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How to Charge Your Truck Battery with a Chainsaw

It’s a situation we can all relate to. Driving out to a remote location, sometimes a battery dies. It’s a scary thing because stranded out in the middle of nowhere can quickly turn into a harrowing survival adventure. Luckily, if it’s a wood cutting mission and you happen to have a chainsaw handy, Wranglerstar will show you the way to get that battery back up and running in no time.

It’s a great survival tip brought to us by none other than acclaimed, practical survivalist Wranglerstar. He’s been producing vids about all sorts of homesteading tips ranging from crafting, woodworking, axes, and even food. Regardless of whether or not the tip is ever needed it highlights some basics about electricity, mechanics, and improvisation when things don’t go right.

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When harvesting wood in remote locations, it can be a great way to get to see how a chainsaw truly performs. In ideal conditions, a chainsaw can always be brought into the garage or barn and repaired. But in isolated regions where a good workshop isn’t around – that’s the true test of the cutting power and durability of a chainsaw. It’s also why STIHL is a trusted name in chainsaws and tools. For actual forestry purposes, professional trust the STIHL MS 660 Magnum.

It’s the same one used in the STIHL TimberSport series and it’s easy to see why. The Magnum can accommodate up to a three foot bar and uses a self-lubricating 3/8” chain. With a 7 hp engine with 91.6 ccs of compression, it’s plenty of power for moving through hardwood logs with ease.

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Prepare in Advance or Be Prepared for Surprises

Life throws all sorts of interesting curve balls our way. That’s why it’s important to keep a great survival kit nearby. Whether it’s something as simple as filtering water, starting a fire, or simply building a shelter – there’s some basic tools we can all keep with us to ensure we have a good head start.

• Basic Utility Knife

This doesn’t have to be fancy. Something with a sharp edge and a decent grade of steel will do. A basic utility knife can be anything from a Swiss Army knife to a serious Cold Steel survival blade.

• Flashlight

A source of reliable light is important if we plan on getting out of the car to assess damage. Cell phones are good when nothing else is available but ultimately nothing substitutes a source of directed light in dark conditions.

• Screwdrivers, Pliers, and Wrenches

This is especially true for a car kit or similar where you plan on going out somewhere. When a bolt comes loose or something needs fixing, it’s always good to carry a set of wrenches, pliers, a ratchet, and a good set of screwdrivers. Really any quality of tool will do just so long as its available. The better the quality, the higher the expectations.

• Old Alternator Belt

The one piece of advice Wranglerstar gives us in addition to having a chainsaw is having an old alternator belt. As long as it’s relatively intact, that’s perfect. The basics of his technique can be applied to nearly any small engine and some manner of belt. An old pair of stockings, a belt, shoelaces – there’s no wrong answer so long as it works.

• First Aid Kit

Bandages, band aids, antiseptic, a suture staple kit, scissors, gauss and wrap. These simple things can make any bad situation immediately better. Just being able to stabilize an injury is the first step to surviving it. And especially when we’re out in remote locations – it’s all the more important to have on at the ready.

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It’s the same one used in the STIHL TimberSport series and it’s easy to see why. The Magnum can accommodate up to a three foot bar and uses a self-lubricating 3/8” chain