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#31 CRE1992 OFFLINE  

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Posted January 29, 2013 - 11:08 PM

I hope its a Stihl, I have a Stihl 460 Magnum with a 20" bar, 25" bar, and a 28" bar. I just picked up a Stihl 650 Magnum with a 20" bar for $250. Good deals are out there, but you have to wait for the right one. The Stihl 650 will be wearing a 32" or a 36" Stihl ES Light Bar when I get some more money in. Im keeping the 25" on the 460 as it is best balanced with it. However being that you are younger than me and I am 20, they do get quite heavy. So for right now I would reccomend something smaller like a 029 Super which has enough power for a 20" bar, but is not that heavy. Or look for a MS 260 Pro or MS 261 which are around 10-12lbs and handle up to a 18" bar but have enough power to pull them.

 

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Stihl MS 460 Magnum

 

 

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Stihl MS 650 Magnum

 

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Where I will be cutting for a long long time across the street:

 

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Posted January 29, 2013 - 11:12 PM

I'm firmly in the Stihl camp also.  I've got 2 Stihls 16 and 20 bars and a 1050 Homelite with 36 inch bar.

Just set the Homelite on a log and wait It will chew threw anything just from the weight of it. And it makes a heck of a pile of shavings;

 

Duane if you ever wanna get rid of that Homelite 1050 let me know!



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Posted February 02, 2013 - 04:35 PM

Earlier today I was talking with Neighbor Dave and told him I was looking for a saw; he told me I could borrow his saw if I wanted to. Before this, I did not even know he had a chainsaw! It is a Stihl 029 Super, and I decided to give it a try. I tried it so I would have a better idea of what I want, and I also wanted that tree I took down off the ground. All I can say is WOW! Before I used it I sharpened the chain up and it cut fantastic! I cut up what I had left of the one tree, a tree top that broke off a few days ago, and a few stumps from trees I took down last summer. To do all of that the crappy craftsman would have taken at least an hour, with this saw... 15 minutes! Not only did it cut fast and have power, but nothing was sore from vibrations afterwords! Lol! Here is a picture of it.

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The craftsman would never have large wood chips, even with a sharp chain; the lack of power made it hard to get a good bite. Dave's saw just about fell through the logs as big chips came out the other end.

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I also talked to Ray this morning, he was doing an estimate for a tree job and said he would get a muffler on after he got home. I have not heard back from him yet.



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Posted February 02, 2013 - 11:49 PM

Well there ya go Ryan, get a saw that will turn that kinda chain, and have a good time making chips. :-)



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Posted February 03, 2013 - 12:35 AM

Earlier today I was talking with Neighbor Dave and told him I was looking for a saw; he told me I could borrow his saw if I wanted to. Before this, I did not even know he had a chainsaw! It is a Stihl 029 Super, and I decided to give it a try. I tried it so I would have a better idea of what I want, and I also wanted that tree I took down off the ground. All I can say is WOW! Before I used it I sharpened the chain up and it cut fantastic!

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The craftsman would never have large wood chips, even with a sharp chain; the lack of power made it hard to get a good bite. Dave's saw just about fell through the logs as big chips came out the other end.

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Ryan the reason the chips in your hand look like that is because the 029 super most likely has full chisel chain which takes nice bites out of the wood. Now look at you craftsman chain it is most likely a semi chisel, and not only that it most likely has an extra raker and is a saftey chain for homeowner usage... That would be the reason the craftsman does not chew the wood up like that.

 

-Charles

 

Just and FYI this is what a full chisel non safety chain by Stihl called an RS chain (rapid super). As long as you take care of chains and avoid contact with dirt they will stay sharp this chain has 12 hours of cutting on it since being taken out of the box and I have not sharpened it. It is still razor sharp. I think tomorrow I will touch it up.

 

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Posted February 03, 2013 - 09:35 AM

Yes, I noticed right away that the stihl had twice as many teeth. The craftsman has an extra rake between each tooth like you described. The craftsman chain was probably cheap metal too, because it would never hold an edge, even though I never let it touch the ground.

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Posted February 03, 2013 - 11:19 AM

Yes, I noticed right away that the stihl had twice as many teeth. The craftsman has an extra rake between each tooth like you described. The craftsman chain was probably cheap metal too, because it would never hold an edge, even though I never let it touch the ground.

 

That means the chain on your craftsman is a full skip chain which allows the engine to keep turning a high rpm, but wont bog down as easily because there is less contact with the wood and the cutting tooth with the extra raker.

 

I find it amusing how I recommended you look for an 029 Super... And then you come on here and post that you borrowed a 029 Super from your neighbor lol.

 

Good luck with the search for chainsaw unless your just gonna borrow your neighbors. Also I would reccomend getting a pair of cutting chaps and some ear protection if you plan on cutting often. Make sure you wear safety glasses also.

 

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Posted February 03, 2013 - 11:58 AM

That means the chain on your craftsman is a full skip chain which allows the engine to keep turning a high rpm, but wont bog down as easily because there is less contact with the wood and the cutting tooth with the extra raker.

I find it amusing how I recommended you look for an 029 Super... And then you come on here and post that you borrowed a 029 Super from your neighbor lol.

Good luck with the search for chainsaw unless your just gonna borrow your neighbors. Also I would reccomend getting a pair of cutting chaps and some ear protection if you plan on cutting often. Make sure you wear safety glasses also.

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Lol! Appear fly you really know what you are talking about then!

I already returned my neighbor's saw, I don't plan on using it anymore.

I do have a pair of chaps, and I always wear glasses when cutting; unfortunately, I can't say the same for the chaps. I usually only wear the chaps when I am limbing a tree after it is on the ground. And honestly, I never wore the chaps for anything, then I accidentally hit my boot with the saw one time. I know what you are thinking, I was NOT holding the log with my foot! Lol.

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Posted February 03, 2013 - 12:47 PM

 I have a little stihl 009 14 inch , took it to the buddies cottage this summer storm clean up with 2 other guys.

 

They had other makes , much larger than mine, that little saw out performed all the others, i was twice as fast as them.



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Posted March 11, 2013 - 10:04 PM

Great question - I was where you are once. I went with a number of online recommendations and made a HUGE mistake and got a new Husqvarna 55 - complete and utter junk! It was marketed as a high end homeowner's saw (or a low end professional saw?). Has either a 50 or 55cc engine and an 18" bar. Hard starting. Rough running. Oil OOZING and Spewing (except on the bar of course), weak slow or non-cutting rubbish saw.

 

Previously I had an older McCullough that I had restored myself. That thing was always a great saw but a tad small and I sold it prior to buying the new Husqvarna (Rubbish) saw. A family member has a very old Craftsman (25 years old?) that has outlasted my Rubbish Husqvarna, starts easy, cats considerably faster (and straighter) and has always been rock steady dependable.

 

I paid 3 X as much as a modern Poulan/Craftsman and got half the performance. Oh and there's the shoulder bursitis I developed because of the Rubbish Husqvarna saw.

 

My $0.02 - good luck with your selection!






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