Originally Posted by treevet
never had any 088 problems. that seems odd. i have an 090 decades old that has had no problems other than an anti vibe mount. you may either have a bad mechanic or your crew is hard on your stuff? i have a small business (very high end though) and nobody runs my big saws except maybe to cut a stump when i am around. i have owned just about every saw stihl has ever made i think except the HO models.
Hi Treevet, we have to rely heavilly on the 88's for section felling/ blocking down large timber - it is pretty full on using this saw at 70' with a 72" bar!!! As i said i have been a true loyal Stihl user for many years now and the problem is quite common in these models of a certain age here in the UK. The problem lies with stihl UK - they recalled some but not all and although the acknowledge the saws have this problem they will not rectify it. As the repair cost were so high i approached stihl and qualified for thier in-house course for the 88's so the repairs can be done at our own depot. Since we have carried our own installation we have had no problems. We spend alot of money with Stihl year after year and i thought thier attitude was all wrong, thats what made me change. We are a medium size company again working for very high end including the Royal Crown and if any of my guys treated any of the equipment badly they would be out like lightening!!! I run a very tight ship, the guys get paid very well and get well looked after, in return they treat this company with the greatest respect.