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Help me pick a Stihl

Post in 'The Gear' started by citizanken, Dec 3, 2006.

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  1. citizanken

    citizanken New Member

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    I have a new chain saw on Santa's list this year, and I need help picking the corect model for my needs. I will be cutting approx. 4 to 5 cords per year, and do not mind payng a little bit extra if it will hang in there for the long haul, but I also do not want to waste my money on overkill. I know I want a Stihl, my only question is what model do you guys think will be right for me?

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  2. Roospike

    Roospike New Member

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    4-5 cords a year,
    a saw for the log haul ,
    has to be Stihl brand?
    Mid size Firewood saw:

    StihlMS361 $599.

    Other brands:
    Husqvarna 359 $385.
    Husqvarna 357XP $499.
    Dolmar 5100s $409.

    Bigger firewood saws:

    Husqvarna 575XP $599.
    Husqvarna 372XP $579.
    Stihl ms440 (ms441) $729.
    Dolmar ps7900 $689.
    Husqvarna 365 $499.
  3. citizanken

    citizanken New Member

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    That is a nice looking saw Roo, but I think it may be a little more than I can afford right now. If I had to settle for a MS-260, would that be a fair alternative? is it a decent saw?
  4. Roospike

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  5. nshif

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    Ill place a vote for the MS 361. I have one and its an excellent saw. However if you are cutting smaller trees ( say 12 - 14" at the butt) you could go down a size. Ive fallen close to 4' oaks with the 361. Side note, was cutting with the old man up the street the other day. He has the 036, the forerunner of the 361. They look almost identical and he picked up my saw by mistake and almostimmediately said what the he(( this isnt my saw. The old 036 is about 5-6lbs heavier. and this old man is 90 and can outcut me anyday.
  6. Roospike

    Roospike New Member

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    I own 2 Husqvarna 346XP and are more powerfull saws than the ms260 IMO and i use the 346xp for limbing chainsaws and small wood.
    You will need something bigger in the mid range size chainsaw for years of firewood cutting. You can "get by" with the ms260 but i would not suggest to buy this model or size chainsaw for years of firewood cutting.
    This size chainsaw for years of fire wood cutting is like a F150 1/2 ton pickup for hauling cars .....tho it will work its not the best size for the job.
  7. ourhouse

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    Before you drop 400 or 500$ on a saw how are you at preventive maintenance on you'r equipment? For a saw to last a long time "10-15+" years you have to stay on top of them. Like the Air filter has to be kept clean, the chain HAS to be kept sharp, the interior of the saw has to be blow out and the fuel has to be mixed right. Roospike has picked out a great group of saws to chose from. The 357 Husky I would shy away from, I have heard that they are having trouble with them. The 346 Husky is a great saw I run one also. The 361 Stihl is a great fire wood saw. All though for 599$ I would buy a 372 or 575 Husky.
    hope this helps

    John
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    Wow I didnt pay anywhere near $600 for my 361. Have prices gone up that much in 2 years? I always thought things cost more in Ca. I cant remember exactly but Im sure is was under $500.
  9. Roospike

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    List for a MS361 is $599.95 w/ 16" bar and $609.95 w / 18" bar.
    My local Stihl here is $589.00 w/ 16" bar

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  10. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    On the whole chain saw prices now ain't bad. Old Yaller the Poulan Pro 405+/Partner P39 saw I have cost me six hundred in 1991 dollars. That would be eight hundred and fifty bucks in todays money.
  11. nshif

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    Ill have to see if I can find my receipt but Im pretty sure I didnt have $600 to spend on a saw 2 years ago. For that matter I dont have it now!
  12. Elderthewelder

    Elderthewelder Minister of Fire

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    consider buying used. Check your local craigslist. I bought a MS290 with the 20" bar for $225 a few months ago, the guy selling it works at a local Stihl dealership, and he totally went thru it, thing runs awesome ( they retail for close to $400 out the door with tax )
    here is a MS361 on my local craigslist as a example, the 25" bar may be overkill though
    http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/tls/243523990.html
  13. MALogger

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    Here's my 2 cents.
    Get the MS260 it is an outstanding saw. It is lightweight and very good power for the size.
    With proper maintenance it will last a very long time.
    We are talking about 4 - 5 cords per year not per week.

    I am replacing my 372xp with a MS361 as my primary saw which I use all day long everyday.
    When I need a bigger saw I have an MS460.

    Don't waste your money on a saw that is overkill for what you are doing.

    Hope that hepls!
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    I think a MS-260 is overkill for 4-5 cords a year. But if you can afford it, go ahead.

    For that application, I would go with a MS-250 or Husky 350 with an 18 inch bar.

    I look at it this way:

    I could buck enough in 8 hours (actual saw cutting time, with a sharp chain!) to yield 4-5 cords, easily. So, say the saw will get 10 hours of usage per YEAR. Does that really require a pro saw?

    If the saw lasts for 200 hours, thats twenty years of usage, with good maintenance.

    Don't get me wrong, pro saws are nice, just not always necessary.
  15. citizanken

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    Thank you all for the great advice. I am pretty good on preventative maintenance, my wife will attest to my "anality"(is this a word)?. I have a lot to chew on now, but I think I can make an informed decision based on the great feedback. I also saw the MS361 for around $600.00
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    Would it hurt if you guys mentioned it once in a while
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    Again babalu87 ......We said Husqvarna
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    Roo where did you find this price sheet.

    IMO I would by the 5100 over the 346 anyday .
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    Off the internet .
    I own a 359 and a 372XP so IMO the 5100 would of been too close plus around here Dolmer is know as a serial killer and not a chainsaw. Nobodys heard of Dolmer here in the mid west and no dealers for that matter.

    I hear the 5100S is a sweet chainsaw but just dont have a long history.
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    OK Now post the Husky List prices. NOT SALE PRICES . LIST PRICES. Then we can see the difference. If your going to post Stihl list prices then post Husky list prices, then you might see scary.
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    Stihl does not offer net sales and the dealers go off of retail and just a hair discount . Our local Stihl dealers at selling at 98% list/retail.
    Husqvarna is not the same and there are always big deals and sales on them so that wouldnt even be a close comparison. The husqvarna 359 is retail over $500. and i bought mine new for $365. .........You are not going to do that with Stihl. Local the ms361 is $589. and selling for $589. and dont even think to ask for a discount round here.
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    I just want to see Huskys over inflated list prices. They make Stihl's prices look great. BTW if your paying 98% your getting screwed. We get our pro saws for 10 % over cost. We have 4 -5100's and just ordered 2 more they just blow away the comp.


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    How are they to fix and get parts for?
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    Wonder if Dolmar is buying market share?

    Don't know WTF happened above.
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