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Stihl Chain Saws

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Total.Lawn.Care, Nov 9, 2006.

  1. Total.Lawn.Care

    Total.Lawn.Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 840

    I have searched for this can cannot quite find the answers I am looking for. So here it goes...

    I am a big fan of Stihl products and of course Christmas is comming soon. I have told my wife that I want to get a new Stihl Chainsaw for Christmas, but I do not know which one I should get. Up to this point, I have had a homeowner grade Chaftsman and it has served me well. However, now that I am in the Business, I want a better saw that I can depend on.

    It will primarily be used for large hedge trimming, tree limb removal and cleanup, and the occasional tree dropping.

    I have 20 acres of land that we will also be dropping some trees on in preparation to build a house in a few years, but we are not talking major logging work. Just some trees here and there that are in the way.

    I want a good powerful saw, but I would like to not spend $700-$800 either. I would like to stay in the $400-$500 range. And I am not going to buy a homeowner model, but what is the big difference in the Mid-Grade and Professional Models? What Models do you guys suggest and your expereince?
  2. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,219

    of our saws we have 2 stihls ones a ms 026 and one is a ms 044. the 44 is a awesome saw when sharp and will drop anything its great but its a little heavy. the 26 is not quite a climbing saw but not as big and powerful as the 44 but we have down so big cutting with it. a good small saw in my opinion is the 26 you can still climb with it but your arms will get tired and it will limb trim and do what you want i think ours ahs a 14'' bar on it its nice
  3. Total.Lawn.Care

    Total.Lawn.Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 840

    Those model numbers you have are no longer in the lineup, unless they are the same saws with the these new model numbers.

    MS 026 = MS260
    MS 044 = MS440

    Is that correct?
  4. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,219

    yeah thats them i think they are both pretty new so i may have misplaced that 0
  5. TNT LawnCare Inc.

    TNT LawnCare Inc. LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,157

    Sthil ms390 all around nice saw $479.00 here in M.D. will take up to a 24 inch Bar. The 440 is Better but will cost you $729.00. The ms 260 is a nice saw for limbing and heavy bush jobs its leight wieght too.
  6. noseha

    noseha LawnSite Senior Member
    from MI
    Messages: 554

    pro model ms 260
  7. Phil's Lawn Care

    Phil's Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 38

    We have a MS260 at the firehouse with an 18" bar. Great for cutting limbs and trees. Also nice if you need to cut a hole in your roof for any reason.:) :) :p
  8. Total.Lawn.Care

    Total.Lawn.Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 840

    I visited my Stihl dealer today and looked at several models (MS260, MS260Pro, MS250, MS290, MS310, MS316, MS361, MS361C-Q, MS270, MS270 C-B, MS280). I compared features, price, engine size and capable bar length. I think that I have decided on the MS270 C-B. It was explained to me that it is assembled like the Pro Saws but has some plastic parts to the housing as opposed to all machined metal parts. There are several advantages to this, one being that they woudl be cheaper to replace should they get busted. It still has a two piece crank case like the professional saws.

    The MS270 has a slightly smaller engine but produces slightly higher HP with a higher RPM and chain speed than the MS260. It weights slightly more, but not enough to argue over. And the price it right at $379 for the MS270 C-B.

    Has anyone used or considered this saw? Please give your opinions.......
  9. noseha

    noseha LawnSite Senior Member
    from MI
    Messages: 554

    I have a 290 if I was to rebuy. I would get a pro 270. and look for a 440-441 which for sure I wouldn't know
  10. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,309

    for $500 you can get a 570 husquvara and then you'll have a real saw. I log in the winter when I'm not mowing or landscaping and all we use is husqvarna saws. They seem to run a bit faster and vibrate less. I understand you have your heart set on a stihl but do yourself a favor and look at the other brands.

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