My Johnson-red

The classified ad caught my attention:

MOVING SALE: Shop vac, Johnson-red chainsaw, leather couch, leather reclining chairs, oak dining set 36″ HDTV P.A. sound system, queen bed with frame 2 mad river canoes, scroll saw Call xxx-xxxx.

As much as I would like to have a Mad River canoe, it would be a hard purchase to justify considering the current state of our family finances. And leather furniture would be nice, but when Janet heard that the colour was teal, that idea was put to rest.

However ever since buying our woodlot last fall, I’ve been keeping my eye out for a good quality used chainsaw, so I phoned about the Johnson-red.

Here are a couple of pics of my most recent purchase.

My Johnson-red ... Jonsered 630 Super

Close-up of my Johnson-red

I’ve cut some firewood in my backyard with my new/old Johnson-red this week, and it runs nicely. This Saturday, if the weather holds, I’m planning to spend a day at Shell Lake cutting trails on our woodlot, to really put it to the test.

6 Responses to “My Johnson-red”

  1. Shirley says:

    Looks like new. Anytime you feel the need to cut firewood come on out. I’m sure you’ve noticed, since the drought years, how many dead trees there are around farmyards. Ours is no exception. We really need to get a chainsaw as well, there’s lots of trimming needed where my pruning saw just doesn’t “cut it”.

  2. Randall says:

    Swedish eh?

    My oh my. Norway doesn’t make a chain saw?


  3. Phil L says:

    If they do, I haven’t heard of it. Husqvarna and Jonsered, two of the top chainsaw brands, are both made in Sweden.
    I’ve forgiven the Swedes for their oppression of Norway, so it didn’t bother me to buy their technology.

  4. Toni says:

    Now I have a chainsaw that looks EXACTLY like that (’cept with a longer bar) that carries the ‘Homelite’ brand. I bought it 17 years ago, used, and it’s done well (needs a new chain now). I used it about 6 weeks ago, and after being laid up for around 5 years, after cleaning and gapping the plug it started from the 5th or 6th pull.

    My previous chainsaw was an ancient Remington, and it was like trying to wield half a moped. No wonder lumberjacks were depicted with huge muscles.

  5. Phil L says:

    My brother had a Homelite for many years, and liked it. I have no idea how it compares to the Jonsered.

    Re size and weight, the department store chainsaws tend to be in the 35 or 40 cc range, which is OK for lopping off the occasional branch but under-powered for serious tree cutting. My Jonsered is 63 cc, and although I’m no Paul Bunyan I can handle it comfortably for a couple of hours. I’m an office worker so I wouldn’t want to put in an 8-hour workday with it.