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Electric tools and Cord Length

  Before using an electric tool, consider the extension cord running from your power source to your tool. Do you know the amperage that the tool draws? How far is the cord running? When using extension cords it is important to note that as you increase the length of cord the voltage drops. Voltage drop can prevent power tools from running at full speed. Using the improper extension cord can…
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Warm up before W.O.T.

  To prolong the life of your handheld and walk behind saws, it is recommended that you give your saws time to warm up before running wide open and cutting. Starting your saw and running wide open right out of the gate can reduce the life of your saw causing scoring at the cylinder and piston, among other issues. The cause is due to not allowing the gas and oil…
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Inspecting your saw: Belts

  Belt tension is an important factor pertaining to saw performance. A worn or slipping belt robs power from the saw and decreases productivity while cutting. Before cutting follow these steps to ensure proper saw performance: -  Inspect belt for cracks -  Inspect for missing “ribs” -  Check belt pulley both at blade spindle and clutch for any burrs or burning spots. Burrs on pulleys will slowly wear through and…
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Starting your Stihl TS 500i

    Fuel injection on the new Stihl TS 500i is a great innovation, but with great innovation comes possible problems. The issue we are witnessing both in the field and on the repair bench is with starting the TS 500i, and the solution is simple: priming. On a cold start, the TS 500i must be primed 10-15 times. The same is true for when the saw has sat for…
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Blade Flange Safety

  Cutting with handheld saws can come with many issues that a user needs to be aware of. Is the gas mixed correctly? Is the blade bolt tight? Do I have the proper safety equipment and ventilation? Do I have the right blade for the cutting application? One item that can be commonly overlooked are the inner and outer blade flanges. Flanges are used in mounting the diamond/abrasive blade to…
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Stihl TS 500i – An industry first

  This spring Stihl released their innovative new cut-off machine, the Stihl TS 500i. This new saw is something to brag about. It is the very first electronically controlled fuel-injected cut-off saw. Check it out: Click to view larger image. The Stihl TS 500i is the versatile new electronically controlled fuel-injected cut-off saw. What are the benefits of this new saw? No Starting Problems - Solve your cut-off saw starting…
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Locating Honda Engines Serial Numbers

  In January I wrote about locating the serial number on your Stihl TS 420 saws. Recently I have encountered others having a similar challenge locating the serial number on their Honda Engines. If your equipment has a Honda engine, and you need to have it serviced, you will likely need the model number and serial number. To find the Model Number: All Honda engine models start with the letter…
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What’s that for…?

  Have you ever been working with some equipment and wondered what a lever, button, pin, bolt or other feature was for? I hope to be able to answer your questions in this series called “What’s that for?” The first topic is one that is often overlooked, but highly useful. I’m talking about the locking pin bore. Check it out below: You see from the picture that the locking pin…
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Locating the serial number on your TS 420 handheld saw

  One common challenge that occurs with the Stihl TS 420 saw isn’t with maintenance or usage, it is locating the serial number. As each model of Stihl equipment is unique, so is its placement of the serial number. To locate the serial number for warranty information or for your mechanic, there is a diagram in the manual showing the location. If you can’t find your manual or are still…
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Winterizing your Equipment

  As construction season is winding down and hunting and snowmen building come to mind, so should the upkeep and winterizing of your equipment. Here is a checklist to help get your saws and equipment ready for work come spring: ___ Clean your saw thoroughly, removing all dust  and debris, and wipe clean. A clean saw, is a happy saw! ___ Check over your blade guard for cracks or wearing.…
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