Wanted..opinions between Husqvarna or Stihl Chainsaw

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by b & t lawn care, Mar 18, 2008.

  1. b & t lawn care

    b & t lawn care LawnSite Member
    Messages: 50

    Am looking for a small chainsaw to carry in the truck while on mowing route to cut branches or small trees after storm damage. Did buy a Stihl MS170 2 years ago. Loved the saw. But only ran three tanks of fuel thru it when a seal went out. Cost more to fix the saw than it did to buy it new. So...there is a Stihl and a Husqvarna dealer in the area. Wanting to know the pros and cons between the two brands before I purchase one. Am looking at a Husqvarna 142, but Stihl dealer says to pass that one up..not a good saw. I do have a Husqvarna 61, and that has been a WONDERFUL saw, but am wanting something smaller to carry in truck every day for those small jobs. We have Stihl backpack blowers and love them too, but after what happened to the Stihl MS170, am a little worried concerning Stihl. Anyone out there have opinions to offer?
  2. 7 IRON

    7 IRON LawnSite Member
    from VT
    Messages: 227

    I agree, pass on the Husqvarna 142. Go with the 340 or 345. The 142 is made by Poulan for Husqvarna. The 340 & 345 are made by Husqvarna as is the 61 you have.:usflag:
  3. jrc lawncare

    jrc lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 420

    I have a Husqvarna 350, very good saw. You won't be disapointed.
  4. K/B

    K/B LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 480

    Isn't the 350 the one with a plastic crankcase? I've heard so many complaints about it.
  5. ha305

    ha305 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 68

    What do the AX MEN use? Id go with that. You'd have enough power
  6. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,850

    Husky all the way man!
  7. BMFD92

    BMFD92 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    my husqvarna 340 is a very nice saw and has come in handy a lot lately
  8. wimpy

    wimpy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 131

    If you want something extremely cheap and all you're going to be doing is limbing small branches, I'd get the ms 180 for about $219-$220. It's way better than the ms 170 you had.
  9. Oregon

    Oregon LawnSite Member
    from oregon
    Messages: 5

    Husky is great, if you want a small professional saw go with the husky arborist saw, it is an xp series which is the pro line and completely rebuildable
  10. davink

    davink LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Messages: 73

    I do not recall the model number of it, but I bought a small Husky saw about 3 - 4 yrs ago, and the thing has been a PITA since I bought it. I much prefer the stihl. I own 2 sthil saws Ms290's and they are great... but they are larger than my Husky. So maybe build diferent. Good luck with it!

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