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Suggestions for new chainsaw
« on: May 01, 2018, 06:20:07 PM »

Looking to buy a new chainsaw and hoping to get some suggestions.  I want it to be new, lightweight, powerful and have a 16" bar. 

I had a Husqvarna and was very happy with it but am considering a Stihl also... Open to others.

Any suggestions?

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Re: Suggestions for new chainsaw
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2018, 07:15:53 PM »

Like my Stihls which replaced a pair of Sachs Dolmars.

Im not up on the newest models but I do have a 023 with a 14 bar ive cut a lot of wood with, the other two start out at a 25 bar.


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Re: Suggestions for new chainsaw
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2018, 07:42:39 PM »

The reason I want to stick with a 16" is that I have a bunch of 16" chains already, as well as my brother and next door neighbor does also.
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Re: Suggestions for new chainsaw
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2018, 10:12:39 PM »

What model Husqvarna you have? How was the weight of it compared to what you are looking for now?
Are your chains 3/8" or 5/16" pitch? All 16" saws don't use the same length chains. Do you know how many links your chains are?
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Re: Suggestions for new chainsaw
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2018, 10:51:01 PM »

RSI is correct in that all 16 inch saws don't take the same chain. The question is what saw will this be for you, limbing or your main saw? My main saw is a Husky 562XPG with a 20 inch bar which absolutely screams. My limbing saws are Echo's with 14 inch bars and a CS361P my favorite. Light weight, revs good, fuel efficient and comes with a 5 year warranty. Less money than a Stihl or Husky and lighter than comparable saws. Bought mine when Echo was having Echo days and got 20% off to boot.
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Re: Suggestions for new chainsaw
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2018, 06:30:38 AM »

I don't have my saw any more, It was a Husqvarna though.  I haven't cut for a few years. This saw will be a main saw, not for limbing.  I just want it lightweight because it's easier to handle and I'm willing to pay for it.
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Re: Suggestions for new chainsaw
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2018, 09:01:53 PM »

The Echo Timberwolf is a 59cc. mid sized saw and can be had for less than $400 shipped to your door.

I don't personally have one but know a few people that do and they are happy with them.

In my arsenal I do have an Echo 355t, two Echo Power Pruners, Echo hedge trimmers, and an Echo blower. All run great and dependable.  Plus 5 year warranty.

Happy cutting :)
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Re: Suggestions for new chainsaw
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2018, 11:59:27 AM »

I'm extremely happy with the Stihl 261. 16" and .325 chain, that little bugger really cuts and feels very lightweight in comparison to my 291. It's about 4 years old so I'm not sure they make them anymore, but I love it
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Re: Suggestions for new chainsaw
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2018, 07:26:21 PM »

Ive been happy with Jonsered. Used them for years now..They are a sister of Husqvarna..Good luck on your search!
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Re: Suggestions for new chainsaw
« Reply #9 on: August 08, 2018, 07:39:35 PM »

Am also looking to replace my Stihl, the 290 feel underpowered cutting thru hardwood logsof 14-16...

I was thinking of the ms362 but went i went to the Stihl dealer who got me unsure now... He recommended the ms441 magnum... And now looking at it the ms461 is about same weight but more hp...

Any recommendations?

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Re: Suggestions for new chainsaw
« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2018, 08:00:27 PM »

Am also looking to replace my Stihl, the 290 feel underpowered cutting thru hardwood logsof 14-16...

I was thinking of the ms362 but went i went to the Stihl dealer who got me unsure now... He recommended the ms441 magnum... And now looking at it the ms461 is about same weight but more hp...

Any recommendations?

I've had my 440 now for 14 years and put up close to 200 cord with it. Never had a single problem with it. I will say, that saw flat out rips.

However.... Its a LOT of saw for general firewood cutting.  Limbing and brushing gets tiring and that aggressive of a saw is not very forgiving.  You got a smaller saw for limbing?
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Re: Suggestions for new chainsaw
« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2018, 05:18:53 AM »

Been  running a 044 Stihl for last 20yrs or so.I guess the 440 took it's place or maybe the 441. Really like that saw. Had several 064"s before that. Just a little heavy but the 044 feels good.
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Re: Suggestions for new chainsaw
« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2018, 09:51:14 AM »

Am also looking to replace my Stihl, the 290 feel underpowered cutting thru hardwood logsof 14-16...

I was thinking of the ms362 but went i went to the Stihl dealer who got me unsure now... He recommended the ms441 magnum... And now looking at it the ms461 is about same weight but more hp...

Any recommendations?

I wont swear to it, but Ive think on several other forums people claim a 441 will output a 461 because the 441 revs higher? Might be wrong on that. Best suggestion is to find somebody that has both and try em or see what they say.

I like my 362 and my 460. Still use the little 024 a LOT though topping and limbing.
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Re: Suggestions for new chainsaw
« Reply #13 on: August 28, 2018, 06:27:50 PM »

Can't say about the 362 but, I have a 361 that I've had for years with no problems and that thing ROCKS!
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Re: Suggestions for new chainsaw
« Reply #14 on: September 24, 2018, 09:29:11 PM »

I think I have it narrowed down between the Stihl MS 362 and the M391.

My brother has the MS 441C and I got to try it out yesterday.  It cuts nice but. It sure I need that big of a saw.

I'm trying to decide if the MS 362 is worth the extra 190.00 or not.  It's a little over a pound lighter, and has just a touch more power, but is a little smaller engine.
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