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Re: What chain saw do you have?

Postby COYOTE102076 » Sat Sep 08, 2012 10:35 am

Our dealership is a Husqvarna dealer. We used to be a Homelite dealership before Homelite sold out to John Deere, then good 'ol John Deere FIRED EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THE HOMELITE COMPANY, packed up ALL AMERICAN factories, shipped EVERYTHING to Mexico, then sold off the ashes of the old Homelite company to RIOBI. Now the new "Homelite" produtcs are made in CHINA. BUYER BEWARE!!!!

As to my own personal chainsaws, I have a very old Homelite Super2 w. 14" 3/8 low profile chain, a Husqvarna 131 w. 14" .325 chain, a Husqvarna 55 Rancher w. 16" 3/8 standard chain + an extra 18" bar/chain combo, and a Sthil MS280 w. 20" bar.
Of all the saws I have sold over the past 12 years, the most "Bang for the buck" and most reliable of all of them has been the 55 Rancer. ( Now called the 455 Rancher) And the 460 Rancher is one bad --- mother of a saw with a 20" bar! BUT, it is also $450 though. You get what you pay for.
Nothing against Sthil, I LOVE the OLD 029's, but this new model MS280 has been an absolute POS!
The old wore out Husq. 55 Rancher makes 3 cuts on the same log to every 2 cuts with the Sthil MS280. There is just that much speed/power difference.
By the hp/chain speed ratings, the Sthil SHOULD BE FASTER. But it is not. It simply just cant / wont keep up with the old wore out Husqvarna! :?
And buy the way, if you are wondering WHY I have a Sthil MS280, even though I am a Husq, dealer, the Sthil was 6 months old and came with the house we bought. :P
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Re: What chain saw do you have?

Postby slainer » Sun Sep 09, 2012 8:28 am

Good to know you like your Husky, hope mine severs me as well.
Gotta chance to cut with the saw yesterday and am pleased with it, ran and cut good. I have it tuned a bit rich but will lean it out a bit when it is broken in, and it should be even better. I also need to get a new 18" bar although it cut OK it has uneven wear.
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Re: What chain saw do you have?

Postby COYOTE102076 » Sun Sep 09, 2012 9:00 pm

Tidbit of useless info: Dont buy a Husq. bar if you can find an Oregon bar cheaper. Reason being is Oregon MAKES the bars for Husqvarna! MOST of the time you can get a real good deal on a Oregon bar & chain combo. Go figure.
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Re: What chain saw do you have?

Postby slainer » Mon Sep 10, 2012 8:43 am

COYOTE102076 wrote:Tidbit of useless info: Dont buy a Husq. bar if you can find an Oregon bar cheaper. Reason being is Oregon MAKES the bars for Husqvarna! MOST of the time you can get a real good deal on a Oregon bar & chain combo. Go figure.


Thanks for the tip about the bar. Found one on eBay new for $26 shipped, has Cub Cadet painted on it but should fit my saw, might buy one more if it works out OK.
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Re: What chain saw do you have?

Postby squatch » Mon Sep 10, 2012 3:42 pm

If it's wearing on one side you either have a burr on the underside of a chain or a bent chain. Find it and trash it or it'll do the same to the next bar. Often the bar can be fixed with a file. As long as it's not bent or twisted.
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Re: What chain saw do you have?

Postby slainer » Mon Sep 10, 2012 5:42 pm

Thanks Mark I will inspect the chains closely before they go on the new bar. When you think about a razor sharp chain traveling 50 mph right in front of you, kinda make you want to have all its components in good condition. As for the old bar I think it has been used far past its useful life, don't know if that may have contributed the uneven wear.
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Re: What chain saw do you have?

Postby itsmehb » Tue Sep 11, 2012 7:06 am

I personally have an ECHO saw. It replaced an old Mc collough that quit running, well it didn't quit running, it was to hard to start. Went to a lumberjack show in Tn. when on vacation. They were using stiel saws. They cut 3 times through a 12 to 15 inch tree trunk in about 5 seconds. If you blinked, you missed it. I have some stiel products and they are good.
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Re: What chain saw do you have?

Postby Ghost » Tue Sep 11, 2012 5:55 pm

im still using an old john deer chain saw from the 70s that thing is powerful if there is no wood to it and you rev it and not ready it can come out of your hands
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Re: What chain saw do you have?

Postby Ekholm1997 » Thu Oct 18, 2012 7:15 pm

I got a Crafstman 16" for Christmas two years ago. The stock chain wore out quickly but the rest of the saw is great. Thinking I will replace with an Oregon bar and chain if there is one avail for this saw.
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Re: What chain saw do you have?

