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  • Stihl

    32 43.24%
  • Husqvarna (from a Dealer)

    28 37.84%
  • Japanese (Tanaka, Shindaiwa, etc.)

    0 0%
  • Chinese (any Big Box Store Brand; Husky, Jonsered, Earthquake, BlueMax, etc.)

    10 13.51%
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Chainsaws: What do You Have?

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    Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    What brand chainsaw are you using? and why did you choose it? What do you love/hate about it?

    Yes I am a member on Arboristsite.com. I just want to hear opinions from the locals (you).

    I own two Stihls, because that's what my father has. I recently bought a Chinese 45cc Earthquake saw (Sears sells, or used to sell them) for fun. In stock form, it's a turd. You can't lean into the cut at all or it will bog and stop the chain. I'm on a quest to modify it and see if it can perform anywhere close to my Stihl 025 (also 45cc).

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Stihl... Stihl... Stihl...


    Love the products. Love the integrity of the company (only sold through dealer network, all products still actually made by Stihl, no whoring the name out with re-branded Poulin crap at the big box stores), huge dealer network for parts, and the machines are actually serviceable.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Husqvarna 450 18" bar from a dealer

    Bought it because I needed a saw and trusted the brand name. I already had a 30 year old husky saw and just got a husky lawnmower,

    Its a good saw I guess, I suck at sharpening it properly though and it usually ends up pulling to one side.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Stihl MS460 with a 24" bar.. Nice rig. Plenty of powa and not bad on weight. Bought it to replace my old 056 that some lowlife piece of shit stole..

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    I can still get parts for my old Stihl 026 WoodBoss. Does well for me, built like a tank. I've never had a Husky, but I've heard the non-box store ones are solid too.

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    I have a smaller Stihl I bought from a guy at work. When I was looking I was going to buy a Husky Rancher, but couldn't has this deal up. I also have a Remington electric that I use as a ditch witch.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Jonsered 2160 turbo. I'm not sure how that gets lumped in with the big box store stuff but I'll go with it. The local Jonsered dealer was offering a great deal if you traded in an old saw so I traded in an old Husky. I've had the saw for over 10 years and run it pretty hard. Not as regular as a logger but more than your typical homeowner. It's not particularly light but has lots of power. I usually run an 18" bar in the woods and a 24" bar when using the Alaskan mill for ripping. It'll run the 24" bar in the woods but find the additional length to be more of a pita than it's worth for what I usually cut.

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    Husky 353 with an 18" bar. It's sort of in between the cheapo 4-series ans the professional XP saws. Plenty of power for the maple up to 1' I use to heat. At 12 lbs it's light enough to go a full tank without me thinking about paying someone else for firewood.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    ms260, 192tc(garbage), 201t(meh), 200t(love this saw), ms360, ms362, ms460, ms 660


    I like stihl.....

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    I have two Huskys

    385XP and a T435. I wish the 385 was a bit lighter but it does its job very well. With the 2 foot bar I have on it now it doesnt even begin to slow down. I got the T435 with the intention of mounting it on my dirtbike for trail cleanup. I have yet to make the mount but the saw is a nice light one handed saw. Been very happy with both.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Stihl MS310. Love it.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    For the most part an 18in bar will take care of almost everything around here.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Husqvarna from a dealer. 18 inch 42cc I think. Great saw . no problems so far .

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by snwbrdr435 View Post
    ms260, 192tc(garbage), 201t(meh), 200t(love this saw), ms360, ms362, ms460, ms 660


    I like stihl.....
    What? No ms880?

    I have a 260 (love it) and a 361 (really love it)


    I'm a little jealous of that 200T. That thing is the Ferrari of the Stihl lineup. However, I have no need to a top handle, limbing saw.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by GixerJockey View Post
    What? No ms880?

    I have a 260 (love it) and a 361 (really love it)


    I'm a little jealous of that 200T. That thing is the Ferrari of the Stihl lineup. However, I have no need to a top handle, limbing saw.
    Jealousy is OK. I want a MS260..

