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Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by slam13, Jan 23, 2010.

  1. slam13

    slam13 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 1

    im starting an organic agricultural project in tropical africa. and i was wondering what are the best chainsaws for tropical forest?
  2. Craaaig

    Craaaig LawnSite Member
    Posts: 164

    i really like stihl myself, but husqvarna makes an awesome saw as well
  3. ConstSvcs

    ConstSvcs LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 380

    For you needs I would say Jonsered saws and rolls of standard forestry chain, bars, filters, plugs, etc.

    I do own Stihl and Husky saws but..........
  4. AWJ Services

    AWJ Services LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Ga
    Posts: 4,276

    I have stihl and husky and both work great.
    The Husky has been really abused, left in the rain, etc and has never failed.

    I would look at the area you are working and call the manufacturers and see if they have any dealers anywhere hear the area.
    Invest in a quality handheld sharpener and a bench mount sharpener and everything Constsvcs mentioned.
  5. whosedog

    whosedog LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 730

    Just what we need, more rain forest destruction for agricultural use.Why not just burn it off like the natives?
  6. ConstSvcs

    ConstSvcs LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 380

    Good point.............what exactly are you harvesting ???
  7. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,544

    I would be finding out what brands are available where you want to go.

    The most reliable saw is this

  8. ioilyouin

    ioilyouin LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 710

    Good one! Can't beat an armstrong.
  9. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,544

    I was only kidding about a swede saw :laugh:

    Before the OP gets excited about buying a saw you would want to find out what kind of parts network there is in Africa.

    My preferance is Stihl but you may not beable to use Stihl if there isn't any dealers in Africa for parts.
  10. Ozz

    Ozz LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 887

    My favorite 3 saw plan is

    1- MS460 or MS660. I like my big saws ported. For the MS 460 I'd go 24" 3/8,.050 full chisel,, 32" skip chisel. For the 660, I'd go 36" semi-skip, and 42" full skip.

    2- 346XP. Ported, take the cat muffler off, put a non-cat muffler on. 18" bar max. Full chisel.

    3- MS200 rear handle. Don't port this one. You could kill yourself with a saw like this ported. The handle on an arborist saw doesn't do that well with kick, when ported, you get a 30-50% gain on cutting speed, but it also means more kickback. Once again, remove the cat muffler and put a non-cat one on. 14" bar, chain doesn't matter b/c with a limbing saw, your generally cutting limbs.

    Keep your chain sharp and tensioned correctly.

    Skip chain on long bars kicks like po'd mule, so be careful.

    AND, GR, don't make fun of swedish saws, they make up half of my saws.

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