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Author Topic: What is a good light weight chainsaw? I have a good large powerful saw.  (Read 1247 times)

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Offline TNMailman

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I need to replace my small light weight chainsaw. I have a large chainsaw that does a good job so good to go there.

The light weight saw I use for cutting limbs off the main logs, cleaning out under growth around trees before cutting, and small diameter (1inch to 3") canopy shock trees that are bent over in a bow shape etc.

The saw does get worked hours and hours so I may not be able to go with a cheapy saw.
With that said if you do have a cheapy that you have had good use with, please let me know.
I am not against anything that works, just trying to explain this saw wont be a just for the occasional use type saw. This saw will have to run.

The larger saw handles all of the cutting of anything with substance to it so that allows me to be able to get a light one which is important for cutting in tight spots, spots that are located up/high. I am looking at "Light weight " first and "CC/Power" second, well throw in "Dependable" being more important than either. The sole reason I am replacing my current light weight is it is NOT dependable.

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Re: What is a good light weight chainsaw? I have a good large powerful saw.
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2021, 11:46:17 AM »
Stihl MS261

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Re: What is a good light weight chainsaw? I have a good large powerful saw.
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2021, 12:06:09 PM »
For a featherweight, I *really* like my echo 2511t top handle. They're also selling it in a rear handle configuration in the US now. Downsides are the air filter gets dirty quick(at least in the top handle), and the fuel tank is small. Super dependable, and it just wants to start. Prime it, and if I'm quick reducing the choke, I can sometimes get it going in one pull from a cold(40įF) start. After running, it's a one pull start.

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Oh, and the stock chain isn't great. Grabby and chattery, but it'll smooth out as it gets used/sharpened. I like Stihl pm on it.

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Re: What is a good light weight chainsaw? I have a good large powerful saw.
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2021, 12:24:05 PM »
Either suggestion will serve you well although the 261 may be more than what you need and it ain't inexpensive. I have sold, serviced and owned Echo products and that would be my first choice. Do you have a competent servicing dealer nearby? IMHO that is more important than brand.
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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2021, 12:40:10 PM »
I have several small saws , 023 stihl, 2 small 240 huskys plus a couple of off brand 40-60cc saws and my go to saw for the last 5-6 years has been the 370 echo with a 16" bar, very easy to start, dependable and strong for a small saw.

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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2021, 01:02:40 PM »
346xp.  ms260pro, husky 351/353.   



Husky350, jred 2050/2150, ms230/250 is the throw away version of those above. 
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Re: What is a good light weight chainsaw? I have a good large powerful saw.
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2021, 06:50:51 PM »
I like echo husky and stihl😁
Have all 3 and use daily. But my go to that has been used 10x as much as the others combined is a ms 250. I know itís a cheapy homeowner saw but it has served extremely well. But the day it dies it will be replaced with 261.

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« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2021, 07:45:35 PM »
Either suggestion will serve you well although the 261 may be more than what you need and it ain't inexpensive. I have sold, serviced and owned Echo products and that would be my first choice. Do you have a competent servicing dealer nearby? IMHO that is more important than brand.
Thanks for all replies. Unfortunately, there are no dealers close by. I would have to drive a long ways if repairs are needed no matter the brand I buy. So dependable is my main goal.
 
And the small saw I use now eats rewinds often. Granted I can buy those online, and replace myself but it is expensive and halts work. And I do keep an extra rewind on hand now as I have replaced three in the last few months. The rewinds are $30 per piece, so that cost $90 in just a few months. Then I went through 2 clutch covers, but cant recall off hand what those cost. Also just replaced the carburetor which was over a hundred dollars and fortunately my car mechanic agreed to replace it so I didnt have to ship it or drive a long ways. So will start checking out these suggestions and pick up one ASAP. Thanks again.

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« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2021, 08:40:26 PM »
My Stihl MS193 has been great. No problems. Not thier least expensive saw of that size but much more reliable than a MS180. I always use thier Ultra oil. They doubled the warrenty for buying a 6 pack.
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« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2021, 09:26:10 PM »
I'd go with an Echo CS-400, same saw as the 370 previously mentioned, but a little more power.  They start easy and are reliable.  I can't imagine replacing a recoil on an Echo, as you don't have to pull them over many times to start. 

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« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2021, 04:43:16 AM »
My MS 251 has gone through the war and back and is still running just like new. I also have a husky 445 Mark II that has also held up surprisingly well for being used 30+ hours a week for 2 years now.   
That being said when both finally die I will be buying a MS 261 cm .


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Re: What is a good light weight chainsaw? I have a good large powerful saw.
« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2021, 07:05:36 AM »
stihl 261 , 

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« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2021, 02:52:05 PM »

 A Echo cs352 , cs3510, cs370,  cs400 will be quite a bit to  lot lighter than a MS261 Stihl  and will zip through  small branches fast.  Nothing wrong with a MS261, just weighs a couple pounds+  more.  I'd lean towards a cs3510, really light with good power.  Steve
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« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2021, 07:02:08 AM »
I can't talk about long term reliability but I am currently loving on a MSA220C I got for around the mill because my dad struggles now to start a regular chainsaw.

Couple weeks in and its the best 40cc saw I've ever used. Never thought I'd say that about a battery saw but there it is.
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« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2021, 09:29:32 AM »
I have an Echo 310 that I use a ton
And itís never let me down. Itís starts on the 2nd or 3rd pull when cold and 1st pull when warmed up. I know itís not a professional saw by any means but for 200 bucks I would buy it again. Really light also.

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« Reply #15 on: January 05, 2021, 10:05:20 PM »
my Echo 310 is verry dependable and easy starting also.  Might look at the cs3510  becauss it is even lighter with more power.
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« Reply #16 on: January 06, 2021, 02:29:20 PM »
I have Echo 360 and a Stihl 261 for my lighter saw and both have been great saws. I think if you buy a 261 you will use it most of the time.

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« Reply #17 on: January 08, 2021, 12:14:43 AM »
I found I dont need a dealer since I found ebay and youtube. Depends what you have for a powerful saw as to what you need as a smaller saw. I use an 066 for power and then I got an 038 thinking it was smaller it would be lighter. Wrong, same weight. I have a n 025 that I am working on getting running. It seems like the size I need for liming.

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« Reply #18 on: January 08, 2021, 08:38:59 AM »
In older stihl, your last digit odd is clamshell and your last digit even is crankcase.  For stihl guys who want to build a keeper, i suggest the 026 or ms260 pro.  Good saw.  Imo a good competitor against the 346xp. 
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« Reply #19 on: January 08, 2021, 09:21:17 AM »
I had an 026, it was a very good saw for my needs.  Alas, I sold it because I wanted an 036 Pro.  I really wanted an 044! 
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