Preferred Member from US
joined:May 6, 2004
I had a bunch of 80' trees come down over the winter in my front yard. Since I don't go to the gym, I try to take an hour a day to turn them into firewood.
I have a 20" gas chainsaw that has been ridden hard and put away wet. I was carving up some 20" Norway maple and it seemed that something wasn't right.
I shut the saw down and took a closer look. It has a three point suspension. THe point in the back has a 1" spring that is screwed into the PLASTIC for the frame and inner parts. Yep.. Freaking #10 screws into freaking plastic.. What could possibly go wrong there.?
Uh wait, does one of three suspension points failing while running a 20" chainsaw at full bore count?
Nothing like a blade of death getting all wobbly like.
Also, the one screw wasn't big enough to retain the spring reliably.. I had to add a washer to it.
Since one screw had disappeared under 2" of sawdust and chips I grabbed the handy dandy screw kit and found a 1" #10 self tapping screw. I added a liberal dose of superglue to the threads and tightened both screws. (And kept checking after every cut)
Now, am I a crotchety old fart for expecting a company that does nothing but make chainsaw to make a chainsaw that doesn't depend on a screw in plastic to hold the suspension together? Is it too much to ask to NOT have the bar and chain wiggling like a pole dancer?