Chainsaw Help

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by sandy creek, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. sandy creek

    sandy creek LawnSite Member
    Messages: 96

    I know this doesn't really fit in this forum but wasn't sure where else to post it. I'm in the lawncare business but from time to time we get storms and my customers call me to cut up fallen trees, large limbs they can't move by themselves ect. I'm going to invest in a saw to take on these jobs for them but want to see what you would recommend. This saw will not be used regularly (I'm sure several times a year) but when it will be used, it will be used alot so I don't mind paying for dependability. What brand, model, size bar, ect. would you guys recommend?
    thanks in advance.
  2. jkilov

    jkilov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MS
    Messages: 1,415

    What size limbs we talking about?

    There are three basic saw classes:
    - thinning saws: 35cc 2-2.5hp 12" bar
    - limbing saws: 50cc 3-3.5hp 16" bar
    - bucking saws: 70cc 5-5.5hp 20" bar

    You also have your 90+cc monster saws and others but the upper three are your most common units.
  3. sandy creek

    sandy creek LawnSite Member
    Messages: 96

    big oak limbs, maybe 18-24 inches across
  4. RLS24

    RLS24 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,603

    16" bar is a good all around one. Maybe invest in an 18" as a backup they are easy enough to swap out if you need it for a certain job. I would go with the Stihl MS-290. Its a great all-around saw, really can't go wrong with it.
  5. jkilov

    jkilov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MS
    Messages: 1,415

    Those aren't limbs but trunks.

    Looks like you're in need of a 70cc saw. I doubt anyone makes homeowner or semi-pro saws in this category. You will need to dish out some cash and get a Stihl MS440 or Husky 372xp.
  6. kaferhaus

    kaferhaus LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,444

    We have 2 Stihl M290 "Farm Boss" saws with 20" bars and a Stihl 131 pole saw.

    The Farm Boss has plenty of power (it's a middle of the line saw) and has been very reliable. Ours also "sit" most of the time but are invaluable when needed. We've uesd these on trees with 30" trunks without any problems or stress on the saws.

    I think they're about $350 each.... the pole saw was twice that but it paid for itself within the first two jobs we used it on..... 15ft cutting height from ground level.....and plenty of power.

    With the Farm Boss saws.... bought those just before hurricane season 4 years ago. After the first hurricane hit, we spent 2 weeks without cutting the first blade of grass and put 40K in the bank
  7. jkilov

    jkilov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MS
    Messages: 1,415

    The new 290s aren't as bossy as the original farm-boss, but the price is very reasonable.

    Yes, they fall into 60cc (farmer class) which is designed to work both as a limbing (16") or bucking (20") tool depending what bar you put on. The idea was that your average farmer could manage most wood tasks with just one saw. The maximum allowed for these is 24 or 26", which hardly anyone puts on cause they're so awkward to lump around.
  8. betmr

    betmr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,663

    I use an Echo CS 360T. It's a great saw for me, 16" bar, compact, not real heavy. Have used it many times even to take down some Big Bradford Pears. Myself I really like it.
  9. stvsloan

    stvsloan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    As a logger of 30 yrs...I found a saw is a saw is a saw. They all cut. So it comes down to $$, what will last the longest and be easier to use. Personally...I would go with a Husky with a 24-30 inch oregan bar as Stihl bars wear out too fast. Use Stihl chains...oregan chains are too soft. Stihl saws are more rugged and can take being tossed into the pickup alot better...but Husky makes a better user friendly saw. At the end of a busy day I found a Husky was easier on the body. But all of the above means nothing if the person running the thing doesn't know how to cut with a saw. You could have the best...sharpest machine on the planet....but if you don't know what your doing it just won't sears.
  10. jasonlandscape

    jasonlandscape LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 124

    you need an ms880

    it will cut anyhting

    lol, nah. just get a ms361 its $600...very fast and powerful.


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