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Re: What was your favorite chainsaw of all time and why
« Reply #40 on: July 03, 2021, 06:33:25 AM »
Mine will get a snear from most but one must realize what I was forced to use prior. Grew up on a farm and Dad had a gear drive David Bradley and an assortment of used junkers that caused more trouble than good. Cutting wood was a dreaded chore with that assortment of junk. Dad passed too early and after that on one glorious day I ran over the David Bradley with the truck. The co-op had a saw shop and sold Macs. Demoed a 610  and bought it. That saw is still here. The 610 Macs certainly are no saw board favorite but they sold them by the truck load around here and it's amazing how many are still around. They had reasonable power, started easy and oiled the chain. I still like the sound of mine and use it now and then,, funny how it doesn't have amazing power any longer,,,, now that I have a 461 and a 660 ,LOL
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Re: What was your favorite chainsaw of all time and why
« Reply #41 on: July 03, 2021, 07:49:47 AM »
first pro saw was an O51 stihl, graduated to the O75 then  jumped ship to a husky 2100 and never looked back!!!

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« Reply #42 on: July 03, 2021, 08:26:11 AM »
Mine will get a snear from most but one must realize what I was forced to use prior. Grew up on a farm and Dad had a gear drive David Bradley and an assortment of used junkers that caused more trouble than good. Cutting wood was a dreaded chore with that assortment of junk. Dad passed too early and after that on one glorious day I ran over the David Bradley with the truck. The co-op had a saw shop and sold Macs. Demoed a 610  and bought it. That saw is still here. The 610 Macs certainly are no saw board favorite but they sold them by the truck load around here and it's amazing how many are still around. They had reasonable power, started easy and oiled the chain. I still like the sound of mine and use it now and then,, funny how it doesn't have amazing power any longer,,,, now that I have a 461 and a 660 ,LOL
Great story about my provenance theory and what you started cutting with, warts and all. Easy though to jump ship when something better is put into your hands. But with a lot of folks, the 'better' never happens and blind loyalty sets in..... 8)

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Re: What was your favorite chainsaw of all time and why
« Reply #43 on: July 03, 2021, 08:43:47 AM »
In the mid 80s I broke in on the landing with the bosses 056 Stihl.  What a pig. Ended up getting a Husky 181 which was lighter and cut circles around the 056.  I still have an original 266 from the mid 80s as well.  A backup to the backup.  My favorites are my 288 purchased in late 80s and that old 266.  Running a 372 now and just bought a 550 yesterday for thinning projects.  Will see how it works out.

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Re: What was your favorite chainsaw of all time and why
« Reply #44 on: July 03, 2021, 11:32:08 AM »
I started out with my dad's Mac 15, that saw was more trouble than it was worth and soured me on two strokes. I got into small engine repair and went to work in a Stihl shop, got to really like the 041 Farm Boss. We also sold Frontier and that became my favourite, light simple and reliable as gravity. I still have the last incarnation, a Husky 35.
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« Reply #45 on: July 03, 2021, 11:41:22 AM »
When I went to work for a gold mill in CO as a journeyman mechanic....I was fresh off of loggin'. We needed a saw for clearing and making some roads right at timberline. Trees weren't very big.  I made us buy a little Husky. No way was I bringing my saws to get trashed by others.

For life of me I can't remember what model Husky it was, but it was all orange and not a white top. Bought about 1981. 22"-24" bar I suspect. Tough saw and yes, they tried to destroy it. I was only there on day shift, so swing and graveyard had access to it. Some nitwit tried to retune it....had it way too lean. Caught that in time.

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Re: What was your favorite chainsaw of all time and why
« Reply #46 on: July 03, 2021, 01:38:37 PM »
My favorite saw is whatever I am using at the time . If I am using it , it means it is running, and a working saw is all I desire.  

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Re: What was your favorite chainsaw of all time and why
« Reply #47 on: July 04, 2021, 08:57:10 AM »
Stihl MS200T top handle.  Love the balance, power and ability to easily use it one handed (not recommended by Stihl)

