Author Topic: Chainsaws...  (Read 1979 times)

Sonny

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Chainsaws...
« on: October 06, 2012, 08:04:39 PM »
I only have an electric yardworks chainsaw and I need to upgrade as dragging the cord around is getting old real quick.
Thinking of getting either a Stihl or a Husqvarna.My son has a Poulan and it's a piece of crap so I won't be getting one of those.
What would you guys recommend? It will basically be used to cut campfire wood as paying $7 for a bag of wood at the gas station sucks.

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Re: Chainsaws...
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2012, 08:27:11 PM »
If it's light use the stihl is a he'll of a saw for the money can't go wrong

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« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2012, 08:28:23 PM »
           Not sure if you could go wrong with either.  My old man has a Husqvarna that is 20 plus years old.  The thing has had zero maintenance and still works.  This past summer I was cutting down trees with it and it started to act up a little (hard starting) but that has been it.  At one time it had sat for 5 years and I grabbed it to cut a bunch of wood, three pulls and good to go.  I have no personal experience with a stihl chainsaw but I know guys that swear by them as well.
          I was kicking tires a bit in a few places looking for a chainsaw this year and a couple times it got mentioned that within these brands there are obviously different levels of build.  The cheaper stihls or husqvarnas are not meant to cut wood all day every day. 
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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2012, 09:21:19 AM »
Can't go wrong with either saw. I have both and older 036 and a new little Husky I bought at CT last fall. Personelly I think the Stihl is a better made saw. Husky is fine if you want to step up to a pro model but there low enders are just that,, low enders. Stihl seems to make only one grade,, and thats a good grade.

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« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2012, 12:04:41 PM »
I agree, both saws are worthy of your money. I have a Stihl....no problems with it. My buddy has a Husq and it works lickity split too!
Stay away from the crappy tire saws.....junk!

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« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2012, 05:18:37 PM »
Wife bought me a Sears for xmas the year we married.  That  was 25 yrs ago and I'm still using it.  Aside from htg we've used it to trim trees on our properties for the duration.  It's at the point now where it simply has no compression left, so to start it you flood it, clean the plug, it fires first pull, then don't take your finger off the trigger or it'll quit and you start over.

I've been looking for a replacement as well.  I'm thinking another sears, although when in my 20's I had a husky dirt bike and you simply couldn't kill that thing  (believe me, I tried).   :)

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« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2012, 08:54:50 PM »
If it's light use the stihl is a he'll of a saw for the money can't go wrong
Yep, if you are looking for a small saw, go Stihl. Big saw go husky. The small huskys are actually made by Poulan. Stihl  has their sale on now, just picked up a new one for camp, a 170, came with case, bar guard, spare chain, and spark plug wrench, for $229
Like I say, I think Husky builds the best big saws, small ones not so much

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Re: Chainsaws...
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2012, 07:36:44 AM »
I would recommend that you get at least a 20inch bar on your saw the extra length can really help with back fatigue.  Donít let the size of the bar intimidate you home owner saws and farm saws do not have enough power to get the average guy in trouble.       

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Re: Chainsaws...
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2012, 09:43:06 PM »
a  ms170 stihl saw is the best bang for your buck. Good for general use and very light.

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« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2013, 02:45:19 PM »
Well I finally bought a new chainsaw,a Stihl ms250,starts easy,runs smooth and cuts like crazy.
I looked at the ms170 and they are a cute little saw but I wasn't sure if I woud be happy with it.I also looked at the ms290 and if I were heating the house with wood or if I was cutting standing timber then that would be the saw for me.
However the only wood I cut is 6-12 inch deadfalls or blowdowns and the ms250 fits my needs to a tee.. ;)

I'm very happy with it.

Oh....and a 5 ton log splitter works good too.. ;D

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« Reply #10 on: April 27, 2013, 04:34:04 PM »
Nice saw sonny you won't be sorry Stihl is top notch all the way..

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« Reply #11 on: April 28, 2013, 07:39:57 AM »
X2...powerful machine.
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« Reply #12 on: April 28, 2013, 09:33:26 AM »
Yeppers, nice saw, powerfull and light weight!

