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Old 11-09-2011, 05:43 PM   #1
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Chain saws

After many years of use my chain saw died and need to replace it. I thought of going with electric but did not want to be tethered to a cord so I was wondering what chain saws you all would recommend. It would be used for cutting fire wood and trimming small trees.

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Old 11-09-2011, 05:56 PM   #2
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Stihl !
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Old 11-09-2011, 06:07 PM   #3
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I love my Stihl.
I have owned Homelites and was a Homelite dealer for awhile.
I thought they were a great saw until I got a Stihl and found out what a really great chainsaw is like.
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Old 11-09-2011, 06:07 PM   #4
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No doubt Stihl. I got a used one locally, a smaller model. The thing about them is no matter what size you buy the engine is seriously built for durability and power. The bigger models will cut thru a huge tree like buttah.
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Old 11-09-2011, 06:09 PM   #5
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A new Stihl is like a sewing machine - almost feels electric its so smooth.

I've got a $90 thirteen-year-old McCulloch 'mini-mac' that does everything I need - and weeps chain lube, is picky over stale fuel and shrouds the user in a cloud of smoke and unburned gas fumes. Chainsaws have improved a bunch since then, as long as you change the bar and the drive sprocket out regularly most any modern saw will do light chores for a long time.
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Old 11-09-2011, 06:13 PM   #6
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I would recommend a money hungry 16 year old youth.
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There are not many money hungry 16 yr old youths. Last year could not find any children in the neighborhood to even shovel snow.
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I posted this same question on another forum a couple of years ago, Stihl was the strongest recommendation. I bought one and havn't regretted it,

It is an amazing tool, many sizes available.
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Old 11-09-2011, 06:37 PM   #9
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I had an Echo 452 VL for 25 years until it got stolen..Great saw trouble free. I bought a Stihl to replace it (just wanted to try something different) . I havent used the Stihl much yet but I am pleased so far.
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Old 11-09-2011, 06:55 PM   #10
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Stihl is a good saw, no doubt, but is it the best? Hard to say. Coming from a logging community in Idaho, the Husky has been the long term champ in our woods. A few years ago Stihl had a big clutch seal problem that burned engines; may have fixed that issue by now. Loggers claim alot less down time with Huskys. Another really good saw that I have used for almost 10 years is a Shindawa. I embarrass alot of European saws the same size.

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Old 11-09-2011, 07:14 PM   #11
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Stihl is good and a safe pick. Others are good. After many years of gas chainsaws I actually like my electric better now for my use (trimming and cutting up blocks for wood turning). Generator will run a electric chain saw and the overall combination will be quieter than a gas saw. I know this sounds "unmanly". but that is the way it is. And I used to run a huge Stihl motor with a 60" bar and 2 handles on an Alaskan mill. As good as Stihl is, I suspect their consumer grade saws are not made as well as their professional saws. I have to buy a new electric saw every couple of years. But at $100 a pop it is not much of an expense. Pappy 19 has good advise. But he is comparing professional saws.
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:31 PM   #12
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Finally a question I feel confident to answer!

STIHL!

I've had 3 (one wandered off). My oldest saw was left unused in the case for 8 years. One day, I got it out, put gas in the dried out tank, put oil in the oiler tank and let it sit for a couple of hours. I figured it was futile to try to start it. To my surprise, it started after a few pulls and then would idle!

I think I have 16 inch bars. Plenty long enough for 95% of jobs.
Buy good chains. They make diff chains for "homeowners" and pros. Something about the raker teeth I think. You want the pro ones. It cuts more aggressive.

I also have a 12 volt sharper. Inexpensive, and makes it easy to sharpen chain.

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Have both electric and gas.
Most important is the chain.
Don't buy the type chains that come pre-packaged... get it from a shop that has chain on a roll.
They will cut to fit your saw.
10 times better than the original chain.
More teeth per inch, and more agressive.

My electric is 4 hp, it is not silent as you think, but less than a gas for sure.
My gas are whatever is on sell... currently a green and purple saw, 16" bar, but cannot remember name. (not Stihl)
Runs great, but I am not a logger, and don't cut wood to sell... just around the homestead is all I need it for.
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:43 PM   #14
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Stihl

Bought our Stihl after Hurricane Gloria in 1986. Lost count of how many cord's it's cut since. I've never loaned a tool more than this and it is still running well. Unfortunately, we had a lot of exercise with it again this year after Irene.

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