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Old 09-02-2009, 04:44 PM   #1
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OK Boys, it's time to get a new chainsaw. I'm not going to be doing any serious logging or anything, so an 18" bar should do just about anything I need doing, but I might go with a 24 just in case. So what to get? Stihl, Husky, Echo, Poulan (ok, that was a joke)

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Old 09-02-2009, 04:52 PM   #2
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we just got a Husky Rancher 455 and it slices trees like butter.

HUSQVARNA 455 e-series Rancher - Chainsaws

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husqvarna. no others

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Husqvarna. Great rifles, great bikes, and great chainsaws..

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I vote Husqvarna, I've had a Husqvarna 350 for the last 5 years - it gets daily use (though Stihl are equally good to be honest). 15 or 16 inch bar is fine - better to have plenty of power per bar inch. With a 15/16 inch bar you can fell a tree of 30 inches diameter if you know what you're doing (that's a pretty big tree to fell unless you've plenty of experience). A shorter bar is better for sawing fire logs, but I find 15/16 great for general purpose work - felling, de-limbing, cross-cutting (and it's quicker to sharpen a shorter chain!).

Keep the saw clean, the chain sharp, deburr the bar and reverse it regularly and a good quality chainsaw will give you years of good service - don't "waste" money on a cheap chainsaw.

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Thanks y'all for the input. Looks like Husqvarna it is.

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All my family uses is Stihl's. Never a problem with any of them. Hundreds of cords of wood over the years says something. Never used a Husky so I can't comment.

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Top three are
1. Stihl
2. Husky
3. Echo

Echo is a little cheaper than both. My echo will start with two pulls no matter what temp it is out side. I had not started it in 3 months and it took 3 pumps of the primer and two pulls on the cord.

ANy chainsaw will last a life time if you just take care of them. When they are going to be stored drain all fluids. When I pack mine up for the winter I dump the fuel and start it and let it run till is rund out of gas. I then drain all the bar oil out of it.

I use only Echo 2 stroke oil for it. which has a fuel stabilizer in it. I change the plugs every year weather it needs it or not.

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Get a Husqvarna 395XP with a 2' bar. I've had about a dozen & a 1/2 of it's forerunner the 394XP. Still light enough to handle with 1 hand, it's got more power with a 2' bar than you'll ever need. You can actually "steer" a tree down with them. They come factory with "dogs" on both sides too. Mix the EXACT mix recommended (50-1) using Husky 2 stroke oil & it'll last from now on just using it normally. Use good bar oil & adjust your oiler to use about 3/4 when you run out of gas.

http://www.husqvarna.com/us/forest/products/xp-saws/395-xp-/

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I have the 455 Rancher and the little 142 w/16" bar. I use the little sh!t more than the Rancher because it's half the size and weight and with a sharp chain will cut almost as fast as the Rancher.

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