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  1. treeman

    treeman New OPE Member

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    --I have about 75 old broken used saws in my garage. almost all of them are echo, husky, etc. the best saws I found to buy are commercial stihls. real good saws cost 600 dollars plus. if you are buying one for a few hundred or less chances are they are not made well. as a general rule a cheaper saw runs slower, weighs more, less power, will last fewer hours, then a commercial stihl. the better saws also have better alloys, plastics, and bearings where as a cheap saw will have bushings and material that bends or breaks easier. huskies compared to stihls, huskies usually have less parts and are easier to work on. but my stihls usually are stronger, lighter, and last longer, but they are more expensive, have more parts and are harder to work on. if I get a real good deal on a used husky, I would probably get it and let my helpers use it till worn, but i do prefer a commercial stihl. ms 200t, ms 460 stihl, ms 880.
     
  2. skippy

    skippy Husqvarnas Sawyer

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    Which saw brand is what you prefer . I prefer husqvarnas myself .
     
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    Motorhead Here For The Long Haul!

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    Husqvarna for me.
     
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    cgraham1 Here For The Long Haul!

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    Husqvarnas are generally better, IMO. I have both.
     
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    cgraham1 Here For The Long Haul!

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    I do like the Stihl fasteners better.
     
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    cgraham1 Here For The Long Haul!

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    50cc - 346xp > MS261
    60cc - 262xp > MS361
    70cc - 372xp > MS440
    90cc - 390xp > MS661

    I don't care about the homeowner stuff.
     
  7. drf256

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    Huskies are hot rods, but I find them less well built than Stihl's.

    Stihl for me.
     
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    i like husqvarna stihls are like john deeres around both are dealer only.
     
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    Sold every Stihl I owned when I ran a 288xp in 2010. Took another shot at them this past year with a 12mm 440, 10mm 044, and a 064. They are all gone. I prefer springs.
     
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    I like all saws,firewood and farm work I use a 034 and a 064 but falling in use a 066 or 660 and a 394/5, but I almost always use my 394 cutting down, I like the handle angles and the power they make, feels good in my hands. Of late I use a 066 3\4 wrap 24" falling and like the setup well.
     
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    i like all myself except newer poulans that lack anti vibe
     
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    I've never ran one,my Poulans were made in the 70's and are quite smooth.
     
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    just curious where you think the 562 fits into this scenario?
     
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    Somewhere in between those two saws. I would even pick a 357xp over a 562xp. Maybe my 562 is just a dud.
     
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    Now that makes me sad.:(
    Hopefully mine proves itself, though won't be until next Spring that I get a chance to really run it / break it in.
     
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    cgraham1 Here For The Long Haul!

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    I'm not an expert... Just a guy that buys a lot of saws I don't need. Your experience may differ.
     
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    No expert here either, that's for sure. Still, hope to win another saw that I don't need, either!
     
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    TJ the Chainsaw Mechanic Old Homelites rule!

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    I prefer Stihls myself. They are a ton easier to work on than husky. Least with the tools I have. I can have a carb off a stihl in 5 minutes....husky....well that's another story. But really its the brand You can afford and You like best. Stihl, husky, and Echo all have fix it parts readily available so I guess the best one would be what your outdoor place is a dealer of.
     
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    I run Husky. Years ago had a Husky and a Stihl sitting side by side in the woods and it was a Dark and Stormy day and the track loader operator didn't see them sitting there and ran them both over. We ran the Husky the rest of the day and the Stihl was toast. Nuff said
     
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    I believe that 2 and 3 series Huskys are probably the easiest saws to work on. You think Stihls are easy, pull the jug off a 441...
     
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