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leeslawncare
12-31-2001, 06:40 PM
I'am lookin for a saw 16" bar range. any good tips? steele redmax ?any good brands?give some input.

odin
12-31-2001, 06:44 PM
STHIL

Administrator
12-31-2001, 06:58 PM
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Chuck

Shady Brook
12-31-2001, 07:13 PM
I am with Odin! Stihl makes a great saw. Depends on what kind of service you plan on putting it though. If you want a one handed saw, or two. I small pruner, like an 009 would make a nice one handed pruner, but I think 14" bar is max.

If you want a little bigger saw, the 029 Farmboss is supposed bo make a good saw. When you see numbers ending in even, like 028, 026, they are the professional saws. Better quality, but more money. The odd are more for the average joe, but I would not call them homeowner, like the 029, or 017.

A real super saw would be an 026, will run that bar great, and last forever. I think you would probably be very satisfied with the 029, I think they can be had for around 300 bucks.

Jay

General Grounds
12-31-2001, 07:51 PM
:blob3:3- STIHL 029 w/ 20" bar has served me well, got me through a tornado we had on memorial day weekend. T

danzig
12-31-2001, 07:56 PM
If you want a good trim saw and a saw that will cut thick stuff, I would recommend a Stihl o18. I have tried other brands but Stihl is #1. (sorry husky and echo) I think an 029 or an 026 would be a little much for what you do and want. I have an o17 and a 029. They are not the commercial grade stihls but i have put many hours on both.

lee b
12-31-2001, 07:57 PM
Stihl is great, but I vote for Husky. I've had a 51 Husky for years and it's been bombproof.

scagman
12-31-2001, 08:46 PM
I like stihls and echos I was given a 026 pro (almost new) from my wifes dad. I dont have much use for it, my echo is plenty. my local shop sells the 026 pro for $449

bob
12-31-2001, 09:32 PM
Get a Stihl. An 026 or 029 are good medium size saws. I have an 026 and an 039 and love both of them!

mdb landscaping
12-31-2001, 11:00 PM
another vote for stihl

lawncare
12-31-2001, 11:19 PM
Husky all the way bought at a pawnshop 4 yrs ago and still kickin the caddy of chainsaws thats my 2cents

Tony
12-31-2001, 11:44 PM
Stihl or Husky, both the best saw companies in the world. With a 16" bar I'd suggest the 021 Stihl, which you can buy for around $224.95 or the Husqvarna 340 at $249.95. Why you ask, well both these models weigh in at 10 to 10.5 lbs but still have plenty of power and a great reliability record. Husqvarna has recently anounced that they will be in 1000 Sears stores and 450 Lowes stores this 1st quarter of 2002, with the same pricing as your local servicing dealer. I would buy the Stihl because it's a better value now and also if you ever want to sell it or trade it it'll bring a higher $$ amount, Plus it helps your local dealer stay in business.

Tony

STIHL

southside
01-01-2002, 12:31 AM
Stihl 026 is a good all rounder.

strickdad
01-01-2002, 01:49 AM
stihl is a great saw, (i have had 3) husky is also a great saw(i have had 2 of these) but last year a guy showed me a "jonsred" these to me are the most impressive saws i have ever used . the power an speed of cut are unreal...

sheppard
01-01-2002, 08:25 AM
Had mine for 6 months now. No problems. Cranks every time. Have the model 45. Been at the dealer unsold for a good while (buyout from a competitor). Love the chain break, the ease of dismantling, and in Tallahassee the price is lower than what Stihls go for.

What ever you do GET SOME CHAPS!!! And a hard hat!

Cordially,
Sheppard

awm
01-01-2002, 10:20 AM
why dont you buy scagmans 026 . be hard to beat.

bam
01-01-2002, 12:58 PM
Husqvarna and Stihl are serious saws. A few years ago I bought a Husky 257 with an 18" bar and at work we have some medium sized Stihl's with 18 and 22" bars.

The year I bought my saw, the husky was the better value. I would go with either if I had the need for a new saw.

Fantasy Lawns
01-01-2002, 12:59 PM
Husky 55 ..... or Stihl .... hard to beat top name brand n Reliability

steveair
01-01-2002, 01:02 PM
hello,

just bought a stilh and very happy. I opted for the 'quick adjust' version with the dial-in chain tensioner. So far, I love it. I don't use a saw a lot, so thought it might be a neat option for a saw that is not going to be used every day.

