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Rate your Chainsaws

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  • Stihl

    Votes: 42 68.9%
  • Husqvarna

    Votes: 10 16.4%
  • Homelite

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Jonsered

    Votes: 3 4.9%
  • Poulan

    Votes: 1 1.6%
  • Other?

    Votes: 5 8.2%

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Let's do chainsaws,

a indispensable tool for many
 

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back in the day, there was McCulloch,

don't know if they are still around or not,

I have long switched to Stihl and really don't consider others
 

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Gawd...you said Poulan....as in
"Pull on it and nothing ever happens "
I voted Stihl. But only at the moment.
And I needa get it out and clean it.
No hurricanes this year, but the hype is still lingering in the news.
 

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I voted "Stihl", though I've got both a Stihl (12 year old MS250) and a Husqvarna (<1 year old 562XP). Both make good machines.

I chose Stihl since Husky's website SUCKS. They do not have a simple "contact us" link. Instead, they bounce you to their "Answer Army" discussion board where your concerns are answered by =somebody=, not necessarily Husqvarna. Compare this to Stihl USA's website, where the "contact us" link is on the upper right corner of the home page. No games, no attempts to distance the company from its customers.

Probably more important than the question "Stihl or Husky" is your local dealer network. Either saw can/will have problems. A good local servicing dealer can make all the difference in the world. This is especially true given the modern computer-controlled carbs installed on their higher end saws (as with my 562XP). Without the proper cables & software, your dealer can't interrogate or adjust the carbs.

SAFETY - hopefully any saw operator feels like their life/limb is worth an added $50.....get & wear chainsaw chaps. Once the moving chain touches your body, Mr. Chainsaw is no longer your friend.
 
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I use a Stihl MS290 Farm Boss with a 20" bar.
It is an ok saw, but from new had an idle problem.

My favorite saw that I pick up first (because so much of what I cut is downed trees & fallen branches) is my Echo CS341 top handle saw.
It's very light weight & has been trouble free for the most part.
 

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I voted Husky because it my oldest, most used saw. But I have a newer "steel" which works great too.
 

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Another stihl but it don't run all that great at times it's fickle. Same for the stihl weed whacker pita. Most all of them are. I finally picked up a husqvarna that thing fires right up.
I guess that's another thread Scorp
 

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Helpful tip:::: Any of the equipment that is run seasonal no matter what carburetor it has should at the end of the season be run with "white gas" / Coleman stove fuel. If it is for a string trimmer or only used rarely equipment simply mix up a gallon & use it like that. Coleman fuel don't have additives like ethanol that destroys rubber carb parts & plastic & it a lot easier on the older die cast parts also. It's also easier to get and costs a little more but it will save money in the long run on repair and carb kits that are getting more and more expensive. It has a very long shelf life. You can also use marine gasoline that don't have any ethanol or even a low grade racing gas.
 

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Saws?
Never thought of it munch but I do not think there is one brand I have not used. I can tell you this though when you are tied in at 30feet and your jred which is pulling a 42inch bar won't just do it and they tie on that 88 which is pulling a six foot bar it is every thing you can do to man handle it, drop the stick and not hit any houses or fences.


About saws though? One thing I can say that is true to all brands is they do develop altitude sickness. Yeah, yeah they run fine at the house or shop but get them at 3 to 4 thousand feet fire them up at the crummie, pack them down 1200 or so feet and then they won't run is aggravating. So always have two power heads extra in the truck.

I know this is supposed to be a light hearted thread, I would suppose but every saw I have run is just a future boat anchor. You run one or two, yes two because when you are chasing by your self you need a saw for the limbs and a saw for bucking and an extra one for when you rock your chain then file between turns, well you do that for twelve hours or eight then you will be calling them boat anchors also.
 

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Polish guy walks into store to rent a chain saw, says he wants the best one, clerk rents him one he says will do a cord in 2 hours, guys like wow ill take it, comes back an hour later says to clerk this saw sucks Ive only done 1/10th cord, clerk takes it out back starts it up and the polack jumps back in fear, whats that noise excliamed
 

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Didn't see echo on the list.
Not as ergonomic as still but good saws non the less.
 

