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Old 03-13-2005, 02:43 PM
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New chainsaw

OK, it's time for a new chainsaw....a small one for branches and very small trees (3" diameter).

I'm looking for opinions--- Husky or Echo?? Also, because its only for small stuff, I was thinking of a 16" bar.


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Old 03-13-2005, 03:14 PM
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I know this isnt what your asking but I bought a stihl ms 250 and its a great all around saw if you have to cut down a whole tree. If you really are just doing small stuff only and never anything bigger just buy the cheapest climbing saw from echo or whatever other brand you want.
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Old 03-13-2005, 03:36 PM
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Freddyc we bought a chainsaw at the last minute type deal, all "commercial" stores were closed and I needed a chainsaw so I went to Home Depot, yes Home Depot and bought a Homelite 16" and a couple of extra chains and we have been using it for years now and no problems. Just remember the second you hit dirt they will be dull as hell.
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Old 03-13-2005, 03:42 PM
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nobagger

I was told the other day that the Homelites were not made to well. I guess your experience has been different.

Thanks. I also considered other brands...Poulan, Stihl.

I didn't like the looks of the Poulan too much but the Sthl seemed like a nice piece of equipment.

The Echo/Husky choice is mainly due to location of dealer for support if necessary. I hate driving 30 miles trying to get there before they close only to find out they don't have a part!

What kind of parts have you used on the Homelite??

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Old 03-13-2005, 03:46 PM
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OK, it's time for a new chainsaw....a small one for branches and very small trees (3" diameter).

I'm looking for opinions--- Husky or Echo?? Also, because its only for small stuff, I was thinking of a 16" bar.


Thanks.

Have you seen the Echo pruner saws? Looks like a long string trimmer with a 12" chain saw on the end. They work pretty well.
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Old 03-13-2005, 04:07 PM
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Freddyc the only thing I have bought are 3 chains and a adjustment tool, (was left behind somewhere) but honestly that is the only thing I have bought. I used it on several occations from smaller trees to 15" diameter or so 3 story tall trees with no problems.
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Echo trimmer's and blower's
LittleWonder equipment
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New Holland and Dresser loader's (snow removal)
Fisher snow plow's
DownEaster and Fisher salt spreader's
TurboTurf fertilizer tank

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Old 03-13-2005, 05:49 PM
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I like the stihl chain saw that say's it all.
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Old 03-13-2005, 06:20 PM
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Echo makes a nice little chain saw.

I have had a CS-3450 with a 16" blade for several years now. Always starts and has plenty of power and is very light.

Stay away from Homelite and Poulan! Parts availabiltiy sucks!
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Old 03-13-2005, 06:50 PM
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We have 12 Stihl saws. You can't go wrong, everyone has parts you need.
Everything else is ...well, NOT Stihl
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Old 03-13-2005, 07:12 PM
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I bought a 16in Homelite Ranger for $99 abought two months before the hurricane hit last year and it has cut fine. For the little things I will be cutting I could not have found a better saw.
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