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  1. Seems to be a lot of conflicting information on which boots are worthwhile to buy. Any advice on what to buy as a first pair of climbing boots would be greatly appreciated. Very used to wearing heavy boots with crampons when ice climbing, so size/weight aren't really considerations. I really like the Scafell's, but some of the reviews are a bit tepid. Scafell Lites and Meindls seem to get a better write up though...
  2. So, I’ve managed to grab myself an 020t from around 2001 (that’s when it’s original manual said it was from). It’s in great nick. As good compression as my 261c (18 months old), starts and runs well, no play in the crankshaft, no wear on the cylinder/piston. Didn’t cost me too much either which was a bonus (I assumed I’d need to spend a bit on it). However there are three things I’d ask for some advice/wisdom on. 1) Chain turns while idling- I’m going to replace the clutch/springs, but is there anything else it might be? 2) Very smoky, chucking out a lot of white exhaust. Is this typically an older saw thing, or is there an easy resolution? 3) The is no chain catcher. Is this normal for the saw (I can’t see an attachment point, and there’s nothing broken off)? If it’s normal, would it be wise or possible to retrofit one? All advice very gratefully received!
  3. Nothing specific. I’ve just been offered one (used) for a decent price. I think I’ll have a punt on it, obviously if the big stuff is ok. Just want the manual so that I can strip it in need be.
  4. Does anybody have a service manual for an 020t (or failing that a 200t) that I might be able to pinch? I’d be most grateful. Thanks
  5. GuyMo

    Top-handled saw

    Nice one! My 261 seems to manage the oaks that I've hacked up once they've fallen (although it definitely has its flaws). The Stihl top handles seem to get a decent write up pretty much everywhere, 200 or 201tc seems to be a big question? They seem to be much more popular than the 540s.
  6. GuyMo

    Top-handled saw

    Totally fair. It's a private estate in Ireland, that hasn't been managed at all for possibly 30 years (about 60 acres). The house is set above a large proportion of the woodland. A lot of the larger oaks and sycamores are obscuring the views from the house. As its completely surrounded by large (unmanaged) trees on all sides there is quite a lot to do, not just crown reduction. Bit of a mixed bag. I suppose my main interest is getting a top handle to start that can handle the larger stuff in the bigger trees. Cheers
  7. GuyMo

    Top-handled saw

    Great, thanks Steve. Do you have a preference? I suppose the biggest consideration with the big saw is the weight? Over time I’ll amass an arsenal of them I’m sure, but do just need one for now.
  8. GuyMo

    Top-handled saw

    Thanks Mick, that’s really good to know. The majority of the stuff will be larger limbed oaks that will need some crown reduction. Would it cope with this in your opinion? Very grateful for the knowledge.
  9. GuyMo

    Top-handled saw

    Legend. Thanks mate. Sounds decent, I’ll definitely look into it. Kinda just assumed that the 201/540 were the best saws for climbing.
  10. GuyMo

    Top-handled saw

    Cheers. Is it in the same league as the other two (genuine question)?
  11. I’m in the market for a new top-handled saw. Price isn’t really a consideration as I’m happy to pay whatever, if something is substantially better. At the moment I’ve got an MS261C which is great, but annoys the hell out of me with the hot starting issue, so I’m less inclined to get another Stihl saw (but will if the consensus is they are better than the Husky). It will mainly be used in a large oak/mixed woodland. I suppose the real question is, should I just bite the bullet and get a t540xp, or is there something else I might consider? Cheers!


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