New Chain Saw Opinions?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by Talon1189, Apr 13, 2006.

  1. Talon1189

    Talon1189 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 73

    I am looking for a "NEW" medium duty chainsaw that is known reliable :) I was considering a Stihl MS 290.....MS 310......or ......Shindaiwa 377, 488 or What else? I am a newbie and used the search features of this site and have not found the answer :dizzy: I want reliablity + quality :cool2: All opinions are appreciated by me :) >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Talon
  2. LawnScenes

    LawnScenes LawnSite Member
    Posts: 177

    I'm enjoying the 2 Husqvarna saws that I have. I don't use them every day but when I do I've never had any problems. No problems with the Husqvarna brush cutter or push mower I have either.
  3. Paradise Landscapes

    Paradise Landscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 960

    I enjoy my stihl 029.

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,138

    We run a shindiawa 575 no vibration, plenty of power,starts the second pull every time.
  5. Larry Davis

    Larry Davis LawnSite Member
    Posts: 116

    Go to

    Just like everyone on this site lives on mowers, everyone at that site lives with their chainsaws. You'll find everything you want to know.
  6. Partsangel

    Partsangel LawnSite Member
    Posts: 80

    Quote (medium duty) chainsaw that is known reliable.

    well stihl, husq, shindiawa would be in the Top Of the Line catagory.

    I think for the price a Poulan Pro series might be what your looking for.
    they have better features and durability than what you will find at Wally World.

    Mike AKA Partsangel
  7. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Tejas
    Posts: 2,419

    You might try the Shindaiwa 352s, or wait on the 446 (which will have the easy start recoil like the 352s and the 285s).
  8. 04TurfT

    04TurfT LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 255

    I've got the stihl 260, it seems to be a good one, I havent used it a whole lot yet, but I like it...
  9. DEEJ

    DEEJ LawnSite Member
    Posts: 230

    The Stihl 260 is the same as the older series 026. I have an 026 and an 036, both with 20" bars on them. The 026 is the best overall saw in my opinion. It is a great combination of weight and power. The 036 is a little hard on the back at the end of the day. Both are awesome saws that have never given me a scrap of trouble in 12 years.

    My vote goes with the Stihl brand and the Stihl 260 in particular.

  10. PLM-1

    PLM-1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,640

    Shindy 488 here. Been through hell and back. Starts, runs, cuts great! Can't go wrong.

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