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Author Topic: Need a good mid range 20" saw- Husky or stihl, or jonsered, solo...  (Read 2538 times)

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I have a handfull of saws, kinda from small to large (4 me anyhow). Shihl 025, 032AV, Husky 357XP, What I am looking for is kinda like the 032 (just not so heavy.) Something lighter to run a 18 or 20" for cutting larger felled logs. The 025 is set with a 14" and is great, the 032 is 16" and powerfull, just to heavy for all day cutting logs, the husqvarna is set with a 24". I just want input on what u recommend. I have no preference on brands, just think some of the smaller huskys are cheaply constructed. I also am looking at an arborist- anyone like the Husky T435 or the 338XP. Any insight would be great!! Thanks much

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Re: Need a good mid range 20" saw- Husky or stihl, or jonsered, solo...
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2010, 05:55:10 PM »
I'd just get a 20" bar for your 357xp. I got one on mine, it works good, but I'm gonna get an 18" when this bar wears out. I think the 357 fits what you're looking for almost perfectly. You've already got the saw, just get another bar. It would be cheaper. Unless you have the itch for a new saw......
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Re: Need a good mid range 20" saw- Husky or stihl, or jonsered, solo...
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2010, 07:08:43 PM »
I'd just get a 20" bar for your 357xp.

Thats what I was thinking too.  smiley_clapping

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Re: Need a good mid range 20" saw- Husky or stihl, or jonsered, solo...
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2010, 07:36:31 PM »
I did the same with my 038 Mag, put a 20" on it from my 036. However, it is backwards compared to your situation....it is a heavier saw. But it rips through the wood so much faster than my 036.
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Re: Need a good mid range 20" saw- Husky or stihl, or jonsered, solo...
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2010, 09:28:15 AM »
I Usually keep a 16" bar on my 357XP. I agree with the others, it's a great saw for a 20" bar, and the price is certainly right if you already own the saw.

If you really want lighter, Husky says their 346XP and their 353 are rated for up to 20". I own the twin of the 353, a Jonsered 2152. IMO, a 20" bar is too much for it... unless all you want is more reach, not the ability to cut larger than 16" logs in one cut. I try to avoid using a longer bar just for more reach. It's poor body mechanics. (Can you tell I'm married to a physical therapist?) Take a step closer, or bend your legs to reach down.

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Re: Need a good mid range 20" saw- Husky or stihl, or jonsered, solo...
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2010, 05:51:45 PM »
thanks for all the imput!! I bought a ms310 on Ebay It is crazy clean- very fresh. It has a 20" bar. From what I gather, it is the newer version of my 032AV ? So I can keep my setup as this. My 025- 14". 032AV 16",  310-20" and my husky 357xp has a 24". Thanks for everyones imput. What a great website!

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« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2010, 02:13:14 AM »
Fury-

This is a great website you are correct! Don't stop now though, if I were you I would read as much as you can stand. There is so much interesting information here.
LT10G10, Stihl 038 Magnum, many woodworking tools. Currently a farm service applicator, trying to find time to saw!

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Re: Need a good mid range 20" saw- Husky or stihl, or jonsered, solo...
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2010, 06:55:11 AM »
husky 357xp has a 24".

I just got to guess. West coast guy with 24" full skip chain cutting softwoods with a stock 357xp  :o

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« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2010, 10:51:28 PM »
 :D :D :D With a 24" on the 357XP, he better be running full skip.
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Re: Need a good mid range 20" saw- Husky or stihl, or jonsered, solo...
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2010, 04:42:03 AM »
Gday

and Welcome to The Forum Fury  ;) ;D ;D 8) 8) your running a similar set up to mine my main saw I use atm is a 359 stock with a 24" bar and full comp chain and  i have thought about going full skipp  ;) But  I have dropped upto 4' dia trees with it and it dose not complain and dose it easy ill most likely go to a New 576xp for my main falling saw when finances allow and whack an 18' back on the 359  ;) ;D 8) 8)

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