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    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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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Anyone have a Stihl with the microprocessor controlled carb?

    After telling the dealer (North Country in Concord NH) what we needed to do, don’t see why he suggested the MS271 when the MS 261 CQ is more powerful, lighter, and only $50 more. Seems like a much better choice. Not sure those were available in 2014 but the standard 261 certainly was.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Yep, that saw is currently in pieces waiting for a new computer

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    ...don’t see why he suggested the MS271 when the MS 261 CQ is more powerful, lighter, and only $50 more...
    Are you sure about the $50 difference? With an 18" bar, the 271 is normally around $390 and the 261 is $570.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Ah, that explains it!

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    The 260 is also a pro saw

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Very active discussion abou cordless electric chainsaws on TBN: anyone use one? Most popular use seems to be for cutting branches and cutting up brush on the ground, where a gas saw is sitting on the ground idling more than cutting.

    Got a great tip there if you have a cordless reciprocating saw. Milwaukee makes a blade called “The Axe” which is apparently stiffer and has carbide teeth. Rave reviews. Supposed to work great for trimming. They’re $2.50 each so one guy uses them on roots or any cuts near the ground so he doesn’t trash his chain.

    Going to try it with an 18V DeWalt. When we are feeding the chipper, there’s always branches that won’t fit.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    I have no experience with cordless chainsaws so I can't help you there.

    A sawzall works fine for a few small branches where you don't want to drag out and start your chainsaw, but a chainsaw is still significantly faster if you have a lot of work to do.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    I have several of the stihl cordless saws and the cordless pole saw. I use them primarily for making fine pruning cuts, I try not to use them limbing to much, but its nice to just pick it up and have instant power without pull starting or leaving a saw idling. I would say they have slightly less power than a tophandle 192tc which I have but never use. Just make sure you have bar oil on them since thats all that needs to get filled. Batteries tend to last pretty well even in colder weather, although generally the pole saw is the only one to see prolonged use throughout a day.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    I borrowed a cordless chainsaw from a friend in the past. It was a NiCad era device and the battery didn't hold up. It also had a tiny 6 or 8" bar. Overall it was kind of useless. I think he got it in a kit with a drill and flash light or something; it was basically a freebie.
    For light brush I honestly believe the bow saw and a good set of loppers to be easier. This is one of those things in life I don't need power for.

    One day I'd like a light, quality home-owners saw to replace the shitbox Sears saw I have. Until then..

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    I borrowed a cordless chainsaw from a friend in the past. It was a NiCad era device and the battery didn't hold up. It also had a tiny 6 or 8" bar. Overall it was kind of useless. I think he got it in a kit with a drill and flash light or something; it was basically a freebie.
    For light brush I honestly believe the bow saw and a good set of loppers to be easier. This is one of those things in life I don't need power for.

    One day I'd like a light, quality home-owners saw to replace the shitbox Sears saw I have. Until then..
    Yea the new 36v stihl stuff worlds beyond anything else on the market right now.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    where a gas saw is sitting on the ground idling more than cutting.
    I rarely let my saw idle for more than a few seconds, I certainly don't let it idle while I'm pullin brush

    I could see usin an electric for its light weight when hanging off a ladder or climbing

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    I'm sure it's priced accordingly too.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    I'm sure it's priced accordingly too.
    Stihl isn't a budget brand. I think the largest of the battery saws from Stihl is a little over $300 with a short bar. That doesn't include the battery and charger which can range from small portable ones to large backpack batteries.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    We have a 40V Black & Decker string trimmer so checked on price. 12” 40V saw is about $100 without Battery or charger. I’d be surprised if it lasted more than 30 minutes based on sing the trimmer.

    Quote Originally Posted by ZX-12R View Post
    I have no experience with cordless chainsaws so I can't help you there.

    A sawzall works fine for a few small branches where you don't want to drag out and start your chainsaw, but a chainsaw is still significantly faster if you have a lot of work to do.
    One of the guys in the thread has “all of the above” and made a good point. Most recip saws have about a 1-1/2” stroke. An branch bigger than 2X the stroke doesn’t clear the cut well and gets bogged down. So roughly 3” or less they’re OK, more than that they’re a PITA.

    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    I'm sure it's priced accordingly too.
    The MS171 we just bought was $200. If it wasn’t a backup/carry around definitely would have purchased a bigger used saw. You can definitely run it all day, while the free Poulan we have is mighty rough and uses a lot of chain oil.

    Anyone know if cheap Poulan’s have a adjustment for chain oil feed rate?

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    We have a 40V Black & Decker string trimmer so checked on price. 12” 40V saw is about $100 without Battery or charger. I’d be surprised if it lasted more than 30 minutes based on sing the trimmer.
    you have to remember that on a string trimmer your running wide open on that thing most of the time.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Here is a Stihl link that lists their run and charge times for various batteries, chargers, and tools: Battery Charge And Run Times

    While they don't clearly list the differences in motors between the various tools on their website, you can see that the string trimmers have a lower run time than the chainsaws.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    Anyone know if cheap Poulan’s have a adjustment for chain oil feed rate?
    If it's anything like my Craftsman 18-42 (an otherwise rebranded Poulan), the answer is "no".

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Load out of standing dead off the pile.

    Show you all the end results tomorrow.
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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by TIMMYDUCK View Post
    Load out of standing dead off the pile.

    Show you all the end pile tomorrow.
    my former partner used to go out into his acreage and girdle some more trees and cut those that he girdled a couple years previous for his firewood

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