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i dont use one much but have stihls.......dad has a 30yr old jonsared that may never die and he has cut 5-10cords of wood for 30yrs with it
 

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One vote for the Stihl MS361. It has a 24" bar and Woodland Pro semi-chisel chain.
http://www.baileysonline.com/Chainsaw-Chain/Chainsaw-Chain-3-8-Pitch/
I have used Stihl and Oregon chain, and in my opinion, the Woodland chain is faster, easier, and seems to last longer. (Just my opinion, though.)
My logs usually have metal in them and I have learned that it is better to do more frequent touch-up sharpening than to wait until the chains are dull.
Also, it seems that if the chain wants to go left or right, it probably needs sharpening NOW.
 

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Helpful tip:::: Any of the equipment that is run seasonal no matter what carburetor it has should at the end of the season be run with "white gas" / Coleman stove fuel. If it is for a string trimmer or only used rarely equipment simply mix up a gallon & use it like that. Coleman fuel don't have additives like ethanol that destroys rubber carb parts & plastic & it a lot easier on the older die cast parts also. It's also easier to get and costs a little more but it will save money in the long run on repair and carb kits that are getting more and more expensive. It has a very long shelf life. You can also use marine gasoline that don't have any ethanol or even a low grade racing gas.
Yeah I've started buying the pre-mixed 2 cycle fuel in cans. No ethanol, shelf-stable and won't rot your carbs. I don't use my 2 cycles a lot, so I figure the extra cost is worth it for the less hassle and problems later.
 

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Was watching one of the alaska shows the other day and was wondering just that, what kind do they use, obviously it would have to be one of the best in that enviroment. Used a few over the years but never owned one.
 

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One vote for the Stihl MS361. It has a 24" bar and Woodland Pro semi-chisel chain.
http://www.baileysonline.com/Chainsaw-Chain/Chainsaw-Chain-3-8-Pitch/
I have used Stihl and Oregon chain, and in my opinion, the Woodland chain is faster, easier, and seems to last longer. (Just my opinion, though.)
My logs usually have metal in them and I have learned that it is better to do more frequent touch-up sharpening than to wait until the chains are dull.
Also, it seems that if the chain wants to go left or right, it probably needs sharpening NOW.

I placed my first order with Bailey's on 9/6. So far, I'm very NOT impressed with them. At the time of order, all items (a couple loops of Woodland Pro chain, a spark plug, a couple scrench holders, and a couple dozen chain sharpening files), showed as "in stock." FOUR days after placing the order, they emailed me to say that one item (a spare spark plug for my Husky 562XP) was backordered until 9/16.

The remainder of my order has not shipped.

So here I am, still waiting, for my first order from this fine establishment.
 

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The remainder of my order has not shipped.
Well, that sucks.

I once ordered some electronic part and it was rather urgent. When it did not arrive on time, I contacted the company, and the rep said that they MAILED me a letter saying it was backordered. WTF?! Great. I could have ordered from somewhere else, but they kept me waiting. Waiting for a letter.

FWIW, I ordered from Baileys a year ago on a Saturday and they shipped on Tuesday.
 

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Had a Poulan for small stuff and never really had any issues with it. Was made for light work, but always started and ran with no real issues. Cost effective, but was a smaller saw and not much use for heavier work.
 

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Husky saws were the most reliable for me; secondly Stihl. If I had a choice probably the 394XP (now 395) on the Husky and 440 Stihl. Like guns every tool has its usefulness if you can handle it.
 

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Polish guy walks into store to rent a chain saw, says he wants the best one, clerk rents him one he says will do a culdord in 2 hours, guys like wow ill take it, comes back an hour later says to clerk this saw sucks Ive only done 1/10th cord, clerk takes it out back starts it up and the polack jumps back in fear, whats that noise excliamed
Hahahahaha. Just funny.....we ha a guy convinced you c....sorry for screwing up your quote....bit,dammm but this is funny...we had a guy convinced you could push start the saw...fuckhahajaja. stupid sumbiotch damm near cut through an 18inch log for he figured it out hahabanshit hahahahaha
 

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Was watching one of the alaska shows the other day and was wondering just that, what kind do they use, obviously it would have to be one of the best in that enviroment. Used a few over the years but never owned one.
I mostly see Stihls, with some Huskys (the saw, not the dog) thrown in for spice.
 

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I got a homolite saw but i live in the prairie. It built so well It'll probably last past my death.
 

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I got a homolite saw but i live in the prairie. It built so well It'll probably last past my death.
Darn.....spose u never thought of trenching with it....idk maybe doing a wireless fence for.the dogs maybe? Now dont laugh and fart....there is a reason you cannot rent a chain saw here in Oregon and that trenching around the perimeter is the reason why.
 