With jonsered, I was wondering if anyone know the story behind these.....are they in anyway associated with partner, the makers of cut-off saws. I run a partner for my concrete cutting, and it is a great saw. When looking at he jonsered, they look very familiar in the design....wondering if there is a connection.

steve

E-man
01-01-2002, 01:12 PM
I agree with strickdad, Jonsereds are awsome saws if you would ever run one with a stihl or huskey there is no comparison. I ran these saws for years working for another tree service. If I could find a shop locally I would probably switch brands.

Sammy
01-01-2002, 06:00 PM
Stihl :)

mowerconsultant
01-01-2002, 08:23 PM
Originally posted by steveair
With jonsered, I was wondering if anyone know the story behind these.....are they in anyway associated with partner, the makers of cut-off saws. I run a partner for my concrete cutting, and it is a great saw. When looking at he jonsered, they look very familiar in the design....wondering if there is a connection.

Husky, Jonsered, Partner, Poulan.........
All owned by the same company.
Electrolux of Sweden.....
Yes......the vacuum cleaner company, along with about 20 other private label brands sold at every strore you can imagine...
They own em all !!!
Heck, most of the appliances and power equipment sold at Sears comes from the same company, Electrolux..........

I will stick with Stihl...........
The 026 is a great saw, been using em for years......

65hoss
01-01-2002, 11:54 PM
Best name in chainsaws is STIHL!

Scraper
01-02-2002, 08:13 AM
Dolmar! Doesn't anyone use Dolmar?

strickdad
01-02-2002, 11:27 AM
Originally posted by Scraper
Dolmar! Doesn't anyone use Dolmar? my dealer sells them but doesent "push" them to much.. which brings another brand to mind ECHO. has anyone tried these??

yardmonkey
01-02-2002, 01:04 PM
I'm no expert on chainsaws but I like the little Echo CS-3000. Have put a lot of use on mine over the last year or so. A lot of people around here seem to use that saw. It is made for one-handed use (even though you're supposed to never use a chainsaw with one hand) so climbers use it a lot. It is a very reliable saw (starts pretty much first time every time, like most Echo stuff) and is cheap at $200.00. Echo makes a full line of chainsaws and I don't know how their other ones stack up. The CS-3000 comes with a 12" bar but it can take a bigger one. It uses the little thin chains, which puts it in a different class from saws using regular size chains. But it is a good standard, affordable, dependable, portable saw to carry around for occasional limb cutting, the only saw most LCOs would ever need. You can even take down some some good sized trees with it, but for more serious tree work, probably bigger saws are better. If you don't have a chainsaw and think it might be useful to have one and you are not going to be doing lots of treework, I recommend the Echo CS-3000.

Robert Doubrava
01-02-2002, 01:07 PM
www.stihlusa.com/chainsaws That oughtta help you.:) My Dad has a very old Homelite, and it is a piece of you know what!! It is about 50 years old, I might add. He let it sit out in the shed with a full tank of gas, and got the carb. gummed up. He tried to clean it but it was bad. It would run for a few minutes, then die. So, he's gonna buy a new one. He said he liked the Stihl 025 Wood Boss.

K9LWT
01-02-2002, 01:18 PM
For homeowner use I would recommend the 088 with the 47" bar. You will have the biggest homeowner saw in the neighborhood. Bring your checkbook with you.

On a more serious note, I love my 029 Farm Boss with the 20" bar. It's a great saw.

Cutter1
01-02-2002, 01:37 PM
I have a stihl and a husky. I like them both. I just got the Stihl, its a 044 pro. That things cuts just about anything!! I have a smaller husky, it has served me well, I have beat it pretty good and it starts everytime. Either one of those brands are good!

strickdad
01-03-2002, 03:02 AM
Originally posted by mowerconsultant


Husky, Jonsered, Partner, Poulan.........
All owned by the same company.
Electrolux of Sweden.....
Yes......the vacuum cleaner company, along with about 20 other private label brands sold at every strore you can imagine...
They own em all !!!
Heck, most of the appliances and power equipment sold at Sears comes from the same company, Electrolux..........

I will stick with Stihl...........
The 026 is a great saw, been using em for years...... trust me these things eat stihls for lunchwww.jonsered.com (http://www.jonsered.com)

Nathan
01-03-2002, 06:29 PM
The diff between stihl and husky, stihl has ease of starting, husky is much easier to flood. Although Stihl is the only saw I will buy, I do not like any of their other equipment.

cleancutdude
01-03-2002, 07:44 PM
Don't waste your money on home owner junk go for stihl 026 or a husky 346/357 they are only a little more expensive .Don't be penny wise and Pound/Dollar foolish .Made that mistake when I was starting up . I now own shihl 020t husky 254xp and have used 026 quite a bit .

cleancutdude
01-03-2002, 07:59 PM
I agree with nathan about the flooding the 254 xp pretty prone to it , sill it has droped 30"+ diameter trees with a 15" bar .

