Husqvarna and STIHL

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by tthomass, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
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    I've run the TS400's for years and blown them up for years. I've run the new TS420? a bit but it died on us too (our fault). I want to add another saw and was debating going with Husqvarna. Anybody running them? I've got two buddies out of the area that switched over and of course I can't get in touch with them at the moment.....
     
  2. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
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  3. alldayrj

    alldayrj LawnSite Gold Member
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    How many 400s have you been through and why? Mines going on 5 years and runs strong. Probably 2/3 hrs a week of use but i do the plug and filters every spring, syn oil with premium and startron
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  4. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    We have a stihl. Problem free. 3 yrs old.

    They do have a very different method for starting, if you do not follow the starting instructions to a TEE you will not like the saw.

    So buy whatever brand you can quickly gets parts for.

    Change the filters. And maintain it.
     
  5. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    So many guys will buy a Stihl and say "I don't need to read the starting instructions I've been starting 2 strokes all my life I know how to do it"

    WRONG!!

    I was one of those guys that said that. And I was about to go buy a husky. Then my stihl dealer had a talk with me and all has been well ever since
     
  6. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
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    Some of the deaths have been our fault with filters. Others have been temperamental saws, some detonations etc. Every tool I run is STIHL, but the cut saws have been a variety of issues and headaches. I think the filtration system is not setup in the best arrangement and recognize they have a dirty job.
     
  7. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
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    What are those said instructions?
     
  8. latux87

    latux87 LawnSite Member
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    In the last year or so, Stihl has had a lot of carburetor issues relating to the ethanol in gas. I've had a bunch of guys switch to Husqvarna because they are cheaper and have not had the same problems. There is also a new saw by Solo that is also being marketed under Norton where instead of mixing the gas and oil ahead of time, the saw does it automatically. It's a nice saw, but they tend to be expensive.

    So bottom line is I have seen my ratio shift from 70% Stihl to almost a dead heat 50/50 ratio. It's kind like some people prefer Chevy, Dodge, or Ford....they will all get the job done, they all have their quirks, and people who buy them all swear the one they have is the best...
     
  9. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    no to saws that mix the gas. the gears in the mixers wear out and they stop mixing. piston seizes.

    bad idea. ticking time bomb.
     
  10. SVA_Concrete

    SVA_Concrete LawnSite Senior Member
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    We have a huskey saw, and have no complaints. Works great for us!

    We cut alot of rebar and concrete.

    The best feature of the saw is how simple it is to switch the blade to the other side of the saw. So you can cut close to a wall.
     

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