lesson learned again and again

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Currier, Jan 26, 2001.

  1. Currier

    Currier LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 564

    I've known it forever, (learned thru experience) but the right equipment really does matter. I just finished a shrub removal job for a mowing customer. I do not own a chainsaw so I borrowed an old one from family. The job took longer than expected (surprise) but not too bad. The thing that killed me was the heavy labor that resulted from using junky equipment (I haven't swung an axe that much for years). Now things are slow around here right now so it didn't really matter, but it sure made me remember that this biz isn't bad if you have the right equip. and is a killer if you are trying to make it with junk!

    I'm hoping to buy a stihl saw sometime this upcoming season. Any advice on model? Any other brands you'd reccomend? I don't know much about them but I do know that the next time I need one I want to have the right one!

    [Edited by Currier on 01-26-2001 at 11:44 PM]
     
  2. I haven't bought one in several years. Depends on how much you want to spend. Here is a link to their product page:
    http://www.stihl.com/produkte/

    Take a trip down to your local dealer and look them over. My Stihl chainsaw is an 026. Cuts great and not too heavy.
     
  3. Likestomow

    Likestomow LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 997

    Here's what I did -- I went to my ACE hardware store and asked the Manager if he had any returns. We walked in the back storage area and he took me to his repair bench. There were probably 3-4 chain saws sitting on the floor. I looked for the size I wanted and found one that looked fairly clean. It started up right off, but it didn't idle too good. The Manager said it probably only needed a slight adjustment.

    This saw is an 017 Stihl, and it retailed for about $170. I offered the Manager $100 for it and he said he'd take $125. I agreed, took it home and read the manual. Then I did the low idle adjustment and it has worked fine ever since. If you like Stihl power tools, give this idea some thought. It never hurts to ask for a bargain, does it?
     
  4. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    currier--I don't have a large saw but I have several small ones.

    IMHO, if I were you, I'd go buy a sthil 029 farm boss. I'm looking for a tree job now so I can make the money in one job to pay for one myself.

    between us friends, if you need a bigger saw, you need a much bigger truck!

    GEO
     
  5. MJ

    MJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 312

    I'd recommend either Stihl or Husquavana (often referred to as Husky) if you're looking for quality. Two main consideration is anti-vibration while running and a compression release for starting the saw. If you have to pull against compression, it will wear you out quick. Stay away from the "homeowner specials". Same as you probably advise with mowers.

    Mick
     
  6. Greenkeepers

    Greenkeepers LawnSite Senior Member
    from NE Ohio
    Posts: 695

    Ace hardware sells Stihl saws????? OR did they take returns or trades on new saws that they have. My bro. passed on a Poulan at TSC for $25. What an idiot, for $25 I can use it to cut roots out of the ground or something!
     
  7. MJ

    MJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 312

    If you paid me $25, I'd take a Poulan off your hands.

    Mick
     
  8. dmk395

    dmk395 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Posts: 1,003

    Personally I love my Husquavrna saw, I have the 55 Rancher and its great. Not much vibration at all, for a machine with 50cc of engine.
     
  9. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,354

    I HAVE A STIHL 028 THATS THE BEST I EVER
    OWNED.BUT THE GOLD POULAN PRO 260 AT LOWES
    FOR 160 IS ALWAYS THE FIRST SAW I PICK UP.
    LIGHT VERY STRONG FOR 42CC AND CUTS AS GOOD
    AS ANY IN ITS CLASS .
    CHAIN WILL GET LOOSE AND STRETCH UNTIL ITS
    USED A FEW TIMES.YOU WANT GO WRONG WITH
    STIHL BUT THOUGHTI WOULD THROW THIS IN
    IN CASE MONEY IS TIGHT.sorry for caps in a hurry
     
  10. lawman

    lawman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 199

    I belive the Stihl farm Boss for around $300 is a great all around Saw. They have a good rep. and you can fix them yourself. The tec manuals can be found on ebay for around $10.00 each. I hope that this helps.
     

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