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    I am interested in purchasing a chainsaw to rough out large carvings. I like the size and wieght of some electric models but I'm afraid they wont have the power to cut hardwood nice and clean. The salesmen in Sears claims That I wont have any problem cuttng hardwood with gas or electric models.

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    I have an Echo brand electric and it does pretty good as long as the chain is sharp. Gas has more horse power, but electric seems to be OK.

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      my Dad had a sawmill for a number of years and we kept an electric Stihl handy for a quick cut. that saw simply enjoyed eating wood and it's still running strong. I have told him to put me down for it in his will.

      Dave

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        I've got both, and use the electric in the baement in the winter, but outside in the summer, the Stihl gas seems to do a better job; be sure to wear hearing protection when using either, they are both loud enough to cause damage.

        Al

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          I think I'll try electric first. It seems appropriate to develop a good sence of how to handle a small machine safley. If necessary I can always step up for more power later. Thanks Y'all.

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            Mr. Buster
            The problem with electric saws, besides less power,is you can only run them at full throttle. There is no in between, they are either full throttle or nothing. They work good for some applications, but I prefer gas for carving. You will want to be able to feather the throttle for more control of the cut.Check out this link and let me know what you think!

            http://www.netSnapShot.com/pcw/b?KEY=2&ACCOUNT=5963

            Chips Happen 8)

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              Hey Rando,
              The bear rocks man- It's true you're really making it look easy. That's a massive piece. Nice work.
              You have inspired me to cut a much larger piece of wood. My carvings are totem poles on a miniature scale. The biggest one is 10' by 3'1/2 ft. I did all the cutting with an angle grinder so I felt the piece took way too long to finish. I like to take my time but this was rediculous. How long did the bear take?

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