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#1 MH81 ONLINE  

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Posted March 23, 2014 - 07:34 PM

About 15 years ago, the first Stihl saw came onto the farm, a Pro series 036.
Significant improvement over the poulan Dad had bought. Better saw, better safety, it's been worked hard but cared for.

This year, with Ryan and KK helping with the wood, Dad felt it was time to bring another Stihl in and get some new safety stuff.
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The saw is a model 261with an 18" blade and the protective equipment is the Woodcutter package.
(If anyone is interested, the PPE is on sale. Regular: $199, on sale $99.)

The saw is just a little smaller hp than the old one, but it's nearly 2 lbs lighter and it has a lowered chance of kickback. Perfect saw for training youngsters to be safe and still big enough to be the main saw on the farm. I hope it treats Dad as well as the last one.
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Posted March 23, 2014 - 07:51 PM

I think that's the same saw as mine. Runs great. Cuts great.

Only issue, is those new oil and gas caps. They can be a bit

finickey to put back on.

That's a good deal on the PPE. Good think to keep the

young ones safe.


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Posted March 23, 2014 - 08:19 PM

Buy a new saw every 15 yrs, that's really good that they last that long, and the woodcutter kit, good deal also.


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Posted March 23, 2014 - 09:09 PM

When it comes to saws, newer is better, safety and efficiency more than power and durability. Nice buy, Stihl makes good saws, massive improvement over poulan. Do your self a favor when you run out of that little pack of oil, don't buy little bottles of oil. They are way more expensive than buying larger amounts. Go to a local commercial auto parts store (advanced auto, auto zone, Pep boys, etc...)  and ask them if they have 2-stroke oil. I got lucky when I fount that Pep boys carry's a gallon jug of it for cheap.

If you ever want to buy a saw that you wont have to replace, buy an older McCulloch. It will be heavier, but it will run forever, if you don't do anything to it that would destroy any saw.


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Posted March 23, 2014 - 09:15 PM

The little bottles were kinda a ploy, but it was a good thing.
Stihl recommends the synthetic oil with the new carbs. If you buy the oil on the same rcpt as the saw, it doubles the warranty from one to two years. So, that little $20 package of oil is really an extended warranty.
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Posted March 23, 2014 - 09:21 PM

Just replaced my 018 few years ago, good little saw, Got the Farm Boss 290 here for bigger stuff.


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Posted March 23, 2014 - 09:56 PM

The little bottles were kinda a ploy, but it was a good thing.
Stihl recommends the synthetic oil with the new carbs. If you buy the oil on the same rcpt as the saw, it doubles the warranty from one to two years. So, that little $20 package of oil is really an extended warranty.

Honestly, if something internal is going to brake, it will within a year. I'm not sure, but I think the Peak oil that I bought may be synthetic.


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Posted March 23, 2014 - 10:31 PM

Nice saw, I haven't heard of the oil extending the warranty before. I'll have to look into that since I want to get a new saw eventually but I'm not sure if I'll buy a Stihl or stick with Husky.


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Posted March 23, 2014 - 10:46 PM

Nice saw, I haven't heard of the oil extending the warranty before. I'll have to look into that since I want to get a new saw eventually but I'm not sure if I'll buy a Stihl or stick with Husky.


For my vote, go Pro Series Stihl and you won't be disappointed. The Pro has the compression release and the engine is serviceable, some of the other series aren't as service oriented.
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Posted March 23, 2014 - 10:54 PM

For my vote, go Pro Series Stihl and you won't be disappointed. The Pro has the compression release and the engine is serviceable, some of the other series aren't as service oriented.

 

I'm planning on going Pro for whichever brand I buy first I just need the money lol. If I go for a Stihl I think I may get the 660 Magnum. I wish I would have know about the warranty extension when I bought my Stihl trimmer over the summer.


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Posted March 24, 2014 - 03:15 AM

We've used the stihl farm boss w 21" bar on it.They are great saws and never had any issues w/them.We use them hard on the farm and replace about 15 years.They last.My brother gave Grandpa trade in value when he bought the last one,and still uses it pretty hard.Probably 22 yrs old now.


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Posted March 24, 2014 - 05:23 AM

Nice saw. I should have bought a 260 when I got my saw about 10 years ago. I got a 250 which is not in the pro line. I don't use the saw that much and it works well enough but it can be a bugger to start. It kicks back almost every time you pull the cord. I didn't know that the pro series has a decompresser!!


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Posted March 24, 2014 - 07:59 AM

I've had really good luck with Amsoil's two stroke oil, I've run it in sleds and now in my saws and weed whips. Seems to run clean and cool and the equipment behaves well with it in there.
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Posted March 24, 2014 - 08:13 AM

Nice looking saw, Alan! Hope the wood gathering goes well!


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Posted March 29, 2014 - 06:17 PM

Finally got a break in the weather and got some cutting done.
Really nice saw.

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The PPE is comfy too. :thumbs:
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