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Offline Comunga

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Husqvarna 285 cd or something new?
« on: April 03, 2018, 10:45:14 PM »
Hello!
I currently have a Husqvarna 285 cd which I planned on using in a mill but ended up being my everyday saw. After a few sketchy kickbacks I decided I need something with a chain brake.

I know you can add a chain brake to this saw but have been unable to find one.

So I have been thinking of selling the 285 and getting something comparable in size like the Husqvarna 390xp.

Would you guys stick with the classic or switch to a new machine? Reasons would be helpful too.
Thank you!
 

 

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Re: Husqvarna 285 cd or something new?
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2018, 10:53:15 PM »
Why not use it on the mill and get a newer saw for your everyday saw, if you want one.
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Re: Husqvarna 285 cd or something new?
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2018, 11:01:46 PM »
ended up finding a local guy that will mill for a good price so I ended up not needing to mill my self, I just provide the trees. So it is just a matter of using this beast once I find a chain brake or switching to a new one. 
I just dont know how the new saws are different, would I need to get a saw with a similar size engine for the power or are the new engines more efficient and I could get a smaller one.

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Re: Husqvarna 285 cd or something new?
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2018, 11:05:54 PM »
Thats a cool old saw! But me personally Id switch to something more modern and with decent AV if I was going to do much cutting 
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Re: Husqvarna 285 cd or something new?
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2018, 11:18:39 PM »
It sure is! Thank you for your input, that will definitely be useful. 

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Re: Husqvarna 285 cd or something new?
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2018, 11:40:18 PM »
What do you usually cut? that is a bigger saw than the average wood cutter actually needs. A 372 size saw is bigger than a lot of people needs, but can take care of most jobs with ease, I would not like a 390 for my only saw at all, but everybody is different and has different needs.
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Re: Husqvarna 285 cd or something new?
« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2018, 12:06:50 AM »
 good question, stupid answer time. Maybe 30 trees a year, about 12"-16" in diameter, then into firewood length. I got addicted to the power of the 285, I know I dont need that much power, I probably require around half the power but it is nice to be able to go through the firewood with such ease.

I have two husqvarna 051 but have only used them for small trees and limbs (once when I got the 285 pinched).


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Re: Husqvarna 285 cd or something new?
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2018, 02:32:40 AM »
I hear you, we had a guy limbing and cutting the tops off of long logs on a couple of loads this last week, he was using a 288 with a 32 in bar, no cuts were in over 12 inch stuff. He had smaller saws in his truck but I guess preferred the 288. I would look into the 372 size saw, it would likely cut anything you need with ease too, and be lighter at the end of the day.
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Re: Husqvarna 285 cd or something new?
« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2018, 12:08:39 PM »
good question, stupid answer time. Maybe 30 trees a year, about 12"-16" in diameter, then into firewood length. I got addicted to the power of the 285, I know I dont need that much power, I probably require around half the power but it is nice to be able to go through the firewood with such ease.

I have two husqvarna 051 but have only used them for small trees and limbs (once when I got the 285 pinched).
I'd hold onto the 285 if you're only cutting 30 trees a year.
Their tough saws, basically a 2100 without a manual oiler and smaller p/c. 
Back in the day chain brakes were an option on the Huskies. 
Here's a advertisement from 1979. 
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