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Username Post: Need recommendations for a chainsaw        (Topic#342696)
Johnny468 
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02-16-17 11:28 AM - Post#2677029    

I'm looking for recommendations for a small gas chainsaw for home use. Will only be using to cut up fallen branches less than 12" diameter. I'm willing to pay more up front since I'd only like to make this purchase once. Looking for reliability and durability.

Thanks, Johnny

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65_Impala 
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02-16-17 03:51 PM - Post#2677045    
    In response to Johnny468

Around here, the small gas powered equipment the pro's are using is mostly Stihl so that pointing to it being good stuff.

I've got a small MCCULLOCH saw that's been in the family 20+ years and it still starts and runs great. It has always run smooth and it is easy to hold onto. The only repairs besides replace chains was replacing the coil + electronic ignition module a couple of years ago. The saw is so old I couldn't even get a new part so I put a used one in it that cost $5 off Ebay.

I had a Poulan in my hands last year and it vibrated enough to make me hate using it after 5 or 10 minutes.





 
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02-16-17 04:05 PM - Post#2677046    
    In response to Johnny468

I use Stihl chainsaws.
But,for around the house or close to it,I have a Remington electric chainsaw.Has a 12" bar and will cut pretty big stuff.It also has a long pole I can attach it to for limbs up on trees.
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rcr3 
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02-17-17 04:46 AM - Post#2677099    
    In response to Johnny468

I have a Stihl 024 I've used for over 20 years.Very dependable.

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Belair-o 
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02-17-17 06:16 AM - Post#2677105    
    In response to rcr3

I have a Stihl arborist chainsaw that I love (MS-192-T). It is light weight, cuts fast with it's thin-kerf blade - one of the best tools I have ever bought.



 
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02-18-17 08:06 PM - Post#2677364    
    In response to Belair-o

Stihl makes great saws.

Others swear by Husqvarna.

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Johnny468 
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02-20-17 10:46 AM - Post#2677627    
    In response to CowboyTrukr

Thanks to everyone for their input, looks like Stihl it is. There's a dealer right here in town. I'll follow up after I go over to see them.

Johnny

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505/4-speed/3.90


 
JimKshortstep4x4 
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03-02-17 03:51 PM - Post#2679407    
    In response to Johnny468

I have a Stihl and a Husqvarna, both 16" I like the Husqvarna for small branches up to 8" but anything larger, the Stihl is my go to chainsaw.

The Husqvarna has had fewer problems then the Stihl overall but I like both.

Jim

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2plus2 
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03-04-17 04:25 PM - Post#2679703    
    In response to JimKshortstep4x4

Dont waste your time with the easy start or chain adjust
Get the reg model
I have a MS250 and its a awesome saw


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Johnny468 
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03-16-17 06:43 AM - Post#2681765    
    In response to 2plus2

I decided on an Stihl MS251. So far everything looks good, although it is a little tricky to start when cold. Putting it to work on some downed limbs this weekend, will follow up afterwards.

Johnny

1965 Impala SS
505/4-speed/3.90


 
Johnny468 
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03-19-17 10:08 AM - Post#2682210    
    In response to Johnny468

I spent all day Saturday cutting up downed limbs and could not be happier with this saw. I had the dealer explain the proper cold start procedure and it fired up perfectly. It's very well balanced and powerful. It has the standard chain adjustment which works very well. The chain oiler appears to be working properly. I also really like the gas and chain oil filler caps. From what I've seen up to this point the Stihl MS251 is a top quality saw which I would highly recommend for home use.

Johnny

1965 Impala SS
505/4-speed/3.90


 
Custom_Deluxe_20 
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07-23-17 04:03 PM - Post#2701100    
    In response to Johnny468

When starting , choke but do throttle, they flood very quickly

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grumpyvette 
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07-24-17 05:22 AM - Post#2701159    
    In response to Custom_Deluxe_20

youll generally get longer life with less issues if you use the 40:1 fuel and take the time to fill the chain lube tank before every use,
soak the chain and bar down every hour or so with MOLY spray also makes the chain last noticeably longer and cut better.
https://www.zoro.com/crc-dry-moly-lubrican t-aeroso...

let the chain lube run low on lube and it wears very rapidly

READ THIS LINK


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IF YOU CAN,T SMOKE THE TIRES AT WILL,FROM A 60 MPH ROLLING START YOUR ENGINE NEEDS MORE WORK!!"!
IF YOU CAN , YOU NEED BETTER TIRES AND YOUR SUSPENSION NEEDS MORE WORK!!


Edited by grumpyvette on 07-24-17 05:43 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
acardon 
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07-24-17 08:08 AM - Post#2701185    
    In response to grumpyvette

Around here you have to have a "permit to carry" to buy one.



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08-25-17 09:34 AM - Post#2705561    
    In response to acardon

Don't by a Poulan Chainsaw, POS!

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