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What is the best chain saw value?

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  1. g7777777

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    for the money- must be easy to start

    and hold up

    ?

    regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
  2. qshot

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    Unless you are going into the logging business go to Lowe's or home depot and get a poulan 16 inch bar . Good saw for the money
     
  3. Sprinklerman

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    I have owned Mccoula poland craftsman homelite and stihl. Now have 2 stihls throw the others in the junk.
     
  4. dward

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    A husqvarna or stihl that is 4 cubes or bigger. Smaller saws are put together with sheet metal screws. I've got a 4.7 cube husqvarna that I bought in about 1980 when I was out west logging and it still runs great.
     
  5. TCFelty

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    Husqvarna is the way to go with the way they are making the new stil's. Go with the Husky...
     
  6. superxjeff

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    Husqvarna 455 Rancher all the saw a Homeowner will ever need.Starts so easy a child could do it.Jeff
     
  7. FarmerD

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    I used to fall trees in my youth and of all the saws I ever used the Sthil was heads and shoulders above the rest. For around the farm type saw a Sthil 390 Farm Boss. Ben
     
  8. stickbird

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    I asked the same question here about buying a Husqvarna chainsaw and everyone said yes buy it you won't regret it so I bought the 455 rancher with a 20 inch bar from lowes for 380.00.
    I had a large oak tree down and it cut it up with no problem any other saws I have owned would have never done it.
    I have allot of oak trees to cut for firewood and I know I have the right saw to get it done for a long time to come.
    So I would like to say thanks for the advice I received here.
    Jim White
     
  9. lumper

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    Whatever Gordy uses has to be the best ... hell he can cut an average of 33,000+ blanks a year so he must be know his stuff about chainsaws.
     
  10. Questor

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    I don't know much about chain saws and don't need them often. I go to an equipment rental store and rent one. The ones I have used are all Stihl 16" saws and I have been very impressed with the performance and usability. They are very well designed. I recently rented one to cut fallen trees and clear scrub and I couldn't believe how much work I was able to get done in just a few hours. If I were buying one, I do not know for sure what I would end up with, but I can say that it would be one of the good models like a Stihl rather than the cheapo $99 bargain models.
     
  11. BDodd

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    I bought a very well used Husqvarna 44 in the '80s and found it to be one of the simplest to deal with and a never-fail saw for homeowner use. I fenced a yard with cedar posts from a burn area and warmed the home with cedar and oak for some 10 years with that saw. Today I've fallen into the Stihl family of garden tools but no longer have a need for a power saw. I'd likely look at Stihl first now but I'd certainlly examine any to see if I'd be buying something considerably more complex than that Husky....breakemall....Bob Dodd
     
  12. Gayles57

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    Gene:

    I needed a chain saw, so my wife took a Sears gift card with some extra money and got me a Craftsman which was on sale. For the amount of use, it will probably last me for my lifetime. One thing that I found is that the Craftsman OEM chain had to be sharped quite often. After purchasing a new chain, I found that the original had 1/2 the cutting teeth as the replacement. Another way of saving a buck.

    If your going to use it once or twice a year to cut fallen limbs, a mid range saw should be OK (Craftsman, Poulan or equivalent), otherwise get a Stihl, Husqvarna, or Jonsered. Stihl or Husqvarna 16 inch saws are about 50 to 70 bucks higher than the Craftsman. Considering the extra expense having the sharpen the OEM Craftsman chain more often, the Stihl or Husqvarna appears to be as good of a deal.

    Gayle

    By the way Derby shoot his weekend Otter Creek SC
     
  13. BigAl

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    Do unstable folks have unlimited access to dangerous tools such as chainsaws?
     
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    I'm a big fan of the Echo's. We have 2 and use them pretty much every other weekend in the fall/winter to remove fruit/nut trees here in California. I am not a fan of any Craftsman or Poulon saw...as in very difficult to get service...a waste of money in my opinion. Another fine saw is Stihl, excellent product, excellent customer/warranty service, and really hold their value. One of my buddies, uses his Stihl for two years and then sells them for about 75% of the cost of a new one. Big 3 are Stihl, Husky, and Echo and anything else is pretty much a disposable saw.
     
  15. wolfram

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    I'm not a saw expert but I got a 24" Echo a few years ago and it has been very reliable and simple to maintain. That being said, a friend of mine has a similar size Husqvarna that I like better than my own saw. The Husky also cost about $150 more than the Echo. The Echo might be a better value but I think the Husky is a better saw.
     
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    From BigAl:

    "Do unstable folks have unlimited access to dangerous tools such as chainsaws?"

    It seems to me you'd be in the best position to answer that question.
     
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    My local saw shop recommended the Husky 455 Rancher when I needed a replacement for my Stihl. Best saw I have ever had. Starts easy, even after sitting for months. It is a high torque saw and cuts well even when the chain starts to get a little dull.
     
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    I use Stihl and Jonsered. I prefer the Jonsered but I think they have you on their "do not sell" list.

    Bob
     
  19. dward

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    Ajax - been there done that! Back in the early 80s I cut timber in the Olympic Mountains. I had a couple Husky 2100s (6+ cubes with 36 inch bars) and a 380 (4+ cubes). I'd always have the 380 in the woods as a spare and I'd try to keep it close, but always behind where I was cutting. Well trying didn't always work and every once in a while I'd forget about it and I dropped a couple trees on it. I'd always try to have it tucked into a stump which kept it from being crushed.......but trying didn't always work and the saw now has almost more aluminum welded on as repairs than the original saw had. I only kept the 380 and it's lasted a loooong time, repairs and all. I've got the wrap around bar which I like.

    Back then, if there were 10 saws on the landing, 7 were stihls, 2 were huskys and the odd ball was anything else. I'm in Minnesota now, but I'm guessing there are still 2 stihls for every one of anything else. I'd still get a husky, only for sentimental reasons.

    Big Dan
     
  20. g7777777

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    "Little Al" with his little p** p** -- is causing trouble again

    Gene
     
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