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Re: New Saw reccomendations
« Reply #20 on: October 13, 2020, 12:48:39 AM »
What he said. I am not about to recommend a 372 to a member who has a bad shoulder, but I will put the pair I have against anything out there. 
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Re: New Saw reccomendations
« Reply #21 on: October 13, 2020, 12:56:07 AM »
I put a word in for the Stihls because they have some models with the easy-start. OP said he has a dodgy shoulder which isn't going to get better. MM put in a good word for the MS362 because it has a decomp valve, fairly unusual on a 60cc saw, which also makes it easier to start. 

Personally I love my Dolmar saw, and it starts pretty easy with it's de-comp, but I wouldn't be recommending it to someone with a bad shoulder.



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Re: New Saw reccomendations
« Reply #22 on: October 13, 2020, 08:23:20 AM »
I have all husqvarna now because I have a good dealer near me. Stihl also has a dealer close by, but it seems like they are pushing homeowners saws and not pro grade. I was in there a few months ago because I needed to replace my ms260. All they had were 170, 251,and 271 size saws. They could order anything I wanted, but I needed a saw right then. I walked into the husky dealer and they had almost every saw husky makes. Walked out with a 550xp mk 2 and was back to cutting that afternoon. 
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Re: New Saw reccomendations
« Reply #23 on: October 13, 2020, 10:45:50 AM »
This is really simple and it's not about personal preferences. Just look at the entire forum page....count the number of posts related to Squeal and Squeal related questions. The majority of posts are related to one saw brand, that's all I'm sayin'. Don't turn this into a 'best oil mix' thread kinda thing.

Doesn't make Squeal the best saw out there......just making a comment on the predominant direction of the forum.

Also, I don't really see a hierarchy here insomuch as a put down of non-Squeal owners. All I'm saying is the forum dialog favors Squeal.....which shouldn't be taken by new members to mean they are the top dawg saw. Lot's of choices out there and a lot of members have many saw marques.

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Re: New Saw reccomendations
« Reply #24 on: October 13, 2020, 06:17:53 PM »
This is really simple and it's not about personal preferences. Just look at the entire forum page....count the number of posts related to Squeal and Squeal related questions. The majority of posts are related to one saw brand, that's all I'm sayin'. Don't turn this into a 'best oil mix' thread kinda thing.

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Re: New Saw reccomendations
« Reply #25 on: October 13, 2020, 07:17:16 PM »
What i quickly found out about getting a chainsaw, what i thought i could just grab fire it up and get to sawing, was just in my mind then i woke up to the fact that i am no longer a 20 year old who could lift 200 pounds of gear and run and run and run.
Now i am 82 and i know the smaller chainsaw that will do the job is the best for me today.

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Re: New Saw reccomendations
« Reply #26 on: October 13, 2020, 08:21:23 PM »
Kevin, don't be so touchy. Nobody is slamming your choice of saw, the majority of the guys responding here have Stihl and are happy with them. I like Husky too but if I were buying new I would go Stihl because of the local dealer, he is good to deal with and his tech really knows his stuff. The Husky dealers in neighboring towns not so much so.
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Re: New Saw reccomendations
« Reply #27 on: October 13, 2020, 10:51:14 PM »
I'm cutting primarily Ponderosa Pine up to around 30" dia. I have a Stihl 180 and 170, and a bigger one I think 311? Also a Husquavarna older Rancher 55. I can do most anything with the 180, We had a bad fire here and I got a ton of logging to do! I have a Woodmizer LT15 and a Norwood HD36. Neighbor brought me 60 logs yesterday,I have 100 acres badly scorched. I likr the bigger saw that throws chips instead of dust! So is there a smaller saw that will do that? I've never seen or used those battery ones are they ant good ? Seen a Dewalt that looked ok?

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Re: New Saw reccomendations
« Reply #28 on: October 13, 2020, 11:23:50 PM »
Oh.  No idea what or how much you were doing. 

Battery saw is for small work and short duration. 

You probably need a good 70cc saw with a decomp button. Ms461, 372xp, or equivalent Echo.  Keep a sharp chain if you want to throw chips. 

Sounds like you’ve got some work to do. 
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Re: New Saw reccomendations
« Reply #29 on: October 14, 2020, 12:20:50 AM »
This is really simple and it's not about personal preferences. Just look at the entire forum page....count the number of posts related to Squeal and Squeal related questions. The majority of posts are related to one saw brand, that's all I'm sayin'. Don't turn this into a 'best oil mix' thread kinda thing.

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So far you're the only one I see putting down a brand of saw.
Why, because I say "Squeal". I'm just poking fun....nothing more. If you really think they are the 'top dawg' saws, then what's the harm?

Or do you think this is like religion; my way or the highway.

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Re: New Saw reccomendations
« Reply #30 on: October 14, 2020, 12:28:19 AM »
Kevin, don't be so touchy. Nobody is slamming your choice of saw, the majority of the guys responding here have Stihl and are happy with them. I like Husky too but if I were buying new I would go Stihl because of the local dealer, he is good to deal with and his tech really knows his stuff. The Husky dealers in neighboring towns not so much so.
Not being "touchy" at all. Nobody is slamming my choice of saws because I haven't given a CHOICE. It's pretty clear I run vintage saws and yes, I do have two favorites. But I have absolutely no idea who makes the best saws today....I'd have to run them and hard for months.