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Re: What was your favorite chainsaw of all time and why
« Reply #48 on: July 04, 2021, 10:36:09 AM »
That set the standard for arborist saws, others tried but never came close. You are right, one handed operation is NOT recommended. :o
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Re: What was your favorite chainsaw of all time and why
« Reply #49 on: July 04, 2021, 11:52:26 AM »
I won't say it was a favorite because of the weight. I started in the early 80s with my dads 050 Stihl. I think it weighed close to 25 LBS before the bar and chain were added. It did seem to out cut the 051 he bought next. The next one he bought was a 044. I almost chunked it over my shoulder the first time I picked it up.
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Re: What was your favorite chainsaw of all time and why
« Reply #50 on: July 04, 2021, 06:18:29 PM »
Iíll just take my 372xp xt all day. I started with a box store all yellow (I think it was a Mac), sold it, bought a Husqvarna 351, it died after 18ish years. Now I have that 372! What a dream. Definitely canít complain.
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« Reply #51 on: July 04, 2021, 08:55:30 PM »
I would have say Efco 152. I won it right on here!! Not the favorite because it was free, but it solved my shoulder pain. I used a 372 Husky for years, Shoulder hurt so bad I would roll over on it in the night and wake me up. Spent a chuck of change on that shoulder running to the doctors to found out what was a matter with it. So after a few months of using a smaller saw, that Efco, my shoulder started to feel better. Took me a while to come to. I never realized that 372 was causing me all that trouble. I still use the Big saw to cut down the tree if the trees are good size and cut up the logs. But for limbing and small trees I had that small saw in my hands. It did die on me last year, the part that runs the chain break clean off. I bought a 450 Husky to replace it, another light saw.

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Re: What was your favorite chainsaw of all time and why
« Reply #52 on: July 05, 2021, 05:25:15 PM »
I am not a "chainsaw" person.  To me they are tools and I just want them to do the job that needs doing.  My first two saws were Homelite XL12's


 
and I still have the scars from 18 stitches on my upper arm proving why chainsaws should have a chain brake, especially when you hit some hidden fence wire.  Shortly thereafter I parked both of them.

My handiest and most pleasant saw to run was/is a Stihl 028AV even though it now lives at the farm.

The bitty MS170 loves to do trim work and the MS 362 (not C-M) gets er done at the sawmill.
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Re: What was your favorite chainsaw of all time and why
« Reply #53 on: July 05, 2021, 09:02:36 PM »
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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« Reply #54 on: July 07, 2021, 11:03:40 PM »
My all time favorite would be my 266xp.  My first saw that I bought new.  Still have it and still use it.  Not my biggest nor smallest, but just right for my firewood needs and storm clean up.  Not too heavy.  Always easy to start, when needed easy to work on.  Maintenance is easy and parts have been available.  So it's a complete package for me, and MY favorite saw.

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« Reply #55 on: July 08, 2021, 01:23:11 AM »
My favorite saw is typically my newest one, which right now happens to be a Husky 562xp.
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Re: What was your favorite chainsaw of all time and why
« Reply #56 on: July 20, 2021, 06:25:22 AM »
Another Homelite XL-925 fan. My first saw when I started logging. Saws are much improved but I really miss the manual oiler pump on the old 925. Todays saws all have issues with longer bars and dry ash.

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« Reply #57 on: August 21, 2021, 09:13:59 AM »
I was seriously looking forward to buying a new Stihl 500i, but last year I got side tracked when I found a 1988-'89  Stihl 044 with only a few tanks through it. :D
Three years ago I sold my old worn out 1989 044 and this new 044 sure brings back good memories of its power to weight ratio of 71cc and under 13 lbs.

This year in my tree service the 044 only cuts hardwood, the old 562XP cuts the sappy wood like spruce, balsam fir  and pine. I favor the crisp throttle response of the 562 but has way less power and heavier then the 044.
Last year my 1989 Stihl Canada branch manager Steve Meriam who recently retired as Stihl USA's national sales manager and prior was their product research and development manager said the earliest 044AV and 500i share a razor edge comparison of power to weight ratio.

Top handle saws I have owned a couple of 35cc Stihl MS200T but my favorite is my old Husqvarna 39cc 338XPT New Edition with a muffler mod.
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Re: What was your favorite chainsaw of all time and why
« Reply #58 on: August 21, 2021, 12:20:52 PM »
My most nostalgic saw is my old Stihl 028.  I cut more than a couple trees with that one.  I still have it but it hasnít run in years.  I bought a carb kit for it and even thatís been in its box for years.  Even if it ran, I probably wouldnít use it anymore.  

My favorite right now is a toss up between my old Stihl 661 and my brand new Stihl 500i, although when I reach for a saw, my hand just seems to keep picking up the 500i.  
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« Reply #59 on: August 21, 2021, 01:25:02 PM »
Aside from getting into the collecting aspect with saws and leaning to the big CC saws as what does it for me these days, my favorite is my 262XP I bought new in 96 and still runs strong and reliable. I'm not a professional logger or such but have done a lot of cutting and this saw stands out for me.

I am getting some favorites within the collection though for sure!
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