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Posted By gregoolman,
Jul 9, 2011 at 5:22 AM
BR got a 440!!
I'm the wrong person to be answering your question (see my signature) but I will say if you are going to be cutting firewood for many years to come, buy the biggest Pro saw you can comfortably afford. If you can swing it, there is a reason everyone who owns a 372 loves them.
Prolly found a 361.
Probably but I was giving him the benefit of the doubt. ;-)
Actually the Echo stacks up quite well in longevity and reliability compared to a Husky or other Pro saw. The difference is the anti-vibration and weight are not as good as a pro-level saw. I have a Friend who cuts with an Echo and has for more than 10 years.
I have a very good friend pro climber only uses echo and same saws for a very long time. ( They call him Cowboy) Should call him monkey even at 50+ years old. Not what I would want heavy bucking though.
The only thing I can comment about is the little 280E. It's an older top-handled saw, which is my primary climber.
Yeah, it getting up there in age, but if I run it for a couple of minutes on the ground; let it "warm-up" sort of speak; it'll start on the first pull ALL THE TIME. Kinda important when you free climb a tree; or even when you use spikes and a rope. You don't want to be yanking a rope 30+ feet up, and cussing after the 3rd pull ;-)
Look at my sig., it's MOSTLY older saw that I try and keep in top condition - ready to run in a moments notice.
Granted, I do have a couple of "other" saw that I could use, if the dung hits the fan; but they're 60+ miles away.
I have that same saw,its almost 30 yrs old now & it still runs great.First saw I owned or used,was early HS Grad/Xmas gift from parents.Tough little saw,as you already know.Used it all the time when climbing/pruning years ago,I'm not quite as agile now so dont climb near as much. ;-P But if it ever quits,gonna pick the closest new Echo I can find as its replacement.
I have decided to get a 70cc chainsaw, hopefully it will be big enough, turns out the local farm store started selling sthil and just 3 miles away there is a dolmar dealer. So other than 30 some years ago my father had a echo 500 that seamed to be a great saw, I have no other long term experience. Any advice? thanks
If you want an orange saw get a Husqvarna
If you want a red saw get a Dolmar
If you want the best saw get a Stihl
If you want the most power at the lowest price, get a Dolmar.
If you want the best handling saw get a Husqvarna.
If you want the heaviest and most expensive saw, buy a Stihl.
Best handling? You taking corners on that thing? WTF?
I was wondering the same thing. Is this on pavement or gravel? :lol:
I'm sure since you only cut God's firewood, the limbs all leap off when the tree hits the ground and the trunk always assumes perfect bucking position. Here in the real world, we are reaching, bending and turning the saw to make our cuts so how a saw handles is important. That's why I own saws that handle better and cut faster. Doesn't seem like that hard of a concept to me. Sorry it is a WTF for you.
I don't know anything about dolmars, but handling, in my exeperience, is more a factor of size and model than it is of brand. is a saw of similar power smaller when it's a husqy?
You buggers....we wives use those same "tricks" with clothing, handbags, shoes and jewelry :lol: ....just an FYI.. :coolsmirk:
No honey this isn't new....its old...you just don't remember it...
Husqvarnas of the same displacement tend to be lighter and also have better weight distribution.
I hope they're lighter. It'd be a shame if they had all that extra plastic for nothing.
Ahhh I love my saws, but there more to an awesome saw than stihl........
+1 Jay and the voice of reason
You know what I get? "What are you talking about, honey? You gave this to me last Christmas." Now if that don't shut me up, nothing will.
Of course, but the Ford vs Chevy (Stihl vs Husky) battles are always fun to watch....
Not, If your a chevy fan and you already seen the fords 1/4 mile times.... :cheese: