dealshitachi 16” purefire 2-stroke gas-powered chain…

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A 16" saw will cut most anything needed and is great for limbing. If you ever have a big trunk or stump to cut 30" or bigger go rent one. A big saw is heavy and not good for small stuff.

I agree, the reviews on this are not good. I have owned a number of saws from 14" to 20" mostly Poulan and Stihl. If money is no object then Stihl is the best, you do get what you pay for. I have had great service from several Poulans until I started using them for more than just homeowner stuff.

I was interested in this saw until I read the reviews, the plus side is it is light and easy to handle, bad is hard to start. Nothing like the Lithium drill they make. I would recommend looking at the Husquavarna saws - now sold at some of the big box stores and discounted. I see them on job sites and seem to be holding up well.

And if you need it once a year rent it. That way it will start when you use it.

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Disappointed not to see a single comment advising me on the usefulness of this tool in a zombie apocalypse. Can anyone help out here?

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I almost bought this saw this summer, the 7 year warranty being the main selling point for me. This saw seemed to be the best bang for the buck out there and now Woots price is even lower.

The only problem was I could not find any place local that did warranty service on Hitachi power tools. Once you gas it up it is illegal to ship without all the extra paperwork. So for me it would basically have no warranty.

If I was still in the market I would jump on this deal, hopefully my 35 dollar craigslist saw still starts in the spring.

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Apparently lots of jugglers in this crowd - 2% bought 3

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Just in time for the holiday family get together!

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Hitatchi is a good name. If I hadn't just replaced my 16" Poulan with an 18" Husky, I'd consider buying this one.

16" is a great size for most uses. I've cut years and years worth of firewood with a 16" saw. It's much easier to wrangle than a larger saw, making it safer for less exeperienced users. Also, I think staying in the 16"-18" range is great for smaller people (like myself). My husband runs a 24" Husky saw and I CAN use it if I need to, but it's very difficult.

There's no need to be afraid of chainsaws, but they do require a healthy dose of respect. A little instruction from someone with experience using one should be all you need to ensure an ability to operate one safely. Also, wearing some protective gear like coveralls, workboots, and safety glasses will help prevent serious injury in the event you do make a mistake.

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Oh, and on gas v. electric:

Electric saws tend to be less powerful than gas saws. If you just want to trim larger branches around the house, electric is fine. Otherwise...

You won't be using an electric saw to cut firewood out in the middle of nowhere or to clean up a fallen tree after a storm when the power is out. Even if you have power, if it's a bigger tree, an electric saw is going to run out of "oomph" on you.

If you intend to hire someone to do any major tree work you might have, then just stick with the electric. Otherwise, gas is the way to go.

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@ginawoot: Professional piano movers will sometimes remove a piano at no charge if you give it to them. I have one in the basement of a home I purchased that was delivered before the garage walls were erected. Movers took off a door frame, removed the piano, replaced the door frame and had it on the truck before I brought them the Cokes I offered. I got lucky, it was an old no name upright, but the soundboard was good and it looked great.

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Oh my nature Woot. You're allowing me to purchase a chainsaw!? You're the best! I promise to endanger only one limb at a time. :3

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Hope I don't need this for the turkey tomorrow. Can it be overnighted?

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I'm with a few other folks on here. Be damn careful. I grew up with chainsaws and power tools and learned early you have to respect them like a snake or a gun. Cept they're trickier. Go to an outdoor power equipment shop, buy what they recommend and make them show you how to use it. Otherwise hire somebody and drink beer on the porch while watching. Unlesss you think the nicknames "Stumpy" or "Lefty" are cool.

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Wish I had seen the Amazon reviews before I ordered this. Dang it ! Is there any way to cancel an order?

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@murph929: I have a 16" Poulan and that's plenty for the home owner. If you have trees that require a bigger saw you may want to consider hiring a professional.