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The "non-professional" saws probably work fine, but like NGC and PCGS with coins it is virtually impossible for alternate companies to break into the professional racket besides the main ones. Husquavarna, Stihl.
 

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I've had a "lodged tree" from a storm for a while now, and decided it is time to deal with it. The general advice is that a lodged tree is a "death trap", so I wrapped a chain around it and pulled it with my Bobcat. After a little persuasion, it pulled loose. I used my Stihl 361 to cut a generous wedge on the top and then slowly cut from the bottom until it started to crack. Then I finished with an ordinary cut just below. Three of these finished the less safe parts of cutting up a damaged tree. The Stihl saw and WoodlandPro chain cut easily.
 

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Sachs Dolmar, my brother gave it to me 25 years ago. It is easy to handle (well balanced) and you can't slow it down. I had to replace the engine mounts once, other than that just file chains and add gas.
 

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026 Pro Stihl. I bought it new over 20 years ago and it still starts on the second pull and runs like it's mad at the world.
I bought a bigger Stihl when we had our cabin built and sold it shortly after. The 026 is a lifetime chainsaw.
 

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I've had a "lodged tree" from a storm for a while now, and decided it is time to deal with it. The general advice is that a lodged tree is a "death trap", so I wrapped a chain around it and pulled it with my Bobcat. After a little persuasion, it pulled loose. I used my Stihl 361 to cut a generous wedge on the top and then slowly cut from the bottom until it started to crack. Then I finished with an ordinary cut just below. Three of these finished the less safe parts of cutting up a damaged tree. The Stihl saw and WoodlandPro chain cut easily.
Good luck with that, could be a widow maker, especially when the wood is green and has a lot of spring. Never hurts to get a helper with experience.
 

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I don't know any contractor who screws around with anything but Husquavarna, Stihl, Jonsered, or Sachs Dolmar, and nothing smaller than one of the XP models for significant take downs. Of course homeowners can use the Home Depot basic units for small jobs.
 

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Over the past couple years of heating with wood, I've used my chainsaws a lot more. While I initially voted Stihl, I've come to like Husqvarna saws a lot more and have 9 of them (versus 2 Stihl saws). Yes, I proudly suffer from Chainsaw Acquisition Disorder (CAD)!

I prefer Husky over Stihl mainly due to the availability of parts/tools/service manuals on the open market. Stihl tends to be more twit-like when it comes to lowly scum individuals wanting to buy stuff on the open market (vs from a Stihl dealer). Husky manuals & parts are easily found (for the most part). I maintain my own saws, and want to be able to obtain the needed parts/tools/manuals without having to deal with Stihl market restrictions.

Stihl MS250, 044
Husqvarna 562XP, 395XP, 350 (x3), 346XP OE, 262XP, 136, 51 EPA
 
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I've had a Stihl Farmboss for more than 15 years and it still runs good. It has had some hard use, but most of the time it has sat. Not running for a long time and then starting right up and working is worth a lot to me. I've also got a Stihl weedeater and concrete cutoff saw, same for both of them.
 

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Baus...

German name, Japanese design, Chinese build and CHEAP!

... I tell ya it is a damn decent little saw. For the price if it only does a couple of years its paid for itself and it looks like it will do a lot more than that. In fact it has paid for itself already... really.

Bought as a temporary measure and really I am shocked at how good it is for the price, frankly I couldn't ship it from China to Aus for what I paid.
 

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Craftsman 18" electric does a great job. Very safe and quiet with more than enough power. The 18" is better than the 16". $99 on sale and comes with a spare chain.
 
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Presently 3 Stihls. Also have 3 other brands I don't use any more, 1 is almost impossible to find parts for, other than spark plugs, chains etc. 1 just doesn't work right, and a third that I've had for about 35 years, I just kinda keep, cause it still works, but is kinda heavy and slow. All 3 Stihls work great. 2 are MS180s and one is a Farmboss MS290. I cut a lot of brush from fence rows so the MS180 get a lot of hard use. Why 2? One hits a rock or piece of wire, I grab the other. Sharpen later.
 

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Husqvarna 455 Rancher, 20" bar
I have 2 acres of redwood forest that is constantly needing some care. So with my chainsaw, a 3000 watt generator and some grub I can keep busy all weekend.
 

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Mine is crap. Used to have a good one, sold it, boo, now I have a crap saw. Wouldn't use it public.