View Full Version : Chain Saw Choice ?

10-05-2000, 09:29 PM
Need to get a chain saw for minor trimming and shrub removal. What size and brand would you all recommend? Would you suggest buying new or used. Thanks for your input.

10-05-2000, 09:39 PM
Echo CS3400 or 3450- Sweet saws. I like the 3400 better for small jobs because of the handle placement.

Rodney Anderson
10-05-2000, 09:43 PM
Stihl or paulon would be good choices for small trre and shrub removal. Both are well built and dependable. If they are well taken care of they'll last for long time.
Size no bigger tham a 16" bar.

10-05-2000, 09:57 PM
Boys take a look at the pouland gold pro saw at lowes
This is not the green saw . this is a truly
pro type saw. About a hundred less than Ive seen it
for before. I have 2 stihls also but this gold
saw fits in any company.

10-05-2000, 10:04 PM
The little Echo's run for years.The Poulan saws I've been around seem to be disposable.(green kind)

10-05-2000, 10:07 PM
A Stihl 029 is a good all around saw! Around $300.

10-05-2000, 10:13 PM
I couldnt agree more about the green saw
Right now Iknow where six are that wont run.
This was a discount saw . The pro series
is a different deal. By the way the echo
equipment Ive used was real quality also.

10-05-2000, 10:18 PM
I've got a Stihl 019C. Its got a 14" bar and is quite small and lightweight although it still has plenty of power. I use it alot for shrub removal and trimming. It fits perfectly for this use. It was about $200.


10-05-2000, 10:37 PM
Stihl! Skip the poulan pros, they suck, we used to use them all the time, since i switched to stihl i don't know why i dealt with all the shortcomings of the poulans.

10-05-2000, 11:12 PM
Poulan makes a nice little 16" saw for about 100 bucks at Walmart, its perfect for small jobs. I have never had problems with mine, and have even done bigger stuff with it.

10-05-2000, 11:26 PM
We got a Poulan 18" and a 14" mculla for $230.00 for both

10-06-2000, 12:12 AM
I bought a Stilh - 011 w/14" bar, at a pawn shop for $90.00 in 1996, have used it about 12 times every year.I don't know how old it was when I bought it. I cleaned it up,put in a new spark plug and it fired right up. Everytime I use it I clean it when I get back to the shop, and it still starts on 3 pulls.I will buy a new Stilh Saw when and if this one dies on me.

[Edited by klite on 10-06-2000 at 03:14 AM]

10-06-2000, 01:57 AM
ECHO!!! As I said before in a previous post everything that I own (hand held) is ECHO. Me and my crew put them through abuse day in and day out and I have yet to have a problem with any of them.

I also own a Stihl 029 and it hasn't ran for two years. Have you ever been standing in the rain trying to clean up a tree limb that fell in last night's storm and your saw won't start. It's a wonder it didn't wind up in the creek.

I just recently bought an Echo 3400 and had my dealer put a 12" bar on it (it comes with a 14"). Excellent choice, more power than I'll ever need for that bar. Plus the chain off my power pruners will fit my chain saws.

Echo also has a new style chain adjustment. It adjusts from the side rather than the front. Really easy to adjust!!!

If your in the business for the long hall, buy something that will last.

[Edited by toslc on 10-06-2000 at 05:00 AM]

10-06-2000, 03:10 AM
The echo cs3450 is by far the best choice among chainsaws. That is if you wont one that will last and be versitle for little or big cutting and remember you might have to pay a little more for a echo but it will last and u know days u get what u pay for. I have a 3450 and love it.

10-06-2000, 06:32 AM
When buying a saw keep in mind dealer support[parts and service]also if you can buy new,why get someones headache.I own a Stihl 026...GREAT SAW!!John

10-06-2000, 07:03 AM
Since you like echo.yY.ou dont like the
029. The 029 is a consumer model which
I dont usually prefer in Stihl line.
If iterested ILL give a few bucks for it.
Better than letting gather dust.
Have a good one TM

10-06-2000, 07:53 AM
Stilh or husky and you wont go wrong.

10-06-2000, 09:06 AM
I just use a $129 Poulan. For the very limited amount of work that I use it for(fallen limbs, shrub removal...) it suits me fine. When it breaks, I will but another. It gets used maybe 3 hours per year.

10-06-2000, 10:18 AM
Husky or Stihl, I've heard some good things about the Shindaiwas too. Our oldest best running saw is a Husky 36 model. I've replaced some plastic and one bar but other than that I'ts been very reliable four years running. If you don't want to spend the bucks a Poulan Pro saw is identical to the 36 Husky and both run as good as the Stihl 029. FYI: on the smaller unit Huskys they are not made in Sweden! You have to get into a larger model like a 51. Make sure that it has the black engraved id plate labeled Husky Sweden. Oh yeah,the sprockets are different too!

AB Lawn Care
10-06-2000, 06:50 PM
I can't complain about any other brands becouse I have never used them,but I can say that we own a sthil saw and it has worked awsome!They invented the chain saw,and from what I see make one of the best.

10-06-2000, 08:39 PM
Try using this Stihl saw! http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=459130459

10-07-2000, 12:01 AM
Dolmar made the first gasoline powered chainsaw in the world in Hamburg Germany (1927).

10-08-2000, 12:52 AM
Hey, guys thanks for all your input. I found a good used Sthil 017 w/ 14" bar today. Dealer wanted $95.00. So I made him an offer, $75.00 and he said sold. Thanks again for your help. Mowman

mdb landscaping
10-08-2000, 09:39 AM
i would recommend a stihl 019T for real like trimming around shurbs or small tress. id get a little bigger stihl if you plan on cutting real thick limbs.

10-09-2000, 10:37 AM
I just bought myself a Dolmar. The thing runs awesome. Like a hot knife through butter!!! Granted it's brand new, but the thing is sweet.

10-09-2000, 10:47 PM

What Model Dolmar did you get?

10-10-2000, 09:09 AM
Steve, I got the Dolmar 540.

10-10-2000, 11:07 PM
Thats a great saw, probably the best one you can buy in that size range!

10-11-2000, 08:47 AM
Glad to hear it Steve! It's the first chainsaw I've bought. I was looking at the Poulan's, but my dealer talked me into the Dolmar. Glad I went that way as the price difference was not that much. Think I paid like $340 for it.