With the Amazing GoFundMe Money, they bought a chain saw. They paid $900 for a chain saw.
I almost choked when I read that. We have heated our home (a real, actual house – actually, three or four of them) with wood. Not supplementary heat. Primary heat. We use the hell out of a chain saw. And we are not the type of people who buy junk for big tasks like that.
And we’ve never paid anywhere close to $900 for a chain saw.
But Dawn insists that is reasonable. And Dawn has all sorts of businesses (note that the word is not capitalized), including cutting up trees for firewood. So Dawn should know, right?
While Stihl does make a higher end model, and you can pay upwards of $1000 for a Stihl chain saw, the one they are using in the photo is not one of those high end models. It’s one of these. That chain saw didn’t cost one dime more than about $600 max.
Here’s a close up.
And if you click on the thumbnail, you can look at a bigger version. Compare that with the high end models here. You’ll see that this isn’t one of those.
Joe’s saw has what appears to be a 20″ bar but you can get that on almost any model of chain saw Stihl sells.
Because Nicole has absolutely zero experience with any of this, I am going to give her the benefit of the doubt here and speculate that perhaps she is simply not remembering correctly what they paid, or perhaps she is adding up all the money they’ve spent on chains and buying a new bar.
Or perhaps Joe went and bought the saw without Nicole and lied to her about the cost.
By the way, we have owned a Stihl chain saw since 1999, for more than 16 years. We have used it to cut enough firewood to heat homes in two different states in very cold weather conditions. Massive amounts of firewood, many cords. Much more than the twigs the Nauglers cut. They have had their saw since what, June? July? Less than nine months?
And we have never purchased a new bar. Ever. New chains, yes, of course. But no new bar.
Stihl no longer makes our exact model of saw. However, the model closest to ours is this. With a 20″bar (which we have), the price today is $469.
There is some serious exaggeration going on.