View Full Version : Need help picking new chain saw...

07-19-2005, 06:55 PM
I am starting to shop for a NEW lightweight chainsaw. I plan on doing some clean up work with it as well as some tree cutting on my own property. I don't plan on cutting anything more than 18" in diameter with most of the stuff being in the 12" diameter range.

Any thoughts as to what make and model I should lean torward would be appreciated. I am more concerned with quality than cost.

Thanks :cool2:

07-20-2005, 12:14 AM
stihl has some nice saws. i just bought a stihl farm boss with a 20inch bar. its a bit big for what you asking for but they have some grat saws in that range your looking for. best advice is to just go look at em.

husavarna has some good saws as well.

07-20-2005, 12:18 AM
Stihl.The best in Chain Saws. The first.

07-20-2005, 12:23 AM
I like my Husqvarna 141 16" Saw

07-20-2005, 12:39 AM
My stihl MS310 saw is junk from day one. I have a Jonsered that is sweet for small stuff. Its a 2054 turbo and its been with me for about 10 years. Replaced magneto, pull cord and fuel line. Runs as good as the day I bought it. (light use)

I personally like Husqvarna saws the best. I have a 272XP (same as 372 just a little older)

07-20-2005, 01:08 AM
jonsered/husky... You can go wrong. I have a 55 rancher and my brother has 2152 which is comparable to the 351 husky I would say go for either or. Just dont buy your Husky at Lowes. Just dont get a stihl.

07-20-2005, 09:27 PM

Richie K

www.kulakandcompany.com :blob3:

northwest lawn
07-20-2005, 10:16 PM
i have a husky 372xp and a 385xp

07-20-2005, 11:42 PM
If you want a big bang for the weight, I would suggest the Dolmar PS 7900. You will have a very hard time beating the power to weight ratio that is has in the 80 cc class. I have a modified PS7900 and a 49cc Shindiawa. Both are great saws but the Dolmar feels like it weighs the same as the 10# Shin. And feels a lot better. If you have a dealer near you that sells Dolmar you need to check them out because the 7900 will out perform the others in its class hands down. But most of the name brand saws are very good. Just decide what size saw you are looking for and go to an arborist forum where you can get all your questions answered from knowledgeable people.

07-25-2005, 12:16 AM
I am in your exact same situation. I do some light clean-up work for my customers every now and then, but also have a farm to take care of. I have a Stihl Farm Boss with an 18" bar and it's not too big, not too small. I think we paid about $350 for it.

07-25-2005, 01:37 PM
I have had a Husquavarna 350 for about seven years now and it is perfect for the type of work you described. Very light with good power and have had zero problems so far.

Lawn Masters
07-25-2005, 02:03 PM
I run a good old Stihl 024, which is nice, its not too small, not too big, I've got a Mac 10-10 for bigger stuff, and a Mall 7G for REALLY big crap.

07-25-2005, 05:40 PM

I'm going to look at a 270C wood boss tomorrow. Anybody familier with this model?

Lawn Masters
07-25-2005, 06:47 PM
its too new to know much on it. I'd go with the MS250. its better known, and has a brilliant track record. when you buy the saw, get a rim sprocket, not the spur, its cheaper to change out.

07-25-2005, 11:17 PM
If you like the Stihl Brand then spend a little extra and get the MS260 pro! Itís a great saw that will last you a very long time.

07-26-2005, 01:00 AM
I've gotta Shindy 488 and love it. Reliable and unbreakable.

True Cut Lawn Maintenance
07-26-2005, 01:58 AM
Get a Stihl, especially if its got the quick chain adjustor ( allows you to adjust chain tension with out tools) ive got a 018c had it about 3 or 4 years and its a workhorse i dont use it dailey but when i need it will fire on 2nd or 3rd pull after sitting for up to 4 or 5 months

07-29-2005, 02:48 AM
I bought a Stihl FS-250 C a few weeks ago for the same thing you are doing and I love it. The tool free chain adjustment is worth the extra cash hands down.

If you need to cut trees 18 inches in diameter, I think I would go a little bigger, say the 310 with a 20 or 24 inch bar.


08-10-2005, 08:01 PM
husqavarna, i like orange. have had two in 12 years plus and both are still kicking like champs. one stays at home unless really needed. you asked and shall recieve

08-10-2005, 08:15 PM

I'm going to look at a 270C wood boss tomorrow. Anybody familier with this model?

Don't buy a wood boss we've got one and your money can be better spent.
The ms250 is a great saw for your purposes or an ms290.
we've got 2 ms160's, an ms290 and an ms270.
The ms250 is next.

08-10-2005, 08:49 PM
After cutting firewood for years on Poulans that would kick the bucket after one year I decided to bite my lip and buy a Shindaiwa 488. The dealer gave me a good price on a new unit that I couldnt refuse.

After all the cutting its been through it still starts up within 3 pulls. Its not the lightest nor the heaviest, but its sure is built tough.