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Need new chainsaw

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by JohnyNCa, Jun 29, 2000.

  1. JohnyNCa

    JohnyNCa LawnSite Member
    Posts: 56

    Occasionally when im doing some hedge trimming my clients ask if i can cut down some branches of their small tress but since i dont have a chainsaw i decline. Anyone recommend a certain gas one? I was thinking of a echo or something somewhere in the price range of $150-250? Thanks
     
  2. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Posts: 7,827

    Husqvarna in my opinion is a nice chainsaw. Cost between 300 to 400$ But nothing worse than buying a cheap chainsaw. Unless you like working on them all the time. We have no stihl dealors close by.<br><p><font size="1">Edited by: Charles
     
  3. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,085

    I think anyone who's in grounds maintenance biz should have a chain saw. Its good for making some extra cash when things are slow. Like you said, to cut small limbs, also think about after-storm cleanup, fallen trees and limbs. Also if you live in a colder climate, think about delivering firewood if you have access to a dump truck.<p>But as far as brands go, I've always ran Stihl when it comes to chainsaws and concrete saws, even now in the Air Force, thats all we use. They are very dependable, low maint. machines, and the prices aren't too bad compared to echo, etc. Check them out. They also have a &quot;tool- less&quot; chain tightening syaytem that saves a ton of time in the field. I know your probobly looking for something small for what you say you'll be doing, but check out a larger power unit if it's not too much more $cratch. You'll be thankfull later if you end up getting more jobs for it, you can put a longer bar on it. Keep your options open and do the research!! Hope this helps<br><p>----------<br>&lt;a href=&quot;http://communities.msn.com/guidosequipmentpics/&quot;&gt;&quot;Guido&quot;&lt;/a&gt;<br>David M. Famiglietti
     
  4. Getmow

    Getmow LawnSite Senior Member
    from VA
    Posts: 445

    Stihl gets my vote. I have two 028 supers. They are very reliable.
     
  5. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Posts: 3,486

    Husqvarna or Stihl, you can't go wrong with either. I bought a Husqvarna at Northern Tool, was $289.00, was on sale for $259.00 and I had a 15% off coupon so I got it for $220.00. Much cheaper that the Stihl and cut through trees like butter!
     
  6. AB Lawn Care

    AB Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 585

    Only 1 word.STHIL.They invented the chain saw and have been making the best ever since then.At my sthil dealership in town they are allways tuning up and working on 30 year old sthils!They never die!And if you cant afford a large sthil you can buy smaller pruning chain saws.But I suggest if at all possible get a commercial rated sthil.Hope this helps!<p>----------<br>from:Adam<br>AB Lawn Care
     
  7. jrblawncare

    jrblawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 445

    You know what I'am going to say...STHIL..spend a little more..300.00 to 400.00..You will be glad you did.<p>----------<br>John <br>
     
  8. The Mowman

    The Mowman LawnSite Member
    Posts: 37

    Where I work we use a Husky 257 (I think). It is great. it cuts through stuff so easliy and is reliable.
     
  9. BRET

    BRET LawnSite Member
    Posts: 19

    WE USE ALL ECHO PRODUCTS. IVE USED THE CHEAPEST MODEL ECHO CS-3000. I DO ALL PHASES OF TREE CARE. HAVE DROPPED 14' FOOT CALIPER LIVE OAK WITH THESE SAWS. I DROPPED ALL THE BRUSH DOWN TO THE ROOF LINE AND FINISH UP WITH A 48&quot; BAR. WE DO OVER $ 50,000 A YEAR IN TREE CARE AND MAINLY USE OUR $200.00 SAWS. ALL THOSE OTHER BRANDS ARE GOOD SAWS BUT TO INVEST ALOT OF MONEY INTO ONE PIECE OF TWO CYCLE AND NOT USE IT EVERY DAY IS KIND OF BAD. ( I HAVE A STIHL CHAIN SAW USED ONCE THAT SITS IN OUR SHOP )WE RUN A 14&quot; BAR AND WE TRIM EVERYTHING. WE MAINTAIN LARGE COMMERCIAL AND OUR SAWS HANDLE ANYTHING.HOPE THIS HELPS
     
  10. Dale

    Dale LawnSite Member
    Posts: 36

    We use Sthil everything. Blowers, saws, trimmers, hedgers. We have very few problems with them. We probably have ovedr 40 pieces of Sthil product now.<p>----------<br>Dale Wiley<br>Maintenance/Operations Manager
     

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