Postby COYOTE102076 » Mon Oct 22, 2012 5:00 pm

Like I needed yet ANOTHER saw,,,,, :roll:
I just bought a 1 year old used PoulanPro 42cc 18" bar.
For $65.00 Cash! With a brand new chain! :lol:
NOT the ugly PUKE GREEN ones they sell! LOL
NOT that the color matters! But I DO prefer the Cat yellow & black of the PoulanPRO series to that
horrible Green & Purple they use on those "Wild Thing" saws!

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Re: What chain saw do you have?

Postby N law » Tue Oct 23, 2012 12:39 am

mine is an old Homelite that my neighbor gave me after watching me fight some brush in my side yard. It has a metal body instead of the plastic one and also has a shorty, 16" or 14" bar. It runs well when warm, but needs a little starter fluid to get going and it dies if you don't blip the throttle every so often. It beats the pants off of the $5 on I picked up used at a swap meet. It only needed a fuel line replaced and a new fuel clunk, but it started sucking bad and then the clutch slipped. I need a new one, but haven't jumped.
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Re: What chain saw do you have?

Postby trooper T/diesel » Tue Feb 12, 2013 9:40 am

we have one 110V saw with 21" don't use it much as its kinda little.

359 and a few older 372xp saws i run .404 on mine versus the normal 3/8s the other one is ported, two others are in 5gal bukets from having trees fell on them,,,,,, :(

in regular use now is the 372XPW it runs a 32" it was a $1,000+ saw with the lighter bar and port job....
it has a 75cc not the normal 72cc and the W stands for wavered on emissions :twisted: :twisted:

got a 394 xp that needs a top end job it runs a 36" that thing Can suck massive amounts of gas.


there's one bigger we don't have, its a 3120 that thing is like 6hp :shock:

and have all ways have ran E0 92 octane 50/1 mix for years

we have top end carbon issues when we used 87 octane once every few years or so.
we go thru about 5 gal of mixed gas a month or more. so yea they get lots of use.
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Re: What chain saw do you have?

Postby foytiX » Wed Feb 13, 2013 12:14 am

I'm or was until very recently a Stihl and Husqvarna dealer. I have had tons of each and sold the same. For new saws it is tough to beat the Stihl MS250 for an all around saw. If you need something with a 20" bar go to the Husqvarna 455 rancher you get way more saw for less money than the comparable Stihl MS311. If you require a saw for logging I used to be 100% Stihl....until about 2 years ago. My loggers started burning through MS460's after about 3-4 months. Sold them some Husqvarna 576XP's and they've been running the crap out of them for about 2 yrs now.

Tips from a guy who sells and works on this stuff.
1. They recommend mid grade or higher for a reason. The higher grade fuels keep the eng temps down and helps the saw last longer....these things are air cooled and need help. I've seen quite a few saws toasted because of low grade fuel. Alot of mechanics will blame a toasted cyl on lack of oil, when in fact this is rarely the case.
2. Use ethanol free fuel. Most dealers sell some sort of premixed eth free fuel with a storage life of 2-5 years. It's usually around $6 for a qt, yes it's expensive. In the long run it's worth it's weight in gold. Some people would rather pay me to replace carbs, fuel lines, filler caps, etc....and that's good for my business. You choose.
3. Keep the tank full with fresh eth free fuel as mentioned in 2....Running a saw dry introduces air to the fuel residue you can't possibly burn out. Air causes fuel to break down, you're asking for trouble. Granted it's better than leaving eth fuel in there, but it's still not great.
4. Mix oils....do not just use any oil. Make sure its a premium brand and made for air cooled handheld equipment. Do you really think that mix oil for your outboard is good....its not they're made for different purposes. IE most marine mix oils are made for liquid cooled engines that don't turn over 6,000 rpm. Some of these handheld air cooled equipment will turn over twice that fast. Again I've seen quite a few engines toasted on Marine mix oil and cheap (store brand) mix oil, not because the oil wasn't there, it just can't do the job.
5. Stihl chain will hold an edge longer but will stretch faster. Oregon chain will dull faster but doesn't stretch as bad. As someone else mentioned don't buy Husqvarna bars or chains unless on sale, they're made by oregon. I can't say much about other brands of chain as I've never dealt with anything else, but the general opinions are these 2 are the best options.

Ok I think I've given enough of my opinions on the subject. Feel free to PM me with any questions.

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Re: What chain saw do you have?

Postby Gizmo42 » Wed Feb 13, 2013 12:57 pm

Homelite XL 12" low profile that wont die. Would like to get a standard 14" bar and chain for it. Its the perfect size to strap onto the roof rack and take camping to cut up firewood.
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Re: What chain saw do you have?

Postby RoadRanger » Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:46 pm

now here's a thread i can get into! :D

love my old chainsaws, mostly homelites, very hard to kill! also been working on getting my "new" husqvarna 55 rancher running, needs alot of love but not bad for a free saw! as for the old homelites, i've got a wiz 55 from the late 50's, an early 60's XL automatic, a late 70's super XL. i also just picked up an old pioneer that appears to be an XL knockoff from the 60's. i was also given a remington super 754 that is unfortinitly blown up :(

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Re: What chain saw do you have?

