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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 a 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…
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Locating Honda Engines Serial Numbers

  Recently we wrote about locating the serial number on your Stihl TS 420 saws. Recently we 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 “G,”…
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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's 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 unclear…
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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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Air Filter Cleaning

  Some of the most frequently asked questions about saws are about the air filters. How do I clean the filter? When do I clean it? Should I clean it? When do I replace the filter? The answer is simple – let the saw tell you. The DON'Ts Air filters are made to last through a certain amount of wear and be replaced. Replacing the filter before it is necessary,…
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Keeping Your Equipment in the Best Condition

One of the simplest ways to keep your equipment running like new and out of my repair shop is to clean it regularly. Cleaning after every use is optimal to prevent constant dust build up. It's especially important when you're using a wet cutting saw. Without regular cleaning the dust and water create a sludge-like substance that will get in your saw, harden and cause problems when you use it…
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Fuel Related Issues

With Spring finally here in Minnesota, starting up equipment for the first time of the season can cause some problems. One of the biggest challenges I see with equipment that has sat over the winter is "no-start" complaints. No-starts are common with equipment that has sat over the winter and is preventable most of the time. A no-start is usually the result of a fuel-related failure. The best way to…
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