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Stihl MS290 Chain Saw

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Husky03, May 7, 2005.

  1. Husky03

    Husky03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 432

    Anyone have any experience with this saw? I need to get a 16-18" bar and this saw looks ideal for me. It has a 56cc engine. This saw will not be used heavily and it will only be used for small stuff. I can't decide whether or not to go with Stihl or Husqvarna. I have had much better luck with my Husqvarna stuff rather than Stihl, but the dealer is bad.

    Thanks... :)
  2. bill w

    bill w LawnSite Member
    from Va.
    Posts: 198

    Small stuff? The MS 250 is lighter, less expensive, and just as dependable.
  3. Up North

    Up North LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MN
    Posts: 1,063

    I was always a Husky user until last fall. My father in law has a Stihl 029 (older version of 290) and he'd cut circles around my Husky. My saw was a bit smaller then his but when I used his I was amazed at the difference. So I bought the MS310 last fall...wow! This thing cuts like crazy, I'm a Stihl chainsaw guy from now on.

  4. rockstate

    rockstate LawnSite Member
    Posts: 83

    The MS290 is an incredible saw we purchased 3 of them last fall and have cut several whole trees with them and they have never failed us. We have the 18" bars
  5. Husky03

    Husky03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 432

    I looked at the MS250, but it was under the occasional use/homeowner section so I figured I should go with the midrange saws. I would think the midrange saws would be built better. There is only a $30 difference between the 250 and 290. Weight is not a concern.

  6. northwest lawn

    northwest lawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 196

    i have used both stihl and husky by far husky is the best, we use a xp275 with a 28 inch bar to cut firewood phenominal saw
  7. bill w

    bill w LawnSite Member
    from Va.
    Posts: 198

    Nope, not built any better. My experience around here is a $50 difference in price. The 029/MS290 is their best selling saw, though.
  8. Fresh Cut

    Fresh Cut LawnSite Member
    Posts: 21

    Try and find a used MS360 or 036. Maybe a new MS260. These are pro grade Stihls, in my opinion a much better saw. I have a 260 and a 440 and like them. My friends have a 250 and a 290, I noticed that their chains were loosening a lot more than mine, not sure if it's 'cause they are home-owner saws or not. I'm pretty sure that the pro engines are more efficient and powerful per CC as well.
  9. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,177

    Stihl is the first name and only name in chain saws. I have used them all. Stihl runs circles around everything else.
  10. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Posts: 1,796

    I've had both a Sthil and a Husky saw both from same dealer. Parts for Sthil always on shelf, parts for Husky, you were renting a saw for a few days. If dealer support and parts are better for the Sthil go for it. Personally I liked the cut of the Husky better but I liked the way the Sthil was built better. Much easier to get the chain off and the Sthil, seemed to need less sharpening. Both are good brands.

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