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Postby Dusty B » Mon Sep 26, 2016 11:09 am

Realize this is off topic but need input re:chainsaws! Anyone have recommendations pro or con on brand?? Have had Husquvara (16") that has lasted 9 years w/no major problems so really can't complain I guess except it has leaked oil out the bottom since new! Know Stihl has good reputation but pricey for my bank account! Thanks in advance fror any input. Dusty B
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Postby Eugene » Mon Sep 26, 2016 11:24 am

Stihl. Pricey, great service, long life. I have one Stihl weed eater that is 26 years old, and still in working condition. Total, I have 3 Stihl chain saws and 3 weed eaters. Several of the chain saws and weed eaters are older than 9 years.

I have owned other brands of chain saws and weed eaters. Didn't hold up.

Just my opinion, buy quality. It will be much cheaper in the long run.

You can frequently find Stihl chain saws at auctions.
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Postby Bill Hudson » Mon Sep 26, 2016 11:35 am

Dusty,

Eugene has you covered. Stihl. Hands down, no contest.

Just my opinion, worth what you paid for it. :)

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Postby Don McCombs » Mon Sep 26, 2016 11:44 am

Agree with Eugene and Bill. Stihl is the way to go.
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Postby Bill E Bob » Mon Sep 26, 2016 4:32 pm

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Postby Rob in NH » Mon Sep 26, 2016 6:31 pm

I have a husquarna saw and have no complaints, also have a weedwacker thats about 15 years old that also have no complaints with. My son does tree trimming and uses nothing but husquarna. I guess its whatever works for you, they are both good saws.
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Postby Peter Person » Mon Sep 26, 2016 8:30 pm

I'm a Husqvarna guy too.
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Re: Off topic

Postby Barnyard » Mon Sep 26, 2016 9:18 pm

I can't help much. Both my saws are 35 year old Homelites and they are still going strong.
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Re: Off topic

Postby Rick Spivey » Tue Sep 27, 2016 4:36 am

You named the only two I would consider, and I bought the Stihl.
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Postby John(videodoc) » Tue Sep 27, 2016 5:46 am

Only have stihl here.

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Postby stevey30 » Tue Sep 27, 2016 4:03 pm

Well I am a Stihl guy also,but my father has a Husky that is like 15ccs smaller than my big Stihl and on trees up to about 2 foot thick I can't out cut him and his saw is a lot lighter,but I think it has more vibration than mine.So I guess it depends on how you are using it,are you young and strong and falling monster trees or older and sawing up little stuff.

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Postby Jason (IL) » Tue Sep 27, 2016 8:15 pm

Have had several Stihl saws. Only way to go. All still work, one is 40yrs old now and still runs but drive sprocket is shot.

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Re: Off topic

Postby Eugene » Wed Sep 28, 2016 7:17 am

The big decision maker on which brand of chain saw to purchase would be the availability of service. Can I get the saw repaired?

There are 2 full service Stihl shops within 10 miles of home. Also a 3rd Stihl dealer, full service shop unknown, within 10 miles of home. The Husqvarna dealerships are further out, less convenient.

One thing I can suggest, purchase the saw from a full service dealership. Do not purchase the saw from a big box store.
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Postby clm2112 » Wed Sep 28, 2016 7:51 am

I'll offer an opinion... Stihl.

I really didn't "choose" mine based on research. I got hand-me-down chainsaws. I currently have two, both are Stihl. One was made in the 1970's, the other was made in the 1990's. Both do a fantastic job, despite being "mix-master" assemblies of various bars & chains. My father collects them (Hey, everybody needs a hobby) so he has a half dozen of them as well.

As mentioned, the best thing is having a local dealer who will service it until you learn all the tricks yourself. Obtaining replacement bars, chains, and parts has never been a problem.

And, of course, more important than any brand name, is keeping that bar & chain sharp and oiled. Doesn't matter who's name is on it. A dull chain isn't going to cut anything except you.

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Re: Off topic

Postby bibbster » Tue Oct 04, 2016 4:02 pm

I bought an 18" Craftsman (made by Poulan) a few years back. I use it a few times a year for a few hours or so at a time. Came with a hard case, extra chain and a bottle of oil. I gave about $150 for it (some holiday sale) and it has worked flawlessly. May be an option for a smaller budget, especially if you are not going to be cutting down a forest every weekend.


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