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Felling saw suggestions
« on: August 14, 2021, 08:27:13 PM »
Hey folks Iím needin some advice on a saw purchase.What is the minimum cc needed for comfortable felling?Im kinda partial to husky and expect yíall will say 372xp but donít really want to spend that much.Is there any halfways decent saw for 5-800?I donít cut for a living or I definitely would get a pro saw but just donít know whatís all available.Is a husky 460 any good for this?Thanks for any responses

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Re: Felling saw suggestions
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2021, 08:38:25 PM »
What size tree are you regularly working with? A decent 50-60 cc saw with an 18-20" bar will work fine for smaller trees, and is still practical if you need to take down something 30"+. 

The 60cc Echo's seem to be priced a little over $500 US
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Re: Felling saw suggestions
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2021, 08:48:45 PM »
Iíve got about 20 acres to log that will be mostly 16-24Ē red oak,walnut,maple,poplar etc. there is a handful of around 30 dbh poplars 

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Re: Felling saw suggestions
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2021, 08:53:53 PM »
Check out the Echo offerings as well as the Redmax offerings. Echo is #3 these days & Redmax is an un-pushed Husqvarna.
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Re: Felling saw suggestions
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2021, 08:59:30 PM »
A 60cc saw would be good match and even a 60cc pro saw would be under your $800 max by a few bucks. Iím not an Echo user, but a lot of people like them and they seem to be a good value and still dependable. An Echo 60cc saw would put you closer to the low end of your range and should be just fine. Personally Iíd go with the Echo over a non-pro Husky or Stihl although I believe over the long haul pro saws are really worth the price of admission and are going to have better balance as well as better power/weight ratio.  

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« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2021, 09:15:44 PM »
Any opinions on a husky 365?I havenít priced any at dealers but thought they where around 850 or so.I prolly just should be tight and buy a pro saw,that way if I donít smash it :( it will last a long long time but it would prolly be more than I need.After logging that piece would most likely just use it around the farm 

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Re: Felling saw suggestions
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2021, 09:20:04 PM »
So for arguments sake let's assume you are thinning the 20 acres and pull 5,000 BF per acre. That's 20-25 semi loads of logs, or $5 / semi load invested in a $1K saw.

Logging is hard on equipment, you get what you pay for. Dealer support is a big part of the equation. Who do you have around that can service, not just replace, your saw? Don't expect the same customer service if you buy a saw from TSC or online.

FWIW my first answer is 372XP, but if you said you have no mechanical experience and there isn't a good, reliable, Husky dealer around then I would look at options.
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« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2021, 10:27:58 PM »
Any opinions on a husky 365?I havenít priced any at dealers but thought they where around 850 or so


It's not a "professional" grade saw, and I'd suggest an Echo at that price might be better. But it's an OK saw and should get the job done. MSRP seems to be  $879.99 US, so you should be in the $850 range (or get some freebies chucked in the deal). The "good" Huskys are the XP range saws. The 365 seems to be in the "farmer / firewood" range. Not junk, but nothing special either.

Sometimes it's better to choose your Dealer, then buy whatever brand they are selling. 

Chances are you will end up wanting a couple of saws anyway. They break, they get jammed in logs when you are bucking etc. So if you buy a cheap but reliable saw now, and get a 372XP later, you wont regret having a 55cc backup saw. 
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« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2021, 12:19:41 AM »
 
<.  Beavers work pretty good 

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Re: Felling saw suggestions
« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2021, 07:32:44 AM »
I ďthinkĒ that a Redmax G7300 (maybe the designation is G7100) is the 372xp Xtork but like I posted before, itís not pushed due to really low advertising budgets used for them. But itís the same parts just in a slightly different color than Husqvarna or Jonsered. Of course, thatís IIRC, but my memory isnít NEARLY as good as it was before my MS started to ravage my mind (and therefore body). Had I known about them at the time when I bought my Husqvarna thatís what Iíd have gotten, especially considering that I only play with mine. ;)
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Re: Felling saw suggestions
« Reply #10 on: August 15, 2021, 08:06:52 AM »
I like echo for saving money. I have two smaller saws, and I love them. I wouldn't even consider a non pro saw from the big two in their place. Dealer support was mentioned. This is Stihl country around here. We have one pretty big Husky dealer, but aside from them, there isn't much. Echo can be a little more "iffy" for dealers. A lot of them are merely sellers, and won't be able to do much for service. I have a full service dealer near me, and I see lots of signs on stores for echo, but don't know how many of them are full service.

