Chainsaw cover

Submitted: Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 16:20
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G'Day all,
There was an interesting discussion posted on chainsaws recently that promps me to ask ... has anyone got a good idea for storing/transporting them in the 4wd. I take my small Stihl most times when I'm out and about but find it a pain to store back in the 4wd after using it. I dont matter how well you clean it off, it still leaks oil and woodchips everwhere. I concidered purchasing one of the hard covers that most makes sell, but find them too big, as they are designed to fit more than one size chainsaw. Anyone got any ideas, I'm running out of garbage bags?
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Reply By: Davoe - Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 16:49

Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 16:49
If you know anyone thats into mining the companys usually have a neverending supply of thick green plastic bags 450x900 (other sizes available) much thicker than garbage bags and totally waterproof (Iuse them to drain oil into) they also have 1001 other uses come in boxes of 150-200
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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 17:00

Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 17:00
I would have thought either one of those ARB Space Cases (but too many $$$$) or a purpose built plywood box would be the go. You could incorporate an area within the box, beside the blade, to hold the petrol/oil cans etc.
Just an idea to consider.
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Follow Up By: rolande- Saturday, May 01, 2004 at 17:26

Saturday, May 01, 2004 at 17:26
I made one from scrap plywood lying around the place. This lets you customise the size to fit, also have a bit for fuel, tools, chains etc next to where the bar fits. total width / length of box only 40mm larger than saw, and don't have to worry about putting it in the box hot after cutting fire wood out in the bush. Cost me a couple of $$$ for nails and handles.
One of the better things i have made
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Reply By: Member - Pesty (SA) - Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 17:01

Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 17:01
Hi Bazza go to a canvas place and have a heavy canvas bag made to its chape and then put a chain guard on and an old piece of carpet in the bottom to soak up the dribbles and when it is stuffed throw it in the bin and put another peice in, maybe even wrap the saw in some old rages as well.
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Reply By: GOB & denny vic member - Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 17:39

Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 17:39
good day bazza
i just break mine down and carry it in a plastic tub with the fuel /oil and bits and pieces any oil lays in the bottom and lubricates the chain laying in the bottom as mine doesnt get a lot of use these days
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Reply By: Shaker - Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 18:23

Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 18:23
I have a Stihl, & also find that the Stihl hard cover is far too bulky, plus they pop open when are carrying them.

Solo have a red nylon bag, with velcro & zip top, has tool pockets & provision to store a bottle of oil ..... about $45.00. I find it absolutely perfect!
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Follow Up By: Hedonist - Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 19:19

Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 19:19
Who are Solo Shaker? - this sounds like exactly what I've been looking for!

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Follow Up By: Tuco69 - Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 11:30

Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 11:30
Hi Shaker - I've searched the web without luck so far for an Australian site that advertises the Solo bags. I'm familiar with the Solo brand of equipment and will search the local mower shops to see if I can find a retailer.
In the meantime - can you help with a link to an Australian site for these bags? We also use a Stihl - great saw!

ta ...
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 15:13

Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 15:13
Look in the Yellow Pages for an dealer that sells Solo equipment.
Failing that if you can't fine one, I can get one for you & post it to you.
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Follow Up By: Hedonist - Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 16:58

Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 16:58

It sounds as though you have some idea who or what Solo is. I must confess that I am completely in the dark just now! If you have any joy locating a dealer can you pass details on please?

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Follow Up By: Tuco69 - Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 19:08

Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 19:08
Pete, have a look at Solo . It may be a few days before I check the local mower shops to find who sells them.
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Follow Up By: Hedonist - Monday, May 03, 2004 at 10:19

Monday, May 03, 2004 at 10:19
Thanks Tuco - It makes sense now!

Google has turned up a couple of rural supply companies (Such as Gunnedah Mowers!) who deal in solo gear, but it turns out that Husky and Jonsered both make soft bags that look the business - example at Estate Mowers in Townsville... I'll be checking out my local Husky dealer I think - Hope he won't be offended if I take the Sthil in to check it fits!

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Reply By: Member - Gajm (VIC) - Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 18:39

Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 18:39
Gday Bazza, I have a small Stihl aswell, so I bought one of those silver tarps, and used that material to make a bag for it, with velcro across the top to close it,the downside is you need access to an industrial sewing machine to do it, but it fits everything nicely, the 5 litre jerry of fuel lays along the blade, and oil fits on top. It isn't leak proof tho, as I found out when I didnt put the oil away properly once, but it kept 90% of the oil that leaked inside the bag, and luckily it was back in the garage at the time. I will try the above suggestion with the piece of old carpet and it should be much better.
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Reply By: GaryW - Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 20:54

Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 20:54
I found the bag a painful exercise. I don't have a chain cover so the bag was always catching on the chain. I made a rectangular box with a divider that keeps the bar in a section about 1 1/2" wide. The leaving the balance to hold fuel, oil etc... Lid on top and handles on each end. volla!

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Reply By: Tim (VIC) - Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 21:21

Friday, Apr 30, 2004 at 21:21
I have an aluminium box with a divider to keep fuel away from saw when hot.
The fuel container holds both fuel and oil and when packed in box it is all together,tools,file,fuel
The box has a lid so you can stack stuff on it and keep it clean
cheers Tim
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Reply By: vuduguru - Saturday, May 01, 2004 at 06:04

Saturday, May 01, 2004 at 06:04
Mine lives in an old steel ammo box from a disposal store, tied on the roof rack when travelling. Room for fuel, oil, camplight, cooker, and other sundry gear. Piece of cardboard soaks up the oil and stops the rattling. Handy to get at and ready to go when the trail needs clearing. Box was cheap compared to those plastic ones and even has a dust seal.
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Reply By: Time - Monday, May 03, 2004 at 07:31

Monday, May 03, 2004 at 07:31
Use a hobby box ($4.50) with a slot cut in it for the chain bar to go through. The saw sits on a pile of rags (to absorb the oil that always leaks, nad has the tools , gloves, safety glases etc all wrapped in rags and "stuffed" in the box as well. Fuel can (5 litre plastic job) sits on top and all is held down by an occy strap through the grab handles. I can do this because it all sits in the back of the dual cab 'lux, no fumes etc in the cabin.

When stoored in the shed I stick the box on its end (so the bar is pointing skyward) thus no chain oil dripping into the box. Works for me, when needed I just grab hold of the box and everything I need comes out in one go.


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Reply By: Bazza - Monday, May 03, 2004 at 09:01

Monday, May 03, 2004 at 09:01
G'Day all,
Thanks guys for all your ideas. I do like the bag one, it gives me more flexability as to where the saw can be stored in with the rest of my gear, when on the move. I do have a wooden box at home to keep in in. I think half my problem is ... that I take way too much gear with me, "but do'nt we all".
Thanks again.
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