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Sputtering chainsaw

stihl chainsawThis larger than normal Stihl  chainsaw has been one of the most reliable gas powered tools I've ever had the pleasure of operating. It gets a bit heavy sometimes to carry, but the extra power really comes in handy.

Last week it started to sputter and stall and seemed to be functioning at barely half power.

My first guess was right, it had some bad gas. I poured out the old stuff and put a fresh new gas oil mixture in and it zipped back to 100 percent. I made the mistake of buying two 5 gallon containers of gas back in the summer when it seemed like the price was going through the roof. Now I know how long is too long for storing fuel for our machines.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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