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Old October 24th, 2012, 08:09 AM   #61
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Stihl 026 here. I heat with wood and cut 6-8 full cord a year for 25 years. No problems.
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Old October 24th, 2012, 08:15 AM   #62
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what type of poulan i need parts for mine?
It is a Poulan Pro 42cc, 18 or 20" bar. You can have it if you need it. It still runs, just wont idle. Repairman says it needs a new carb.
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Old October 24th, 2012, 08:16 AM   #63
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Is premium fuel ethanol free???
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Old October 24th, 2012, 08:19 AM   #64
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Is premium fuel ethanol free???
No, finding ethanol free fuel in michigan is kinda like finding a virgin on match.com, you can do it, but not consistently.

I wouldn't worry too much about ethanol fuel in your chainsaw (if you buy a new unit) as much as I would in an older saw. The ethanol can be hell on rubber fuel lines and o-rings/seals, etc that it comes in contact with.

As a safety measure if I know my saw is going to sit for more than a week or so I make sure to run it out of fuel when I am done, just to avoid that shit sitting in my saw.
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Old October 24th, 2012, 08:21 AM   #65
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Is premium fuel ethanol free???
Not sure but my dealer sells an additive and recommends adding it to premium.
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Old October 24th, 2012, 09:45 AM   #66
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Not sure but my dealer sells an additive and recommends adding it to premium.
Stabil has a product for year round use now,not just for storing over a period of time.I think the only place to get ethonal free gas is in a marina.
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Old October 24th, 2012, 10:30 AM   #67
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most any marina sells "recreational fuel" we changed all of our equipment over to this along with premium stihl oil.
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Few points to help out. Ms271 290 291 311 and 391 have a free case promo through dec. stihls "premium" oil is full synthetic. We find it reduces carbon build up greatly (we meaning our dealer staff not stihls claims). Buying a six pack of it as a homeowner not pro guys doubles the warranty on any gas powered handheld. Saws are a normal 1yr 2yrs with oil blower are a normal 2yrs now 4 with oil.
Stihls fuel mix has a stabilizer in it no reason to ad more. Dump any mixed fuel after 2 months. Also the stihl pre mixed stuff is e free but very pricey.
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Old October 24th, 2012, 11:16 AM   #69
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Something i have not seen recomended
yet,
Just because they tell you the max bar length for a saw does not mean you need that
I would go with a 290 and 16" bar
Good all around saw
You can cut up to a 32" tree
Smaller more maneuverable
Less teeth to keep charpened
You may want to bump it up to 3/8 chisel chain fot great cutting
The 3/8 chain moves alot of would fast and seems to stay charper longer for me

I own 026/029 stihls with short bars/aggressive chains and love them
Picked up an old homelite 410 with 24" bar for the real big stuff- i use it 6-8 times a year so used made the most sense
If i could only have one saw the 029 as describes would be perfect!
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Good point, usually the big difference between a 16" and 20" bar is that the 20" will be dipped in the dirt more often.

We have a 14" on our 170, a 16", and 20" on the 041's, a 16" & 18" for the 026, and an 18" & 28" for the 044.
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Old October 24th, 2012, 04:04 PM   #71
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I vote husky love mine and it gets beat starts easy only thing i dont like is the chain tensioner.
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Old October 24th, 2012, 04:19 PM   #72
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Stihl.

Bought one 12 years ago and will buy another if this one ever dies...which I don't expect to happen unless operator error.
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My dad has an ancient AV-15 Stihl that he finally gave up using a few years ago. Heated his house solely on wood since '77 using that saw. Two stoves always going too, so that's a ton of wood. The newer saws are build even better. Go with a Stihl.

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I have an MS290, 18" bar, non safety half chisel chains. I like it, starts/runs dependably, and cuts well. If I run 2-3 tanks of gas through it bucking logs, it gets heavy.

But in general, its a decent saw, no complaints. Have never modified it (no muffler modifications), I probably should...
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Old October 25th, 2012, 11:35 AM   #75
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That could be all in the various clutch set ups.
Bar length and chain guide depth will also play a major roll

I bet if I put a 16" bar on my 460 magnum it will out rev yours..

Lots of things play a roll in saws and power
Guess i should have specified, This was with my 18" bar and I have one of the smaller saws in my bunch. Not a dis on stihl just something I've noticed.
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Old October 25th, 2012, 02:21 PM   #76
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Old October 25th, 2012, 06:23 PM   #77
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I have trashed both brands of these saws because I made mistake of buying them to small to get job done. That said make sure you buy at a dealer and not a box store and they will guide you to the right size you need. Either brand you will be happy with if doing it right the first time.
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Old October 25th, 2012, 07:04 PM   #78
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If you were keeping score it looks like 6 of 10 stihl
2 of ten husky
1 of ten jonsered
The rest are a mix.

Who is going to fully count this.
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Old October 25th, 2012, 07:12 PM   #79
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I say hand saw.... A big one
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