I mentioned in an earlier post that I have this slight addiction to chainsaws. An online forum I frequent, Aboristsite.com has a name for this problem and they call it CAD...or Chainsaw Addiction Disorder. I have it bad. I have noticed that my "wants" and "needs" are becoming blurred and that the world is only populated with saws that I need...desperately. Case in point...please direct your eyes to the picture below and notice the giant red beast on my tailgate. This saw is none other than the vaunted Dolmar 7900. Dolmar is a German word which means "Mean SOB" in English. This saw is 80 cc's of attitude and brute cutting force. I have never heard a German scream before... but if I did, it would probably sound like what blasts from the muffler of this monster.
The bad news is the Dolmar does not belong to me. I am "testing" it for my local Husqvarna dealer who is being heavily courted by Dolmar to sell their saws. I have long heard great things of Dolmars and until now, to me have been almost like the infamous "Sasquatch." Much talked about...but never seen. Anyhow...I am a frequent visitor to my local Husky dealer and I am certain they refer to me as a "pest." But I do spend money there and send them a lot of business. I must be appreciated however as they let me take this bad boy home for a couple days to test drive. For all the wood I cut I could use something like this saw as it would absolutely stomp a mud hole in my 455 Rancher. But I have to face reality and wonder if I REALLY NEED something like this...well...after thinking about it, I do NEED this saw. I figure I could hang onto the Rancher too. You never know when I will need it for backup service. Can someone lend me $700?
I took the Dolmar and my trusty Husqvarna 346XP out to a very large downed maple today and quickly dispatched the trunk into very usable rounds. The Dolmar 7900 is a screaming monster. It has gobs of torque and has incredible RPM's. The anti-vibration is excellent. I am not sure if the anti-vibe is equal to the Husqvarna 372 XP but it is darn close. It was a true joy to run. I wish I had more wood to cut. My saw had the 20 inch bar but I think the 20 incher leaves too much on the table for the amount of power the saw has. If you NEED a saw this big I would recommend nothing shorter than a 24 inch bar. After I had the logs loaded in my truck I drove over to my friends house where he and his brother awaited my arrival. They had a 16 inch ash log waiting to try out the Dolmar. They too were equally impressed with its power and speed. Funny...however...the big winner of this chainsaw get together was my Husky 346XP. Both my friends marveled over this little beast. It was almost as fast as the 80cc saw and totally creamed their Stihl 360 and 290 Farmboss. They are both now interested in buying a 346XP and the Dolmar 7900. Here is a picture of my Husqvarna sitting next to the Dolmar on my tailgate. Hey, that's over $1200 dollars in chainsaws in the bed of my truck. This is a nice way to increase the value of my old Ford!
Also, for you chainsaw junkies...notice the Pro HD Filter installation on the Dolmar! Very nice isn't it?
In my opinion...I can't think of a better 1-2 punch than the Husqvarna 346XP and the Dolmar 7900. The 346XP limbs like a laser beam...you point it at a limb and the limb falls off. Once the limbs are off and the tops cut up, bring out the big gun and let the 7900 buck the trunk. Holy cow! What a day! Too bad I have to give the Dolmar back.