Yeah, running it dull makes lots of heat and smoke, but not many woodchips.
That gets real aggravating to someone like me who's in a perpetual hurry. Makes cutting PAINFULLY sloooooow .....
Guess you guys haven't got hit as hard by all the storms we've had over here the past 4 years. There isn't a single weak tree left! A massive ice storm, 2 hurricanes, a couple floods, a freak October snowstorm, a huge blizzard, and hundreds of windy days took them all down. We didn't even lose power during the last big snowstorm a little over a week ago - now that's saying something right there! We used to lose power whenever it rained!!
Pines are weak - it's their nature. If a tree is gonna bust, it'll be a pine before any other. I like them - as long as they're FAR away from anything important. They drop needles everywhere that are a bitch to clean up, they drop branches through your roof every storm, and drop sap onto the cars you care about .... and campers and boats, if your lucky enough to afford those things in this state. Which reminds me. I;ve got a few around the property that are growing a little too close to things. I'll nip those in the bud this spring.