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  1. Dustin4185

    Dustin4185 Super OPE Member

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    I have a friend that....well....doesn't own a chainsaw!! We were working at church today and got to talking about some trees he needed cut and needed to buy a saw. Of course the first thing out of my mouth was, "You need a ported 461 from Mastermind!"

    That may be a little overkill for a homeowner, but they did just buy a small farm/woodlot they eventually plan on building on. He said he was looking at a Stihl 250 or 251. Are these saws any good?

    Are there better options out there in that 45-50cc class for around the $350-400 price? I told him about some of the Echo saws and I think he would be better served by one of those than a small homeowner Stihl.

    I have a 026 that needs a cylinder and piston (probably bearings, seals, etc. also) that I may try to rebuild for him. I have never done a rebuild and am a little hesitant to do it, but I would rather him get a good saw then buy a piece of crap.
     
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  2. Ryan Browne

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    People run the snot out of those 025/250s. I don't know how the 251s compare. I know that there's lots of chainsaw carvers and tree services that use 250s a lot, and they seem to hold up. Of course an 026/260 is a better saw, and they seem to be reasonably priced. There's an incredibly clean 026 in the classifieds here for $225 I think. Personally, I'd buy that over a new 250, but other people might feel differently. Then there's the 261, which is in a whole different league than the 250/251, but at almost double the price.

    In the price range you're talking about, a used 026/260 or Husky 346/351/353 would be a great saw. Of course, having a good local dealer for one brand or the other would help make the decision. I just got a ported 350/346 from a member here, which is now one of my favorite saws to run. However, if I only had one saw, that wouldn't be it because I don't have anywhere local to buy simple stuff. My neighbor needs a new fuel line on his Jonsered 2152, and there's nowhere within 25 miles that has one.
     
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    There is a Stihl dealer 5 minutes from his house. I forwarded the 026 for sale on here to him. I would rather have a 026 as well. Maybe after he runs a few of mine when we take down those ash trees, he will understand why he may need a bigger saw. My dad has a 250, but doesn't use it much. I may borrow it and have him compare it to my 026.
     
  4. Ryan Browne

    Ryan Browne Pinnacle OPE Member

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    If he's gonna be working with big wood much he'll realize himself why a 70cc saw is a great thing to have around. If he's on a budget, though, and not in a hurry, I think a guy could tackle almost any firewood needs he'd have with an 026 with an 18" .325 setup.
     
  5. Dub11

    Dub11 Some body poisoned the watering hole!

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    A brandy new Echo 590 FTW! And on a side note my closest good Stihlership just started selling Echo this year too.
     
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    Adirondackstihl Vert Da Furk........Bork Bork Bork

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    id save another $100 and hold out for a 044 from the classifieds myself. One saw plan- 70cc is the one.
     
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    Miller Mod Saws Chainsaw Masseuse

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    Second this for a small saw. EA4300 and EA5000 is the new makita numbers. Jeremy give ya the Dolmar numbers.

    :)
     
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    GCJenks204 ONE OF THE GREATEST!

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    Homemade Well-Known OPE Member

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    What about a 291? They are reasonably priced and take a beating.


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    Jon1212 Birch! Please..... Staff Member

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    50cc:
    New-CS490...mag cased, adjustable oiler, 5 year warranty, lifetime ignition, $350.

    Used- 346/353, 5100/5105, 026/260,
     
  12. Dub11

    Dub11 Some body poisoned the watering hole!

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    I have no idea your friends level of fixing or working on stuff but I'd go new just so you know what you have and man can't beat those Echo warranties!
     
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    Czed ONE OF THE GREATEST!

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    If buying new +1 Echo 590 i actually bought two to see if they were any good lol
    I've never used the second one for almost 5 year's with mainly a 24 inch bar was my primary falling/firewood saw just muff mod and retune.
    chain adjust stripped echo mailed me a new one for free.
    Many many loads of firewood and i loaned it out many times to friends countless gallons of mix through it.
    i recently ported it and it's even better.
    Also bought a 490 two year's ago it's been excellent as well i run an 18 on it.
    If he has one saw for the ability to run longer bars comfortably if needed the 590 takes it.
    All mine were under 300.00 with a warranty ebay. 20170804_152646.jpg
     
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    Johnmn Super OPE Member

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    That's exactly what I was thinking, 421!!!!
     
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    sawmikaze ONE OF THE GREATEST!

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    Don't start talkin reality and being reasonable jeremy...
     
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    Depending on type and size of wood he's cutting I would have to go with 60cc just in case of larger stuff .
    590 Echo is a great choice , I know a fellow that does full time firewood to sell and he has tons of use on his with no issues except the bar tensoner which seems to be a weakness altho my understanding is Echo changed it from cast to steel to fix the problem .

    His is bone stock too , I offered to do a MM for him but he says he's happy the way it is .
     
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    sawmikaze ONE OF THE GREATEST!

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    You wouldn't buy a 20 year old saw as your only ?

    Why not ?
     
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  18. TJ the Chainsaw Mechanic

    TJ the Chainsaw Mechanic I'm Stihl Nuts.

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    For the price and warranty I would do a CS-590 with a 20 or 25 inch bar. They are a great saw with pretty decent power. Love mine anyhow. Easy to service and repair to whereas new comparable Stihl's are not so much.
     
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    Adirondackstihl Vert Da Furk........Bork Bork Bork

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    Sorry Mang......:(
     
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  20. Dub11

    Dub11 Some body poisoned the watering hole!

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    What do you mean stuff wears out?
     
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