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Stihl 029 Farm Boss. Probably 15 years old. Runs great. I bought it because my father always had Stihl saws. Very happy with it.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by GixerJockey View Post
    What? No ms880?

    I have a 260 (love it) and a 361 (really love it)


    I'm a little jealous of that 200T. That thing is the Ferrari of the Stihl lineup. However, I have no need to a top handle, limbing saw.
    Its awesome, even with its age it just shreds. The 192 has no umph and the 201t is great once it gets going but ever time you go to make a cut is has a weird safety feature where it bogs itself down for a few seconds or more. I grab the trusty 200 over the brand new 201 all the time. The 360-362 lineup is awesome put an 18in bar on and go to town. Put an 18in bar on the 460 man was did that thing rip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rada View Post
    Jealousy is OK. I want a MS260..
    260 and your 460 would make a nice pairing

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheIglu View Post
    I can still get parts for my old Stihl 026 WoodBoss. //
    This just has to be the best name for a chainsaw, ever.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Sears branded saw, 16" bar. It was a gift. It cuts okay and is not heavy. But other than that, it sucks. It uses a ton of bar oil, far more than I think it should. The tool-less chain adjustment system sucks; I think it slips out of adjustment. And the chain brake is a joke. The guard connected to the brake broke part way into the second season of light use.

    Avoid. Avoid. Avoid.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by snwbrdr435 View Post

    260 and your 460 would make a nice pairing
    Yeah. Light work aint no fun with the 460. Cutting brush or other light work not to mention carpentry...

    But I do 99% of my sawing in a pile. That is where the 460 shines. With the rakers knocked down a touch so the motor is on the edge of pulling is awesome. You can get through wood so fast..

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    I went with a mid size saw, I knew I would have to cut some big stuff, but I also know I do a lot of land-clearing where weight is an issue.

    I went with what I felt was midsize, but really the way to go is a big saw and a small saw.

    My saw is a little too small for the big oak stumps, and still heavy swinging it though the woods.

    Ahh well, Ill probably just put a 20" bar on it and toughen up.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    372xp and a well sharpened chain (especially paying attention to raker, or depth guage, height; I file these slightly lower than the wussy-ass filing guards suggest LOL and use with caution)

    One hell of a combo

    Smaller husky for limbing or dangerous spots, I forget what model.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    Sears branded saw, 16" bar. It was a gift. It cuts okay and is not heavy. But other than that, it sucks. It uses a ton of bar oil, far more than I think it should. The tool-less chain adjustment system sucks; I think it slips out of adjustment. And the chain brake is a joke. The guard connected to the brake broke part way into the second season of light use.

    Avoid. Avoid. Avoid.
    Not sure if craftsman saws do this, but on Husqvarna saws the bar oil amount is adjustable with just a screwdriver and no disassembly

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    STIHL MS 171, great little yard saw for my 2 acre lot (half trees). tons of use from the ice storm of '08 on. light weight, runs like a top, easy to maintain.

    anything bigger i just call one of our tree/arborist friends. shits too scary for me.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Husq 455 (53cc, I believe). Awesome machine. It's quite a saw packaged into a nice, mid-size chassis/frame/body. I normally run the 18" bar on it, and do about 10 cord a year: felling, limbing, bucking, cutting, stumping. It's a bit heavy for it's size, but I won't call that a con. I can't think of anything I don't like about it. You really can't go wrong with any dealer-purchased Husqvarna, Stihl & Jonsered. Actually, aren't Husq & Jonsered one in the same now?

    FWIW-I've been told by a coupla different service shops that running the recommended 50:1 is probably NOT the best mix to run. Every other gallon of fuel I mix, I run 40:1. Ironically, since I started doing that I haven't fouled a single spark plug. Before I started doing that, I fouled at least one a year. And I ONLY use chainsaw manufacturer's recommended lube. Small price to pay for peace of mind, and I have personally found Husqvarna labeled lubes to be the best regardless of who actually makes it...

    I ONLY buy chainsaw & consumables from authorized dealers, never a box store. Because...

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