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Will Herring
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:52 am    Post subject: Re: Best chainsaw? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have a STIHL Farm Boss 271. It's been a good saw. Got thru two nasty ice storms with it and have a spare chain. It can be a bit obstinate to start sometimes because it probably only gets used a few times every other year, depending on ice storms and limbs falling or tree removal. Probably ought to try premix fuel instead of mixing my own, but oh well.

Only bummer was loaned it out and it came back with a broken chain tensioner screw (junky pot metal, IMO). "Dealers" wanted like $15 + $10 shipping for a part I was miffed they didn't have in stock (and don't get me started on charging me shipping to get parts in from them when it could fit in a friggen 70 cent stamped envelope) -- so I scored an OEM part off ebay for like $8 and replaced it myself and it goes like a champ now.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:52 am    Post subject: Re: Best chainsaw? Reply to specific post Reply with quote


I am not much into saws but I do have a little Husky. I do have a strong opinion on gas though. If you are not using a saw every week premixed gas is the only way to go.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:54 am    Post subject: Re: Best chainsaw? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Man, you got that right!! It was also the second lightest 18" saw. The Homelite XL-12 was the lightest. Unfortunately, with it's abbreviated muffler, it was also the loudest. 10-10 Auto was a well known saw, should not be difficult to find a jug and piston on the internet. Also, there are companies that re-chrome jugs (or Nickasil if you prefer) and it is not that expensive.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:57 am    Post subject: Re: Best chainsaw? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have six Stihl saws. It's hard to beat a Farm Boss for price and features. If you need an occasional use saw, they do have home-owner models. If you don't store fuel in the saw, you won't have any trouble with any of the major brands.
I just don't think the batter powered saws are there yet. One of the questions I always have is there going to be power available to recharge the battery when and where I need the saw?

Larry
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:03 am    Post subject: Re: Best chainsaw? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I don't know what kind Stihl dealer you have but I have never paid a shipping charge on anything I ordered
through my Stihl dealers.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:03 am    Post subject: Re: Best chainsaw? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If your 10-10 is down on power, make sure the muffler isn't plugged up. 8 hrs a year it shouldn't that far gone, even if it is 40 years old.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:04 am    Post subject: Re: Best chainsaw? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have a chainsaw that I bought new in 2016, and it still works good

I also have this other method of cutting wood that I like better. Chain saws can be so noisy.

 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:06 am    Post subject: Re: Best chainsaw? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

My brother has a 14 year old Stihl ms 250 that he cuts 5 cords or more of wood a year with he just bought another one last fall, he was so happy with the first one this way if Stihl changes them or stops producing them he has a new one. I also have 3 stihls and and very happy with them.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:07 am    Post subject: Re: Best chainsaw? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Since no one else mentioned them I have to put in a good word for Jonsered, I have 4 of them and they are all good saws, one of them is 46 years old. They are now made by the same company that owns Husqvarna and Poulan, they have all different sizes and quality. Dolmar is also a very good saw, whatever you have a dealer for, unless you can do your own maintenance, shouldn't need any repairs.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:07 am    Post subject: Re: Best chainsaw? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Lithium ions in the saws are good for about 500 charges. Have 15 year old li-ion packs that are still as good as a new one.

That said I love stihl?s. Favourite saw is a tweaked ms-361, light and all kinds of power!
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:19 am    Post subject: Re: Best chainsaw? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

after you leave husky get an axe---we have sold stihl----echo---homelite and husqvarna
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:51 am    Post subject: Re: Best chainsaw? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have a Stihl 029 farm boss and was going to get a second one as my son and I cut together some. However, the dealer recommended a Echo CS 590 Timberwolf. He said it was more saw at a cheaper (by $100) price. So, I went with the Echo and I am not sorry, It's way more saw than the Farm Boss and comes with a 20 inch bar. It definitely has more guts than the Stihl. I've had it three years now and I am not sorry.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:55 am    Post subject: Re: Best chainsaw? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Jonsered was a good saw. But they no longer market anything but small backyard saws.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:04 am    Post subject: Re: Best chainsaw? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have what may be similar use to yours. My saw gets used 1-2 times a year. I bought a 18" Poulan Pro in the summer of 2012. It starts easilly every time and has done everthing I ever asked it to do.

All I do is always use fresh stablized gas and keep the chain sharp.

I know many look down on it, but for 1-2 days a year, it has worked out very well.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:04 am    Post subject: Re: Best chainsaw? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have a small Echo that sat all winter & started on the 3rd pull this spring. My sons have Stihl & I am unable to start them. Jonsereth and Husky are good too if you have a close dealer. Echo has a 5 year warrantee which I used. My saw fell off the load of wood & broke the brake handle. They replaced it. The nose on the bar went bad & I got a new bar no charge. My chain oil was leaking & the dealer replaced a gromlet that had cracked also no charge. It is now out of warrantee but I haven't had any more issues. I mix my own using premium gas.
 
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