We have 1 chainsaw, the Spookyprops chainsaw, and it is 2 years running and going strong! : )
More than 15
None we don't use Chainsaws
How many chainsaws do you go through in a normal season both electric or gas... I know they break a lot with the kind of abuse we put to them. I know our industry has to keep the chainsaw industry in business!
DANG.... I just called.... to remined My Partners to buy and modify a back-up saw?
How did he know???
We usually end up with a few every year. We've started buying the extended warranty from Lowes. Verbatim "Even if you drop it out of a tree, we'll give you a new one".
I can't wait to see the looks we get when we take the broken ones back, that have (fake) blood all over them.
We have 3 Real saw positions (and one Sppoky props saw position)and we have I think about 8 saws (each operator has two saws so that they can always have one with gas) We use a now out of stock Echo chainsaw, but they work great and pretty much don't break. When one goes down the guys are usually able to fix it from parts we have in stock. We also have 2 Spooky props saws and they also work great, the only time we have a problem is when an actor snags the wire on something, then we swap to the back up and fix it. Also one of our saw guys has two of his own and that helps!
I like the Echo saws as well. We have 4 chainsaw scares. This year we have a guy on our crew that is great at rebuilding old saws. Two of us have been using 25 year old Stihl chainsaws with holes drilled in the mufflers. Loud as all hell, they get some priceless reactions. You definitely have to wear earplugs when using these.
We took real chains and ground the cutting blades off of them so only the links are left. We then welded the chains to the bar loose so you see the chain hanging down a bit. It provides an extra level of fear when people are not sure if it's a real chain or not.
Every one that exits says the chainsaws scared them the most. The best is if you are able to sneak up and start it right behind them.
We use Husqvarna saws in our haunt, they take a beating and do not tear up.
We use stihl chainsaws. We used poulans in the past and they always broke down. We have 4 stihl saws with the easystart option. We use 3 in our attraction and have one as a backup. They are 2 seasons old and only one has had to go in for repair. They take alot of abuse but they keep on running. The easy start is a nice option but is a little confusing to repair if the string breaks.
Larry, if you start a chainsaw in a certain manor, they last. I've had the same Husqvarna that I've been using for almost 10 years of acting, and only had to rebuild it twice.(30-40 dollars in parts each time)
This saw has seen well over 150,000 patrons at various haunts and venues, while I also use it at my house for yard maintenance. Stihl also is a great choice.
Starter recoil assemblies are an invaluable part to keep around. I've found that buying multiple saws of the same brand and model number allows you to keep your saws running more frequently, and keeps costs and maintenance times down by being able to have multiple parts designed for the same saw. Instead of multiple parts for multiple saws. Plus if one ultimately does bite the dust, you now have a parts saw for your other still running saws of the same model.
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