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    Hi guys

    I would love some advice on the best power tool for cutting "wingerd hout". I live in a farm area where I regularly have access to grape vine piles after they've been removed. The diameter of the wood is generally between 60 - 90mm. It's just a matter of transporting and cutting them into "braai-size" pieces.
    Initially I bought a cordless reciprocating saw as it allowed me to cut off what I dont need in the field already before loading it on my bakkie and continuing at home. But with the amount of cuts I realised that this is not the best tool.

    Now Im considering getting a chainsaw but was told that it wont work too well either as it will cut quite slow and be difficult to operate.

    So I would love some suggestions from those with experience the field!
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    In my experience, the only time that a chain saw cuts slowly is when the chain isn't sharp.
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    Please dont use a circular saw on loose logs,the blade can bite into the wood and then cause havoc. As said a mitre saw or chainsaw are better suited. One part, either the wood or machine should be very stable.
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    I braai a lot... like really, really a lot. I also like making a friendly fire and stoking my wood fire place. No way I can keep buying braai wood, so I bought a small Stihl MS170 chainsaw to cut my own braai wood. It works like a dream ! With a sharp chain, you will be amazed how easily and quickly it slides through wood. It is anything but slow and tedious !
    I now own three different sized Stihl chainsaws, and use them very frequently for different size jobs. The small MS170 will serve you very well. I have had mine now for the last 8 years and it is still a workhorse. It is nice and small, light and manoeuvrable. I prefer it for small jobs or cutting anything up to 120mm diameter. Buy the correct sharpening tool to keep the blade in good condition and you will get sterling service from the little machine. Learn to use it correctly and service it once a year and you should be good as gold. Try to limit the amount of dry wood you cut with it since dry wood can be murder on the chain, heating it up and dulling it quickly. I have a small mountain of braai wood in my back yard drying out. Saves me a fortune.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derik Strydom View Post
    I braai a lot... like really, really a lot. I also like making a friendly fire and stoking my wood fire place. No way I can keep buying braai wood, so I bought a small Stihl MS170 chainsaw to cut my own braai wood. It works like a dream ! With a sharp chain, you will be amazed how easily and quickly it slides through wood. It is anything but slow and tedious !
    I now own three different sized Stihl chainsaws, and use them very frequently for different size jobs. The small MS170 will serve you very well. I have had mine now for the last 8 years and it is still a workhorse. It is nice and small, light and manoeuvrable. I prefer it for small jobs or cutting anything up to 120mm diameter. Buy the correct sharpening tool to keep the blade in good condition and you will get sterling service from the little machine. Learn to use it correctly and service it once a year and you should be good as gold. Try to limit the amount of dry wood you cut with it since dry wood can be murder on the chain, heating it up and dulling it quickly. I have a small mountain of braai wood in my back yard drying out. Saves me a fortune.

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    Now this is the kind of experience-infused suggestions I was hoping for!
    I looked into the MS170 and it seems perfect for what I need. Although I was trying to get away with a cheaper brand as I know that you pay for the quality that STIHL provides. And I know I won't be using it much once I have my initial mountain of wood. So is there any cheaper alternative that you may suggest? What's the feeling about Ryobi's chainsaws?

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    I thought this was in the politics section and I was going to volunteer Herman Mashaba.

    But no, can't be a politician, none of them are sharp enough.
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    I live by a motto that served me very well before : Buy once, cry once !
    Don't buy cheap.
    If I am going to fork out a large amount of cash for something, I expect the very best quality, but you can only get that, if you pay the price that quality demands.
    No, I won't recommend Ryobi or Husky or Echo or any other cheaper brands. I wont settle for anything other than Stihl and Husqvarna. I have never had a Ryobi, but a friend had one. He now owns a Stihl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derik Strydom View Post
    I live by a motto that served me very well before : Buy once, cry once !
    Don't buy cheap.
    If I am going to fork out a large amount of cash for something, I expect the very best quality, but you can only get that, if you pay the price that quality demands.
    No, I won't recommend Ryobi or Husky or Echo or any other cheaper brands. I wont settle for anything other than Stihl and Husqvarna. I have never had a Ryobi, but a friend had one. He now owns a Stihl.

    You do realise that Husky is the nickname for Husqvarna?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mapog View Post
    You do realise that Husky is the nickname for Husqvarna?

    Husky is also a brand of tools in USA, notwithstanding the nickname we use. its a completely different co.
    I also got caught with that one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mapog View Post
    You do realise that Husky is the nickname for Husqvarna?
    Husky came on the market exactly for that reason.
    People thought they got a top quality Husqvarna for a bargain price.
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    Chainsaw will work but cutting up loose pieces of wood is a pain. I use my Stihl MS250 chainsaw to cut large diameter logs and a ryobi mitre saw for small diameter branches. The mitre saw will work great for you. You can set a stopper on the one side so all your cuts are the same length.
    Then you just feed from the left and cut all the same.

