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Old October 23rd, 2012, 06:38 PM   #21
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Stihl or jonsered for me.I love husqvarna stuff,my first dirtbike was a 1974 husky wr 250.I have not been hearing good things about the newer huskies lately.I heard they have problems with the muffler rattiling loose and pulling the threads in the head.I have also heard that the lower end huskies are now rebadged poulans or macs.
LOL, the Jonsered's share the same plastics as the huskys, i think husky's and stihl are both are good saws, i've always like the Husqvarna for the seemingly higher rpm, which feels like more power in the hands.
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Old October 23rd, 2012, 06:39 PM   #22
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Check out Dolmar/Sachs. I would put it up against a stihl any day.
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Old October 23rd, 2012, 06:43 PM   #23
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Like half the others who have posted here, i also have the Stihl ms290 (farm boss) I've been using it for a year now, no problems. I haven't done much cutting with other saws so I don't know how it compares.
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Old October 23rd, 2012, 07:09 PM   #24
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Husky 357XP,372XP and a little Stihl O25 No complaints about any of them. Love the sound of the huskys they sound like a dirt bike. The big box Huskys like the 455 rancher are sketchy.
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Old October 23rd, 2012, 07:21 PM   #25
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Stihl 026 is a great do it all saw, I've got a couple hundred hours behind them. I've never run a Husky, but they have a cult following as well.
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Old October 23rd, 2012, 07:22 PM   #26
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Bdd care to back that up with proof? I hear this crap everyday. I have been through lots of stihl training and know the products very well. People still think they can tell me the "truth" about stihl. As far as a husky not being a reliable saw, I would guess most complaints are fuel related just like with stihls. They are both a very good saw and I tell that to any customer I am trying to sell to. Yet we still did almost 500 handhelds last year. It's about the dealer service and knowing the product. They both have a great offering. Stihl does have the top handle market by its balls though!
I think he's talking about ones from stores like Tractor supply, and Home Rip Off. Not from authorized dealers.
Jeez every time I try to type Home d____t it comes out Home Rip Off.;)
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Old October 23rd, 2012, 07:25 PM   #27
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Stihl 026 is a great do it all saw, I've got a couple hundred hours behind them. I've never run a Husky, but they have a cult following as well.
I've had my 026 for 20 some years! Thought it was time for a new one got MS 2600. Still prefer my 026.
I do have a complaint for my new blower, I have to fill it to often!
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Old October 23rd, 2012, 07:28 PM   #28
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We heat the house with wood, and we have a husky 455, things a beast, starts 1st pull 99 % of the time and when it doesnt start on the first it starts on the second. We have never had an issue, ive never run a stihl but im sure you cant go wrong either way
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372 xp husqvarna.. or if your lookin for a muscle builder i lend u my 395xp
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Old October 23rd, 2012, 07:32 PM   #30
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Stihl Pro series.
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Old October 23rd, 2012, 07:36 PM   #31
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My poulan took a dump, so I need to get another saw. Anyone with real life experience, which make is better?
I originally just bought the poulan, because it was cheap and i did not plan on cutting my own wood. Since then I have found someone that will give me all the wood I want, as long as I come and get it, so now I need a real saw.

Thanks in advance.
what type of poulan i need parts for mine?
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Old October 23rd, 2012, 07:41 PM   #32
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I cut on average 40-50 face cord a year, use an MS290 and a MS310. Use only premium gas and Stihl oil. Been flawless. Chisel chains of course. I've had a Husky in my hands and it was ok. But with how well and reliable the Stihls have been, if I were buying another saw it would be a Stihl, but probably the next step up, one of the more professional lighter weight ones.
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Old October 23rd, 2012, 07:48 PM   #33
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I have a ms250 and ms310...I haven't changed a spark plug in five yrs and I heat my house with wood so you know these gets used
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Old October 23rd, 2012, 07:56 PM   #34
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Isn't there a Stihl for sale on here?
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Old October 23rd, 2012, 08:24 PM   #36
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Please note, Stihl make at least three grades of saws.

The pro series saws are animals compared to the standard home use saws, a model number example

a 250 is a home owner saw
a 260 or 261 pro is a completely differant thing.

I believe Husky has differeing quality saws as well,

I would strongly suggest a Stihl model 261 pro, they are quite a bit in cost

But they cut fast like you can not believe, I like to show off with mine.
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I was told that 026 and then my MS260 are the most expensive saws based on size. I was told this after I bought my last one.
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Old October 23rd, 2012, 08:46 PM   #38
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I "had" a Poulan. It worked pretty good and then one day began to be hard to start. I played with it and couldn't get it to work right. One time it would start great, the next time it wouldn't start worth a shit. Now, I have 2 stihl's. One is a small pruning saw that works great for a trail saw in the jeep. The other is a 250 with an 18" blade. Yeah, I know, it's not the big one like so many suggest but it works great for everything I need to do. I'm not sure what a "homeowner" saw is. One of the greatest things is the "easy start" feature. Great feature!
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Old October 23rd, 2012, 08:48 PM   #39
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I "had" a Poulan. It worked pretty good and then one day began to be hard to start. I played with it and couldn't get it to work right. One time it would start great, the next time it wouldn't start worth a shit. Now, I have 2 stihl's. One is a small pruning saw that works great for a trail saw in the jeep. The other is a 250 with an 18" blade. Yeah, I know, it's not the big one like so many suggest but it works great for everything I need to do. I'm not sure what a "homeowner" saw is. One of the greatest things is the "easy start" feature. Great feature!
That is the poulan problem.. Every one I ever had was hard ass hell to get started and would hard start after running.
Stihls decompression button is amazing. And mandatory on the bigger saws
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I hear good things about Dolmar. Nothing to back it up though.

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