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Re: Bow Bars Are Perfect For Firewood!
« Reply #50 on: February 03, 2015, 01:29:28 am »
You'll have to tell us all about it after you cut with it some?

It didn't get out of the teens today so needless to say, I didn't go outside.
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Re: Bow Bars Are Perfect For Firewood!
« Reply #51 on: February 03, 2015, 01:38:13 am »
It was petty decent today.   I will be going into town tomorrow and picking up another trailer load of what looks like elm to me.   
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Re: Bow Bars Are Perfect For Firewood!
« Reply #52 on: February 03, 2015, 01:51:49 am »
A house where my parents and I lived in the late fifties and my mother lived there into the 80's, there was the most beautiful American elm tree. There are no trees at all on that property now. The elm most likely died but I understand a storm broke up all the other trees and they were removed in the early 90's.

I planted a bunch of Chinese elms some 42 years ago. I think there were originally 48 of them. I removed some for one reason or another (some died). There's only a couple dozen left? They burn good in the fire place. When I first built here, there were no trees for a good ways. I planted the Chinese elms as a break. Now there are trees everywhere.

First the chestnut trees got worms and then there was the Dutch elm disease. Now it is the ash trees. There were pine problems for a while too. All in the last 60 years or so.

I happened to come across Dean's Poulan 245A with a bow on You Tube. Seemed to run pretty good.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2yKzBfJZ7o
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Re: Bow Bars Are Perfect For Firewood!
« Reply #53 on: February 03, 2015, 10:15:22 am »
The Poulan 245A bow is what I have coming.   74cc, plenty of power for a bow.
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Re: Bow Bars Are Perfect For Firewood!
« Reply #54 on: February 03, 2015, 11:05:18 am »
That's why I put that video up there.

The 245A should make a nice firewood saw.

This is Brad Snelling's 245A. The chain cover and top handle are from a 306. He must have sold it? New decals . . .





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Re: Bow Bars Are Perfect For Firewood!
« Reply #55 on: February 03, 2015, 11:19:56 am »
A very nice original looking Poulan 245A bow saw

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Re: Bow Bars Are Perfect For Firewood!
« Reply #56 on: February 03, 2015, 06:16:28 pm »
A very nice original looking Poulan 245A bow saw


Yep that is the one.    Can't get nothing past you guys.
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Re: Bow Bars Are Perfect For Firewood!
« Reply #57 on: February 03, 2015, 10:39:50 pm »
I think you did good!  Enjoy
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Re: Bow Bars Are Perfect For Firewood!
« Reply #58 on: February 03, 2015, 10:54:15 pm »
Thanks Jim we will see how it runs when it gets here.
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Re: Bow Bars Are Perfect For Firewood!
« Reply #59 on: February 06, 2015, 03:44:12 pm »
More on Bow Bar Selection

If you are planning on using your 60-70cc Husqvarna, Dolmar, or Stihl chainsaw made in the last 20 years with a bow bar, you need to select a bar that can be mounted low or hanging down so as to get away from as much of the brake as you can. Otherwise, you will need to remove the brake.

A person with some steel fabricating experience can adapt his bar to fit this way if necessary. The preferred positioning would be to align a conventional Husqvarna D009 or Stihl D025 mount bar along the top edge of the bow bar and trace the needed slot and oil hole positions over to the bow bar? This would make the oil hole to chain groove situation work out to your advantage. You would weld up and refinish the existing mounting holes.

The first (white) 14" bar picture is of the later model McCulloch/Poulan bar layout that I've talked a good bit about. It only mounts one way. To mount on a Husqvarna or Stihl you will need to widen the slot and move the oiler hole higher.

The second (red) 17" bar was intended for a Homelite Whiz. It has a very broad front face. But is also very broad in the mount area. It is highly likely that your brake mechanism would need to be removed to use this bar with the slot in the original orientation. In my opinion, this bar should be forgotten unless you have a need to buck large diameter logs and you have a 90cc saw.


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