Hours on a pro saw?

ELECT6845

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A friend claims that 200 hours is about all they get. So correct me if im wrong but if a saw is ran lets say 6 hours a day with lunch break and other down time then thats 30 hours a week. 4 weeks in a month so thats 120 hours a month so every 2-3 months they buy new saws depending on actual run time. I called BS, they should be getting 10 times that or more. I thought i read somewhere that 4000 hours was common. Please correct me if im wrong. OOO and check my math i never claimed to be smart. Lol
 

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I've got a couple of guys with ridiculous hours on their 372's..... but I see them for cleaning and maintenance fairly regularly as they get used hard. I've seen 2 or 3 other companies that can't seem to keep a saw on the truck long enough to get dirty. Guys can't seem to figure out how to get an air filter back on properly or make sure the gas has oil in it.....

Maintenance ;) Definitely more than 200 hours though.
 

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Ive seen it mentioned before by a few people that 2000 hours is about the max. I actually would have guessed a little lower than that my self....but Im starting to think thats close for a stock saw. Im sure 2000 hours is with some good upkeep.....that a lot of people don't do.
 

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i'd say in a years time i put around a 1000 hrs on my falling saw. that is about a 4 hrs a day average. really it is more like 8 -10 hrs a day but not getting to work due to waether at times will lower the total hrs. at the end of the year i usually go through the saw replace fuel lines filters and new rings.
 
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I've got a couple of guys with ridiculous hours on their 372's..... but I see them for cleaning and maintenance fairly regularly as they get used hard. I've seen 2 or 3 other companies that can't seem to keep a saw on the truck long enough to get dirty. Guys can't seem to figure out how to get an air filter back on properly or make sure the gas has oil in it.....

Maintenance ;) Definitely more than 200 hours though.
I've got some guys that never even look at the air filter. They're so packed with sawdust that you'd think they troweled it in.

Preventative maintenance is pretty rare with most guys. Most will run the saws until they have an issue, then bring it in. Hopefully, before any serious damage occurs. A lot of the tree service saws come in after some gravity induced trama. It's really amazing how much abuse a saw will take and keep running.

But guys that take care of their saws generally get 2-4 years out of them. Sometimes more. These are guys that I say have "good ears". They can hear when the saw is running different, and they bring it in to have it checked. They clean their air filters, pay attention to their fuel cans.
 
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TK

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I've got some guys that never even look at the air filter. They're so packed with sawdust that you'd think they troweled it in.

Preventative maintenance is pretty rare with most guys. Most will run the saws until they have an issue, then bring it in. Hopefully, before any serious damage occurs. A lot of the tree service saws come in after some gravity induced trama. It's really amazing how much abuse a saw will take and keep running.

But guys that take care of their saws generally get 2-4 years out of them. Sometimes more. These are guys that I say have "good ears". They can hear when the saw is running different, and they bring it in to have it checked. They clean their air filters, pay attention to their fuel cans.
Ya you gotta love it when you drain the fuel tank and find leaves, dirt, even twigs in there :lol:

Then there's the saw that only needed the air filter cleaned to make it run.

Never a dull moment with most of them that's for sure.

Another guy has maybe 4 saws, runs 4-6 different bars amongst them, and has a box of 30-40 chains. Some are .058, some are .050, some safety, some not, and he asks me why I always replace that little wheel thingy and charge him for it when he comes in. I showed him one I took off and put it next to a brand new one. He never asked again.

I'd like to spend a day in your shop, you must see far more stuff than I do here. I've got a feeling one of these days im going to drive to ny and never return home lol
 
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I know a stud faller out west that runs mostly modded 660's ..
He says he can wear out a 660 in a year. so figure roughly 30 Hrs a week run time X 50 weeks around 1500 hrs for him and the saw needs attention, Usually piston bearing etc... assuming it dosnt get smashed before then.
Good call, got a real good buddy, now in Oregon timber faller and they are moving put a lot on the ground. In some big wood too, and he is hard on saws. Ports em and does some work on his own saws. 66o's siad he gets 6 months to a year. Said about 6 months some are losing power, and rattling pretty good. But want to say some get a year, and never met anybody harder on saws, so that's pretty good. Also remebered he was going 6-7 days a week.
 
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