Postby slainer » Sun Mar 24, 2013 10:45 am

Boy you have some golden oldies, from a time before safety guards and brakes.
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Re: What chain saw do you have?

Postby ArdWrknTrk » Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:03 am

.... and clutches! :shock:
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Re: What chain saw do you have?

Postby squatch » Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:15 am

Pioneer saws were made by OMC corp. As in Johnson/Evinrude if I recall. Had one many, many years ago. It was huge and weighed so much I swore it was a twin cylinder. It wasn't. Very finicky saw that one.
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Re: What chain saw do you have?

Postby RoadRanger » Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:12 pm

squatch wrote:Pioneer saws were made by OMC corp. As in Johnson/Evinrude if I recall. Had one many, many years ago. It was huge and weighed so much I swore it was a twin cylinder. It wasn't. Very finicky saw that one.


that's originally what i thought i was getting after a quick bing image search, another crazy big, unique saw. when i actually got the saw i was suprised to see a copy of a homelite XL with a 16" bar. from what i've seen the "newer" saws like what i've got were white and called a "holiday", however mine is a couple years older from what i can tell, it's that pioneer yellow / green and called something else (i can't remember :( )

slainer wrote:Boy you have some golden oldies, from a time before safety guards and brakes.
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haha yeah gotta love 'em, pretty much fire it up and hang on for dear life! and that gear drive wiz 55 was my first "old" saw, it's also my favorite. really crazy design you'll never see today, weighs ALOT too!
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Re: What chain saw do you have?

Postby ArdWrknTrk » Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:55 pm

I had some old direct drive chain saw from a garage sale.
The bar had to be 8-9" wide.

Yeah, once you started it look out!
It worked fine with a fresh chain, but I gave it to someone as a wall ornament.
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Re: What chain saw do you have?

Postby foytiX » Fri Mar 29, 2013 9:51 pm

the oldest saw I've ever owned was one of these, a Stihl Contra Lightning.

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It was given to me by a customer..... unfortunately it was in 2 boxes (disassembled) and they never found the 2nd box :cry:

I (my dad actually) had a pioneer from the late 70 / early 80's that was actually a poulan. Not entirely sure Pioneer ever produced their own saws.

ps here's a heavy saw for you :mrgreen: ......not mine either

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Re: What chain saw do you have?

Postby RoadRanger » Sat Mar 30, 2013 6:03 pm

foytiX wrote:the oldest saw I've ever owned was one of these, a Stihl Contra Lightning.

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It was given to me by a customer..... unfortunately it was in 2 boxes (disassembled) and they never found the 2nd box :cry:

I (my dad actually) had a pioneer from the late 70 / early 80's that was actually a poulan. Not entirely sure Pioneer ever produced their own saws.

ps here's a heavy saw for you :mrgreen: ......not mine either

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that stihl is neat, i'm not a bit fan of stihl's myself but they do build a great saw, heck i read somewhere they invented the chainsaw! too bad it wasin't complete, i'm sure it would be worth a few dollers.

as for the V8 chainsaws, ever see a clip of the "predator"? holds the v8 powered saw record, it can cut through a 3' diametor log in under 1 second

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fun fact about that saw, it's got the same engine as the '65 buick i've been restoring. definitly not the most lightweight engine choice!
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Re: What chain saw do you have?

Postby QuantumRift » Mon May 20, 2013 9:23 pm

STIHL. That's the first and last word in chainsaws for ME. I have one and I got one cause my 87 yr old dad has had one, like forever (it seems). That thing, as old and used as it is, fires off on the first pull nearly, oh 90% of the time. I got one and so far, like my Stihl string trimmer, it fires off on the first pull, every time.

STIHL.

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slainer wrote:Well after 12 year of no maintenance and much abuse my Poulan 2150 is just now giving me problems. The fuel line have deteriorated so I replaced two of them but must of got some dirt in the carb and now its not starting and running right even after cleaning it out could have a air leak from not using new gaskets.

I'm considering getting another cheap saw like Poulan or Ryobi or maybe spend a little more on a better name brand. Let me know what how you all like the saw you use.
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Re: What chain saw do you have?

Postby mckenziedg » Wed Jun 05, 2013 12:03 pm

slainer wrote:Went to look at the MS250 today, I like it. The guys at the shop told me that they run promos for a free case in mid Oct, I think i can wait till they.


I've got one of these. Simple to use and cuts the wood I need it to
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Re: What chain saw do you have?

Postby QuantumRift » Thu Jun 20, 2013 11:08 pm

SO far I just buy the canned Stihl fuel and both the trimmer and chainsaw have NEVER failed to start on the first pull. I'm sorry but I have always found Poulan equipment to be subpar when it comes to longevity and durability. Trimmers, mowers, you name it.
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