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« on: February 21, 2019, 12:11:44 PM »
Hi everyone! I'm new to this forum and am looking for guidance from folks more experienced than I am. I am going to start a wood business and I need advice on saws. I have a job right now so I want to begin by renting the saws out ( I have a biz plan and will be able to get the rentals taken care of by a business partner ).

I'm looking at Still specifically- I work around a lot of tree guys, and about 90% of them use Stihl- they say they're built like tanks. I'm open to other brands though.

I'm looking for sizes from 14" to 26" or 28". Can you please offer me advice? Thanks so much! Rich

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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2019, 12:20:10 PM »
I've learned either ms441 or 372xp. At least with the size bar you speak of. Use the proper mix, GOOD oil, and keep the chain sharp. All will contribute to good, long life from your equipment. BTW, all of these are in about the 70cc class.
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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2019, 12:24:03 PM »
Husqvarna, stihl and echo are the most reputable brands imo.
I would choose the brand based on what dealers you have near you.

For 14'' i would go with a 50cc chainsaw.

Husqvarna 545,550xp
Stihl MS 261
Echo CS-501P

For 26-28'' bar
Husqvarna 572xp
Stihl MS 461
Echo CS-800p
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« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2019, 01:22:57 PM »
You will want longevity and dependability in this application.  Only go with "pro" saws or semi pro.  And I would supply the renters with pre-mixed fuel, to help eliminate straight gassed saws.  The 261's would be my choice in the 50cc 16" Stihl line.  And as said the Stihl 441, Husky 372, 572.  Echo makes a pretty dependable saw as well and cheaper cost.  Make sure you have a dealer near buy for any brand.

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« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2019, 01:29:39 PM »
The yards in this area won't rent saws, the risk of liability is too high. Check with your insurer first. Keep in mind some want to cut anything except clean wood and don't want to wreck their own equipment.
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« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2019, 06:43:04 PM »
Exactly as was stated - If I needed to dig out a big stump and I had a brand new saw and chain already, I know I much would prefer to use someone else's equipment to do it, rather than screwing up my own!

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« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2019, 08:38:02 PM »
Lowes rents out makitas, here. I would have a hard time turning everybody with a high priced saw myself.
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« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2019, 12:57:33 PM »
Home Depot rents Makitas here (which are basically Dolmar saws in a different color). Home Depot, Lowes, or similar places might be a good place to check prices to see what the going rate for chainsaw rentals is in your area.

Dolmar/Makita is another brand I'd add to Allar's list of Husqvarna, Stihl, and Echo as reliable brands. Unless you plan on doing all of your own repair work, I'd be inclined to go with whichever has the best dealer support in your area.

While you do want to get durable equipment, I'd be hesitant to put expensive, top-of the-line pro chainsaws out as rentals. Given the pricing, I'd be more likely to go for Echo or Dolmar/Makita. Some of their products are top-notch, and not as expensive as similar Husky or Stihl products.
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« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2019, 02:21:57 PM »
Buy used Makita (dolmar) rental saws from home depot.  Half price of new and will last you a long time.

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« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2019, 08:19:38 AM »
What kind of wood business are you going to start?  To get into business you have to make investments.  Luckily chainsaws are not a huge investment.  Id say buy a good saw and dont waste money on renting.
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« Reply #10 on: February 26, 2019, 01:32:58 AM »
I have had many saws from 024s to 460s in my opinion though if I could only have one it would be the 372xp I keep a 20 bar on it and it does everything from liming to bucking. I have a firewood business and sell 30 cords a year so I like having 2 saws in case I get one stuck or for bigger stuff. For this I have a stihl ms460 with a 32 bar. 

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« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2019, 01:16:43 PM »
Maybe I have it wrong, but I took it, that he is planning to rent saws to the public. If that is the case, I don't think I would want to turn the average Joe loose with a 372 or ms460.
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« Reply #12 on: February 26, 2019, 01:45:53 PM »
It's worth noting that the OP has apparently not been back since the day he first registered and posted this.
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« Reply #13 on: February 26, 2019, 03:37:53 PM »
Sounds like a lot of headache for the potential return.

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« Reply #14 on: February 26, 2019, 06:33:47 PM »
Well, a guy could go either way.   He could use semi pro or pro class saws and require a stiff deposit, or buy cheaper home owner ranch saws at a reduced deposit.  Either way I would require one.  The advantage of pro class would be, they have potential to hold up better with rough treatment, and can be rebuilt.  The cheaper clamshell homeowner saws, cannot withstand rough handling well, and being mostly plastic construction, more parts breakage. On the other hand, you don't have the cash outlay upfront with the cheaper units.  Maybe semi-pro is the best way to go.  Either way I would require the renter to take a jug of mixed fuel to use with that saw, which should eliminate the chance of a lean seisure.   If it were me I wouldn't mess with any of it at all!  I have a problem with idiots in todays society.   >:(

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« Reply #15 on: February 26, 2019, 11:46:16 PM »
Either way I would require the renter to take a jug of mixed fuel to use with that saw, which should eliminate the chance of a lean seisure.

That's a great idea.

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« Reply #16 on: February 27, 2019, 12:17:28 AM »
Either way I would require the renter to take a jug of mixed fuel to use with that saw, which should eliminate the chance of a lean seisure.

That's a great idea.

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« Reply #17 on: February 28, 2019, 02:31:55 PM »
I would not touch anything else but Stihl, cause someone has to clean them after each day and with the internal clutch, its easier . 1.bolts and cover , 2 paint brush, 3 clean bar , 4 put back ,5 sharpen chain ...10min done.! Ive done it thousands of times without gloves, no cuts yet. Had huskies and poulans way back when and it was a nightmare putting the chain back behind that big ol clutch when you are so tired you can barely stand from killing trees all day long.

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« Reply #18 on: February 28, 2019, 03:28:38 PM »
I would not touch anything else but Stihl, cause someone has to clean them after each day and with the internal clutch, its easier . 1.bolts and cover , 2 paint brush, 3 clean bar , 4 put back ,5 sharpen chain ...10min done.! Ive done it thousands of times without gloves, no cuts yet. Had huskies and poulans way back when and it was a nightmare putting the chain back behind that big ol clutch when you are so tired you can barely stand from killing trees all day long.

Husky 372, is one exception. 

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« Reply #19 on: February 28, 2019, 03:42:35 PM »
My brother has a part time logging business, I help and work on the saws.
Lot of work, expensive equipment.....more money in tree trimming.

I agree 372XP would be my first purchase. 
On the cheap....Echo.


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