It's slick but one file wasn't cutting so the chain was cutting very rough. I visited 4 stihl dealers yesterday trying to find 13/64" files. 3 dealers were out. One deal had a 3 pack for $26, I walked strait out the door. Every other location had them for $2 per file. Maybe I'm missing something and they are made from diamond crusted moon rocks or something.

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On 5/24/2022 at 5:40 AM, wtnhighlander said:

Seal works great, stops as soon as squeeze force is removed, no drips. We'll see how long it holds up...

I have been using an old ketchup squeeze bottle and it has worked awesome. The glue sometimes hardens in the little gasket but you can just gently pull it out and if keeps going. 

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Started installation of Byrd head on my planer.  Hardest part was getting the pulley and bearings on and off.  Instructions said the pulley should slide right off but that wasn’t the case for me. Had to borrow a puller from auto store.  Also since I don’t have a press getting the new bearings on resulted in me putting the cutter head in a freezer.  Unfortunately I seemed to have lost a bolt so I couldn’t quite finish the install. Will get a replacement bolt later this week. 

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On 5/25/2022 at 10:47 AM, Chestnut said:

Good information thanks. I'm using the stihl 2 in 1 file holder. It's slick but one file wasn't cutting so the chain was cutting very rough. I visited 4 stihl dealers yesterday trying to find 13/64" files. 3 dealers were out. One deal had a 3 pack for $26, I walked strait out the door. Every other location had them for $2 per file. Maybe I'm missing something and they are made from diamond crusted moon rocks or something.

I buy Pferd files by the box.  I don't like the 2 in 1 things.  I use a separate file for the rakers.  I use one hand on the file.  The little smooth end is put in the hook of the cutter, and then take a full stroke.  I like Oregon wooden file handles.   Each stroke takes about one second.

I have a bunch of different raker gauges, but I don't use one on every raker.  I see how many strokes it takes on the first couple, and then count strokes on the rest.  I use the smooth edge raker files.

The line on the Stihl tooth gives a reference for the proper crosscut angle.  For anything else, I put proper angled lines on a 4" wide strip of scrap plywood with a Sharpie, and lay that behind the bar where it's in the field of view.  That's all the guide you probably need, and all I ever use.  I do pretty much the same for sharpening handsaws, although for handsaws you push down, whereas with a chain it's straight into the gullet of the hook-both really pushing into the gullet.

Chain sharpening setup is in a little Sterilite box, seen with the white top in this picture.

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Had a tree fall across the street from us Sunday night during a storm. We were safely waiting it out in the basement when we saw the high wind alert. Since the tree blocked access to about 100 houses the firefighters came out and had to clear a lane. 
 

They ended up switching saws as soon as the other had its blade replaced. Not sure how many blades they carry with them but I hope they sharpen them and they don’t get tossed and buy new ones after 3-5 minutes of use. 

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Had a fox kill 12 of our 15 chickens. Found a loose section and dug under it. While my wife was looking for remains, I saw the fox heading back up to the pen, probably hoping for the last three. 

Considered throwing my shovel at it, but I knew it was too far away. It spotted me and ran off. 

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