    Cutting loose branches into small pieces is also MUCH safer with a mitre saw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LandyLove View Post
    Chainsaw will work but cutting up loose pieces of wood is a pain. I use my Stihl MS250 chainsaw to cut large diameter logs and a ryobi mitre saw for small diameter branches. The mitre saw will work great for you. You can set a stopper on the one side so all your cuts are the same length.
    Then you just feed from the left and cut all the same.

    Cutting loose branches into small pieces is also MUCH safer with a mitre saw.
    So this was exactly what led to my uncertainty. A conversation with a friend also led me to look into a mitre or circular saw for cutting the wood up. But I do feel that a mitre is quite specific in its use whereas a circular saw offers so many uses that it might be the best option for someone on a budget? Just not sure how easy the operation will be with a loose piece of wood

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    I would be wary of a circular saw. A cheap chainsaw with a 40 mm blade from ryobi is about R1600. I don't know how they can make it so cheap. Ithink the stihl 170 is a very entry level saw for stihl. I was given a ryobi chainsaw the other day. It spent two years outside after beingg bought for a once off job. Cheaper than hiringg a chainsaw for three days.

    Its a simple machine and I stripped it and got it goingg for about the cost of a primer bulb. My Dad owned a farm in Broederstroom and we used lots of wood. A chainsaw for the biggger pieces and a dedicated bandsaw for the smaller loose pieces. Beauty of this is you had total control because you could use two hands . Small pieces with a chainsaw or circular saw is dangerous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KoosBraai View Post
    So this was exactly what led to my uncertainty. A conversation with a friend also led me to look into a mitre or circular saw for cutting the wood up. But I do feel that a mitre is quite specific in its use whereas a circular saw offers so many uses that it might be the best option for someone on a budget? Just not sure how easy the operation will be with a loose piece of wood
    Spare yourself the stressful roadtrip and do the cutting in the hospital reception. You can’t operate a circular saw with one hand, also a non clamped piece of wood. You will end up in the ER.

    I absolutely hate a circular saw. Must be the most dangerous power tool together with a grinder.

    I have a festool plunge cut saw that operates on a track. Still dangerous but manageable.
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    I use my 115 cordless battery grinder.
    I bought a wood cutting disc for it and it is extremely useful and quick.

    One thing is with any grinder I never remove the guard and always unplug or remove the battery to change blade or disc.

    Always remember accidents happen only on public holidays or Sundays. Be careful out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew V9X View Post
    I use my 115 cordless battery grinder.
    I bought a wood cutting disc for it and it is extremely useful and quick.

    One thing is with any grinder I never remove the guard and always unplug or remove the battery to change blade or disc.

    Always remember accidents happen only on public holidays or Sundays. Be careful out there.
    Good to know! I have wondered about the effectiveness of the wood cutting disc on the baby grinder as I am yet to hear of anyone using it. What grinder/battery size do you use and how long does it last when fully charged?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KoosBraai View Post
    Good to know! I have wondered about the effectiveness of the wood cutting disc on the baby grinder as I am yet to hear of anyone using it. What grinder/battery size do you use and how long does it last when fully charged?
    I have a Total grinder with a 4ah battery. Braai wood is a breeze with it as you only need one hand for holding wood and other one for holding the grinder.
    I bought the grinder during a bad time of load shedding and now I never use my corded grinder anymore.

    Total and Ingco use the same batteries.
    Same factory.
    I have 4 batteries as they interchange between my Inco and Total tools. Charge time is no more than 1 hr.

    4ah is best for the grinder though and a fair bit of cutting before it needs a charge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew V9X View Post
    I have a Total grinder with a 4ah battery. Braai wood is a breeze with it as you only need one hand for holding wood and other one for holding the grinder.
    I bought the grinder during a bad time of load shedding and now I never use my corded grinder anymore.

    Total and Ingco use the same batteries.
    Same factory.
    I have 4 batteries as they interchange between my Inco and Total tools. Charge time is no more than 1 hr.
    Oh I'm a big fan of Total. Apparently made from exactly the same parts as Ingco in the same factory. Although I just recently sent back a cordless reciprocating saw with a 2AH battery as the use time fully charged pretty much halved from day 2 to day 3. So I lost a bit of faith in their batteries. Perhaps I was just unlucky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KoosBraai View Post
    Oh I'm a big fan of Total. Apparently made from exactly the same parts as Ingco in the same factory. Although I just recently sent back a cordless reciprocating saw with a 2AH battery as the use time fully charged pretty much halved from day 2 to day 3. So I lost a bit of faith in their batteries. Perhaps I was just unlucky.
    Maybe a dud battery. Generally I use my 2ah on the drill and 4 ah on the grinder. I use my tools daily.

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