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Author Topic: Chain saws...which one?  (Read 7184 times)

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Offline Henry-Adams

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Chain saws...which one?
« on: July 22, 2004, 08:50:42 AM »
I need to pick up a larger saw. Right now I've got a 16" Husqvarna but I'd like to get something in the 24" range.

I have a few people that want to give me a number of trees but I have to take them down first. What would be your first choice in saws...without completely breaking the bank?

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Re: Chain saws...which one?
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2004, 09:07:56 AM »
how bigs that husky?.... maybe all you need is a bigger bar & chain. A 20" bar will fell a 40" tree if you can work from both sides. I prefer to use the shortest bar that will do the job. cheaper to run & more control. just a thought.
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Re: Chain saws...which one?
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2004, 12:37:42 PM »
I fell with my Husky Rancher 55 but prefer my 372XP.
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Re: Chain saws...which one?
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2004, 02:22:47 PM »
372XP is a great all around saw

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Re: Chain saws...which one?
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2004, 08:33:41 PM »
I agree the 372XP is a great choice.

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Re: Chain saws...which one?
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2004, 09:55:09 PM »
Since they're (372XP) actually the same weight, I'd go with the MS460 if I wanted to carry that much around.  Don't believe me?  Walk into any shop which has both on the shelf, remove the bars/chain (only!) and weigh them dry.  Then look at the catalog specs and scratch your head with me...

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Re: Chain saws...which one?
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2004, 12:36:14 AM »
When comparing the 372XP and the MS460 bear in mind the far more effective air-injection on the Husky vs. Intelli carb. Also, I dare say the vibration-dampening is better on the Husky.

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Re: Chain saws...which one?
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2004, 05:02:32 AM »
Not that's it's a major issue but I like the fact that the 372 comes with 2 bumper spikes vs 1 on the 460.

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Re: Chain saws...which one?
« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2004, 06:01:18 AM »
yup,yup,yup, everyone got this one right! 8) 8) 8) 8)
If ya go with the Stihl, add the spikes to the cover side, dual felling spikes (aka: dull chain over-rides) are a must on a felling saw.

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Re: Chain saws...which one?
« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2004, 06:23:24 AM »
Henry, help us out a bit here-
What model do you currently own?
What size and flavor of timber are you wanting to cut?
What size bank are you trying not to break?

I have the stihl 046 ( ms460 ) and it has plenty of power for a 25" bar. I have even run a 28" on it with no problem, but usually stick with a 20". I've never had any carb issues.

Also, the Dolmar ps7900 has been getting rave reviews- more power, lower price. Worth looking into if there's a dealer nearby.

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Re: Chain saws...which one?
« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2004, 06:54:03 AM »
I have two saws a ms 180 for pruning and a 066 I used the 066 on everything I have a 20 inch bar for small to medium 3 inch to about 28 inch and the 36 inch for eveything above different bars are alot cheaper then different saws. Thats just my opinion.
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Re: Chain saws...which one?
« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2004, 09:44:15 AM »
Intellicarb is about keeping the mixture right as the filter dirties and is merely a result of venting the high side of the diaphragm to the airbox instead of outside.  The exact same effect was had on my old Homelites where the entire carb was behind the filter.  I thought Elux was going to such a vent routing, too.

I've only noticed the lesser vibration of the Stihls as compared to the Huskys while running the saw outside the cut.  While in the cut there's little difference, if any.

The "air injection", "turbo", &c. do a good job of keeping the big stuff off the filter.  I've never had to stop work to knock the crud off my Stihl filters and they're all supposed to be checked daily anyway.

My production pair is 036/066.

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Re: Chain saws...which one?
« Reply #12 on: July 23, 2004, 02:15:28 PM »
not to start any brand wars. but i had a stihl ms460 and my husky 372, 372 i feel was a much better saw hands down. no longer have the 460. now that the 372 has been power ported 8) 8) 8)

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Re: Chain saws...which one?
« Reply #13 on: July 23, 2004, 10:13:23 PM »
I had a ms 440 I bought new that was an awesome saw I used it for a year and a half before up grading to a stihl 066 I love that saw and wih I had not sold it a horrible decision I love my new 066 just as much though wish I could have afforded both.
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Re: Chain saws...which one?
« Reply #14 on: July 24, 2004, 07:02:56 PM »
 Make doesn't matter  ;). Go to different dealers and observe their attitude  :o. If they are willing to work with you, then thats the saw to buy. Size wise get what is comfortable to operate so your not worn out. Safety first!
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Re: Chain saws...which one?
« Reply #15 on: July 26, 2004, 11:19:50 PM »
If any one is interested; I have a good running  Stihl 036 pro for sale.  I am a 2 stroke tech for the Husqvarna dealer in Centralia, Wa.  I also ebay saws and parts and you can find me under klickitatsackett.  I just bought this saw this morning and will be going through it top to bottom before it goes out. It is a good running saw and expect to only have to put a cleaning to it. This saw has a 24" bar and chain. This would make a good all around saw, with out breaking the bank.  I would ship it to any where in the lower 48 for $275.  As to which saw I like best? It all depends on which one I am working on.

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Re: Chain saws...which one?
« Reply #16 on: July 27, 2004, 06:18:16 AM »
I would think a 24" bar on an 036 is a bit much. These saws aren't stellar performers in the torque arena.
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Re: Chain saws...which one?
« Reply #17 on: July 27, 2004, 08:03:24 AM »
Look where he is, Rich.  They don't have real trees out that way (haha!)

I love my 036; maybe it's atypical...


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Re: Chain saws...which one?
« Reply #18 on: July 27, 2004, 08:28:48 PM »
It's kind of funny to me to listen to guys talk about a 24" bar like it is big.   I have grown up thinking that a 28" - 32" was the norm.  As a kid my dad (Bruce A in here) was a cedar rat as where a couple of my uncles.  The 036 may not be my choice for a big saw, ( I like the 044, 046, 272 ) but for a medium sized saw it is a pretty good saw. As for pulling a 24" bar not a problem. If you ever had a problem though I would suggest getting rid of the double falling dogs and taking it easy, ;) but if you insist on pushing it through for an extra $75 I will do a piston and head job on it for you. ;D

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Re: Chain saws...which one?
« Reply #19 on: July 28, 2004, 08:35:51 AM »
If you want to run a 24 inch bar on a 036 you might want consider getting your saw walerized free up your exhust I like to run a 24 inch bar on my 044 and a 36 inch on my 066. This combo works for me if my 24 inch cant cut it then my 36 inch can and if that cant then I call my neighbor for his saw. Havent had to yet.  
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