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General Forestry => Chainsaws => Topic started by: TessiersFarm on March 30, 2009, 07:26:40 PM

Title: Time for an Upgade?
Post by: TessiersFarm on March 30, 2009, 07:26:40 PM
I run a small farm and wood cutting is part of our operation, firewood and sawlogs mostly.  We run stihls and that will likely change when I buy the new ford truck and kubota tractor probably after drinking too much coors beer.  On a more serious note we run several saws mostly the 036 and 361.  I have looked at bigger saws several times but never parted with the money.  I am looking at a used 440 for $250 or so.  It has been used a fair amount but well maintained and has good compression.  Will I ever go back to the 361 if I try a 440?  Will I notice a big difference felling, bucking ect?  Am I wasting my money on used?
Title: Re: Time for an Upgade?
Post by: ladylake on March 30, 2009, 08:03:13 PM
 It will cut quite a bit faster and wiegh quite a bit more.  Steve
Title: Re: Time for an Upgade?
Post by: Maineloggerkid on March 30, 2009, 08:49:11 PM
If it has benn well maintained, that is a good buy. It will outcut the 361, but not replace it. I find that as a saw collection grows, each one takes on its own place, or "job". There will be times you will pick up the 440, and others you will reach for the 361.

Something you could think about is outfitting the 440 with a larger bar, and using it as     your " oversized wood" saw. If you have any large trees, that might be helpful to keep a longer bar handy.
Title: Re: Time for an Upgade?
Post by: Ironwood on March 30, 2009, 09:08:04 PM
Welcome Tressier,

 I handed my nieghbor my "other orange saw" after his Stihl chain got dull, His eyes got REAL big and he said "WOW, that thing cuts like butter" Now, I will say in fairness, he had a safety chain on his and I run a razor sharp full chisel, between that and the higher RPM's he may just be looking at the "other orange saws" next time he buys one.  ::) Not looking to start an argument, just if your looking to cut effiecently (fast) sometimes an "upgrade" may mean looking elsewhere.


        Ironwood

 PS, hows that new Ford running? Kubota's are nice too, although I like green. I dont claim any expertise on the Coors issue. :D
Title: Re: Time for an Upgade?
Post by: beenthere on March 30, 2009, 09:18:38 PM
And that sharp chain will work wonders too. But a good way to sell a saw brand.  :)
Title: Re: Time for an Upgade?
Post by: ladylake on March 31, 2009, 04:42:53 AM
 A good chain makes a world of difference, Also the size of the saw and how old it is. Stihl and Husky both have good and bad models right now.   Steve
Title: Re: Time for an Upgade?
Post by: Ironwood on March 31, 2009, 07:43:26 AM
Yeah, his was an older Stihl 028 AV Farm boss, had one of those myself about 50 years ago  ;D ;D Mine wasa fairly modern 372XP lightweight "screamer".  :D Sold!

     Ironwood
Title: Re: Time for an Upgade?
Post by: thecfarm on March 31, 2009, 09:32:04 AM
Tessiersfarm,heading to the Bangor Expo,May 1-2?     Here's a post about it.

http://www.forestryforum.com/board/index.php/topic,35903.0.html

You will enjoy it.



Title: Re: Time for an Upgade?
Post by: Cut4fun on March 31, 2009, 09:59:58 AM
With the price of new saws going through the roof 49cc-51cc saws costing $500 out the door.
If you can pick up a good running 044-440 for $250. I would buy it and at least set it back.