cheap Mitre 10 chainsaw

Submitted: Monday, May 26, 2008 at 22:13
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The current Mitre 10 catalogue has a 45cc 40cm bar chainsaw on offer at $139, including case and chain file. I had a look at one today and looked fine to me, then again I'm no expert... Anyone owning one already?

Please no posts along the lines of "buy a quality one and it will last you a lifetime" etc, we all know that. Realistically I don't even need one, the bow saw is ok, just a tad uncomfortable in summer :-)

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Reply By: Member - David P (VIC) - Monday, May 26, 2008 at 22:20

Monday, May 26, 2008 at 22:20
Hi Ted,
Bought one about 6 months ago. Chain jumped off in the first 15 min of use. Like you I only want it for fairly rare use and as Vic HC back up. Just hope I can get a spares eg a chain....cheers,
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Follow Up By: Crackles - Monday, May 26, 2008 at 22:31

Monday, May 26, 2008 at 22:31
Dave even the cheap ones have a chain tensioner ;-) Not unusual for a new chain to stretch requiring adjustment after 1st use. Chain, bar & sprockets aren't normally an issue to get with the cheap saws but local repaireres hate working on them as parts on older models are difficult if not impossible to get & any major repair is often almost as much as a new saw making them a disposable unit when they stop.
Good for there intended use being light casual work.
Cheers Craig..........
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Follow Up By: Member - David P (VIC) - Monday, May 26, 2008 at 22:38

Monday, May 26, 2008 at 22:38
Absolutely Craig! A throw away unit but was surprised that the chain showed no sign of being loose. The thing is it could pay off big time under the right circumstances.....cheers
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Follow Up By: Pajman Pete (SA) - Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 17:54

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 17:54
Any good mower shop will make you up a chain to fit - they buy the chain on rolls by the mile.

Any mug can be uncomfortable out bush

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Follow Up By: Member - David P (VIC) - Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 18:52

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 18:52
Ta for that Pete, cheers
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Reply By: On Patrol (East Coast) - Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 07:14

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 07:14
It is fine for what you want it for, nothing more, keep the bow saw handy though. Most non owners of chainsaws dont concider chain maintainance, they need to be kept sharp and properly tensioned.

Even just a second in dirt will blunt a saw of ANY price.

I take with me a spare chain and a sharpening file and depth guage. The shark fin device at the leading edge of the tooth is an anti kick back device that limits how deep a tooth can cut, so just sharpening the cutting edge is not enough, you also need to file the anti kick device.

As far as chain bars and sprockets almost any mower/chainsaw shop would have them as they are common to ALL saws, they just vary in size to match the saws size and capacity.

Keep the bar oil up to it and keep the chain tension right and you cannot go to far wrong.

A chainsaw is one of the most deadly tools made by man, so respect it's capacity to remove limbs and vital organs.

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Reply By: Ozboc - Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 13:38

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 13:38
Baught a cheapy of ebay - 18 iNCH bar 375 chain - 50 cc $140 delivered

had it a year now -- use it camping all the time - gets used and abused -- bouncing around in the trailer - in the storage of the caravan

still going strong

some of the cheap saws are actually from the same factories as the major names -- just re badged .....

you get what you pay for ... blah blah blah --- i paid $140 for a saw that if i bought the equivalent in a sthil would have cost me $800 - and after warranty - servicing / repairs would be easily $150 each time

my $140 saw has lasted 2 years of abuse - if it blows up .. in the bin it goes --- buy another - i dont expect it to last me 20 years - so who cares for a big brand name ?

BTW i worked for mc culloch as a repair guy fixing all the saws , brush cutters for my first job for many years ....


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Follow Up By: Ozboc - Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 17:41

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 17:41
( need and edit function on our posts -- )

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was meant to read that 'im going into my second year of owning this saw ....... ect ect

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