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Author Topic: Pick me a 90cc and up CC chain saw.  (Read 2596 times)

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Re: Pick me a 90cc and up CC chain saw.
« Reply #20 on: December 13, 2018, 09:58:25 AM »
krustysurfer, it doesn't sound like the dealer has much if any experience with milling applications. Talk to somebody who has.
Hey *Saw Guy* good morning! :)  naw they have plenty of experience- I do trust them, not with my money though(personal flaw of mine... maybe it is theirs? maybe a little of both)
  Holland Michigan(where we are) used to be one of the largest furniture MFG towns in the USA, we have had many furn. mfg. shutter over the last few decades however, Hermann Miller and others are still here milling up wood, producing furniture, and out competing the Chinese for now with dutch ingenuity.(whew that was quite the run on sentence there and no coffee yet)
  The Local Stihl dealer has several 880s floating around town here in a few milling operations (one is a pallet mfg so their 880s are going hard every single day i believe)- they really know their stuff ;) furthermore they also have experienced plenty of shady homeowner contractor types who break stuff and then try to return broken equipment when it was their own fault for the failure. so their reluctance at selling me a MS661 is understood on my end and why there is no bad blood with them(even though they have taken forever to give money back on a Echo CS800 we had ordered) however when they found out what i was going to do with the Echo they balked and and gave me a few choices to choose from. The Stihl dealer offered the 880 with a solid warranty or a Echo 800 Stihl ms661 with no real warranty in place- (30 days) or a full  refund- we chose refund and hoofed it down to Husqy Dealer -
where Uli Husqvarnason (my woodchopping alter ego) got his hands on that 395xp! that 395 that has not even been run by me yet! 8)  i have not decided what alaskan milling setup (skip tooth? Round chain? or changing sprocket to accommodate .025 bar and chain?-i am worried about snapping & flying chains though if i try that) to go with yet as well as i am trying to find a not too old Big (Sub 100cc's)  Mcculloch Saw as a backup machine that will give me an excuse for my wife to play with chainsaw engines ;D in the garage/workshop we are in the process of building.

 Sorry OP for hijacking this thread.... raker raker gud buddy over and out- td
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Re: Pick me a 90cc and up CC chain saw.
« Reply #21 on: December 14, 2018, 08:04:38 AM »
So were's the best place to order a 395 from? Not a lot of dealers in my area.
No idea where you are located but the cumberland farmers co-op has a brand new one on the shelf in crossville tennessee.  Theyre the best saw shop we have, 2 great guys work in it and they deal husky and stihl.  I cant say enough good about those boys and im sure theyd mail it.  I think it has an $1100 tag on it but i could be wrong.  Been there atleast 3 yrs.

A decade old 395 still brings $800 or so. 
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« Reply #22 on: December 21, 2018, 08:20:55 AM »
I had the same problem finding a Husky dealer with one on the shelf.  The one I found close would order one but only came off list price about 5%. When I called back for more info, I had to leave a message and got no reply.  My Stihl dealer did give me 2 years on the 661 knowing I am not commercial and knowing I would do slabbing with it.  They several ready to go out the door with 36" .50 3/8 and gave me a decent discount.

The statement about mtronic going lean while slabbing concerns me a bit.  I wonder if it was a concern about the unknown or if it was real experience?  I have had mine about 18 months and have probably 30 tanks slabbing so don't do a tun of work with it, but am happy so far.  On one 90+ degree day a had one hot start porblem but one pull with the throttle open got it going.  Other than that, very easy starting saw!  I also liked that I could run .50 bar and chain.  I don't think Husky has a .50 36" bar?

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« Reply #23 on: December 21, 2018, 09:52:23 AM »
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Thanks for the reply. I don't think I am going to buy the 395 Husky there isn't enough price difference to mail order one and have no dealer support. Its good to hear from someone with real live experience with the 661c. I won't be using this 90cc saw a ton either. I am just a farmer that needs to take down a big tree once an a while and need a saw with a 36 inch bar on it. After shoulder surgery starting my Solo 694 with no compression release is a no go so I sold it. I have enough farm expenses for this year so I think after the first when things are slow for these dealers I will see whats the best price and maybe try to get the dealer to extend the warranty time out as I won't be using this lot a ton. You and yours have a great holiday.  

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« Reply #24 on: December 21, 2018, 10:21:23 AM »
I have the 661 C-M and the 261 C-M. Love em.

My dealer tried to tell me that if I used the 661 for milling the warranty would be void. He was wrong.

I contacted Stihl via their "Contact Us" button on their web page and asked them directly if using the saw with an Alaskan mill to mill lumber would void the warranty. The answer was no.

I printed out that email and attached it to my owners manual.

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« Reply #25 on: December 21, 2018, 10:27:11 AM »
By the way because I am not using these saws for commercial work and I bought a 6 pack of Stihl oil they extended the warranty to 2 years.
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« Reply #26 on: December 21, 2018, 02:29:42 PM »
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Its good to more positive about the Stihl 661 C-M. 

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« Reply #27 on: December 21, 2018, 03:03:46 PM »
I'm pretty sold on the Mtronic. If it's >50 I literally just have to pull the cord a couple times to start it. Don't even have to set the choke. Being mandatorily tied to a dealer for electronics repair is a downside, and raises repair costs, but that could be considered payback for not having to screw around with carburetors. Guess it depends on where your values are, and how much money the saw's making you. Personally, I enjoy cutting wood. That's what I'm in this for; not wrenching on motors. So far, Mtronic makes it easier to do what I want.


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