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Author Topic: The best clearing saw / brush cutter  (Read 6136 times)

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Offline SwampDonkey

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Re: The best clearing saw / brush cutter
« Reply #40 on: July 29, 2017, 02:41:41 pm »

Amick's in North Carolina sells both the 8" (200mm) Maxi Blades and the 9" (225 mm) Maxi Blade. They advertise as "Windsor" brand, but there is a note saying "It will be labeled Carlton, Oregon or Windsor, all are from the same manufacturer." THese have the 25mm/1" arbor hole. Both are described as Swedish steel.

Yes, they are all the exact same blade from same place.

Stihl "Maxi" is Japanese steel.

Some people will file them down to hardly any tooth left. I never go that far with them, they won't cut as good past a certain point, especially in 4"-6" hardwood or spruce. Way more productive to reach for another blade. I'd rather spent $25 to make an extra $300, then to loose $300 production to save $25. :D

Pre-commercial thinning pays off. :)

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Re: The best clearing saw / brush cutter
« Reply #41 on: July 29, 2017, 04:24:52 pm »
I couldn't find the Stihl Maxi on the Stihl USA web site.
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Re: The best clearing saw / brush cutter
« Reply #42 on: July 30, 2017, 01:25:34 am »
And Stihl Canada doesn't either. And you really have to dig on their site to find the chisel and scratcher tooth blades.

Windsor Maxi  Not available though. They sell them here at Husqvarna shops.

Pre-commercial thinning pays off. :)

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Re: The best clearing saw / brush cutter
« Reply #43 on: August 01, 2017, 01:50:33 pm »
We have a Stihl 560 and using their chisel toothed blades it will wack through a 3" to 4" gambel oak in one slice if they're green.   You kinda' have to work on your technique, but you just swing at them from left to right and it will pop right through in one stroke.  If find it too cumbersome and slow to actually put the blade up to one and try to saw through it conventionally.  We use it for the trail clearing, but like a chainsaw, you hit one rock or too much dirt and you'll spend a lot of time sharpening the blades.  It's an invaluable tool for spot clearing but I've found that an ATV with tow behind trail cutter is much better and faster if you can manage the terrain.  If I can drive the ATV over it, the trail cutter will cut it.
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