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Old 02-18-2014, 05:48 PM
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chain saw recommendations???

I am converting a small ranch I have into a wildlife improvement management exemption with accepted plan filed. I need to do some general clearing that I will use a skid steer with sheer attachment for the majority of the bigger stuff ... but need a decent chain saw for other areas that a skid steer won't fit. I have converted to elecric saws for trimming and light stuff around the house but need a gas model as the ranch is rather remote and I don't want to drag a generator around.

I am guessing around a 2+ HP, 35+cc, 16-18 inch bar ... I have read on line reviews for the various models and most of the mid level seem like they would meet most of my needs. Concerns include noise, vibration, ease of starting (when hot too) ...

any of you have other considerations and/or recommendations (good or bad)??? Probably 2-3 weeks from needing to buy. thanks!
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Old 02-18-2014, 06:00 PM
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A good quality Stihl chainsaw....
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Old 02-18-2014, 06:09 PM
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Stihl is a great saw. I have one that's probably 10 years old. Most I've ever had to pull it is about 15 times after sitting for 6 months. Starts on first pull when warm. If you use it one day and then the next its maybe 5 pulls max to start the first time. It's a 20" bar. Little large for trimming but it does the job!

Stihl gets my vote
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Old 02-18-2014, 06:11 PM
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+ 1 for Stihl , I have owned for over 30 years ....like everything else .. it is a little hard to find parts because this model has been discontinued .
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Old 02-18-2014, 06:21 PM
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Stihl saws are hard to beat. However, I opted for a Husqvarna with a 20" bar. It is a 450 or 455 Rancher. I don't have any complaints.
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Old 02-18-2014, 06:32 PM
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Another recommendation for Stihl. I bought a 361 about 6 years ago and love it. Wanted a 550 but that thing is a monster and couldn't justify the extra expense. I tried one out and it was a hot knife thru warm butter. That extra hp was amazing. I use the Stihl full synthetic oil and good gas, it starts every time on the second or third pull cold and first pull when warm. So happy with the Stihl chainsaw I have since purchased a Stihl backpack blower and combi system. All of them have been trouble free with lots of use.
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Old 02-18-2014, 06:32 PM
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chain saw recommendations???

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Stihl saws are hard to beat. However, I opted for a Husqvarna with a 20" bar. It is a 450 or 455 Rancher. I don't have any complaints.
I don't think you can go wrong with a husqvarana saw either, I've heard very good things about them.

Like Forrest said if you buy a stihl run their saw oils. I actually think they will void the warranty if you don't run their mix in the saw. Not 100% sure but one of my friends runs a mowing business and uses stihl saws trimmers weedeaters and blowers. Told me if I EVER barrow something stihl from him to put stihl mix in it or don't run it.
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Old 02-18-2014, 06:51 PM
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Stihl, one and DONE!!!!!
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Old 02-18-2014, 06:54 PM
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Stihl for sure! Never had a problem in 4 years. MS290 Farm Boss with 20 inch bar. I also have their weed trimmer and blower. Not one complaint.
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Old 02-18-2014, 07:37 PM
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I bought a Stihl 391 with a 20" bar. Absolutely love it. Going by memory, but I think that was the top of the line "mid range" saw at the time. I didn't see the need to step up to the professional line.
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