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Post in 'The Gear' started by Flatbedford, Jul 31, 2011.

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  1. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    Look what my wife got me for my birthday!
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    It came with a 16" bar and two chains. I went out and bought a 20" for it.
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    Wow! this thing is an animal. Now I understand why you guys spend the big bucks on pro saws for firewood.

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  2. pyronut

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    Congrats and Happy Birthday!!!
  3. DexterDay

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    Congrats.. Happy Birthday.... What a present... What a Wife. I am hoping mine gets me the 660.... Not going to hold my breath though. LOL

    Just picked up my 036 off of my Buddy.. Said he had a 20" bar and chains. But he cant find it now. Hmmm, Odd?? . For about $200. Not gonna complain. I am going to buy a 20" for mine this week. The 25" is way too much bar. (Without a skipper chain).

    Yep, I gotta say my 455 Rancher cant hold a candle to it. LOVE IT..

    How Old are you? You dont have to answer. Some guys on here surprise me. Some are older than I thought. Some are younger. I believe I am in the younger catagory. The under 35 crowd. Gotta start somewhere.

    Congrats again..

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    I guess your wife likes a warm house and lower energy bills as much as mine does! That looks like a new saw but I think they are on the 361 iteration? At any rate, I hope you really enjoy the saw. I know I really enjoy running professional tools so much more. Stihl makes a really great product!
  5. DexterDay

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    Its the MS 362 now. Its a little smaller in cc's. But still the same power and more EPS compliant.
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    Happy Birthday, & congrats! You'll love that saw. A C
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    One of the best Christmas gifts I ever received was my Husquvarna 350 chainsaw from my wife . . . that's how you know they're "keepers." ;) :)
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    Your wife must love you! Very nice.
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    That will speed things up a bit! ;-)
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    Where did she find that Flatbed? I bet you picked out, tell the truth.
  11. Flatbedford

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    Yes, she does love me and I love her too!
    Now, the back story. A friend of mine bought this saw up in New Hampshire off Craig's List for $90! He brought it to my house, I tried it out, and, as a joke, offered him $100. He said that after he used it a while, he would probably let me have for that price. He is always buying and selling saws. A week or so later, Mrs. Flatbedford was asking me wanted I wanted for my up coming 41st birthday. I suggested she get in touch with my friend and see if he would sell the 036. She worked out the deal, then my mother-in-law picked it up at his house and transferred it to my sister-in-law who transferred it to my stepson, who then gave it to my wife so she could give it to me. It was quite an operation.
    What a difference, from the "over weight, under powered" 029! The additional speed and power is amazing. It reminds me of when we made the upgrade from a POS Sears special Homelite to the 029 back in 1996. This saw is surely overkill for what I do, and I would never have made the upgrade if not for the killer deal. I have always defended the 029/MS290, and would still, if buying new, for the cost conscious firewood cutter. But if you want to spend twice the money, or you find a great deal on a used one, the pro saws are awesome.

    My Stihl dealer, and his price, talked me out of more than a 20" bar for this saw. What do you all think? It would be nice to have 25" around for the occasional big stuff, maybe a skip chain?
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    Bigger logs it will feel like the 029 again....But your range with that saw is alot better! Congrats one of the best firewood saw there is!
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    I've rarely come across a tree I couldn't bust with a 20" bar...might have to make 2 cuts however. Go 20" full comp, full chisel and let that thing eat. If you do a lot of big ol' yard trees a 25" with full skip chain would be a good thing to have.

    Enjoy the new saw. I love my 361.

    Talk her into a 660 for Christmas!!!
  14. Flatbedford

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    I bought a 20" full chisel. It was tearing through 24"-30" Red Oak the other day. A little more bar would be handy, but is not necessary.
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    When I "test drove" my 361 before I bought it, it had a 25" bar on it. Might have just been me, but it felt a little nose heavy. I think the balance is much better with the 20". Would be fine for specific tree, but wouldn't want it all the time.
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    yea its going to be alot nose heavy with a 25. I have ran with a 28 inch.......This is MMAUL with a 28 and 361! ;-) Not the best set up but it done the job!

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    Happy Birthday Flatbed!!! You must have been a good boy this year!!!
    She sure is pretty posing in those photos.....
    I hope you are gonna give her a good name......Maybes Mona? ;-)
    Do you guys really name your "power equipment"? :)
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    Yep, little bit, Miss Thang! and HOG because its to Big to be a girl! ;-)
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    Happy birthday Steve. Nice present too.

    Gamma, I have called several of our tools some names but won't post them here.
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    Happy Birthday Flatbed Ford! Congrats on the new saw!

    My 288XP now answers to "krigare kung",Swedish for Warrior King :lol:
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    lol :lol:
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    It was either that or Elin. ;-P What a damn fool he was,but thats another story for a different day lol.
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    Funny, sometimes I hear Mr. Gamma refer to some of his power equipment as some type of "Mother" or somethin like that...
    ain't that odd.... :lol:
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    I seen where wee Angus Young would refer to his Gibson SG in different terms - "If it was happening, I'd call it Heavenly Beast. If it wasn't happening, I usually call it Arsehole"

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    I guess I need creative German names for my saws, blower, and trimmer.
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