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Offline jcottom64

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New to Milling
« on: October 21, 2015, 02:48:16 PM »
I just bought the Alaskan Small Lumber Mill. This mill will take up to a 20 inch bar.  I am trying to find the right saw for the price.  I know I should have at least a 55cc to not burn up the saw.  I also know I need ripping chain.  I am just trying to find out what saw you all recommend.  I have looked at the Stihl 441, Echo 668, Jonsereed 2217, and Husky 372 XP.  Any suggestions? 

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Re: New to Milling
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2015, 03:28:03 PM »
I am partial to Stihl saws.  I just purchased a MS 271 Farm Boss.  It is about the size you are looking for and will take a 20" bar.  However, I have never run an Alaskan Mill.

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Re: New to Milling
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2015, 03:36:07 PM »
Hey jcottom64,
  Yes, I think Stihl is still the best. I have an old McCullugh and a Paulan. I think I misspelled that. LOL
A feller I work with has a Stihl that is 40 years old. It runs like a charm.  Keep a brand new sharp blade or learn how to sharpen them like new. You will be glad you did.
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Re: New to Milling
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2015, 03:41:32 PM »
Welcome to the Forestry Forum, jcottom64!
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Re: New to Milling
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2015, 05:01:28 PM »

 You really need at least a 80cc saw, any brand will work so long as you can get parts for it.  Steve
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Re: New to Milling
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2015, 06:06:18 PM »
I'm a Stihl user but I went from junk to Stihl & never tested the water after that.
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Re: New to Milling
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2015, 06:38:46 PM »
 
 Lets not call other chainsaw brands junk as Stihl makes plenty of junk models also.  Steve
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« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2015, 07:07:51 PM »
I didn't name the brand. I was starting that what I bought before Stihl was junk. I was also stating the first saw I bought I was happy with was a Stihl. & the late statement was I haven't tried other saws out side of this to know if I like them or not. I've picked up Echo, Husky, & others that I almost bought & put them back before leaving the store.

I remember a small chainsaw & weed eater that Dad bought when I was a kid that I thought wasn't very well made but looking back on them I realise they don't a bunch of work & ran for years so I bit the bullet & spent more money then I was on the saws I referred to as junk.
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