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lawnlandscape
05-20-2010, 11:52 AM
Time for a new chainsaw. Now, before you suggest one, please know that the biggest trees I remove are about 18". I only deal with the small stuff, everything else is referred to someone else.

Also know I hate Redmax and I'm looking to spend under $250.

Thanks :) :drinkup:

MarcSmith
05-20-2010, 12:33 PM
stihl ms 192t best 300 bucks you will ever spend, for 250 you can't buy squat unless is a poulan from HD....

Ok I know you can buy stihl for under 250, but a chain saw is not something you want to skimp on...

castlerockmo
05-20-2010, 12:47 PM
Sthl or husqvarna is what I would get.

sthl has the most torque while husqvarna is the fastest cutting saw.

I have two small Husqvarnas, I dont cut alot just here and there when a client needs small stuff cut and they both do real well.

MarcSmith
05-20-2010, 12:54 PM
i have 2 of the 192's and 2 of the larger MS260's at home I love my echo top handle...but the stihls take the cake...

FATGUY
05-20-2010, 02:11 PM
a good chainsaw for $250 is not really possible if you want to buy brand new. If someone wants a one saw plan, I'd consider a 60cc saw. Some may think that's over kill but you won;t be using it all day and you'll be glad you have the power when you need it. The Husqvarna 359 is probably the best value out there in 60cc saws. The Stihl 362 is probably the best 60cc saw out there. However you're now looking at twice the amount you want to spend. If you do your own maintenance on your equipment then I'd suggest looking on Craigslist/Ebay for a used Stihl MS361. If you rely on your OPE dealer for servicing your equipment, then you're better off taking his suggestion on which saw to buy from him. If he's treated you right on other equipment, he'll treat you right on this.

lawnlandscape
05-20-2010, 02:44 PM
Called a dealer about the Stihl 192.

He said it would be $360 for that one, but he does not recommend that one either because the repairs are expensive on it, because you have to take it all apart.

He suggested I go with the MS 170. Its $180, so half the price, and has the same exact power he said. The only major difference he said is that its 1 lb heavier.

I have no idea how something half the price can just have some extra weights put in it.. lol.. but thats what he said.

MarcSmith
05-20-2010, 02:50 PM
the 192 is a compact top handle arborist saw... and I' ve never had to have the case open yet...3+ years

its is smaller lighter has more oil capacity and bigger chain capacity...but same engine size

if you go sthil you won't be uspet...

lawnlandscape
05-20-2010, 02:56 PM
I'm 100% sure im going stihl on my new chainsaw. I have only had stihl blowers in the past, but some of them have been in service for 4+ years with not a single problem. Always easy to start and work perfectly. I can get the 192 top handle for $310, but if I was to get this one I would get the back handle too, but then it costs $360.

I did notice the difference in the oil capacity between the 170 and the 192. It is annoying having to fill the oil after using it for a few min, but for the price difference, I am strongly leaning towards the 170, unless someone can change my mind why the other one would be worth double the cost.

Question regarding the top handle.... How would that even be comfortable to use?

borwicks
05-20-2010, 03:04 PM
192t sucks, had 2, first one didnt make it 5 min. before i took it back. bought a china made redmax 3501t, did muffler mod, outruns the 192 all day long. Ive dropped this from 50+ foot and didnt break it.

Why do you need a top handle saw. ARe you in trees doing this type of work?

lawnlandscape
05-20-2010, 03:19 PM
192t sucks, had 2, first one didnt make it 5 min. before i took it back. bought a china made redmax 3501t, did muffler mod, outruns the 192 all day long. Ive dropped this from 50+ foot and didnt break it.

Why do you need a top handle saw. ARe you in trees doing this type of work?

I don't think I need a top handle saw... I was asking why anyone would buy a top handle over one with a rear handle too.

I hate redmax... I have had VERY bad luck with them.

borwicks
05-20-2010, 03:44 PM
get a rear handle. I have been using chainsaws for over 20 years. I have had several brands and models. My favorite pro saws are the
g5000 redmax, this outcuts my 026 pro all day long.
stihl 361 for bigger stuff. this is a great, maybe best all around saw with a 20" bar on it.
Look for a used one. I bought the 361 used for $330. It was mint, homeowner bought it to take down 7 trees on his property, paint wasnt even off bar. :)
If you dont know what your looking at for used saws dont buy one on your own, get it looked at by a mechanic. I maintain and rebuild all my own stuff.
For what you will be doing a used ms260 will last you 20 years. Run good synthetic oil at 50:1.
I will be selling a very nice 026pro saw in my collection in a few weeks. I need to look it over, check compression and clutch. If you can wait that long you can have first chance at it.

lawnlandscape
05-20-2010, 03:57 PM
Thanks for the info. I never buy used equipment anymore. Have had to many headaches with it.

MarcSmith
05-21-2010, 07:35 AM
[QUOTE=lawnlandscape;3573236
Question regarding the top handle.... How would that even be comfortable to use?[/QUOTE]
If you are in a bucket or in a tree, you don't want a rear handle saw...

I swear by(not at) our 192's with our employee's using them they have held up remarkably to any abuse that has come their way. Its just a nice reasonably price entry level arborist saw...

lawnlandscape
05-21-2010, 09:36 AM
If you are in a bucket or in a tree, you don't want a rear handle saw...

I swear by(not at) our 192's with our employee's using them they have held up remarkably to any abuse that has come their way. Its just a nice reasonably price entry level arborist saw...

Right... But the dealer told me the only difference between the 192 and the 170 is 1lb, and the 192 is double the price.

MarcSmith
05-21-2010, 09:52 AM
but i more than just the same saw. if you look at the top handle version its a totaly different layout and engineering to go into the 192 VS the 170. I hated to pay that much for the saw but take a look at the 200 YIKES....

lawnlandscape
05-21-2010, 08:22 PM
Ok, thanks for your info :) much appreciated

chuckhopkins76
05-23-2010, 03:25 PM
I just bought the German made Dolmar last week, it is a very nice saw. $300 plus tax.

docjones
05-23-2010, 10:35 PM
Dolmar PS-5100 series is a super nice mid range German made chainsaw that has excellent power, acceleration and doesn't weigh a ton.....I've owned one for a year now and absolutely recommend it....check one out.

kemco
05-24-2010, 02:10 AM
Echo CS-370. I bought one NIB off ebay during the first part of the year for around $230 shipping included. I had spent a few weeks researching which chain saw to buy. Ran across this popular mechanics review and it helped me make my decision.

I have been extremely happy with my purchase and have used it quite a bit this year. I mainly use it for cutting down shrubs and pruning, nothing usually more than 5 or 6" diameter though.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/reviews/outdoor-tools/4283685

lawnlandscape
05-24-2010, 02:44 AM
Thanks kemco. Looks like they feel pretty strongly about the echo. I noticed the Echo was rated at the least noisy one they took a look at.

Andersen Turf
05-26-2010, 09:07 PM
stihl any kind we cutt trees down and that i we use we have a 192ms 200,360 etc thats the only brand you need

ProshopPB
05-26-2010, 10:49 PM
I have the cheap rear handle Echo and used the crab out of it again today. its taken a spill from a extended bobcat bucket ( which i was standing in ) and it lived. I wish i would have bought a more powerful Echo...