How to Tune a Chainsaw Carburetor

On this saw, the carburetor and idler adjustment screws are located near the crank handle.
In a recent blog I referenced the Game of Logging courses I attended and described all the new things I learned about safe and efficient use of a chainsaw. One such item was chainsaw maintenance, and one part of that was the carburetor test. I’ve run chainsaws for over 30 years and never knew to …

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Kip’s Korner: The Game of Logging

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As many QDMA members know, a chainsaw can be one of the most valuable tools for improving whitetail habitat. However, used incorrectly, it can also be the most dangerous. Recently, I was fortunate enough to attend Levels I and II of Soren Eriksson’s Game of Logging, a hands-on chainsaw training program focusing on safety, productivity, conservation …

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Whitetails & Invasive Plants: A Dangerous Combination

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“I can’t even tell you when we can do the next timber harvest,” our consulting forester, Doug Tavella, said to me in the summer of 2010. “Browsing by deer is so bad that you have almost no hardwood regeneration. That, combined with all of the non-native invasive plants, has stunted the development of your woodlot. …

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Sex Among the Persimmons

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If you think this is about people having sex in the woods, I’m sorry to disappoint. It’s about persimmon trees having sex in the woods. Far less interesting, I know, at least until hunting season arrives and it’s time to locate stands. Most of us know that deer are drawn to persimmon fruit as surely …

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Don’t Get Burned by Fireblight

These immature pears have been hit by fireblight. Note the healthy pears in the background for comparison.
A southern crabapple planted at QDMA Headquarters in Georgia was one of those uncommon trees that blows past all of its sister seedlings planted the same year – rocketing upwards in height, spreading a beautiful crown of limbs, and throwing an incredibly dense spray of flowers and fruit at only three years of age. So …

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