My (May) Day

By: ycd0108, 1:29 AM GMT on September 18, 2013

It took all day but I finally got the 090 Stihl to start. Pulling the starter rope without results can result in "Rotator Cuff" problems and some other aches and pains.
The 090 is (or was) the biggest chain saw power head available but it's old. Husquvarna probably makes something more powerful these days and I would bet it does not give you instant "white knuckle" from one pass through the log.
I figured I was pretty well burned out on the kitchen finishing (Short little span of attention) so the logs and chain saw mill were beckoning me.
090 just back from the repair shop started with a couple of pulls so I put on the Alaska mill and was ready to "fly at 'er".
When you start these old saws there is a "Decompression" button by your left thumb which allows you to get the crank shaft turning before you let off the button, get full compression and hope the engine starts.
So you should be well braced for this particular maneuver - set your grip and hold the saw down with your toe, Ignition on, choke closed, throttle pinned open and be ready to slap the choke open and release the pinned throttle because when it starts this thing will roar, the 3' bar and chain are ready to eat anything you put near them and there will be a quite a bit of noise.
My story begins when the starter pull simply spins to it's extent and the engine does not turn at all.

Updated: 6:40 AM GMT on October 02, 2013


The Left-Handed Sky-Hook

By: ycd0108, 5:22 PM GMT on September 07, 2013

The old carpenter is right at the top of a ladder and trying to finish a small piece of trim just barely within reach (naturally he is belted in and fully decked out with:
Hard hat, Ear and eye protection, dust mask, Kevlar gloves, Hi-Vis vest, rip stop chaps and steel toed boots).
The eager young helper gets bored with holding the base of the (fully anchored) ladder and hollers:
"What can I do to help?"
The carpenter leans back in the harness, removes the ear muffs and face mask and thinks for a while.
"Go ask Jim, the foreman, for a Left-Handed Sky-Hook!"

Updated: 4:29 PM GMT on September 08, 2013


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