One member here PMed me that I should just know that Stihl is the best saw out there and that was that...get used to it. Well sorry, but I'm literally from MO, so show me. And I told him the same thing; it's all about dealership and service. If you're buying little Huskies in box stores with no service, naturally, Stihl is going to have the advantage.

Absolutely agree; dealer/service makes all the difference when choosing.

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Re: New Saw reccomendations
« Reply #31 on: October 14, 2020, 01:10:55 AM »
Yup - dealer service is why I got rid of my Stihl saws and went to Husky, been happy since.  
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Re: New Saw reccomendations
« Reply #32 on: October 14, 2020, 04:40:26 AM »
What i quickly found out about getting a chainsaw, what i thought i could just grab fire it up and get to sawing, was just in my mind then i woke up to the fact that i am no longer a 20 year old who could lift 200 pounds of gear and run and run and run.
Now i am 82 and i know the smaller chainsaw that will do the job is the best for me today.
Bought a battery polesaw to do some lighter/up there clean up work(I use Makita battery tools in air conditioning business). They had a promo which added 2 extra 5ah batterys
Point is this little thing is a beast
Perfect to replace 40cc and smaller saws
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Re: New Saw reccomendations
« Reply #33 on: October 14, 2020, 05:42:29 AM »
I'm cutting primarily Ponderosa Pine up to around 30" dia. I have a Stihl 180 and 170, and a bigger one I think 311? Also a Husquavarna older Rancher 55. I can do most anything with the 180, We had a bad fire here and I got a ton of logging to do! I have a Woodmizer LT15 and a Norwood HD36. Neighbor brought me 60 logs yesterday,I have 100 acres badly scorched. I likr the bigger saw that throws chips instead of dust! So is there a smaller saw that will do that? I've never seen or used those battery ones are they ant good ? Seen a Dewalt that looked ok?
I think if you got a 50cc pro saw like a husky 550xpmk2 or a stihl ms261 you would love it. My 550 is a great saw. It has become my go to saw for almost everything. Starts easy and with an 18 “ bar / full chisel chain it will really eat some wood. I wouldn’t be afraid to put a 20” bar on it if I didn’t have my 372. 
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Re: New Saw reccomendations
« Reply #34 on: October 14, 2020, 06:05:49 AM »
I won a Efco saw,52cc back in 2011 on here and ran until last year. The thing that ran the sprocket broke off. That saw got used a lot. Never had it in the shop. That had some power to it. 
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Re: New Saw reccomendations
« Reply #35 on: October 14, 2020, 07:35:56 AM »
I'm an Echo guy because of dealer service.
And they start much better for me.
Traded my 2172 in on a new echo .
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Re: New Saw reccomendations
« Reply #36 on: October 14, 2020, 07:46:34 AM »
@Bosco buy a 70 cc saw with a 24 inch from the best closest dealer. Be it a Husky, Makita/ Dolmar or a stihl and get busy salvaging that pine.  A competent service department is important.  I own five brands of saws, each with good and bad. I've picked up a couple used efco 52 c.c. saws like thecfarm mentioned over the past couple years and honestly have been impressed, great little firewood log saws happily handle an 18 inch bar one or the other lives in the sawmill shed all the time.

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Re: New Saw reccomendations
« Reply #37 on: October 14, 2020, 08:23:58 AM »
No luck with husky here, have 3 , 2 xp's and 1 home owner that blew up in less than a year. Got a pile of Still's and they can all run. Never blew one up in a lot of years. My chainsaws only run in the mill yard these days and get parked next to the starting fluid. I think I would recomend  what a close to you dealer sells.

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Re: New Saw reccomendations
« Reply #38 on: October 14, 2020, 01:08:38 PM »
These discussions can go the same way as the ford chevy thing. Mines better. Had a guy I worked with years ago that was so easy to get raging mad(literally) if you made a bad comment about ford. It got comical for a grown man to take it like that.

I lean toward Husky only by the experience I had back in the 90's when I thought I should upgrade, so I bought a brand new 034 Stihl. That saw was a complete disaster from the get go. The dealer tried everything possible to get it to run right short of replacing it, which is what he should have done. He tried though, got to give him that.

I got so fed up with it I went to the Husky dealer and traded it in on a brand new 262XP. That saw runs like a champ still today. I think I just got a dud saw with the Stihl.

I won't knock them at all as I think both make good saws and they both put out a dud once in a while.
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Re: New Saw reccomendations
« Reply #39 on: October 14, 2020, 11:23:23 PM »
this is just me ok and what I would do, I would look hard at the MS 261 , they are a great saw and they do cut pretty good for a small saw , fairly easy to start . I know lots would say or go to the MS 362 which is also a very good saw but for me I would go straight to the MS 462 , about same weight as the MS 362 but more power . You been running stihls so why change and this is from a guy with both shoulders rebuilt , I got 52 pieces of metal in left shoulder and 31 pieces in right shoulder and I run whatever works best for that job that day but most days I'm running a MS 462 Arctic


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