WREBELMACHINE
01-03-2002, 10:00 PM
used jonsered for several years much better than the stihl or husky saws even though husky and jonsered are both owned by electrolux. This past february I bought two EFCO 956 saws only because the jonsered dealer told me to try them and if I didn't like them he would trade them for the jonsereds. I must tell you that this is the most underated saw there is. Outstanding performance and starts better than any saw I have ever seen.

bmh1202
01-03-2002, 10:51 PM
Another vote for Jonsered. I have a 2036 16' that will cut a ton before it even thinks about asking for a breather. THe thing that sold me was the air filter system. The dealer took a handfull of sawdust and threw it in the intake at full RPM and it didn't even sputter. It's easy to work on and has more than enough power. Mine always starts on the first or second pull too!

clyde stewart
01-04-2002, 12:54 PM
IT depends on who has the parts and where you can it fixed the fasted,but i say stihl chainsaw or huskavania

hubb
01-04-2002, 10:25 PM
STIHL
They run great and they last.:cool:

leeslawncare
01-04-2002, 10:28 PM
thanks guys for all your input . i"AM GONNA GET THE STILL 026 .. i FOUND IT HERE FOR 359.00$ IS THAT A GOOD PRICE? tHANKS AGAIN.lEE

captjack
01-04-2002, 11:24 PM
Dolmar makes a great saw. I have the 6000i with a 20 bar. Real good saw. Dolmar made the first chainsaw. The only thing about the 6000i is that is is on the heavy side. I bought a stihl 046 mag and have not used it in awhile. I will sell it if you want. Its about 500 new, i would take 275 for it.
Jack

Equipguy
01-06-2002, 11:45 AM
Stihl, Stihl & Stihl

mowohio
01-06-2002, 03:25 PM
Sthil. nuff said...

Jim Corcoran
01-06-2002, 06:04 PM
After having my brand new $500 Stihl saw stolen,my dealer talked me into buying a Husky 340 for around $250 w/case. I was impressed with how much wood this thing cuts through.

captjack
01-06-2002, 09:13 PM
I would sell the dolmar 6000i not the 046.
captjack

joed
01-08-2002, 07:55 PM
Beyond Stihl and Husqvarna, are there any other chain saw brands to look at?

BufalinoLand
01-08-2002, 08:54 PM
Stihl all the way. I have an 026 and 046mag. I do some tree work and those are the only saws i will ever need. The 026 is a tough pro model saw. The 046 is not for the timid.

thelandscaper27
01-12-2002, 10:41 AM
LEESLAWNCARE,

I use a Stihl 029 and it costed me $320.00 word of advice from me. shop around at your other stihl saw dealers. Trust me you will be blessed that you did.

There's my 2 pennys

Pelican
01-12-2002, 01:25 PM
I use Stihl for two reasons;

It's an excellent saw.

My dealer support is top shelf.

Jason_S
01-14-2002, 01:22 PM
I am going to college for forestry...... I have talked with loggers on several occasions, and the saw of choice is either Stihl or Husky.

Jason_S
01-14-2002, 01:24 PM
I have used both and like Stihl a little better

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A CHAIN BRAKE!!!!!!!!!! Don't go cheap, but it looks like you will go with a quality (non-poulan or McCollough) saw

kerr lawn
01-14-2002, 02:12 PM
stihl 026 with the biggest chain cuts like butter every time
stihl 009 is great to go up on a ladder or have as a back up

Bassman
01-14-2002, 07:49 PM
I've found the Echo CS-3400 works well for tree pruning and such. It is light weight, reliable and starts easy. Many tree service outfits in my area, (south Florida), use them. Plus the local Exmark, D.C., Shin dealer carries Echo but not Stihl so it makes sense for me to keep my business in house with the same dealer where I buy most everything else.

Bill Davis
01-14-2002, 08:59 PM
i have a Sthil 029 super farm boss and it is the best and only saw i will ever own!!

awm
01-14-2002, 09:15 PM
jonsonred-echo-husky-possibly olympic ,an italian made saw.
im stihl man myself tho, cause i know the ones that work for me
an dont know the others . do hear good things about them tho.