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Author Topic: Pick me a 90cc and up CC chain saw.  (Read 1281 times)

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Pick me a 90cc and up CC chain saw.
« on: December 09, 2018, 10:21:09 AM »
Like the title says I am looking for a new or close to new 90cc saw. I had a 694 Solo for ten years it was a good saw but no decompress. I am getting older with shoulder issues and couldn't start it any more. I sold it. I don't use a big saw a lot at the farm but when I need one we need one and don't have any one I can borrow one from. I am not color blind so I am looking for the best starting saw value out there. I have several brands of saws but the main ones I use is a echo 360 I mostly use in my bucket trailer. My firewood making saws 038 and 461 Stihl  and a 6403 Makita. I have own all of them since new 038 doesn't get used a lot. 461 is four years old 6403 is almost 10 years old. They have both been great saws. Had to put a kill switch on the 6403 lately but other than regular maintenance both have been great saws. A 36 inch bar will cut any tree I have on any of my farms. I did throw a 36 inch on the 461 since I had sold the 694 it worked ok but it was a load. 461 is stock. Not really looking to redo it. 

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Re: Pick me a 90cc and up CC chain saw.
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2018, 10:26:46 AM »
395 husky, no more needs to be said 8)

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Re: Pick me a 90cc and up CC chain saw.
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2018, 10:29:01 AM »
ehp, Agreed 395's are hard to beat.

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Re: Pick me a 90cc and up CC chain saw.
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2018, 11:29:48 AM »
I sold my 395XP that I bought brand  new 8 years ago.
I went back and restored my old Stihl 066's , using them to this day. Best 90cc saws ever.
Still lots of parts availability. 


 

 
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Re: Pick me a 90cc and up CC chain saw.
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2018, 11:32:58 AM »
Not a lot of choice left in that range. 395 or 3120XP from Husky  or MS661 and MS880 from Stihl. My back tells me go with the lighter one.
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Re: Pick me a 90cc and up CC chain saw.
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2018, 11:36:52 AM »
I liked the 395 I had.  Great saw.
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Re: Pick me a 90cc and up CC chain saw.
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2018, 12:40:13 PM »
         I"d go with a older 066 or 660 as Holmen suggested.  If your like me, you won't run it that much, but when you need it, nothing replaces CC's.  That's why I keep a ole vintage 2094 around.  But if you want to buy new, a 395 or 661.

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« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2018, 03:58:10 PM »
I like my Husqvarna's even have a 298xp, bet its been a while since any one talked about them! The 394/5 are big heavy beasts and do what they were designed to do. I'm partial to the old style MS660's and even back to the 066's if you can find them clean.parts are still available through Stihl dealers and that is huge. The 390 Husqvarna's are my choice for everything but milling though. For me its A toss up between them (390's) and the 660's. I have both BTW. AND the 660 clones, too. Which is another point, unlike the 390's there are a ton of aftermarket parts for the 660's, plastic, covers, pretty much everything. That could be a selling point and tip the scales for some. So its easy to patch them up as well if needed. And actually I like the 385's just as much as the 390's but they don't qualify. They are like a big 372. 
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Re: Pick me a 90cc and up CC chain saw.
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2018, 04:01:35 PM »
What's that old saying; "No one got fired for choosing Stihl"? Something like that anyway.

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Re: Pick me a 90cc and up CC chain saw.
« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2018, 05:06:53 PM »
The only saw currently being run in my lineup is my 395XP. 100+ tanks of fuel, never adjusted, I've only taken the air filter cover off three times to show people you don't have to clean the air filter. Push the decomp, pull once with choke, another pull with no choke and it's running. A real 066 would be great, but they are scarce these days. 
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Re: Pick me a 90cc and up CC chain saw.
« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2018, 06:40:45 PM »
I would pick a 395 xp over a 660 or 066 any day.
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Re: Pick me a 90cc and up CC chain saw.
« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2018, 09:31:32 PM »
I haven't been around a Husqvarna in many years. A buddy that I used to cut wood with bought a 372 it was a great running saw back then within a couple years he move out of the area. I am just a little worried about the M-Tronic set up on a new 661 I don't know any one that has had one and the dealers around here don't even stock any bigger than a 461. Used big saws around here don't exist. Too scared to buy a used saw on the internet sight unseen. I see a few what look to be nice used 660 out there on the internet. I under stand most of the time people are not like me if they own a big saw its been used and used a lot that's why they own it. Looks like a 395 or a 661 are around a $1200 saw for the  power head. It isn't any thing I have to buy right now. I used the 694 after harvest before I sold it and got down all the big stuff I need to take care of for a long time. I can always put a big bar on the 461 and get by for a while. The next big saw I buy should be the last big saw I ever need. Thanks for all the reply's.

