Best chain saw for $300.00?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by JTF40, May 17, 2006.

  1. JTF40

    JTF40 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 875

    I've got $300.00 to spend on a new chain saw. For those of you who use/own one, tell me your opinions - good, bad, & the ugly !!!:usflag:
  2. K c m

    K c m LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,313

    Home depot little Echo guy. Had it 4 yrs and it runs like a champ.
  3. TheKingNJ

    TheKingNJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 781

    husky 350.................................
  4. Audrey

    Audrey LawnSite Senior Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 570

    I'd second that.
    Echo CS3400
    The dealers here sell them for the same price... $199 with the 14" bar. I would rather buy at my dealer. I've put mine through all kinds of torture, and darn it, it just won't quit! I wore out a bar and had to change the fuel pickup in the tank, but that's it. Going on 5 years of great service...

    Can also speak very highly of Stihl MS260 and the 066. Super machines! A little more than you wanted to spend though.

  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I don't do treework but a chainsaw sure is handy for larger branches and smaller trees, as well as pruning crepe myrtles and other thick-branched stuff.

    Although I ran the original through a LOT of wood (lots of work after Hurricane Isabelle a few years ago) and recently had to replace it, I love my Stihl 210. Small and handy, yet powerful enough to tackle things larger than I should be fooling with, I think they run around $240 or so.

    not sure on the bar size but it's a small saw, so...
  6. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,852

    Stihl, not exactly how much they are. Every single hand held I have is a Stihl and they have all been excellant.
  7. KINGjosh

    KINGjosh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 531

    stihl ms250
  8. Lawn Masters

    Lawn Masters LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 850

    For $300? ECHO. the smaller models are super, and bulletproof too. I tried hard as hell to kill one at 15, and it NEVER died, well not till I accidentally dropped it from a high place.
  9. Sammy

    Sammy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    Stihl the one !:drinkup:

    M RASCOE&SONS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,475

    put another 65 bucks with it and get the husky 455 rancher..

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