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  • Stihl

    34 42.50%
  • Husqvarna (from a Dealer)

    29 36.25%
  • Japanese (Tanaka, Shindaiwa, etc.)

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

    12 15.00%
  • Other: I know I missed a few, Just post it below

    7 8.75%
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Chainsaws: What do You Have?

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?


    Took down a round wood pile after two years to stack on a rack near the house. A few pieces have small (quarter size) fungi growing on them. Still OK to burn?

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    Took down a round wood pile after two years to stack on a rack near the house. A few pieces have small (quarter size) fungi growing on them. Still OK to burn?
    Yup!

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    some of my wood has fungi on it even before I stack it, burn it all the time

    red oak especially can have all kinds of rot on the outer inch but still be solid for the rest of it, white birch, not so much, it rots thru fast, the outer bark can have no sign of rot and the wood inside is all punk

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by RandyO View Post
    some of my wood has fungi on it even before I stack it, burn it all the time

    red oak especially can have all kinds of rot on the outer inch but still be solid for the rest of it, white birch, not so much, it rots thru fast, the outer bark can have no sign of rot and the wood inside is all punk
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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Can anyone comment on Stihl MS171 and/ or Stihl 192T in terms of user friendliness, power and balance (specifically on the 192)?

    My Echo 330T is perfectly fine however I'd like to get into something that's better balanced and a touch lighter. The Echo is nose heavy and I knew this going in. Looking for firsthand feeback on the 192.

    As far as the 171, I am looking to have a in-between saw for the Echo 330T and Husq 455.

    The idea is to have a 12" saw (either the 330T or 192), a 16" (171?) saw and a 20" saw (455).

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by butcher bergs View Post

    The idea is to have a 12" saw (either the 330T or 192), a 16" (171?) saw and a 20" saw (455).

    20" bar is really too big for a 455, I know, that's what I have, Stoneman's 455 with 18" bar performs much better

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Randy, my love, we've been over this. The 20" bar is staying on the 455.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Decided against the 192T and will be sticking with the 330T.

    Also found a Husq 235e with some extras. $80 for a running 16" saw. I'm sure it will be trouble-free just like all the other 235's.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    We have an MS171 with 16” bar. It uses the Picco chain. Compared to the MS271 Farm Boss with 18” bar, it is pounds lighter (Power Head is 9.5lbs) and very handy. For limbing and bucking smaller logs it’s awesome.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    The "trouble free" comment was tongue-in-cheek and is due to the fact that this is a homeowner grade saw so there are some fairly poor reviews of this particular saw as I'm sure folks do not know how to tune these back into running. I believe this one may have been tinkered with to the point of no return....or so it seemed to the PO. Clearly it was lightly used but bogs like a mofo when the trigger is squeezed. PO went nuts throwing parts and adjustments at it and eventually gave up. It's got a new chain brake and carb kit. What's left to install is all the new fuel line, fuel filter and air filter plus it came with the splined drive for carb adjustments....pretty much the selling point for me.

    Judging by how it runs, I'm looking at a few turns of the highspeed screw and we'll be cutting.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    There’s a guy in VT who hot rods saws....

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    You buying a Prius..................or are the in-laws passing one of theirs on?

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    The current fleet:

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    Updates are:

    455 Rancher continues to require nothing and has been completely trouble-free so, new spark plug.

    235e will be converted to a 235 at some point soon. Turns out the "e" designation is for "easy adjust"....you know, that ridiculous knob and thumb adjustment for the chain tension. At a price of $22 I'll end up replacing the side cover for the traditional design. Also on order for this saw are dog spikes. I'm still sorting out a slight bogging issue so this saw also received an NGK spark plug.

    The 330T received a pair of Carlton semi-chisel chains as well as an NGK spark plug. I had enough of the factory safety chain so, time for an upgrade. As much as I wish to make the switch, I haven't yet moved to a 12" bar on this saw as I want to see what the 14" bar does with a quality chain. This saw has also been a solid performer however it has developed a minor warm-start issue. When hot, I like my saws to start on the first pull always and once in a while this one will require 3 to 5 pulls. Gets annoying when it happens several times a day.

    Also currently inhouse for repair are a Husq 450 and Husq 142 from a customer I have been developing a relationship with. Looking to score some excavation and tree work in the future but time will tell.

    The 450 seemingly has a fueling issue so we'll start with a plug and go from there.

    The 142 has low compression. That saw will go to a friend for an inspection, possibly a rebuild (depending on condition of the cylinder walls) and a little port grind here and there.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    i've got some aggressive larger dog spikes. are you all setting up the spikes on both sides of the chain or one side or the other?

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Mine are all one set on the inside. No desire to own anything that would require a dual spike setup.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Still working the same old pile .
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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    might be a little white tomorrow

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    Quote Originally Posted by butcher bergs View Post
    Mine are all one set on the inside. No desire to own anything that would require a dual spike setup.
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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    FYI, here is a size comparison between a Stihl MS271 Farm Boss (top) and MS171 (bottom). We bought the 171 to keep in Boston in the case of downed trees or branches. Not sure why we didn't get the MS170, even lighter at 8.6 lbs.

    All the Stihl specs.


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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Jonsered! I held onto a few of my dads ole' Jonsered saws for years. Sadly, I believe they ended up in a yard sale. I weigh in because my dad swore by Jonsered. He owned a small logging company (land clearing type stuff) into the early 80's and always said; You swing a Jonsered or you get the hell off my job. These were the old hand pump oilers, heavy and hot. Miserable tools by todays standards.

    Anyways, he hung everything up when he bought his last Ford F-350 circa 1982. It was end of days. Gasoline was .99/gallon, a days wage was $25.0 and a work truck cost $5,000. I remember vividly him saying "no man can earn a living this way". There's no way anyone's going to pay $40 +/- for a cord of wood (paraphrase). If only he were alive today. He'd still have an F-350 and he'd still be pissed.

    For the record, I own a Craftsman POS that Santa gave me 20 years ago. It's still in the box.

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    woke up the 025 this weekend in 1 degree temp to clear the trails. must have had an ice storm in Northern NH the past month. worked like a champ

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by BBETR Z1000 View Post
    Jonsered! I held onto a few of my dads ole' Jonsered saws for years. Sadly, I believe they ended up in a yard sale. I weigh in because my dad swore by Jonsered. He owned a small logging company (land clearing type stuff) into the early 80's and always said; You swing a Jonsered or you get the hell off my job. These were the old hand pump oilers, heavy and hot. Miserable tools by todays standards. /.
    The Ariens dealer we bought from is a Jonsered dealer. He said they are made by Husqvarna.

    Looked it up. Jonsered sold to Electrolux in 1978 (who owned Husquavarna) and the brand was put under their division.

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    Re: Chainsaws: What do You Have?

    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    The Ariens dealer we bought from is a Jonsered dealer. He said they are made by Husqvarna.

    Looked it up. Jonsered sold to Electrolux in 1978 (who owned Husquavarna) and the brand was put under their division.
    I recently had the same conversation with a colleague. We began discussing motorcycles and robust brands such as Husaberg that no longer exist. When the Jonsered name came up, he quickly dismissed the brand when mentioning Jonsered saws are available at Home Depot. Sure enough, right next to the fly tape and dustpans.

    A little disheartening. Sometimes a hammer is just a hammer.

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