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Woot calls this "commercial grade", but the identical pre-rebranding saw at tanaka is described as an 'entry level homeowner saw".
http://www.tanaka-usa.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=TCS33Eb/16
I once had a Stihl "occasional use" chains saw that was the worst saw I've ever owned. I'd say that the overwhelming number of one star reviews on Amazon and the "entry level" status of this this add up to an evaluation of exasperating disappointing crap.
For about $170 you can get a 20 inch Poulan Pro that is easy to start, easy to service, well balanced, and durable. I have other saws but I no longer use them. There are few things more frustrating than a misbehaving chain saw when you are deep in the woods. If you want something for occasional use in your back yard, consider an electric chain saw (I have one that I use within 200 feet of the farmhouse for trimming firewood that doesn't fit in the stove or pruning cuts). I'd pass on this Hitachi/Tanika TCS33EB/16

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@tesla33: have you ever actually used a chain saw?
the lubricating oil is NOT burned it is applied to the chain
via a feeder tube over the gears. COMPLETELY separated from
the combustion chamber of the motor. Yes, this saw does
use a 2 stroke motor that you mix oil/fuel together
but that is how the motor is lubricated. It has NOTHING to do
with the chain oiler

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After the 2 heavy/wet snowstorms and several days of high winds this past month, we had to buy one (different brand) locally to cut up all the trees and branches that blew down. Northern CO got hit hard by all that weather, like some other sections of the country.

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@ginawoot: an 8lb "Maul" or "Woodsplitter" Axe will work great on that piano demolition. And they are about $35 at lowes.

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@chupas: The saw reviewed on Amazon doesn't have a purge prime bulb, and this one does. A big difference when starting a 2-stroke engine, because the carburetor gets fuel right away.

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looks like it works pretty well, I've always had good luck with this brand

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Can this be used for a vasectomy? X

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@taopina: As both a regular chainsaw user and devotee of all things zombie, I would be happy to advise you on the usefulness of this item in the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

First, and foremost, some words on the suitability of chainsaws in general during a zombie attack. A chainsaw can be awkward to wield under the best of circumstances. They are heavy (even the lighter models) and the centrifugal force that results from the rapidly rotating chain can make it difficult to control sudden swinging movements such as those necessary for decapitating hungry zombies. This doesn't even consider the possible detrimental effects of having zombie blood (or juices, as I like to refer to them) sprayed all over one's face from the aformentioned rapidly rotating chain.

If, given this, you still want to employ a chainsaw on zombies, you need to make sure that it is one that is easy to start and keep running. Yanking on a starter cord while fending off hungry zombies would not be good.

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if it were only 2 fer tuesday...imagine the possibilities.

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I do not see that this can be used on Zombies. Boooo!
Sales just plummeted 10%

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Leatherface would kill for one.

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@squirrelhawker: now THAT is funny. I snorted my beer thru the nose on that one! Well done.

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@nucleardrugs: Thanks for your story. In my area, Craigslist always has plenty of "nice piano free to a good home" ads, so I don't know if I'll have the same luck. I'll make a couple phone calls though - thanks again for the idea.

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@woottacular5566: Thanks for the demo tool recommendations, which would no doubt come in handy for many other applications too.

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Anyone want to counter the complaints and convince me to buy this thing? I was all set to order this chainsaw to supplement my Stihl that needs minor repairs when I read the comments and reviews about hard starting and tendancy to die. The last thing I need is to struggle with a pull start with my bum shoulder.

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I got a Poulan 16" from Wally Mart and I start it once a season to make sure it is ready just in case. It always works and was $90. This doesn't seem that great of a deal.

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@grubber: "Watch the sawdust. If you are getting chips, you are good. If you are only getting dust, stop and sharpen. Takes a little time, but the cutting is faster and takes less effort."

To few people will realize the truth in your post. A sharp tool is also a safe tool.

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3) Read everything twice, fill everything out, read it again, check everything, make copies of it all, THEN and only then, seal the envelope. Almost all rebates have very exacting instructions and it's easy to forget something.

4) Wait. Rebates take a very long time to process. They are done by companies (not the manufacturer or woot) and this isn't the only rebate campaign they're working on.

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@skaidau: Tanaka is a brand under the Hitachi Power Tools Group.

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Shipping Update
Hitachi 16” PureFire 2-Stroke Gas-Powered Chain Saw has completely shipped via FEDEX Ground. All tracking has already been emailed out. You can also find your tracking number by following this link and use your ORDER NUMBER as the reference number.

https://www.fedex.com/AltRefTracking?cntry_code=us

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@tesla33: because electricity produced by coal-fired power plants is so much cleaner than a modern 2-stroke engine, not to mention power conversion efficiency losses.

Or the necessity of running a generator to power the electric chainsaw as most chainsaws are not used within 50ft of a power outlet.

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Mine came in yesterday via Fedex, thanks Woot!!!! Haven't fired it up yet, but does anyone know if it's already filled with chain oil, or do I need to fill it first?