New chainsaw

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Joel B., May 1, 2006.

  1. Joel B.

    Joel B. LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 458

    Looking at Echo and Stihl. Is either one better than the other or is it six of one and half a dozen of the other? The saw won't be used a lot, maybe a cord or two per year.

    Also, will either the Echo or Stihl use the same two cycle mix as an Echo blower and trimmer?


    Joel B.
  2. Rollacosta

    Rollacosta LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 331

    Doesn't matter what you buy the most important thing is learn how to use it properly,oh and do buy protective clothing and boots to go with it..:)
  3. Rollacosta

    Rollacosta LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 331

  4. 6'7 330

    6'7 330 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,821

    I have had great luck with stihl, both for commercial use, and for personal.I cut a lot of firewood for family use,and Stihl is one tough saw that has performed good.These saws, are not buy and use occasionally saws, they get heavy use, and have held up very good.
  5. Jnamo

    Jnamo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    A lot of the tree trimmers around here use Stihl. I got a deal on a used one (from a tree trim company) so you know it has been used a lot! Anyway, it cuts like a hot knife through butter and starts with max of 3 pulls everytime. It is an 039 and it is a hoss!!!! Bulletproof baby! Just talking about it makes me want to cut something! Good luck-Jeff
  6. newtostone

    newtostone LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 681

    Husqvarna--They are great saws. I have 446xp? Dont recall the number but it starts with a 4. I am using the same mix as i do in all my Stihl trimmers and the Husqvarna bar oil. And dont be afriad to look like the fooL wearing the safelty gear. Just a few weeks ago i got my leg pretty good with the saw, it really gave it good to my chaps.. I only wonder what it would have looked like without them on. (top 3 rules. Never cut tired-Only cut with a sharp chain-Keep you chain on properly *not too tight-not too loose-) HAVE SOEM FUN AND LET UP KNOW WHAT YOU GET:walking:
  7. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    If you are looking at occasional use the most important element is will it start reasonably well? Is it a comfortable fit? and is it cheap? My guess - Echo.
    Having a stihl that sits around most of the time is kind of like sacrilige :)
  8. Littletruck

    Littletruck LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 51

    Echo = alot pf plastic.
    Stihl home owner saws are not much better, I still give it to the Stihl. So if you find one that feels better in your hand then go for it, just DO NOT get a top handle saw. The lil MS180 can get you by without a big investment.

    FWIW I prefer the Dolmar saws. Even there small saws are pro saws.
  9. Lugnut

    Lugnut LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 551

    I have both Stihl and Echo saws. Both saws are solid but the Echo is a little tempermental when it comes to starting at times. I have no complaints with the Sthil. As for the fuel, everything is a 50:1 mix, but I would use Stihl oil for everything.
  10. Focal Point Landscapes

    Focal Point Landscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    All Stihl here , but Huskies are excellent also - Dolmar is a great saw , but no dealers where I live. Besides , Stihl matches all of my other equipment :)

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