got an Oregon PS250 today. Can’t wait to cut with it.
I have put trailer lights on a number of times already. Somehow or other they have all gotten broken. I have been using magnetic trailer lights in the interim. They don’t always stick on like they should. I have a number of broken pairs.
We have friends from church that needed to borrow the trailer. I also needed to use the trailer on Monday night. So I decided to put on a pair of trailer lights that were actually attached to the trailer.
I found some angles to mount the lights to. Tommy, Benja, and I fished the wire through the trailer frame.Tommy and I mounted the lights.
Monday night came around and Katie was not feeling well so we did not go to horsemanship. So I guess my friend will get to use the trailer before me. I hope they don’t get broke before I get a chance to use them once.
You are probably here because the handbrake on your saw will not stay in the engage position. I figured since I had to rip my whole saw apart to find the solution, I would post it here so that you will only have to remove 8 screws. It is a very easy fix and should be part of the maintenance schedule of this saw and included in the owner’s manual. As always, repair at your own risk or take it to an authorized repair shop.
It is not very safe to try and hold the brake while you saw. So let’s get it fixed.
First remove the side cover that covers the bar, chain, and powersharp feature by loosening the large black hand screw. Take off the bar and chain. It should now look like this. The powersharp red lever will need to be removed. Take note of how the spring is before removal so that you can reassemble it correctly. There is a bolt and washer that holds the powersharp feature on at the pivot point of it. Remove this screw. There is a screw at the bottom of the powersharp feature to hold the bottom end, remove this screw. Now it will look like this. There are 6 screws that hold the metal plate onto the saw. This plate covers the spring mechanism for the hand brake. 5 of the screws are the same, one is shorter and has different threads. Take note of which hole this odd ball screw goes in. Remove all 6 screws.
Now it should look like this. Clean out the dirt and debris. An air compressor may help remove it. Notice the short screw on the table. It goes in the middle bottom hole. Now you may notice in the picture that more things are missing from my saw than what I have told you to remove. That is because no one had written these instructions out before so I took my saw apart from the other side to begin with and then found that the metal plate was all I had to remove.
Your welcome 🙂 .
Put it back together in reverse order. Make sure the brake operates correctly. Now you can start having fun with your saw again.
For my full review of this saw go here.
I love this saw. Hope that says enough.
I don’t tire out my arm trying to get the motor to start. I don’t smell like exhaust fumes when I am done cutting. I don’t have to remember to run the gas out if I am not going to use it for a while. I don’t have to wear ear protection. I don’t have to listen to any noise between cuts. I don’t have to hand sharpen chains. I get to cut, cut, and cut.
I have cut down trees that were about 10″ in diameter. Worked great. I have been mostly using it to clear fence lines of small trees that have grown up over the years. I am so impressed with how easy and fast it cuts through. I had read reviews that it does not cut very fast. It has not slowed me down any.
While it does not take gas, you do still need quality bar/chain oil. If you fill up the tank on the side, it seems to last through 3 batteries worth of use. There is a nice clear bar chain oil level indicator on the side of the chain so it is easy to keep track if you are low on oil.
The saw weighs about 12 pounds with the batteries. The battery is probably about half of that weight.
I have the endurance batteries which are rated at 2.4AH / 89WH at 37V. The model is B400E. I get about 30 minutes of continuous cutting with a battery.
The C600 charger takes about 2 hours to fully charge a battery. I have 3 batteries, so if I put the first battery on the charger after it is dead, it is just about ready by the time I have the other two batteries used up. I usually don’t cut continously (have to move the fallen trees/logs), so the total time I
have is probably about double of the actual battery run time. I am hoping to get a fast charger C750 in the future. The fast charger can charge the endurance batteries in 30 minutes.
The saw has the PowerSharp feature built-in. I hate dull chains so this feature is great. The teeth on the Powersharp chains are filed on the top, not underneath like a conventional chain. Powersharp uses a curved sharpening stone that sharpens the blade by pulling on the red handle for 3 to 5 seconds while you pull the trigger of the saw. Sparks fly out and the chain has a new edge. This really helps with battery life as a dull chain will drain the battery much faster than a dull one. Although the chains stay sharp for a very long time.
I am hoping that they will come out with a pole saw that uses this battery system. There is already a string line trimmer and hedge trimmers that use this battery system. I do not own either of those at this time.
The one negative I have heard about these saws is that the hand brake gets oil and/or debris in the mechanism and will not work properly. The reviewers complained about having to send it in under warranty to get fixed and then a few months later having to send it in again.
I have had this happen to my saw. I tend to like to fix things myself. So I took the saw apart to find out where the problem was. The fix ended up being very easy once I found out how to access the area that gets gummed up. The owner’s manual should include the procedure for cleaning this area out and save the owner the frustration of having to send it in for repair, when it should be routine maintenance. My post here has the procedure so that you will not have to dismantle your whole saw.
Would I recommend this saw to my friends, you bet. I love this saw. My pull string arm is really loving this saw.
Below are a few more pictures of the saw and batteries from different angles. I hope you have as good as success as I have had with this saw.