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What was your favorite chainsaw of all time and why
« on: May 08, 2016, 08:57:10 AM »
I will start by saying I had Three . Number 1 is the early 90's version husqvarna 262 xp 4.8HP in a 12.4LBS package , It would out cut the 268Xp hands down in 18" wood and under all day . I still have a dozen of them in near perfect condition that run everyday . I ahve amased enough parts to make them out live me . Number 2 would be the early husqvarna 372xp's great for bigger wood and you could get them with the 72cc cylinders . Number 3 was the husqvarna early 357xp's , a carb change made them run almost as good as the 262xp's .   8)

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Re: What was your favorite chainsaw of all time and why
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2016, 09:09:12 AM »
1) My Homelite xl925. Lots of history. Not about its specs or performance. BUT it is still a lot of saw.

2) Jonsered 920. Again nothing logical other than I had and still have a lot of fun with those sleepers.

3) Husqvarna 555/562. Does what I want. Starts easily at any temperature. And because its so smooth, I can get a days work done even at my advanced age and with "Arthur" setting up shop in every joint I have. My absolute favorite because it has allowed me to continue living a life style I really enjoy. A game changer of a saw for me.. :)
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Re: What was your favorite chainsaw of all time and why
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2016, 09:15:26 AM »
1: 372xp/2171 early edition- I cut my teeth tinkering on this series of saw and have lots of parts and know them real well. Plus I love how they run and are so versatile. 20" bar to block firewood fast and fell trees, or can run a long bar pretty decent, and just a tough rugged saw.

2: Jonsered 2260- my newest saw, it's just a mean thing in a compact package that hates wood. Love to run it.
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Re: What was your favorite chainsaw of all time and why
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2016, 11:35:17 PM »
First two are stratos, third is cat.- helps with air quality for us aerobes.
All can be worked hard without complaint, and for relatively long time on a tankful.
RedMax GZ4000. Great machine for hiking off-road, light, smooth, powerful. Limbing specialist. 18" no prob.
Dolly 6100. Powerful, smooth, ferocious cutter, great for much felling/bucking. 24" no prob.
Tanaka TPS-260PF polesaw. Sweet 25 cc engine. Safe way to cut stuff above you. Handles 18" 3/8"LP bar.
There are others held in high esteem.
'72 blue Homelite 150
Echo 315, SRM-200DA
Poulan 2400, PP5020, PP4218
RedMax GZ4000, "Mac" 35 cc, Dolmar PS-6100
Husqy 576XP-AT
Tanaka 260 PF Polesaw, TBC-270PFD, ECS-3351B
Mix of mauls
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Re: What was your favorite chainsaw of all time and why
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2016, 11:36:25 PM »
Any 10 series McC. Especially the RH start 10-10's and those SP81E's gotta love them things!!
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Re: What was your favorite chainsaw of all time and why
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2016, 06:54:57 AM »
Husky 61, my first pro saw, it still runs great ! :)

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Re: What was your favorite chainsaw of all time and why
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2016, 07:20:43 AM »
my absolute favorite was the old 1050 super homelite dad let me start cutting with when i was about 13-14 yrs old ;D i hd been cutting firewood with a 150 and a xl12( the blue one) for about 2 years so the 1050 was quite a step up for me  :)  and at 100cc and just a little over 22 lb :o  i loved it the biggest problem i had was "dogging" the cut to hard and breaking the chain  :-[ but once i got it figured out i had no problems. we also had a 1020 but i didnt like it near as well. i have heard alot of people talk bad about the old homelites but dad had a friend that competed in the "hot saw" contests and every new saw we got went to see him before it went to the woods so i dont think i ever ran a stock one  i dont know what he did but they would cut and held up pretty good :)  i know they wouldnt cut with these new saws but it doesnt seem that way from remembering them as a kid  compared to the new saws i run now :)
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Re: What was your favorite chainsaw of all time and why
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2016, 08:00:29 AM »
I remember when Homolite and Mac's were king , and I even ran a David Bradley cutting firewood when I started , that thing was tough on a 9 yearold .  :D

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Re: What was your favorite chainsaw of all time and why
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2016, 09:06:30 AM »
My first brand new 1986 Stihl 064AV at 14.1 lbs
Lighter and way more power then the 046 that was introduced many years later.
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Re: What was your favorite chainsaw of all time and why
« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2016, 09:06:46 AM »
Homie xl360 grew up cutting fire wood in NE TN. Not that it's the best saw ever, but it never let me down. Still got it and it still runs.

