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Good saw to replace Husqvarna 350
« on: January 11, 2021, 02:30:56 PM »
I have a Husqvarna 350 (20" bar) that my dad gave me 10 years ago.  It's getting close to needing replacement/rebuilding, if it's not already there.  So I'm starting to think about what to buy to replace it.  I'd prefer Stihl brand, all else being equal, as it's much better supported in my area than Husqvarna.  Thinking MS-261, but not sure if that's really the best choice.  I'd like to stick with "pro" saws as they'll last longer and are rebuildable.

It will be used for bucking firewood, limbing trees after they're down, and cutting down smaller trees.  Figure on around 3-5 cords a year for bucking.  I'd like to go with a little shorter bar than the 20" on the Husky, mostly to make limbing easier, and bucking small to medium logs a little faster.  

So, what say you all?

I have an MS-461 for big jobs.  

If the Husky is too far gone (it's at the shop now) I'll probably get whatever parts are needed to rehab it and give it my 14 year old boy to rebuild, and then it would become his saw to keep.  I don't really have time mess with it very much right now, and I think he'd like a project like that.  And the wife is on board with buying a new saw if the cost of having the shop fix the Husky is over about $250.

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Re: Good saw to replace Husqvarna 350
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2021, 05:42:38 PM »
Id be surprised if the cost WASNT over $250. When I had my 351 it got to the point of being more expensive to maintain than the price of a new saw, so I just got a new 372. Happy I am!

If nothing else then itll be the good project that you were referring to, just for the fact that he will know them inside and out.
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Re: Good saw to replace Husqvarna 350
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2021, 06:57:57 PM »
You'll be really happy with a 361, 16'' - 18'' bar.

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Re: Good saw to replace Husqvarna 350
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2021, 07:16:56 PM »
The Stihl 261cm I have is a great little saw with more torque than it has a right to have👍
Too many irons in the fire

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Re: Good saw to replace Husqvarna 350
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2021, 07:52:27 PM »
For what you say you want to do the MS261CM would be a very good choice. Light with a great power to weight ratio and reliable as gravity with proper care. Like you Stihl is better represented in my area so that is the route I would go.
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