Hand held cut off saw - which one

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by meets1, Jun 21, 2007.

  1. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Looking at getting a new quicky but what should I buy or what do you guys run? I have had a partner - which was ok - bought used and then I bought a new 371K husky - I liked this saw but now it is time again. I don't like the sthils - my uncle has them & I don't like using them. Anything is game?
  2. New Heights

    New Heights LawnSite Member
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    Sthil ts400 14" is the way to go. I find them reliable and trouble free. Make sure you run it with fresh gas and check/clean the airfilter. I have used the Partner 1200 it is a great saw too but I find it hard to locate parts. I would stay away from homelight and makita demo saws I personaly never had any luck with them.
  3. neversatisfiedj

    neversatisfiedj LawnSite Bronze Member
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    TS-400 here. There is a reason 90 % run Stihl's .
  4. ChampionLS

    ChampionLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,066

    I have the most temperamental !@#&*!!%!$#! Piece O' Sh_ _ Stihl saw anyone could ever own. It's the one with the big round air cleaner on the back. TS-350? Works great! (if you don't mind pulling it 10,000 times, each time to get it started). If I leave it idling... it will vibrate it's self out to the street in 2 minutes!.
  5. New Heights

    New Heights LawnSite Member
    Messages: 186

    LOL Thats great. I would ugrade to the ts400
  6. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,857

    I looked at an EFCO today and that seemed like a good saw. I also talked to a few contractors that have the 63cc and the 80cc saws and they seem to like them.

    I was also told that Husky bought out the partner brand and that partner will be rolled into a new husky saw come this fall or early next year.
  7. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,898

    We use a Stihl TS400. That model is really all I have ever used, and every one of them has been a cold-blooded bastard... Once they get started, no problems. Just don't ever expect them to start on the first or second pull.

    Husky and Jonsered both come from Electrolux. From what I've been told, Makita is made by Jons, and I believe EFCO is/was another division of Jonsred.

    If it's commercial quality, you really shouldn't have trouble with it. That being said, for handhelds probably try to stick with Husky or Stihl.
  8. Captains Landscape

    Captains Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 333

    TS400 here
  9. srl28

    srl28 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,177

    ts-400 12 and 14 inch saws-simply the best all around ones out there.
  10. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,929

    We run all Partner K750's. They have a better air filtration system than the Stihl's, they are lighter, better balanced and have slightly more HP too.


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