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« Reply #11 on: August 15, 2021, 08:34:00 AM »
Iíve got pretty much dead equal husky and stihl dealers in the same town about 10 min,than a much better dealer for husky,stihl,and echo about 30 min.

I know everyone has there opinions but what is the difference between say a stihl 462 and husky 372.Iíve always been partial to husky but am open

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« Reply #12 on: August 15, 2021, 08:44:16 AM »
I think if you favor husky already and have a good dealer you should stay with husky. They both make good pro saws, although some people have strong opinions about that. 

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Re: Felling saw suggestions
« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2021, 08:48:38 AM »
if your going with a husky 372XT the 365XT is the same saw just the covers on the transfer ports have a bridge that restricts air flow , same cylinder and piston and bottomend , Here the 372 cost less than the stihl 462 but the 462 is lighter and not many 372 around sense the 572 has come out 

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Re: Felling saw suggestions
« Reply #14 on: August 15, 2021, 10:11:38 AM »
On a subject like this there are as many opinions as are the opinions on what brand  of mix oil to use and what mix ratio .
It seems the prevailing opinions come from well healed people suggesting higher priced models of saws .I won't opine only saying I'm a restorer not a fan of spending $1000 for newer model of chainsaw plus I have many so I never run short of something that will run which usually they all do .It's what ever trips your trigger I guess . As to brand names that's just an old Ford/Chevy or John-Deere /Farmall thing which really doesn't mean  much, only in the eye of the beholder .

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« Reply #15 on: August 15, 2021, 02:43:22 PM »
I have several stihl including an 029 farm boss, and 023 also 2 smaller Husky hobby saws and the best saws for me have been the small Echo 370 and the two Echo 670 saws. The 670 are fitted with 36" bars with 3/8 chain which they have no problem pulling in Doug Fir. I am retired an only use the saws for non commercial timber felling on my own ground. I am quite impressed with the 670 power and weight, feel that it is a good intermediate saw for the cost.

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« Reply #16 on: August 16, 2021, 12:36:17 PM »
 I cut lots of 24 to 36 inch dbh in hardwood and right now I have been running the stihl 400 with 20 inch bar . To me it's not got enough under the hood to run a 24 inch setup in stuff like white oak and does not oil enough for that either but it sure is easy on the shoulders and back cause it's so light . 

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Re: Felling saw suggestions
« Reply #17 on: August 16, 2021, 09:57:14 PM »
Three saw from Husqvarna come to mind in that price "ball park" and capability, and in order of preference...my most humble opinion. ( JUST an opinion ) 565, 562, 365. Around here the 565 slots cost wize between a 365 and 372. BUT it's every bit of a 372 in capability. I have one, great farm saw. The 562 is a mature design and a really snappy saw. 365 is old school but a useful tool. Great place to start if someone has the itch to learn about saw mods.
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« Reply #18 on: August 16, 2021, 10:27:36 PM »
Just look at some of @weimedog videos on YouTube under ďafleetcommandĒ and go from there. He tells all about that particular saw ;)
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Re: Felling saw suggestions
« Reply #19 on: August 25, 2021, 07:40:23 PM »
Any opinions on a husky 365?I havenít priced any at dealers but thought they where around 850 or so


It's not a "professional" grade saw, and I'd suggest an Echo at that price might be better. But it's an OK saw and should get the job done. MSRP seems to be  $879.99 US, so you should be in the $850 range (or get some freebies chucked in the deal). The "good" Huskys are the XP range saws. The 365 seems to be in the "farmer / firewood" range. Not junk, but nothing special either.

Sometimes it's better to choose your Dealer, then buy whatever brand they are selling.

Chances are you will end up wanting a couple of saws anyway. They break, they get jammed in logs when you are bucking etc. So if you buy a cheap but reliable saw now, and get a 372XP later, you wont regret having a 55cc backup saw.
The 365 is every bit as good as the 372, just slightly detuned. Some say itís the better of the two for hardwoods as it spins at less rpm. For 24Ē Oak, I wouldnít go any less than the 365. Get a 20Ē and a 24Ē lightweight bar and go from there. I bought a 565, didnít care for it, I didnít find it any better than my jonsered 2165/71ís.
I would definitely recommend the redmax GZ7100 for $849.


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