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Old 05-21-2014, 10:30 AM   #1
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Trying to decide how much saw I really need, hoping someone can shed a bit of light on the situation for me.

I will be using this primarily as a way to clear brush/brambles/etc. It will see VERY occaisional use cutting down small trees (like 6-8" diameter max) or trimming branches. I have no expectation that I will ever have to cut down a large tree or terribly thick branch nor will it be used on anything resembling a regular basis. That said, how big of a saw do I need? I'm looking at some echo's with 14-20" bars and 35ish to 50cc motors. My man card tells me I need 50cc's and 20" just to get started but my wallet is telling me the smaller ones make far more sense given my actual needs.
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Old 05-21-2014, 10:33 AM   #2
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Stihl.

I purchased my 025 18 years ago when I purchased my house. Took down a shit load of trees and it still runs great. (you'll use it more than you think)
New version of this is the MS250.

Pay more now or later...
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Old 05-21-2014, 10:47 AM   #3
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I have a McCullouch (however u spell it) never had a problem.. if ur interested in a used one, let me know
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Always buy a size bigger than you think you will need. A bigger saw is always faster and the chain lasts longer on smaller stuff. I was bringing down 20-25' Birch trees this weekend with an underpowered electric 16" and I just wanted to shoot myself. What should've taken 45 minutes took almost two hours.
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Stihl... /thread.


Let me know if u want help choosing which model.
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I have a 35 year old Echo. It still fires up everytime I need it. Never been rebuilt. Has an 18/20" bar. It is more than I need every day but it's full extent gets used 5 times a year. I am also agreeing with buying the next size up from what you think you need.
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For falling you can't go wrong.
If you're limbin or trimming a husky is ok.

But if you only want to buy one, for life, Stihl.
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The brand doesn't really matter... As long as you purchase something that is sold by a local, authorized dealer. Stay away from anything sold by a big box store. This includes the shitty, Poulin made, Husky models sold by HD.

A good chainsaw is a lifelong purchase. They are used infrequently and should last forever. This also means that they will have occasional issues caused by the infrequent use. So you want something that can be serviced, and has parts availability at a local small dealer. There is Husky dealer near you. And there are multiple Stihl dealers close by.
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If your doing small stuff I would try and find an older stihl ms200 love that saw wish they never changed models
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Let me know if u want help choosing which model.

You can always rebuild a stihl, I just rebuilt my father-in-laws ms290, he beats the shit out of his tools. I have a ms280 @ ms311.

I was going to get the 290 farm boss w/20" bar but the engine on that is a tad weak for 20". Upgraded to the 311, not a hiccup and the thing powers through whatever I throw at it. No matter what you can't go wrong with a stihl. You'll always be able to find parts/service.
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