Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 13
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Pohonui A lifesaver!
This is a must for those of us that have an occasional tree or large branches that fall. I ordered this for my over 70 husband because I worried about him taking his chainsaw out after our Northwest storms. What a lifesaver! It is sturdy, works like a champ, keeps the log out of the dirt as well as the chainsaw, and he doesn't have to bend over the entire time. He loves it, it folds up to store, and is everything they advertise it to be. We are extremely happy with this sawhorse.
October 5, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Hurwizzle Extremely Useful: Arrives ready to use, and saves your back (and your toes)
The OLYMPIA EASY OPERATION QUICK FIRE SAWHORSE (listed on Home Depot's website as the "Forest-Master 330 lb. Capacity Ultimate Saw Horse, Log Holder for Chainsaws and Log Splitters") is a must-have for anyone who will be using a chainsaw to cut logs. Not only does it protect your back by allowing you to stand mostly upright to cut logs, but it also keeps your chainsaw bar from hitting the ground at the end of cuts, thus avoiding kickback and protecting your toes and legs.
According to its instruction manual, the sawhorse weighs 21 lbs 3 oz, stands 35-7/16" tall, and can hold logs up to a diameter of 9-13/16" and length of 13 feet. The largest log I put into it was approximately 10 feet in length and 8.5" diameter, and it handled the log fine; that being said, though, I do not recommend trying to push the sawhorse by loading in larger-than-recommended logs.
It is recommended that you use the sawhorse on "firm and level" ground, but, in reality, you won't always be standing on totally flat and solid ground to use it. I use mine mostly out in the woods where the logs and branches have fallen, and the ground there is never totally flat, but I always look for the most level location I can find (DO NOT use the sawhorse on steeply-sloped, or even moderately-sloped, ground). Because of this, I find that the sawhorse is slightly wobbly when I use it -- not enough to cause me any concern, but noticeable nonetheless. I mention this so that you feel comfortable using the sawhorse even if you're not standing on totally level ground (but, again, make sure it's almost totally level).
While my overall opinion of the sawhorse is very positive, there are two issues that need to be addressed for this to be a totally honest review:
1) The diagonal braces do not attach securely to the brace pins, something I address in my "How-to & Review" video (attached). The diagonal braces are critical parts of the sawhorse that keep the log support frame from folding down into the base, but I found that one of the braces was consistently too loose to stay attached. Luckily, there are two braces, and one of the braces was always attached, so, while it didn't have the double-support, the single brace was still able to support my hefty logs (there just wasn't any backup if that brace had also failed). Some type of locking mechanism (a cotter pin through a hole in the brace pin, for example) would add a ton of value and extra safety to the sawhorse.
2) I found that loading logs larger than about 9' in length was nearly impossible by myself so enlisted the help of a friend. I'm not strong enough to lift a 10' log (8.5" diameter) by myself, so I first tried lifting one end onto the teeth on the crossbar, then lifting the other end and pushing it through until the hanging teeth caught it. Unfortunately, pushing it through in that way ended up making the sawhorse tip backwards. Even while having my friend help, we still had to keep one foot on the base to keep it resting on the ground while pushing the log through. I don't think there's an easy solution to this slight drawback, so I just recommend taking a helper with you whenever possible to make your job easier.
I DEFINITELY RECOMMEND this sawhorse! Watch my "How-to & Review" video for more details.
December 2, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jspring Well worth the investment
Save your back and reduce the chainsaw digging into the dirt. Being a 78 year old man it is tiring to keep bending over to cut up firewood. I bought this and cut up a 45 foot tall black walnut tree in about 45 minutes with much less effort. Until one gets more comfortable with this device, I do not recommend trying to cut anything wider than 10 inches in diameter or longer than 12 feet as the unit has a tendency to tip over. Outstanding, simple design. The only thing that would make this a dream is if they somehow put a splitter on it!!
November 5, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Pete Ready to rip right out of the box
This is a heavy duty sawhorse that's not to heavy to carry around. There is no assembly required, ready to go when you get it. I have yet to really push its limits but I think it will be able to handle pretty much anything I throw it. (Using a little common sense) This really saves me having to sharpen my chain saw as often as I used to. No more cutting into the dirt. On a side note this is not made by Olympia, merely distributed. This folds up to be about 2" thick and can easily be carried wherever it may be needed. Makes cutting up wood easier, when it comes to cutting up wood easier is better every time.
October 22, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by vicguyMN WOW
First things first, the set up of this tool is EASY!! simply open it and set the brace arms in place, set it up on level ground, lock the log into place and go to town. doesn't get much easier - unless there was a way to lift the logs into place - The "teeth" for grabbing the log and holding it in place are very sturdy and VERY sharp, and hold well. The only changes I would make would be to have something to hold the brace arms in place (they just kind of snap onto pins) and a way to keep it folded. If you try to hang this up on hooks it opens on its own. I used electrical tape to keep it closed while I store it. All in all, this tool is a fantastic extra set of hands and very convenient to use.
October 26, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Capecodder Awesome Product And Well Made
I used this saw horse this past weekend cutting up logs to use this winter for my fireplace. The best feautre is how it grips to the log and there is no adjusting to hold it in place. This product is well made, so heavy and easy to set up. The best part for me is I have no more bucking using my chain saw on cutting up logs what a delight.
October 2, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by thetonz Log Holder
Pros: Looks nice, great quality, easy to use, priced right, folds up nicely for storage and it does what it says it will do. It's nice to have your logs out of the dirt to cut.
Cons: It's to low to the ground. Evidently that's the reason they don't tell you the ground height dimensions when researching this purchase! One of the reasons you buy this log holder is so you don't have to bend over so much to save on back strain. So I improvised and placed it on the edge of my wood hauling trailer. That way the wood falls on the trailer saving my back even more.
The log holder doesn't hold smaller logs very well side to side while trying to cut (because the log doesn't have enough weight). You have to put your leg against the log so it doesn't get pulled into the saw. For heavier logs though, it works great!
Also, the person responsible for quality control / final inspection before packaging must have taken the day off, because it was put together backwards. Only two bolts to remove to switch the upright section 180 degrees.
October 15, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Brian Great tool for all you wood burners out there...
This product arrived in a different package than I expected since it was not an Olympia Tools box. It was a Forrest-Master tool distributed by Olympia tools...it is found in many different brands on the market. The product needs no assembly except set-up. While it is very simple to use with common knowledge of log size, and simply sliding the log in one end and jamming the spikes onto it, there are a few changes I would make for safety as follows: Once you set this up, there are two support arms that swing down and slide over pins on the base to make it stand upright. These pins have no mechanical connection i.e. washer & cotter pin or key. I am going to either thread the pin to use a wingnut or drill a hole for using a washer and a pin of some sort...the reason being that I experienced kicking the arms and them separating from the base which in my own opinion would allow a weak point or the upright to collapse very easily. An additional item to add/change would be fairly simple...have a latch of some sort so while being transported the assembly stays collapsed so when you grab it it does not swing open and catch a spike in your arm, leg, stomach...you get the idea...the possibility of some pain is certainly possible for which I am using some velcro straps to keep it in the closed position for transport.
This is a great addition to my fall exercise schedule cutting and chopping wood because it is much, much easier on my back now with less chance of the chain diggin into the ground under a log and cutting bent over all the time. Yeah, you have to cut lengths and load it into the stand, but cutting is much easier and safe. I would include some pics but it is represented very well on HD's website with exception of the few changes I will make for myself for safety. Happy wood burning!
September 27, 2013