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« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2018, 11:35:46 PM »
     Hedgerow, I see your point in being a bit shy of buying a saw with an electronic carb.  I for one am the same way.  Pretty much 'old school' in a lot of ways when it comes to my equipment.  If between the 395xp and the 661, I'd have to pick the 395.  I really don't think you could go wrong with that model.  And I'm not the only one here that thinks so.  Stick one of those lite weight bars on it, and it should serve you many years.      Cut safely. ;)

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Re: Pick me a 90cc and up CC chain saw.
« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2018, 09:23:35 AM »
Ive never run a big stihl, but ive had my 395 for about a decade and NEVER had to work on it. Ive never changed the plug and only tweaked the screws a time or two. I think i greased the clutch bearing one time when i changed sprockets.  Thats it. Its my big felling saw, big firewood saw and lumber milling saw so it gets its share of action.  I will never part with it.  Every time the wind clangs a piece of tin at 3am, i grab the 12G and run straight to the shed where my girls live to be sure theyre still tucked in. Daddy wont let em hurtcha babies. 


 
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« Reply #14 on: December 10, 2018, 12:19:18 PM »
I have a pair of 395xp's and a 650 stihl for my big saws. My favorite is the older 395 as it fires on the first or second pull, then the newer 395 which can take up to 10 pulls but is usually in the 5-6 pulls. The 650 is decent, but it vapor locks once in a while and is incredibly cold blooded. I probably should do a carb rebuild on it or just get rid of it. Long story short, I love the 395xp's.

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Re: Pick me a 90cc and up CC chain saw.
« Reply #15 on: December 12, 2018, 12:16:21 PM »
So were's the best place to order a 395 from? Not a lot of dealers in my area. 

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Re: Pick me a 90cc and up CC chain saw.
« Reply #16 on: December 12, 2018, 06:44:59 PM »
I haven't been around a Husqvarna in many years. A buddy that I used to cut wood with bought a 372 it was a great running saw back then within a couple years he move out of the area. I am just a little worried about the M-Tronic set up on a new 661 I don't know any one that has had one and the dealers around here don't even stock any bigger than a 461. Used big saws around here don't exist. Too scared to buy a used saw on the internet sight unseen. I see a few what look to be nice used 660 out there on the internet. I under stand most of the time people are not like me if they own a big saw its been used and used a lot that's why they own it. Looks like a 395 or a 661 are around a $1200 saw for the  power head. It isn't any thing I have to buy right now. I used the 694 after harvest before I sold it and got down all the big stuff I need to take care of for a long time. I can always put a big bar on the 461 and get by for a while. The next big saw I buy should be the last big saw I ever need. Thanks for all the reply's.
Local Stihl dealer refused to sell me a 661 for milling slabs. Dealer said they couldn't give me a warranty if i did so with that saw- they probably knew something i did not- the dealer said Mtronic could run lean and fry the powerhead in a milling set up. the dealer tried to talk me into the 880 which is $700+ so it forced my hand into the 395xp because of budget constraints and desiring a peaceful marriage. My 455R has served me well for almost 10 years- i Love Husqvarna Saws - stoked your happy on your saw! post up some slabbing picks after you get going. aloha td
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Re: Pick me a 90cc and up CC chain saw.
« Reply #17 on: December 12, 2018, 08:51:49 PM »
So were's the best place to order a 395 from? Not a lot of dealers in my area.
I'd order from here  http://wickedworksaw.com/husqvarna.htm  Ported of course since I'm spending your money. 

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Re: Pick me a 90cc and up CC chain saw.
« Reply #18 on: December 12, 2018, 10:16:55 PM »
krustysurfer, it doesn't sound like the dealer has much if any experience with milling applications. Talk to somebody who has.
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Re: Pick me a 90cc and up CC chain saw.
« Reply #19 on: December 13, 2018, 09:08:25 AM »
So what happen to the Husqvarna brick and mortar stores. I don't go to many small engine shops as I do my own work and usually buy parts on line because I usually don't need them right away. I thought yesterday was a nice day around here so I would go for a drive. Looked on line for Husqvarna dealers within 60 miles of home. Three were listed I knew the one was a large dealer as I had tried to buy a zero turn mower from them years ago and they were a large Husqvarna saw dealer. Pulled up to the first one shop closed. Headed to shop two it had changed hands and only carried Stihl. Headed to the last one that used to be a large Husqvarna dealer not now. He currently sells Stihl and Echo he couldn't say enough bad about Husqvarna and them putting there saws in the farm stores. So are the brick and mortar stores gone?


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