Which Stihl saw should I buy?

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by fool32696, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. fool32696

    fool32696 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I'll be using the saw for cutting expansion joints in concrete and doing some light concrete demo. My dad had Stihl TS350s for years and loved them. I've been looking at a used TS400 (http://orlando.craigslist.org/tls/1077424896.html) and I'm pretty sure I priced a new TS410 at $859. I feel like these saws will do the job, but should I go bigger? Do I need to go with the 410 over the 400? Also, what will I expect to pay for a decent diamond blade?
     
  2. soopa

    soopa LawnSite Member
    from NY
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    The 400's are dogs when it comes to concrete demo, IMO. You're much better off with a walk behind or a heavier / more powerful hand-held like a 700 or 800.

    For what you're doing, save your back and spend the money... go with a walk behind. They're purpose built for that job.

    Stick with the hand-held if you're primarily cutting pavers or block.
     
  3. NewHorizon's Land

    NewHorizon's Land LawnSite Senior Member
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    For a good diamond blade you could expect to pay up to $300.
     
  4. JRSlawn

    JRSlawn LawnSite Senior Member
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    There are good diamond blades out there for around $75 but there are some shity blades out there too. I like my 400 keep the filter clean and you will like it I want to get a new 420. I bought 12 blades and a saw brand new for 1200
     
  5. AllHardscaping

    AllHardscaping LawnSite Member
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    TS 400s ar egreat for pavers but when you sink most of the blade into concrete it doesnt have the balls to be doing it all day. Id get a bigger one. I would stihl get handheld for the versatility but get the cart that stihl makes for their handheld saws. That way your initial cuts will be easy, standing up and when you have to cut into non flat chunks you can still do it.
     
  6. soopa

    soopa LawnSite Member
    from NY
    Posts: 135

    Good suggestion. I didn't even think about the cart... I need me one o' them!

    In that case, get a TS700 & a cart.
     
  7. Bru75

    Bru75 LawnSite Senior Member
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    You said "light" concrete demo. I think a ts 400 is fine for that. I've cut up some pretty big slabs with mine. It would not be the best choice for heavy demo.
     
  8. BostonBull

    BostonBull LawnSite Senior Member
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    TS420, if all your doing is LIGHT demo work, i.e. a few slabs here and there. The 420 allows a 14" wheel, where the 410 is a 12". If your doing more get a 700 or 800 with cart.
     
  9. fool32696

    fool32696 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I appreciate all of the input guys. I mainly do decorative concrete work and would probably only use the saw once a month. On occasion I need to remove a bad section of sidewalk or patio due to sinking, raising, or extensive cracking. I'd also use it to cut in expansion joints when we do a small pour. I usually sub out anything bigger than a couple yards. I'm thinking that for my small scale use I'd like a compact and light machine. There is a 700 with a cart for $1200 that I may look at.
     

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