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Chainsaw for ice #7462954
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Looking to buy a new saw for ice.I really donít plan on cutting more than 12-18 inches.Any recommendations?Brand and model please.I do have a Stihl dealer close by.Thanks in advance.

Re: Chainsaw for ice [Re: Mad Scientist] #7463124
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I usually use my old 032. Never had an issue and plenty of power


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Re: Chainsaw for ice [Re: Mad Scientist] #7463133
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I doubt you could go wrong with a Stihl. You mentioned the close Stihl dealer, for me that would pretty much steer me towards the orange and white saws.
Something in the MS311 range should work well for you. Bar sizes range from 16-25Ē.

Re: Chainsaw for ice [Re: Mad Scientist] #7463167
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Originally Posted by Mad Scientist
Looking to buy a new saw for ice.I really donít plan on cutting more than 12-18 inches.Any recommendations?Brand and model please.I do have a Stihl dealer close by.Thanks in advance.


If you are doing a winter beaver run bring two.You dont want to go out with all the traps and equipment only to be shut down or delayed cause of a saw malfunction or freeze up.


Forget that fear of gravity-get a little savagery in your life.
Re: Chainsaw for ice [Re: Mad Scientist] #7463417
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Get a stihl and You won't need two. Most of the time I use a 261 with a 20'' bar.

Re: Chainsaw for ice [Re: Mad Scientist] #7463586
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12 to 18 inches so mostly 9 inches. Get a good heavy chisel and maybe one of them ice saws. Better for the environment and will keep you young. An auger also works better for beaver than chainsaw once you get into 18" ice.

Re: Chainsaw for ice [Re: Mad Scientist] #7463628
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Ice auger never freeze up and now there are battery powered ones. All you need is a extra set of cutting blades gas or battery powered!


I love the smell of burning spruce---I love the sound of a spring time goose---I love the feel of 40 below---from my trapline I will never go!
Re: Chainsaw for ice [Re: Mad Scientist] #7464073
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My axe always starts no matter how cold or wet it getsÖjust wish it had a bigger motor!

Re: Chainsaw for ice [Re: Mad Scientist] #7464125
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I recently used my 10" electric auger and it worked great, I just took my time cleaning the holes before proceeding to check for sticks and logs. Previously I always used an axe an chisel.

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There are lots of ways that are fine for setting up a house.
But you need chainsaws when setting 6 or 8 house a day with a partner on a winter beaver run.


Forget that fear of gravity-get a little savagery in your life.
Re: Chainsaw for ice [Re: Mad Scientist] #7464257
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Drilling 6 holes is how I make a beaver set. 2 sets per house outside feed pile, I do carry a chain saw if we have to make a set in the feed bed when not much water depth.

I bought one of the battery augers and itís great. Had to since having a gas motor close to my pace maker can mess with it. With thick ice a lot of time I start the holes close to my chest.


I love the smell of burning spruce---I love the sound of a spring time goose---I love the feel of 40 below---from my trapline I will never go!
Re: Chainsaw for ice [Re: Boco] #7464345
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One year I trapped beaver in a mountain Creek where my nephew was building a gravel road. Had to use an extension on my auger. There is no chainsaw blade that long.

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I want to try one of the electric augers.

Re: Chainsaw for ice [Re: muskrat411] #7464364
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Originally Posted by muskrat411
One year I trapped beaver in a mountain Creek where my nephew was building a gravel road. Had to use an extension on my auger. There is no chainsaw blade that long.

How many beaver did you catch out of that house,lol.


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Re: Chainsaw for ice [Re: Mad Scientist] #7464514
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I prefer a chainsaw and use an 046 with 20Ē bar. Often hit lots of sticks, peeled poles etc. Ice is rarely more than 24Ē unless thereís been a lot of overflow, which I am expecting this year. Starts to get too thick and I just move on. Plenty of houses.

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Back when I hated Beaver bad enough to trap them through the ice I tried ice saws, augers and chainsaws. The ice saws were too labor intensive. I thought the 10 inch power auger was the way to go until I got too close to the feed pile and the auger grabbed a log and liked to broke my ribs. I had the best luch with an old Stihl 044 and a 24 inch bar. Being I was using it strictly (or mostly) for ice I ran vegetable oil in it and it worked great.

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Re: Chainsaw for ice [Re: Boco] #7465052
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Not many I think thrive got too thick and they starved out. As I checked the next year and the houses were all abandoned. But I did catch a couple. The first one I pulled out my grandson said I cought agent P.

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Yeah you hot one stick and your auger blade is dull.

Re: Chainsaw for ice [Re: Mad Scientist] #7467871
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No dog in this fight. But like most modern name brand equipment, they all are pretty good. I can remember Vehicles not starting in the morning as a kid. That donít happen very often these days. Stihl and Husqvarna are big around here. Itís like green vs red in tractors. They both work. Buy for level of use, just donít buy a home/light use saw and expect to run a logging company with it.

That being said, never sawed ice in my life. Same chain as wood? Öand why does running a saw in the dirt dull it but not wood?

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When beavers leave the house circle the feed pile froze in place under feet of ice from a long winter searching for good sticks to feed on. They are usually the older beavers in the house.

This is where an auger works best. I always trapped the outside of the feed pile and if I did hit a stick I would immediately move or chisel the stick out and keep going. I used a 2 to 3 inch piece of green bark cottonwood or aspen and 4 snares. Usually would take 2 beaver per house unless a cabin owner wanted them all gone.

If we had a request to clean a house out the chain saw was used and it is a SachsDolmar with a 30 inch bar. With the saw we could deal with shallow water and feed piles.

Snare only beaver trapper. Started early 70ís and every winter till 2012 when health issue put a stop to it. Still dream of my time doing it!


I love the smell of burning spruce---I love the sound of a spring time goose---I love the feel of 40 below---from my trapline I will never go!
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