Monday, November 23, 2009

The Dolmar 7900...Holy Cow!

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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?
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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?

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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.
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9 comments:

  1. No doubt that Dolmar gets over shadowed by Stihl and Husqvarna. They make excellent quality cut off saws as well as the pro level chainsaws.

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  2. can i ask what the Pro HD Filter installation is

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  3. Thank-you for visiting my blog. The HD filter will run you around $60-$70 US dollars. If you are handy you can install it yourself but the saw will need retuned once it's installed. Try Baileysonline.com or Treestuff.com for pricing. The HD filter is worth the money. It is much better at filtration and its size helps with air intake to the cylinder. OWB

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  4. To better the "1-2 punch", lose the 346xp and get a Dolmar 5100-S. It's the best power to weight ratio on the market. An extra 1000 rpm over any other saw doesn't hurt either! I run a 3410TH and the 5100-S, once I save up for a 7900 I can't imagine needing another saw. If I ever did, there's always the 9010!

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    1. The worst thing dolmar ever did was to permit themselves to be purchased by sachs; thusly becoming sachs/dolmar.... The best thing they did was to get themselves purchased by Makita... The name Makita stands for quality and coupling it to dolmar---wow... I refused to purchase another dolmar as long as they were manufactured as sachs/dolmar... During those years I became a husky guy, stihl guy, oly guy... Once I became aware of the Makita acquisition and new factory; I ran out and purchased a 7900, then came a 6400 and then a 7300... I have been running them for years and will not return to any other brand--ever... The 84cc upgrade for the 6400, turns it into a monster that is even faster and more powerful than the 7900. A friend and pro logger was of a mind to bet his Stihl 880 against my modified 6400... A cutting trial and winner got the others saw... He used the ramped up 6400 and put his saw back in his truck...

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  5. thanks for nice and interesting reading.

    from Håkan Blomkvist in Leksand, Sweden, scandinavia. Owning a stihl ms 200 and an old Husky 455.

    PS. I really like your interests!

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    1. Thank-you for the nice words! It is nice to hear from you from Sweden. My hit-meter gives me statistics of where my readers are from and Sweden is certainly well represented. Have fun with your 455...great saw! OWB

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  6. I just got a 7900 to complement my Stihl 360 pro and ms 250. You are right. I have a 24" bar on it and its maiden voyage dispatched a 3' around ash log with ease.

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  7. Been running a PS 6400 for 2 years, very impressive saw.

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