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Re: New chainsaws compared to old chainsaws
« Reply #40 on: December 30, 2018, 06:45:59 PM »
I bought new saws because my old saws were...old.

And then bought a couple of old top handles because they look cool on the shelf. And they were cheap. Real cheap.

I'd buy an older big saw though. Because I won't use it much, and can't justify spending a thousand bucks on one. 
I could get by with the new 50cc. But it'd be nice to have an old 70-80cc saw every once in a while. Maybe 1990-ish, depending on condition. Really as new as possible depending on the deal.

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Re: New chainsaws compared to old chainsaws
« Reply #41 on: December 31, 2018, 08:51:45 AM »
90 ish to some might be old .To me it's relatively  new .50 ish is old and although I don't use them I own them .It's a battle just to get them to run in the first place .It's certainly not for everyone .If nothing else it gives you an appreciation for equipment made today .
Fire them up a couple times year ,maybe make a cut,back on the shelf .  

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Re: New chainsaws compared to old chainsaws
« Reply #42 on: December 31, 2018, 09:38:17 AM »
...and as we age ??? , we need those "easy start" and anti vibe and lighter saws for the creaking joints and lower strength.
No more +28"  bars or back breaking 660's to lug. Couldn't do it today anyhow. :-[
Hey, all you can do with vehicles in the past decade or more is change oil. I'd be lost without the computer reader to erase the "check engine" lights.
More reliable vehicles with FI, anti lock brakes, air bags, better rubber, etc...
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Re: New chainsaws compared to old chainsaws
« Reply #43 on: December 31, 2018, 11:08:30 AM »
Old saws are just like old guys, overweight and not too reliable  and I am an old duffer.
Dont even like to run the new ones anymore but do when forced to, ie when my son or grandson isnt available.
Wouldnt touch even my old '93 Husky 61 anymore.
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Re: New chainsaws compared to old chainsaws
« Reply #44 on: December 31, 2018, 12:06:19 PM »
90 ish to some might be old .To me it's relatively  new .50 ish is old and although I don't use them I own them .It's a battle just to get them to run in the first place .It's certainly not for everyone .If nothing else it gives you an appreciation for equipment made today .
Fire them up a couple times year ,maybe make a cut,back on the shelf .  
Yeah I know that 90-ish is not all that old. But that's the point.
I got a couple of 70's top handles for sittin on the shelf and lookin pretty. And the old mean green 3400 is probably here to stay.
Forget who, but someone here has a big old Indian that I would make room for.
Anything else is for using.
Maybe 90-ish is too old. But I figure if a barely used one showed up for a really good price that at least it would have some modern features like useable anti-vibe, chain break, and a good filter.

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Re: New chainsaws compared to old chainsaws
« Reply #45 on: December 31, 2018, 02:57:07 PM »
1990's?
I'd rather run these pre EPA1992 and '97 066 flat tops then a last year 2014 MS660.
A 4 year old 660 is half the saw of a 1997 and older 066.


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Re: New chainsaws compared to old chainsaws
« Reply #46 on: December 31, 2018, 06:48:23 PM »
I guess I am abit different , I started cutting with the old 922 hommy mainly. First saw I bought was the 2100 husky , liked it so bought 4 more . They were good saws. I got I think the first 181's that came to Canada , I got a pair of them and Husky ended up with both of those saws , nothing but trouble , coils , tank vents and carb . Husky replaced them with new ones and these worked good . 064 were a good saw to and the early 066, never liked the 660 . Thing is what I thought was the best saw keeps changing , I like some of the new saws and some not so much . The older I get I look for the lighter saws , the newer saws are not as easy to work on but run smoother in your hands , we will have to see how the new stihl 500i turns out


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Re: New chainsaws compared to old chainsaws
« Reply #47 on: December 31, 2018, 09:17:38 PM »
If Stihl was still making 044 and 064 I would have never had a reason to switch to Husqvarna, good power to weight and very little downtime the ones I owned.
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Re: New chainsaws compared to old chainsaws
« Reply #48 on: January 01, 2019, 11:14:33 AM »
Although I had a couple used saws I finally decided to buy new , a poulan 245a, some few decades back. The A meant it had an automatic oiler and 45 meant 4.5 cid =  73+- cc's but pulling 24" was about it and it surely liked the 18" bars better . Although I needed to buy a powerhead off the net for parts about a decade ago I still like to keep the 245a running - on occasion. That's because I like running the 362 so much better with either 18" or 25" .

btw - I 'm getting older so prefer making two small cuts with a small saw  than one big cut with either of these . . .

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Re: New chainsaws compared to old chainsaws
« Reply #49 on: January 01, 2019, 01:54:46 PM »
I have STIHL MS661, Husqvarna 550xp and Jonsered 2077 turbo and I do not see the difference between new and old chainsaws. A good thing is always good  ;D

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Re: New chainsaws compared to old chainsaws
« Reply #50 on: January 01, 2019, 08:16:07 PM »
 Bill, Its nice to know I'm not the only  one left with an old 245a. I bought mine from a sale catalog from speigals in chicago in 1978 for $200. It cut firewood for dad and myself until 1995. It failed me 3 years ago when the fuel line rotted out inside the fuel tank. The one and only failure other than normal wearout items. That old saw even has intake reed valves which you don't see anymore. I use late model huskeys now but still keep the old saw for a backup  Jack

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Re: New chainsaws compared to old chainsaws
« Reply #51 on: January 01, 2019, 09:25:18 PM »
For one thing the average owner of a chainsaw has no idea how to repair them or keep them in tune .Which more than likely is the reason for some comments .Some can some can't  :)

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Re: New chainsaws compared to old chainsaws
« Reply #52 on: January 02, 2019, 01:38:06 AM »
A lot of old saws that I see look like they weren't maintained all that much. Many look like they were just thrown in the back of a pickup at the end of every workday.

For me, it's hard to judge how much I'd have to spend to get it like I'd want it.

So I mostly look for saws that don't need a ton of work because I don't have a stash of spare parts for a bunch of old saws.


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