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Backup Chainsaw suggestions

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Jambx, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. StihlHead

    StihlHead Guest

    Well.... ...lemesee.... ;hm ....yah think maybe beacuse the guy has a STIHL? >>

    562xp also has a %^$#ed up outboard clutch. 372 is OK as long as it is the later xpW model with the bigger/better non x-torque engine.

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  2. Nixon

    Nixon Minister of Fire

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    So, the OP has a Stihl. That means what ? And Your problem with OB clutches is what ? OBTW speak from experience , not what You've read . And the 372 xp is a great saw period . Do You own one ,or are You given to posting Hype ? You are apparently sold on one brand ,because You haven't experienced anything else ,and then going by Your Sig , You haven't experienced much at all .:)
  3. valley ranch

    valley ranch Feeling the Heat

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    I used a 034, one day,in the middle of cutting, it quit [later to be hopped up] I ran out and bought a Husqvarna 455, I ordered a 24" bar and chain, but cut with the 18" until they came.
    This year I was cutting with one of the 24" saws up on the mountain, just limbing was rough on the steeps. I brought up the MS200 T for limbing, what a breeze. Couple of the trees I downed last year were less than 12", zing zing the 200 just lopped them off and the girls rolled them down to the flat where we could bring them down with the tractor. I seldom use a big saw now,and I have a few saws.
    You're talking about cutting your own firewood. You need a 24" bar and another saw, the one you want, just because.
  4. TreePointer

    TreePointer Minister of Fire

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    As others have pointed, a 50cc saw with a 70cc saw is a great combo for the firewood producer. Acquire two good ones and you'll be happy for a long time.

    Well, at least until you use the 70cc saw in a monster log. At that point, you'll wonder what else is out there, but then it's too late--you have CAD.
  5. StihlHead

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    Posting hype? Yah right. You do not know jack about me or what I have done in the world of chainsaws, or the fact that I have owned and run many Husky saws, including the 346xp, 372xpw, 395xpw, and some others. I have owned 2 tree service business, several large Brush Bandit chippers, and I have owned and logged several hundred acres of tree stands in Oregon and California. I have worked on logging crews and I have worked on arborist crews. I have a certificate in silviculture from OSU and I once was a certified arborist. I had a pretty good chainsaw business in Central Oregon at one time and I have restored, built and modified many saws. I was slated to be a Dolmar dealer at one time there as well, and I had part ownership in a small Stihl/Husky shop in a small town buried in logging country in the coast range. I have also exported many saws to Oz, NZ, and the EU over the years. But I digress... I guess I do not have any experience according to you, how knows absolutely nothing about me.

    The problem with outboard clutches is that they are a PITA to swap rims on, as I change out bars and change rims depending on the size of the bar and the type of wood I am cutting. Simple. Every saw that I have had with an outboard clutch also tended to cake up the clutch with wood crud and oil. Simple. I do not like them, and my opinion based on my experience using them is that they suck. You do not like my opinion? Too bad. My current saws list is a small sample of what I have had over the years, and a rendering of a much larger collection at one time. I sold off my Huskies becasue I tended to use the Stihls. Huskies all have different starting methods on them. Stihls all start the same. I also wanted one brand of saws to work on and get parts for, and one type of bars and chain that I could swap between saws if needed. There are a million and one Stihl dealerships in the western US, and I have been in many of them. It is really easy to get Stihl parts and service out here. With Husky, that is not the case. With Dolmar, it is impossible. I have also been in most all of the Husky dealerships out here and I have bought saws from many of them, but there are far fewer of them.

    I also sold my big old door stop Macs and Olympics, and my small climbing Echos... and a WildThing that I never put any gas in. I also sold off all my older Stihl AV saws, as parts for those are getting harder to get these days, and I sold all my top handle saws becasue I do not climb any more (bad back, of you must know). I also sold all of my 1123 series Stihl saws becasue they are a PITA to work on. The fact is that I like and prefer Stihls. From my experience of owning and using a lot of saws, including Husky, MAC, Olympik, Dolmar, Poulan, Homelite, Stihl, Echo, and several other off brands and custom hot saws. There are some good Huskies, and some good Dolmars, and some good Echos. But I am a Stihl guy, like my name here says: StihlHead (like the fish we have here). I mean, if you really have to know... but with a name like Tricky Dick? What's your experience with saws there, bubba?
  6. MasterMech

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    Get a saw with an outboard clutch pinched in a log with the bar buried. That really sucks. Unless you have a chain breaker in your pocket, swapping bars to rescue yourself ain't happenin'. Hope you have a backup saw with you.

    FWIW Nixon: Guy walks into a saw shop wearing a Stihl hat and starts looking at new saws, usually you have better luck selling him a Stihl than a Husky. ;) Not really brand bias on StihlHead's part and I'm sure neither he nor I would try to force a Stihl on a happy Husky owner.
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  7. TreePointer

    TreePointer Minister of Fire

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    The only thing I didn't like about my 346XP was the outboard clutch, but after using it for a while I got used to its quirks.

    Creamsickle or solid orange--it's all good!
  8. StihlHead

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    Oh yah, I forgot about the pinched bar issue. But that it is a non-issue with an inboard clutch. I just pull the side cover off and remove the power head. Put on another bar and chain, or use another saw to finish the cut.

    One reason I like GB bars so much is that even after being pinched and bent to about 20 degrees, you can bend them back into shape.

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