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JDEM
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:40 pm    Post subject: Tiny chainsaw comparison? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have been looking for a tiny gas-powered chainsaw. I wind up cutting a lot of trees in my way on National forest trails to our property in the Michigan Upper Peninsula. Sometimes three of us adults plus a large dog have to pack all out stuff in a Ford Escape. When we do, there is not much cargo room. Thus my search for the smallest saw I can find that will fit in a tool-bag or box with a quart of gas and a quart of oil.

I was surprised how hard it was to get a straight answer on the subject at a couple of dealers I went to (Echo and Stihl). In fact, I consider my dealer visits a "lapse in judgement" and will never do it again.

Echo claims to have the most lightweight and compact top-handle saw in the USA. I was hoping to find one at a dealer but nope.

So, I did some testing and fooling around. I trimmed down my CS3450 saw so it is shorter. Has a 33 cc engine. I weighed the Echo and my little Stihl 015L . I also finally bought a brand-new Chinese top-handle 25 cc saw. I LOVE IT. $82 shipped to my door. Build quality is much better then I expected and it runs like a little rocket. I filled them all with gas and oil and weighed them. Stihl 015 32 cc weighs the most at 11 1/2 lbs. Echo 32 cc saw weighs 10 lbs. The 25 cc Chinese saw weighs 8 3/4 lbs. Pleasant surprise because the seller shows it as 12 lbs.

The Stihl 015L cost $180 in 1980. That is equal to $540 today. The new 25 cc Echo I wanted sells right now for $360. The Chinese 25 cc top handle saw sells for $47 if I want to buy a big load of them. I paid $82 for just one.

I found only one slight flaw with the Chinese saw. One decal on it appears to be upside down. But my wife commented that when you hold the saw in your hand and look down to read that decal - then it is right side up.









 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 5:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Tiny chainsaw comparison? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I think my Lil-Jon cost $129 in 1972, that would be a lot of money in today's dollars! About that time my dad was buying Jonsered 601's for his employees for $200 each, and that was considered a good buy at that time. They were a good basic saw at the time, but no rubber mounted handle or chain brake.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Tiny chainsaw comparison? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Very interesting post, JDEM. Thanks for taking time to spell it all out as you did and also post the real good pictures. Post like yours are what make this discussion board so interesting and fun.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Tiny chainsaw comparison? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

You really did your homework! I think you need to put a roof rack on your Ford Escape and strap down a weatherproof bin for some of your stuff... I know you can't put the dog up there but your chainsaw won't mind Smile
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Tiny chainsaw comparison? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

There ya go. You put this on here a couple weeks ago correct? Told you to go on Utube and there are a bunch of reviewers talking about those Chinese saws and most all of them are very positive. The reviews go from your little one up to some pretty big babys. Keep us informed. The first video this guy has several videos. 5he second video is a guy using the even bigger saw.
Chinese saws one

 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Tiny chainsaw comparison? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Chinese saws 2. This is a big saw!

Chinese saw two.

 
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:02 am    Post subject: Re: Tiny chainsaw comparison? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

3 adults? What happened to that little boy you had?
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:36 am    Post subject: Re: Tiny chainsaw comparison? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Would you mind sharing the source for the $82 Chinese saw?

Thanks!
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 4:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Tiny chainsaw comparison? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I agree with Jon. Great post with great pictures and information. Nice job! Paul
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 1:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Tiny chainsaw comparison? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

All over Ebay. Like this one with a "buy now" price of $92 or hit the "make offer" button. I offered $75 at first and we finally agreed to $87.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/900W-25cc-Portable-Petrol-Chainsaw-2500-Gasoline-Yard-Garden-Chain-Saw-2-stroke/352689040912?hash=item521de7ae10:g:8KQAAOSwXx9b8jBu

 
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Tiny chainsaw comparison? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Just saw these today and remembered this post. A little old now.

 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 10:55 am    Post subject: Re: Tiny chainsaw comparison? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

People at the time and even now consider the Stihl 015L as a cheap consumer-grade saw. $180 in 1980, and we have the gall to complain about quality on a saw costing half as much, 39 years later...
 
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