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Do I need a 460?

Post in 'The Gear' started by jlightning, Sep 15, 2012.

  1. jlightning

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    For some reason I think I need more saw and have been thinking of selling my 390 for a 460. My 390 has never let me down and to be honest I still use the safety chains, so im sure it would cut better w/ a chisel chain. I live in Eastern PA so I run into the occasional large oak but mostly cut ash and maple w/ a 20" bar on the 390. The weight of the two saws is close w/ the 460 being a bit heavier but also having alot more power and also giving me the option of putting on a bigger bar for the occasional monster. So should I take the plunge and get a sweet pro saw, or maybe port my 390 and start using chisel chains. I should also mention i have never had the pleasure of using a pro saw so I dont have much to compare to my 390.

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  2. muncybob

    muncybob Minister of Fire

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    Switch to the chisel chain, cheaper alternative and I think you'll be a happy camper esp. since your 390 has always done the job.

    With that said, just like firewood.... one can never have too many saws! :)
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  3. wishlist

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    Go for it! I had a farm boss for years, bought new in 94 and it aways did the job as well but I started looking into bigger bars for some larger trees I had lined up. Sold the farm boss on eBay for 250 ( dang good for a old saw) and bought a new 460 . I always ask myself would I do that purchase again? Yep! In a heartbeat, well worth the $ and any opinion more enjoyable cutting wood. There's advantages to running a 25" bar for instance, not bending over so much.... It will however go thru gas much, much faster. :)

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  4. HittinSteel

    HittinSteel Minister of Fire

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    The 390 will sell easily, especially if you use the words "farm boss" in the ad.

    If you've got the extra coin, then go for a 460. My main bar for my 372 is a 20" and it is a dream to cut with.

    Doubt like has been said, you'd ever regret the purchase.
  5. jlightning

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    Another question I am having a hard time answering is what size bar is appropriate on a 460 w/ my cutting needs? Some say its a waste to put a 20" bar on a 460 and others say a 20" bar works great on a 460? So far a 20" bar has been plenty but eventually im going to run into a tree that a 20" bar isnt enough. I was thing about a 25" bar....hows the balance w/ that size bar on a 460?
  6. JustWood

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    I wood try a chisel chain before taking the plunge to a 460. You're out $15 instead of $1000.
    I've cut alot of BIG timber with a 046 MAG/20" bar combo. It runs a 20" great.
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  7. jlightning

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    Actually I have a great Husky dealer down the road vs 2 ok stihl dealers so I was thinking about looking at a 372xp but have no experience w/ huskys.
  8. jlightning

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    I think im sticking w/ a 20" bar for now regardless of, what saw I go with. Hows the balance w/ a 20" bar on a 460 and 372xp?
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  9. amateur cutter

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    460 is a wicked fast saw with a 20" bar & handles very well. Heck, I'll throw a 20" on my 064 on occasion. If it were me, I'd go all out & get 20 & 24" bars & chains both, or keep the 390 as a second saw. A C
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  10. HittinSteel

    HittinSteel Minister of Fire

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    Some crazy people like the 372 better ;)

    A 20" is not a waste. I'd have a 20" and a 28" for the bigger stuff.
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  11. smokinj

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    460 all the way even over a 372. 390 is not even in the same ballpark as a 460. Buy it and it will be the last saw you will ever need.
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    If you decide you are willing to take a poor offer on the 390 just to know it will be loved and babied, then send me a message. I've been thinking I don't have enough orange saws lately.
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  13. thewoodlands

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    The 390 handles most of the hardwood we have, once we get a big ole maple come down I'll use the 660, so if ya have the money grab a 460.

    zap
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    Yes. Next question.
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  15. MasterMech

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    I'd muffler mod the 390, re-tune, and throw on a 33RSC72 chain and see how you like it. If you decide after that ($30 venture, tops. The muffler mod is a freebie. ;) ) that you still want mo' power, then go for your MS460/372XP.

    That MS390 will run a 24" bar pretty comfortably should you need a bit more reach. If you go the big saw route, I'd skip the 24"/25" bar and keep a 20" on it and a 28" on deck for the monsters.
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  16. jlightning

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    I think I will take the plunge and get the big boy saw. My only dilemma is that the 460 w/ 20" bar will be $900 plus tax and a 372 xp or 576 autotune will only run m?e $790 plus tax if I purchase on the local shops husky demo day coming up. I am leaning towards the 460 but saving 110 clams would be nice. Is the 460 that muck better then the huskys?
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    The 372 is a proven saw. Run it at the demo day and buy it if you like it.

    Personally, I'd mod the 390 and buy a good chain, but there is obviously an itch needing scratched.
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    You need the 460.....you won't regret it.

    my 28" bar goes through the gas on my 460, but you can't beat chewing through a 4' diameter log in a few seconds
  19. Dairyman

    Dairyman Feeling the Heat

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    Confuse us all and get a 390xp
  20. DexterDay

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    The 372XP is a nice saw.. But the smile from running my 460, is hard to wipe off. Lasts for days :)

    As said above, the 20" makes it lightning fast! But you will also want a 24" or 28" for some bigger stuff. Having a couple other Stihls makes having the extra bars, even more worth while. I have 18", 20", 2-24", and a 32 Skip tooth. The 24" is nice. Not a lot of bending over with that on. But it is nose heavy. The 20" is nice, but the 18" is where the best balance is....

    Plus it runs fast as Chit with an 18"!!! ;)

    MS-460 Mag - "Yes Please"!
  21. HittinSteel

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    "Is the 460 that muck better then the huskys?"

    Nope
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  22. MasterMech

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    If your cuttin' buddies run 372's I'd show up with the 460. ;)
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  23. Bigg_Redd

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    Keep the 390 AND get a 460 but SKIP the chisel bit - you want a round bit skip tooth. For both saws.
  24. jlightning

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    Unfortunately I will have to sell the 390 for partial funding on the 460. Will a basic rollamatic bar from my 390 work on a 460? What are the advantages of the "pro" bars?
  25. Thistle

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    Pro bars are solid 1 piece of steel with a replaceable sprocket nose.Cheaper lighter duty/consumer bars are 3 piece laminated construction.Higher quality/more wear resistant steel with the pro bars also.

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