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« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2013, 09:57:32 PM »
that oughta work for you sonny.  i just brought home a brand new husqvarna 455 on friday.  just what a guy on the prairie needs hey?  i was eyeballing the neighbours cedars but thought better of it.   ;D  if i was paying, i likely would have gone stihl....no real reason other than to match my hedge trimmer....but what the heck, it was a freebie!  :D
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« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2013, 11:12:38 PM »
that oughta work for you sonny.  i just brought home a brand new husqvarna 455 on friday.  just what a guy on the prairie needs hey?  i was eyeballing the neighbours cedars but thought better of it.   ;D  if i was paying, i likely would have gone stihl....no real reason other than to match my hedge trimmer....but what the heck, it was a freebie!  :D

Sorry to hear that you live on the prairies...lol j/k  ;D

But here in the eastslopes we can get a $5 permit that allows us to cut 5 cubic meters of dead standing or blowdowns and the permit is good for 30 days.....
I'm thinking the new Stihl will pay for itself the first year as paying $7 to $9 for a skimpy bag of wood sucks big time..  :( :(

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Re: Chainsaws...
« Reply #15 on: April 28, 2013, 11:17:11 PM »
Nice saw, Sonny. Glad I saw this because I have been stumped which way to go with a new saw. I didn't know Poulan made the smaller husky's. I'd be pissed to buy one of those smaller husky saws to find that out. Poulan is garbage.

Sorry if I missed it, but what size bar are you running on the ms250? Which dealer did you go to buy it? Hopefully Stihl's sale is on for another week :) might have to go get one!

Congrats! Nice pictures, thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #16 on: April 28, 2013, 11:36:43 PM »
Nice saw, Sonny. Glad I saw this because I have been stumped which way to go with a new saw. I didn't know Poulan made the smaller husky's. I'd be pissed to buy one of those smaller husky saws to find that out. Poulan is garbage.

Sorry if I missed it, but what size bar are you running on the ms250? Which dealer did you go to buy it? Hopefully Stihl's sale is on for another week :) might have to go get one!

Congrats! Nice pictures, thanks for sharing!
It comes with a 16 inch bar but it will acept an 18 inch bar..I bought it at the local Stihl dealer here in Hinton.

Stay away from Poulan beacause when you go to start them you will be...Poulan...and Poulan..and Poulan.. ;D

Yup..I'm happy with the Stihl.. ;)

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Re: Chainsaws...
« Reply #17 on: April 29, 2013, 12:42:01 AM »
Fabulous. Thanks Sonny. Firewood is why I want it, so that would be perfect.

Yes, borrowed someone's poulan for last weekends camping trip. The thing pissed bar oil everywhere and made a real mess; had a hard time keeping it running. Garbage. It did get the job done, but with a lot of manipulation lol.

Don't laugh, I treat my hatchback like a truck lol. Should've seen it lol, there was NO clearance between the back tires and the frame! I amuse myself...oh well that's what happens when girls are alone in the woods. Use what ya got!



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Re: Chainsaws...
« Reply #18 on: April 29, 2013, 06:52:42 AM »
Fabulous. Thanks Sonny. Firewood is why I want it, so that would be perfect.

Yes, borrowed someone's poulan for last weekends camping trip. The thing pissed bar oil everywhere and made a real mess; had a hard time keeping it running. Garbage. It did get the job done, but with a lot of manipulation lol.

Don't laugh, I treat my hatchback like a truck lol. Should've seen it lol, there was NO clearance between the back tires and the frame! I amuse myself...oh well that's what happens when girls are alone in the woods. Use what ya got!

Ya need a pick me up truck girl and a chain saw.  :)

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« Reply #19 on: April 29, 2013, 07:46:10 AM »
Fabulous. Thanks Sonny. Firewood is why I want it, so that would be perfect.

Yes, borrowed someone's poulan for last weekends camping trip. The thing pissed bar oil everywhere and made a real mess; had a hard time keeping it running. Garbage. It did get the job done, but with a lot of manipulation lol.

Don't laugh, I treat my hatchback like a truck lol. Should've seen it lol, there was NO clearance between the back tires and the frame! I amuse myself...oh well that's what happens when girls are alone in the woods. Use what ya got!
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