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Old 12-15-2010, 04:48 AM
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Admiral is worrying crap out of me to know what I want for Christmas and in all honesty I really don't need anything and right now is not the time for me to "let her" buy me a C6 Vette

I have a POS Poulan chainsaw I have had for years that is more trouble than it is worth. I have been looking at the Stihl chainsaws, one guy I hunt with has one and I was amazed and how much better they are.

I really do not use one whole lot but do cut a little wood for outdoor fire pit and also do a LOT of trimming/cutting at my hunting club, seems every time we get ready to cut stuff we got to work or adjust those damn Poulan's(3 of us have them). I already have a 15' pole saw (Ecko) that works great but could use something for the bigger stuff.

I have noticed Stihl has a decent one priced for around $300 or so and looks like it would work for my use. What other brands compare, not wanting to break the bank but I do not like cheap shit since for obvious reasons
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I have a stihl. It can sit for year and start on the 2nd pull. Can't go wrong.
I'm sure others will chime in with their favorite.
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Originally Posted by Rustybee View Post
I have a stihl. It can sit for year and start on the 2nd pull. Can't go wrong.
I'm sure others will chime in with their favorite.
Stihl is a great saw. The larger Husqvarna's are great too.
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Old 12-15-2010, 05:09 AM
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Stihl, it's what I got for Christmas last year.
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Originally Posted by Nicmegmatt View Post
Stihl is a great saw. The larger Husqvarna's are great too.


Stihl for lasting the longest and their hard to beat.
Husqvarna for cutting the fastest.

Farm boss by Stihl will be with you for a long time and do about anything you want to do .
Took out a lot of trees in my yard and she still cranks on the second pull every time. 9 years old.
Good Eqt........
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Old 12-15-2010, 05:42 AM
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Thanks I think I will point her in this direction, I actually ask her to take what ever she was going to spend and donate to Hospice of the Upstate after the
way they took care of my Dad this past October until his passing but she has a guilt complex if she does not have something under the tree for me.
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Yes, yes and yes.

Stihl is #1

I had to pay for it myself, so I have Husqvarna at 1/2 the $. I am very happy with the Husqvarna. Then again, I was used to a 30 year old Homelite.
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Originally Posted by davedowneast View Post
Yes, yes and yes.

Stihl is #1

I had to pay for it myself, so I have Husqvarna at 1/2 the $. I am very happy with the Husqvarna. Then again, I was used to a 30 year old Homelite.
Still have the 1050 Homelite with a 38 inch bar on it.
Stumper is its nick name but that thing has to weigh 45 pounds....
Better have your ACE planted cause if it bites it will carry you with it.
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i bought a Stihl 031AV back in 1978. For the first 7 years I cut 3-4 cords of wood each year. Then dropped down to only 1 cord per year after that. Now I've gotten older and wiser and discovered gas logs.
I still use the saw for the occasional down tree after a storm. After 32 years the thing still runs like new and cranks even after sitting for months.
My rules are;
Do not loan
Keep bar and chain out of the dirt
Use good gas and 2 cycle oil
Use good chain oil
Did I mention Do not loan?
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Stihl website has a function that helps you choose saw size.

Research the 'Easy Start' pros and cons.
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Stihl's are great. So are Husqvarna's, but they cost more, not sure they're worth the premium. If you see a McCullough, run away.
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Originally Posted by tprice View Post
she has a guilt complex if she does not have something under the tree for me.
I thought mine was going under the tree too. Turns out the shop wants to crank it before they send it home. I let her wrap the owners manual instead.
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Originally Posted by BarryD View Post
i bought a Stihl 031AV back in 1978. For the first 7 years I cut 3-4 cords of wood each year. Then dropped down to only 1 cord per year after that. Now I've gotten older and wiser and discovered gas logs.
I still use the saw for the occasional down tree after a storm. After 32 years the thing still runs like new and cranks even after sitting for months.
My rules are;
Do not loan
Keep bar and chain out of the dirt
Use good gas and 2 cycle oil
Use good chain oil
Did I mention Do not loan?
Had a friend loan his out...the loanee used it to cut a groove in the earth for a romex run...
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Originally Posted by BarryD View Post
Did I mention Do not loan?
Most of the time... but if Price will go ahead and tell his wife to get that C6, there enough of us with saws we can drop by and let him use ours while he's working and we can ride around in the vette. .
Always exceptions to every rule.....
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When at home I play with the Eager Beaver

in the field : Stihl for small trees and big stuff I break out the Huskies
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Agreed Poulan is a BIG POS, I replaced mine with a Redmax and it has been a great saw.

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Stihl for small trees and big stuff I break out the Huskies [/quote]



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I got a cheap Poulan that I bought at HD for maybe $90.00...probably 13 years old now...never a problem...always starts on 2nd 3rd pull....sits around for months at a time...used the hell out of it when Charley came thru...must be the exception
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I have a John Deere CS56. Runs great and starts easily even if it has set for a long time. I think EFCO makes them for Deere.
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In my younger days I cut a lot of firewood. Used several different saws. I would only recommend Stihl or Echo.
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