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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-21-2012, 07:20 AM Thread Starter
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Chainsaw carrier for about $5

I've been trying different things for carrying a chain saw, and think I finally have it. I'm too cheap to spend $70+ to buy one and most carry the saw with the weight on the bar which I am not crazy about.

So...

1 orange bucket from HD - $2.60
3 Left over TV mounting brackets - $0
2 U-bolts - ~$2, dunno - had a bunch in the garage
various bolts, nuts, washers

Mount one of the TV mounting brackets to the ATV with U-bolts.

Bolt other two TV mounting brackets to bucket - one on the inside and one on the outside. E.G. Sandwich the bucket wall to add strength.

Connect bucket assembly to TV mounting bracket on ATV with bolts and wing-nuts for easy-on, easy-off.

Cut hole in bottom of bucket for bar to go through. Use the chainsaw for perfect size hole

Cut out notch in top of bucket for chain-brake guard to rest in. This gets saw lower in bucket and also shifts load to saw frame.

You might want to bungee the saw in if you are riding really rough terrain.

Potential concern is how long bucket will last. But if it fails, it's only another $2.60 and I might look at stronger mount.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-21-2012, 07:56 AM
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Good idea....

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Texas, I made my Chainsaw carrier for less than $5 (All I had to buy was a few U-bolts) and it is more secure (It's rock-solid!) than any other carrier I've seen. I do volunteer work for the U.S. Forest Service, and after they saw the rack on my atv, they asked me if I could build a few more of them for their atv's. As you know, Stihl chainsaws are not cheap and taking care of them is very important. All the USFS uses is Stihl and they love how well my rack supports and protects a Stihl (or any other) saw. All you need to make it is a couple feet of 2 X 12 material, some plywood, a few deck screws, and 4 U-bolts - to bolt it to your front or back rack with. Here are a couple of pictures: Click on them to enlarge them.
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Very Nice!

That is great kentco, will give that a spin!
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Sounds good! Start by cutting out the plywood by using your existing rack as a template. Then cut a couple pieces of 2 X 12 for your upright supports and secure them to the plywood with the deck screws.

I used the chainsaw to actually cut the slots in the 2 X 12's which the bar goes through. It really works well and holds the saw extremely securely. You can see in the pictures that I only need one strap to tie it down with. (Honestly, everything fits together and holds so well that the strap is hardly needed!).
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Here are a few more pictures which show what it looks like without the chainsaw on it. Also are a couple of pictures that show that I also have room on the rack to carry my chainsaw fuel and chain oil.
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both of them look good i dont carry a chainsaw around with me enough to do something like that

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Here is the one I have built.
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