What model Stihl chainsaw should I get?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by j.p.landscaping, Jun 23, 2004.

  1. j.p.landscaping

    j.p.landscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 66

    I tried to post this question on arboristsite.com but for some reason it's not letting me post anything so I'll try it here....

    I am looking for a kick a** stihl chainsaw for basic landscape work. I'm not going to be cutting cords and cords of firewood or taking down 20 trees a day but I want something with mega balls that won't let me down when I need it. My uses would be some firewood cutting and some tree removal and dropping some limbs off overgrown trees.

    HOWEVER.......I don't want to spend $700.00+ dollars for it either.
    I like stihl and know there reputation in the industry but people say husky's are awesome too. The stihl 260pro cought my eye but it's considered stihl's lowest mid-range model and the 290 farm boss looks good too but I have read mixed reviews on them.

    Any suggestions guys????

    Thanks!!
    Jay
     
  2. Potchkins

    Potchkins LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 570

    STIHL MS 260 PRO
     
  3. j.p.landscaping

    j.p.landscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 66

    Why?
    And how is stihl's service if I should need it?

    Thanks pot...
     
  4. Potchkins

    Potchkins LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 570

    both dealers in my area are great
    the turn-around time is un believeable
    while you wait - same day- next day


    why the 260 :10.6 lbs / 3.5 bhp
    and a metal crankcase
     
  5. protouchlawn

    protouchlawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 142

    Look at the MS310. Great middle-of the-road saw.
     
  6. polecat63

    polecat63 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,655

    The 044 is an awesome saw. It's probably close to that $700 mark, but well worth it. It has power to spare and is very rugged.
     
  7. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    I used to enjoy using the 029 farm boss. that is an old number but it was a tough saw with lots of guts.

    GEO
     
  8. primecutmo

    primecutmo LawnSite Member
    from SWMO
    Posts: 85

    protouch
    i agree the 310 is a great saw. if you look at the 290 310 they weigh the same about 13 lbs if you are going to lug around 13 lbs wouldnt you want the most power you can get for the weight. i think they make a model that is one up from the 310 now and it weighs the same but has more power. id look at that before id buy
     
  9. primecutmo

    primecutmo LawnSite Member
    from SWMO
    Posts: 85

    the 390 is the saw that is larger than 310 id go with either of thoes
     
  10. Potchkins

    Potchkins LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 570

    MS 290 13.2 lbs 3.75 bhp
    that is only .25 bhp more than the 260
    1.5 lbs heavier so why bother

    if the 260 w/16" bar aint enuf

    look at the
    MS 361 : 4.3 bhp 12.3 lbs
    with a 20" bar but make sure you get the low kickback chain



    MS290 / MS310 / MS390
    all three are still 13.2 lbs
     

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