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  1. Default Indoor chainsaw alternatives? 
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    Is Spooky Props the only game in town for chain saws done right? From what I can tell, yes. Great product but dang pricey. I'm such a cheap SOB with the ability to build just about any prop, it kills me to spend that much, especially when I would really like two.

    Any thoughts or is it bust out the check book time?
    Randy Russom

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    I would ask about the push button. When you push it the 1st time and it revs up, does releasing it let it rev down. Then pushing it again revs it up at the same point in the cycle. Almost one of those things I would have to hear in person before I bought one. If they claim it is as loud as a real one and it ain't I would ask about a return policy. Other than that it looks pretty good. At half the weight you could have a screaming maniac with one in each hand. Let us know how it turns out.
     

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    Ive used one...it is as loud as the real thing, if not louder...and insanely light.
     

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    A guest won't be around long enough to notice, but how good does it sound quality wise against the real thing? I may have to add this to my list for future purchases.
     

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    As a patron, I am always annoyed by these things. They just don't sound real. They sound like a tiny speaker covered in foam and paint playing an MP3 of a chainsaw.
    If you're indoor, I'd rather see a real electric saw than a fake gas one.
     

  6. Default @ WeAretheUnion 
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    I assume you have experienced the prop by SpookyProps. There is a significant difference between this produce and the cheap Gemmy or other consumer type product. My experience was that they are very life like, minus the exhaust.

    What does an electric offer? Most of the noise comes from the chain rotating on the bar. If you pull that off what is left to offer a chainsaw effect?

    The problem I was struggling with was the $750 price tag for the SpookyProps product.
    Randy Russom

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    Mid State Scare - San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria's favorite Haunted House
    2013 - Hmmm, we shall see what gets conjured up
     

  7. Default I use both... I will sell my spooky prop chainsaw 
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    i use two electric and they work really well... they have allot of sound with them without the chain..and I also have a spooky chain saw its good too... but ... I will sell you my spooky chain saw.. if you are interested I can take pictures of it and make a video of it in action...

    Quote Originally Posted by rwrussom View Post
    I assume you have experienced the prop by SpookyProps. There is a significant difference between this produce and the cheap Gemmy or other consumer type product. My experience was that they are very life like, minus the exhaust.

    What does an electric offer? Most of the noise comes from the chain rotating on the bar. If you pull that off what is left to offer a chainsaw effect?

    The problem I was struggling with was the $750 price tag for the SpookyProps product.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwrussom View Post
    The problem I was struggling with was the $750 price tag for the SpookyProps product.
    I'd have to imagine they would be easy to make, at least for a Halloween prop tinkerer, the likes of which we have here on the board.

    C.
     

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    Why not get a real one, gut it out to make it lighter and add a sound board that can be triggered which has the real sound of a chainsaw uploaded on it. Then run it thru a guitar or bass amp and crank it up. I did this and it worked out great!!!. No gas or fumes, but a real sounding and actual real chainsaw.
    Then add a 12v charger to the blade and fence and get the sparks goin too. Yes, it is cheap and easy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom View Post
    Why not get a real one, gut it out to make it lighter and add a sound board that can be triggered which has the real sound of a chainsaw uploaded on it. Then run it thru a guitar or bass amp and crank it up. I did this and it worked out great!!!. No gas or fumes, but a real sounding and actual real chainsaw.
    Then add a 12v charger to the blade and fence and get the sparks goin too. Yes, it is cheap and easy.
    That's precisely what I was thinking, or something along those lines. Got plans? Specs?

    Also, some kind of vibrating motor in the housing to give it realistic movement, perhaps.

    Another idea would be to use some kind of conductive flat grate on a wall panel, and when the chainsaw comes in contact with the grate, as in the spark fence idea, whether it sparked or not, it could trigger a wall thumper on the other side of the wall panel, making it sound like the chainsaw was ripping on the wall, which usually gives it a nice, visceral quality (and gets a nice, visceral reaction).

    If you did want it to spark and thump at the same time, and didn't want to the circuit involved in the sparking in some complex jury-rig, then you could run a lead from the sparking circuit to the trigger lead on a relay, with the relay operating the on/off switch of the thumper on a completely different circuit.

    Something like that could probably work.

    C.
     

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