I don't burn firewood to heat my house in the winter so I don't do a whole lot of firewood processing, but I've had several big oaks fall around the property in the past year and I want to start cutting them up and getting rid of the wood. I also had a couple trees near the house I wanted to get rid of anyways, so I decided I better get a bigger saw.
I have had a little Echo CS-310 for maybe 5-6 years and it's a really great saw, but too small for the work I need to do. I've used it for jobs that were really way out of it's league and it survived but it really wasn't the right tool for the job.
So last week I picked up this Stihl 028 AV Wood Boss off of Craigslist. It is not the "Super" 46mm bore version, it is the more common 44mm bore version, 47.1cc displacement. It is an electronic quickstop though, so no points ignition and it does have a chain brake.
It has a new spark plug, fuel filter, air filter, fuel line, impulse line, rebuilt carb and a new RS chain on it. It has great compression and was clearly well cared for. It included a case too.
I bought it from a guy who is a huge chainsaw enthusiast. He builds race saws, and clearly had a lot of knowledge regarding chainsaws. He did all the work to it, and he also completely disassembled, cleaned and tuned it. He let me run it and do some cutting with it before buying and he also let me run his ported Stihl 066 and ported Dol-kita 7900, very cool saws.
I took down a Bradford Pear with it over the weekend and this 028 made fast work of it. Afterward I spent an hour or so cleaning it, and I bought a spare chain and also a new bar for it. Nothing wrong with the bar it came with, but I like having spares.
It's really a powerful saw, makes my little Echo feel like a kid's toy. It's not something I'll use all the time, but its something I'm glad to have around. I've always had a liking for chainsaws even if I don't have a frequent use for them, and after running those ported saws I can certainly see how it could be an addicting hobby.