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Best saw to build?
« on: February 11, 2019, 12:17:21 PM »
Wanting to buy a used pro saw from the 90s-early 2000s. What is the best model to build up? Husqvarna or Stihl are the brands I've mainly used and am accustomed to.

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Re: Best saw to build?
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2019, 12:24:01 PM »
Stihl 046 Magnum or early 371/372XP.
Smaller saws Stihl 026Super or Husqvarna 242XP/346XP .
Making a living with a saw since age 16.

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Re: Best saw to build?
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2019, 02:24:24 PM »
And Stihl 026 - 260, if you want a small saw.

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Re: Best saw to build?
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2019, 02:57:58 PM »
And Stihl 026 - 260, if you want a small saw.
Yep, my mistake 026 not 036.
Stihl 046 Magnum or early 371/372XP.
Smaller saws Stihl 036Super or Husqvarna 242XP/346XP .


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Re: Best saw to build?
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2019, 03:43:28 PM »
I have a 25 y/o Stihl 046.  what all would you guys do to it at this point.  to build it up.  
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Re: Best saw to build?
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2019, 06:33:08 PM »
I have a woodboss 028 super that I put together. Small but really nice saw.

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Re: Best saw to build?
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2019, 07:53:16 PM »
Stihl 034 and put a 036 top end on it!

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Re: Best saw to build?
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2019, 08:27:19 PM »
Husky 262xp, or Husky 61 with a 272 top end?   Or a Husky 340, 345, 350, 353, to a 346xp?  Just a few I have done. :)

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Re: Best saw to build?
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2019, 05:04:37 AM »
Stihl 046 Magnum or early 371/372XP.
Smaller saws Stihl 026Super or Husqvarna 242XP/346XP .
A mate of mine worked in forestry harvesting Hoop Pine
He bought a 046 mag from an old retiring workmate
He loves that saw
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Re: Best saw to build?
« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2019, 08:10:34 AM »
Stihl 046 Magnum or early 371/372XP.
Smaller saws Stihl 026Super or Husqvarna 242XP/346XP .
A mate of mine worked in forestry harvesting Hoop Pine
He bought a 046 mag from an old retiring workmate
He loves that saw
Just saying
I was impressed with the 046 Mag with dual muffler outlets when Stihl sponsored my saw contest back in the '90s.
046 factory production run started in Aug 1995 and weren't EPA doctored with until end of 1997. So there was a couple of good years there.
At 76cc and 14.1 lbs PHO they were a thoroughbred in power to weight ratio.
To better that you'd need to go back to 1986-'87 with the 85cc 064 at same 14.1 lbs.
These weights were without dogs and with a standard half wrap handle.
Also standard muffler without the forestry fire guard front cover.
Making a living with a saw since age 16.

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Re: Best saw to build?
« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2019, 10:47:20 AM »
009L with 012 p&c.

Oops, I guess that's not a pro saw.


How about 020 or 200T.
026, or that 046 sounds like a good one.

Maybe something red. 2054 or 2055 Turbo.

Or just the biggest saw that you can find.

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Re: Best saw to build?
« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2019, 08:27:57 AM »
Husky 61 into a 72 is probably one of the cheapest bigger saws you can build.  I never paid more than $50 for a dead 61 and never spent more than $60 on a full 72cc kit.  Chinesium.  Even a parts 372 brings more than that.
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Re: Best saw to build?
« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2019, 11:52:53 AM »
Before starting to rebuild something, it might be a good idea to check the local availability of derelict saws.

Where I live it was mostly Partners bring used professionally, and old Partners are still to be found. 
The old cube-partners were produced for many years and are easy to repair - I've even crafted 70cc pro cylinders onto a couple of 55cc farmer crankcases. It involved boring the crankcases to accept the larger cylinders, but everything else is the same.

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Re: Best saw to build?
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2019, 12:32:14 PM »
I have seen a few Partners but they are not a popular saw in North America and parts are scarce.
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Re: Best saw to build?
« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2019, 12:51:41 PM »
Maybe Electrolux didn't know what to do with Partner - they suddenly owned Husqvarna, Jobu, Norlett, Partner, Jonsereds, Pioneer, Frontier, Poulan, McCulloch and most likely some I have forgotten about. 

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Re: Best saw to build?
« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2019, 01:23:58 PM »
Maybe Electrolux didn't know what to do with Partner - they suddenly owned Husqvarna, Jobu, Norlett, Partner, Jonsereds, Pioneer, Frontier, Poulan, McCulloch and most likely some I have forgotten about.
Redmax?

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Re: Best saw to build?
« Reply #16 on: February 16, 2019, 01:34:35 PM »
Yes, Redmax too, thanks!

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Re: Best saw to build?
« Reply #17 on: February 17, 2019, 04:14:07 AM »
Truth be known you can enhance just about any saw of any make .End results might vary depending on how much is done to them .There are as many opinions on what and how to do and what make is best as there are opinions on gas/oil ratio to use in them .Thus the great oil oil debate is not the only subject discussed at great length .
All I can say about the subject is every modification I have ever done yielded better performance .It's not rocket science  . ;)

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Re: Best saw to build?
« Reply #18 on: February 17, 2019, 06:05:06 PM »
Anyone ever run a McCulloch saw? I've read that the ones from the 70's are solid units...

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Re: Best saw to build?
« Reply #19 on: February 18, 2019, 08:57:18 AM »
I have a few of the yellow saws . 8)


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