First official day of woodcutting…

And technology is my friend.


Unlike yesterday the Honda started cold with one gentle pull on the starter and whirred happily as soon as I opened the choke.

And this thing…


Being unfamiliar with the prosumer or professional grades of power tools I often don’t know what I’m missing. The only thing I can find to dislike about this saw is the old-fashioned blade attachment. The motor is far more powerful than either of my other saws and doesn’t all the time act like she’s givin’ all she’s got but she just canna take any more, cap’n. The bearings actually seem to work; I put in an hour on it and it never got particularly hot. And for efficiency…


As long as I can keep the blade from digging into wood it peels a pallet like a banana. I’m putting in much less work; I was barely at the woodlot an hour this morning and dismantled five pallets. My normal routine is to run the Sawzall for a day and then run the chopsaw for a day, mostly because dismantling pallets is so much work. But I may go ahead and knock out a whole stack of pallets before I bring out the chopsaw and cut the pieces to stove lengths.


Five pallets don’t make a very impressive pile of wood and I could have kept going; everything was working fine. But I’m not in a hurry and thought it best to sort of feel out how my joints are going to deal with it this year; I’ve had years where I pushed it and then had to work with an aching back. It’s early in the season and there’s no point straining anything that isn’t already strained.

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8 Responses to First official day of woodcutting…

  1. Ben says:

    Referring to both the Honda and the Sawzall, there is much to be said for having quality tools.

  2. Judy says:

    Woo-hoo – yippee; tools that work! Thanks BB, siblings like you can be hard to come by.

  3. Ben says:

    Strangely, the EU2000I has a fuel pump! It’s that anonymous looking little plastic pod with three little hoses attached. It’s powered by crankcase pressure pulses, or some similar magic. If it’s empty, it may take several brisk pulls on the starter cord to get all the air out. Not sure, but I think that explains the hard starting after storage.

  4. DaveS says:

    I’m still running a Milwaukee Sawzall that I bought in 1987. I used and abused it everyday on the jobsite for nine years and while it’s been “semi-retired for the past 24 years, it hasn’t needed anything more than a new cord. Truth be told, the shoe on it is a little bit chewed up from making some crazy demands and cuts and it’s certainly not flat and square to the blade, but we know each other well and can still get the job done, and done right. That saw ought to be turning big things into little things for you for long time!

  5. Retired cop says:

    As my Dad used to tell me, “Cutting and splitting firewood warms you many times between telling and burning.”

  6. Retired cop says:

    Should be felling not telling . I hate autocorrect!!

  7. Norman says:

    Many years ago I was counseled by a family elder to buy the absolute best tools available, not merely the best I could afford. It’s turned out to be very good advice, even if it has meant going into debt occasionally.

  8. Mark says:

    Taking it easy on the joints and muscles is WISDOM, accrued through pain.

To the stake with the heretic!