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Re: What was your favorite chainsaw of all time and why
« Reply #10 on: May 09, 2016, 01:36:45 PM »
1970, Craftsman Lite weight with a barracuda chain and sharpener. I was 14 years old, bought it new with moneys from mowing lawns, I thought it was so cool. I think it was a direct drive. Broke the crank on the first one and Sears replaced it with a new saw. My favorite cause I was a kid, was my first saw and I still remember the feeling of having it. 
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Re: What was your favorite chainsaw of all time and why
« Reply #11 on: May 09, 2016, 04:42:25 PM »
This stuff brings back memories . My first new saw was a poulan , I paid a 100.00 for . My dads friend gave me a 48 ford snubnose dump truck with a flat head six in it , no windshield in it , I work on the thing for a couple weeks it ended up with a snowmoble gas tank and a milk crate for a passenger seat . I registered it with farm plates at 16 , it had a straight pipe for exsaust . Me and a buddy delivered cordwood cut split delvered and stacked for 35.00 bucks a cord . We used to go by the local cops and they never said a word to us , try that now , you would get life in prison around here .

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Re: What was your favorite chainsaw of all time and why
« Reply #12 on: May 09, 2016, 05:26:44 PM »
P41 Pioneer.  Bought it new when Pioneer was going out of business and is still running flawlessly to day.  At 65cc with a 20" bar it has a decent power level and is the right size for most jobs.  Runs consistently without any fussy carb stuff and is real easy to service.   All these P-series saws were the best saws Pioneer made and in my opinion, were as good as any other saw at the time.
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Re: What was your favorite chainsaw of all time and why
« Reply #13 on: May 09, 2016, 09:23:32 PM »
P41 Pioneer.  Bought it new when Pioneer was going out of business and is still running flawlessly to day.  At 65cc with a 20" bar it has a decent power level and is the right size for most jobs.  Runs consistently without any fussy carb stuff and is real easy to service.   All these P-series saws were the best saws Pioneer made and in my opinion, were as good as any other saw at the time.
A friend of my uses a p41 for everything. He has three now. I got him one from a forum member and the other two came from D&D in Salem IN. His first one was ported by them.

CTYank, I sold two g3800's and bought a gz4000 about two weeks ago. I am still getting familiar with it. I will use it to cut easter red cedar. A 50cc saw is unnecessary for that task.
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Re: What was your favorite chainsaw of all time and why
« Reply #14 on: May 09, 2016, 10:05:58 PM »
My second saw was a Holmilite xl 123 . I ran it till the crank seals were doubled and would'nt hold anymore . I bought my Husqvarna after that , the model escapes me , but it was in 1979 , I think maybe a 480 . I have been hooked ever since . The dealer I bought it from , had just got the dealership and let me demo it because , I had bought all my saws from him . He had gotten the Stihl dealership at the same time , I guess , I should have tried it also , but the husky was amazing . I've  have had both since and will buy either , depending on the power to weight ratio .

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« Reply #15 on: May 09, 2016, 10:09:03 PM »
I probly would have bought a partner but we never had a dealer that lasted long enough to have a following , but there was no dealer support .

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Re: What was your favorite chainsaw of all time and why
« Reply #16 on: May 10, 2016, 04:05:58 PM »
10mm Stihl 044. The worlds perfect chainsaw.

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Re: What was your favorite chainsaw of all time and why
« Reply #17 on: May 10, 2016, 05:05:10 PM »
Yep the Stihl 044 was a good saw alright. It took Husqvarna about 3 - 4 years to match it with the 272 XP.
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Re: What was your favorite chainsaw of all time and why
« Reply #18 on: May 10, 2016, 05:53:24 PM »
266 Husqvarna  . Its the best balance and was a great saw. The 272 was awesome  too very great saw. The 372 and 365 are great saws with better anti vibe.  But in no way compare  the balance  of the 2 series  husky.  The 262 was a great one also fast light with super balance.   No new saw will ever replace those ones.

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Re: What was your favorite chainsaw of all time and why
« Reply #19 on: May 10, 2016, 06:38:53 PM »
Timbercruiser , that is why I go to great lengthes to buy all the 262xp parts , I can find to refurb and build those saws . I believe they were one of the best all time saws , Husqvarna ever built , they would run with any saw in 20 plus inch wood . and were always atleast a pound and a half lighter , with a higher chain speed . I would still put them up against any 70cc saw to date .


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