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Old October 23rd, 2012, 05:03 PM   #1
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Default Husqvarna or Stihl chainsaw??

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.

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Old October 23rd, 2012, 05:03 PM   #2
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I use a stihl farm boss
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Old October 23rd, 2012, 05:10 PM   #3
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I've never used a husqvarna, but I love my stihl. I'll be honest though, I only got it because i paid $100 for it, but I love it, the only real issue is that the chain seems to loosen really quick
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Old October 23rd, 2012, 05:35 PM   #4
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^probably because you paid 100$$ for it lol
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Old October 23rd, 2012, 05:35 PM   #5
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Both my father and I have Husqvarna saws, and I would buy another in a heartbeat. But I doubt I will have to anytime soon, it is easily my most reliable 2 stroke piece of equipment.

Stihl makes great saws too. As long as you buy a plenty big saw for what you need, you pretty much can't go wrong with either brand.
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Old October 23rd, 2012, 05:38 PM   #6
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well what models have you been looking at?
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Old October 23rd, 2012, 05:40 PM   #7
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If you can wait for a review until next week I can give you my opinion you on the Stihl. I just bought the Stihl MS311. When I say "just" I mean about 2 hours ago.
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I have an ms290. I run an 18" bar and so far it has worked very well for me. My father and my brother also have ms290's (one has been used commercially for nearly 12 years or so).

I am a big fan of stihl because I have always had good luck with thier products.
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Old October 23rd, 2012, 05:50 PM   #9
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No matter what you buy ,do yourself a favor run ethanol free gas and good oil.
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Old October 23rd, 2012, 05:51 PM   #10
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I work at a dealership that sells stihl. I don't know what you're looking for but can tell you about all of them. I heat will wood and currently run a ms311. It's a huge step over the 290. I run full chisel chain and keep them very sharp and spend maybe toouch time staying out of the dirt. If you lean hard on a 311 it will stop. The 391 is not worth they money in my opinion. The 362 is the saw to own in a large-mid size. It is the same displacement as a 311 (59cc) a pound lighter (13lbs) and more hp. I will be selling my 311 after this year to buy a 362. I also like huskys and cut with guys who use them. I wouldn't by anything but an xp husky. Even though I work at a stihl dealer a 372xp is in my future.
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Both my father and I have Husqvarna saws, and I would buy another in a heartbeat. But I doubt I will have to anytime soon, it is easily my most reliable 2 stroke piece of equipment.

Stihl makes great saws too. As long as you buy a plenty big saw for what you need, you pretty much can't go wrong with either brand.
have a husqvarna. bought it at a big box store.
the selling point was that you can adjust chain tension and remove/replace it via a knob on the side of the machine. you do not need to carry a seperate wrench.
use it for light work, do not make a living with it. it has been a good workhorse.
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Stihl. Have 2 saws and this year bought a blower. Husqvarna from a dealer not a box store is good too. I thought of replacing my old Stihl saw with a Husqvarna saw and dealer said he wouldn't sell me one. Id hate it being that I have been a Stihl user for many years. Said power bands are different, not better or worse just different.
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Old October 23rd, 2012, 05:53 PM   #13
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X2 for ten years I cut wood to heat the house. During that time I had a farm boss. That saw always worked, never let me down with minimal maintenance.
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I have a Stihl 025, ms361, and a magnum 460.
All are amazing.
My uncial runs huskies and he always brings 2 of the same saws to cut because one usually breaks or won't start.

I say Stihl 100%
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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.
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Know why they call em Poulan? Cuz you just keep poulin and poulin and poulin and they still won't start.....
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both stihl and husky are great saws. Im not sure about Husky but most of the stihl products and saws are made in the USA. I only run stihl products as I found they run forever if you take care of them.
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both stihl and husky are great saws. Im not sure about Husky but most of the stihl products and saws are made in the USA. I only run stihl products as I found they run forever if you take care of them.
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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.
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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!
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we've got a Husqvarna 345, 440, 455, 357xp, and 372xp

the 372xp is a beast 5.3hp 70cc
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