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whats a good 18" bar stihl chain saw?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by grass disaster, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. grass disaster

    grass disaster LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,755

    want something light!

    possibly 20hrs use a year on average.

    so probably dont need the most expensive model. but i dont want the cheapo model either
  2. TriCountyLawn

    TriCountyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,517

    Alot of ppl will recommend a mid model Stihl but id rather a have a 260pro with a narrow chain on it rather then a mid model. JMO. If you do go the mid route then get the biggest one cause if I remember right they all weigh the same.

    That said my 361 has been great to me and pulls a 20" just fine. Im sure it would be a bag azz with a 18 on it . good luck
  3. Bautieri

    Bautieri LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    I run an MS290 (Farm Boss). It's a bit porky compared to the other mid size Stihl models, but so far it's been a very solid unit. If you want a lighter saw, check out the Wood Boss.

    What are you going to be using the saw for? I mostly use mine for storm clean up and cutting firewood.
  4. grass disaster

    grass disaster LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,755

    Clean up brush lines....odds and ends.
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  5. TNGrassCutter

    TNGrassCutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,321

    MS 290 Farm Boss is the number 1 seller. I have a new one and an older 028 Wood Boss. The 290 is stronger and weighs a little more, both have 18" bars.
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  6. blake101

    blake101 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 581

    MS261 enough said.
  7. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 17,647

    The MS250 is all you need for that, or for most work with a chainsaw unless you cut for heating your home. I have the Jonsered counterpart to that model and it cuts way out of proportion to its size and power. It is my smallest saw, but my most used saw because it is so handy, and does all that anyone needs 90%+ of the time for anyone that doesn't cut for a living. I run an 18" narrow kerf bar that I bought from Bailey's, and it pulls it quite easily even taking full length passes.
  8. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Messages: 2,768

    The MS250 is a perfect saw. I've fell oaks that required cutting from both sides to get all the way through. That's with a 18in bar. Drop the tree and cut it all up all with the 250. If I want to get it done even faster, I'll break out the MS390. :)
  9. SDLandscapes VT

    SDLandscapes VT LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 581

    Of the stihl line of saws stay with the pro models--262 or 362 would be fine---if it were me and you wanted an incredible saw at an incredible price check out Makita saws on Bailey's. Makita saws are made by Dolmar and are every bit commercial grade and will run forever and will be half the money--Makita 510 or 640
  10. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,139

    Yes sir, Husqvarna 455 Rancher
    I know you said Stihl, and you won't find a better saw for the money:

    Starts, runs, strong and smooth, once you put your hands on that thing you'll hardly miss the Boss.

    Here it is with a 20" bar:

    Most of these refurbished / reconditioned units are as good as new, for $300 you
    save $100 and start kissing (xoxoxo) that proprietary MS290 Farm Boss bye bye.
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2012

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