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Favorite hand held chop saw for pavers?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Pro Lawn LLC, Jun 13, 2006.

  1. Pro Lawn LLC

    Pro Lawn LLC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 18

    Looking to purchase a new chop saw for pavers. I would prefer one with a 12" blade. Will probably stick with a Stihl TS-400, but we also have looked at a Partner (don't know much about them) and one made by Redmax (HC510DV) looked nice with the dust vacuum and wheels include, but only 49cc engine. I would appreciate hearing everyones opinion. Thanks
  2. XXL Hardscaper

    XXL Hardscaper LawnSite Member
    Posts: 37

    I do not like the Stihl TS400. It has a horrible filtration system and they put the filter right were all the dust blows so the filter has to be checked, cleaned, or replaced very often. The ergonomics aren't very good either.
  3. Pro Lawn LLC

    Pro Lawn LLC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 18

    What chop saw do you prefer?
  4. XXL Hardscaper

    XXL Hardscaper LawnSite Member
    Posts: 37

    Partner or Wacker.
  5. PAPS Landscape Design

    PAPS Landscape Design LawnSite Member
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    Posts: 81

    I have (5) Partner k750's. we had 5-6 of the old k700, but they all went, guys love the new 750, thats the only brand I will buy, although I looked at the Husqvrna one and it looked respectable..
  6. Fordsuvparts

    Fordsuvparts LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 517

    We have almost all Stihl equipment and I love all of it except our TS400 concrete saw which I agree has the worst placement for the filter,You have to blow it out every time you use or it will not start. We are on our second one and it will be our last. The wacker was a pretty good Machine, We have rented one a few times.
  7. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,649

    I have the same proplem with an old stihl dont know the model # off hand. I heard stihl has a new one out with a good filter system? are you aware? The problem with it is so heavy. My employee who cuts all of the caps doesent want a new one for this reason. He keeps this old clunker running where i would throw it away but it is lighi and he likes it.
  8. Squizzy246B

    Squizzy246B LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 837

    We have the Husquvarna 3120K 16" 125cc's and leaves the Stihl for dead. Much better filtration system and a good machine to service. The older Partners were pretty average but the newer ones go well and are lighter than the Husky...not as much Grunt though. I will get a 14" Partner next for the out of position work. The Husky is at its best downhand and full throttle. Down here the Partner is also about $300 cheaper than the Husky.
  9. Pro Lawn LLC

    Pro Lawn LLC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 18

    Wow - 125 cc's - that's alot of saw. What are you cutting with that - retaining wall blocks? We rented a stihl ts400, pretty much a brand new machine, and it did a nice job cutting, but it was quite heavy and the air filter is in a bad spot. We are going to rent the partner 750 and see how the guys like that. Appreciate the responses!
  10. Squizzy246B

    Squizzy246B LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 837

    We cut 14" concrete and recon limestone blocks. The dust can be hell if no water is available. The bigger Partner is a good option. The Stihl is a very well balanced and accurate saw but the we couldn't live with the air system and consequent hard starting. The Husky eats 4" concrete like you wouldn't believe.

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