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Old March 23rd, 2008, 07:00 PM   #21
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You can get a Husky 140 for around 200 at Lowe's. I use that and a Husky 36 to take down a few trees a year and both perform flawlessly.
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 09:16 PM   #22
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I have always had a boner for Stihl saws, I have 9 of them, I think.
A friend up here that has a tree service bought a Makita, and I was worried about him. I had some Makita electric tools that sucked. So he brings me this brand new Makita, never been into a log, and wants me to slap a bigger jug and piston on it, to juice it up. I was amazed at the quality of this saw, it may be the nicest built saw you can buy. Took all of 15 minutes to swap jugs, using the tools that came with the saw. Turns out they are made by Sachs/Dolmar, who have been in the saw business since the beginning. I will own one someday. Maybe more than one ?
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 09:29 PM   #23
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Haha, you said "jugs"... :tonka:
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Old March 23rd, 2008, 09:30 PM   #24
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I have owned both Stihl and Husqvarna chainsaws. Both are quality saws. I now own a Husqvarna 357 XP. My last Husqy got stolen! In my opinion I would never by anything but a Husqvarna. But if you like to tinker, get a Stihl. I heat my home with wood (outdoor wood furnace) and go through 6-8 cords/year. So I do a far amount of cutting. The Husqvarna rancher might be a good option. My old man has one of these and loves it. He uses it 3-5 times a season and it is always ready to rip! Good Luck!
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Old March 24th, 2008, 09:29 AM   #25
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Husqvarna

I used to cut wood as part of my diversified business, my original saw still starts first pull.
Stihls are a good saw as well.
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Old March 24th, 2008, 10:47 AM   #26
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Whatever you buy, find a good outdoor power place to buy it from.

Every decent brand you see at Lowes tends to be the lowest quality piece from the line... plus since Lowes doesn't service anything, you have to go to an authorized dealer anyway. Do yourself and them a favor and get the saw from them in the first place. It really is worth the extra money.

Most John Deere dealers sell Stihl as well and that is what I would recommend personally.
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Old March 24th, 2008, 11:32 AM   #27
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I have a Homelite saw frome homedepot it works good enough for what it is. My dad has a Dolmar which is probably one of the baddest saws I have ever used, it runs 91 oc fuel and the runs at 14500rpm......Most other saws only run about 9000rpm.
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Old March 24th, 2008, 11:46 AM   #28
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Husky or Stihl these days are the only thing worthwhile.

Homelite went down teh crapper. We had a couple from the late 70's like the Super-Ez's that we rebuilt that ran forever, in the 24" bar range but finally puked again. So went to Husky, stolen a onth or so later, got a Stihl and haven't fired it up.

At the Road Comm they only run husky and Stihl. Even in a 6ft bar range. Scary to hold onto the tip of the bar and be cutting a tree up.
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Old March 24th, 2008, 02:19 PM   #29
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I think I'm going with the Stihl ms250...329 with the 18" bar at a local dealer...thanks for everyones input..
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Old March 24th, 2008, 02:24 PM   #30
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ive got a stihl 017, its a little older so i dont know if they are still available, im sure they are, but it did good and it was only like $180, my dads got a 044 and its a hoss, but its a little more expensive
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Old March 24th, 2008, 02:28 PM   #31
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I have had 2 poulans over the years (both still work fine). Never caused me any issues, abused to hell (left out in the snow/rain, dropped several times), and they are cheap. Had them for over 5 years and never even changed the plugs
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Old March 24th, 2008, 02:32 PM   #32
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We sell both Husqvarna & Stihl. Both have a great reputation. Which is better? It's like the Ford vs. Chevy argument...it depends who you talk with. Both have strong followings, though.

Stihl is more standardized on their parts between models, though.

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Old March 25th, 2008, 02:48 PM   #33
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Well I pulled the trigger today on the Stihl MS250 18" bar and a case...I can't wait to start ripping shit up!
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Old March 25th, 2008, 04:51 PM   #34
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for the money differance get the 16" you will treat your 14 like one anyways. Huskeys are good a bit more money. Stihls are the best for the money range. poulands you will have a reliable saw. or a older johnsered
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I have a Poulan PRO 18" it's a bitch to get started sometimes but it runs good.
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Old March 25th, 2008, 05:54 PM   #36
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Well I pulled the trigger today on the Stihl MS250 18" bar and a case...I can't wait to start ripping shit up!
Good choice, nice saw. I don't know if they gave you any tips on starting, but I have what seems like a foolproof method of starting that saw. Put the choke on full, pull it until it kicks over and sounds like it wants to start, turn the choke off and give it one more pull. Mine has never failed to start using that method. If you drain the fuel when you store it, it may take 4 or 5 pulls until it tries to fire. If not usually 1 or 2 pulls when cold.
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I think I'm going with the Stihl ms250...329 with the 18" bar at a local dealer...thanks for everyones input..

I have a Stihl MS250. The saw has lots of power for its size but tends to be tempermental. I've had some problems with it not wanting to start when it gets hot. The oil and fuel caps are also a pain in the ass. If you slightly overfill the oil or fuel you cannot get the caps to lock down. I've also had some problems with the oiling channel getting clogged up.

I also have a Poulen Wild Thing. I found the saw brand new sitting on the side of the road. The carrying case got trashed but the saw only got minor damage. This saw goes for 150 bucks brand new with an 18 in bar. This thing starts easy and does a good job for what it is.
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Old March 25th, 2008, 06:40 PM   #38
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I'm late to this thread, but Biohazzard Bill is pretty knowledgeable about chainsaws.

I bought a used poulan "wild thing" for $30, so my opinion isn't worth much.
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I own 2 MS290's which are a little bigger and both of them have 20'' bars and have never failed me. I cut 5-6 cords a year and if you maintain them they will last you forever.
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stihl decent, husky better quality, lumberjack grade.
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