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Old 11-09-2011, 08:11 PM   #15
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stihl period!
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Old 11-09-2011, 08:18 PM   #16
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I heartily recommend Stihls. Currrently have two, and they are workhorses. BUT be sure you get one commensurate with your proposed use. They have three different chain widths - think Baby Bear, Mama Bear, and Papa Bear, and the larger the chain, the larger the engine required to drive it, and thus the heavier the saw ... but the faster it cuts. The smaller ones are terrific for occcasional use, small clean up and trimming and pruning jobs (and they have special arborist saws for use up IN trees), while the larger ones are better for felling and sectioning large trees. Go to a large Stihl shop and tell them truthfully what you want to do with it and they'll recommend one in the right power, size, and weight range. Also note that some of their mid-range saws are their best sellers (such as a Farm Boss), and consequently are priced lower than either larger or smaller saws, just due to volume of production.
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Old 11-09-2011, 08:29 PM   #17
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Stihl is a very good saw. I think you will be happy with one.

I spent 5 years down in Oregon in a small logging community. The professional fallers there were partial to Husqvarna (Huskies). They are better when it comes to heavy use over long periods of time. At least that is what they told me.

I have one and used it cut the wood to heat my house for about 22 years. Never a problem with it. My brother has a very nice Stihl and it is also a great saw. He uses it heavily, at least heavily for a homeowner who cuts maybe 7 cords each year. You can find Stihls all over the place. I am not sure about the cost differences but you can't go wrong with either.
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Old 11-09-2011, 08:32 PM   #18
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Having worked on most every brand. I highly recommend STIHL for thier longeveity and dependablity. They are easy to work on and easy to get parts for. I would recommend you NOT BUY from the BIG BOX STORES. Buy from your local dealer. HE will be resposible for any warranty.You and he(your local dealer) will feel better about servicing something bought from HIM. BIG BoX stores dont care,they are just there to sell product.
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Old 11-09-2011, 08:41 PM   #19
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For a variety of reasons, including maintenance, fuel hassles, safety, etc., Iíve tossed the chainsaw, and can now do all of my fairly extensive limb trimming with my corded Milwaukee Sawzall. It handles all of my chores beautifully, including cutting roots for tree removal. Unlike a chainsaw, it doesnít mind when I shove the blade in dirt to cut a tree root too large to cut with pruners or loppers. Itís just a matter of using the right blade. I usually use Skilís ďThe UglyĒ (ďWood/PrunerĒ). Theyíre fairly inexpensive, and when they dull, just toss them. Itíll even tackle small trees and firewood. If you donít like the corded option, check out the inexpensive battery-powered reciprocating saws at Harbor Freight. Armed with the right blade, they should safely handle your light yard work, and your campfire needs in the wilds, though it wonít tackle a 50-foot tree.
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Old 11-09-2011, 10:03 PM   #20
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Stihl for sure.
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Old 11-09-2011, 10:08 PM   #21
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I was going to say Stihl, but I think someone already said that.

And now for the chain. Get a chisel tooth. That square corner on the tooth cuts much better than the rounded type. Has little more tendency to kick back, but not anything extreme. Just keep the rakers filed properly.
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Old 11-10-2011, 05:05 AM   #22
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Stihl. But let me add to the great descriptions of other posts. I am not a young man anymore and need a saw that won't give me a heart attack just trying to start it. Stihl makes an easy start saw that builds compression as you pull the starting cord. You can pull as slowly as you want and when you have pulled enough, it tries to start and most of the time it does. Its the best saw and the best Stihl I have owned.
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Old 11-10-2011, 05:19 AM   #23
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Jaw Saw

https://jawsaw.shopyardtools.com/?le...FSxrtgodaStq2A

We love our Stihl but depending on just how much work you are going to be doing, check this out. Saw it on tv the other day and thought...wow, that looks so much safer.. made for small jobs though.
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Since 87 a Stihl Farm Boss 18"...........Have cut at least 100 true cords, 4'X4'X8' of oak and hickory. Starts on the 3rd pull with full choke, idles for as long as I want, always starts first pull when warm, and runs longer on a tank of fuel than I can work.
Klatu is right on about the chain on a roll, preferably Stihl. Have an el cheapo grinder/sharpener for Northern Tool that truly works. Just don't forget to file the raker a stroke or so after grinding the cutters..........
WEAR THAT EAR PROTECTION..........God bless.......Dennis
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Old 11-10-2011, 07:04 AM   #25
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I heat my house with wood, & cut about 10 Full cords (4x4x8) of wood per year. I own 2 Stihl saws. Have tried others but love my Stihl's.
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Old 11-10-2011, 08:43 AM   #26
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Stihl. I have a Model 270 that starts and cuts like a dream. It replaced my Husqvarna that was high-maintenance and finicky.
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Old 11-10-2011, 08:50 AM   #27
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Oh and I forgot to add,KEEP a CHECK on that CHAIN OIL! I see so many saws that come into my shop with the chain and bar BURNT UP because they forgot or didnt know ya have to put oil in the chain oiler.
UNBELIEVEABLE. Some people should never be allowed to be even near equipment.Let alone OWN ANY !
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