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Husky Vs. Stihl

Post in 'The Gear' started by Fire Bug, Feb 28, 2006.

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  1. Fire Bug

    Fire Bug New Member

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    Hi Everyone,
    I am thinking of replaceing my McColloch Eager Beaver 3.7,(20 Yrs. old), with a Still 029 Farmboss or a Husky 350e or 455.
    The McColloch EB3.7 has served me well and I will use it as a backup saw. I have a 46 acre,(26 acres wooded), farm and a two acre wooded lot my house is on that I will be useing the saw for. I currently burn a Fisher Papa Bear Woodstove.
    Can anyone give me some feedback on these or other compareable saws.

    Thanks,
    Fire Bug

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  2. KarlP

    KarlP Feeling the Heat

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    The 350 is a proven design that's been around for quite a while. The 455 is new design (mid year 2005) with a lot more weight and a little more power. By default the 350 takes .325 chain and the 455 takes 3/8 chain. With this size saw the .325 ought to cut faster, but you can swap the bar & sprocket on either one to run what you like.

    Personally I went with the 353. It is a cross between the 350 and 346xp. It is very similar to the 350, but comes with a quick release top cover, quick release air filter, magnesium crankcase & oil tank (instead of plastic), and an extra cc/0.1HP...for an extra $50.

    You might search for opinions on ArboristSite's chainsaw forum - http://www.arboristsite.com/forumdisplay.php?f=9. Many of the posters over there are anti-homeowner jerks, but they do seem to know what they are talking about when it comes to saws.
  3. bruce

    bruce Member

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    i have the 350,, its a great saw but i wished i had just a bit more power, i should have went to the 353 but i didnt,, i still like what i got i just wouldnt want to cut 8 hrs a day with it everyday
  4. ourhouse

    ourhouse Minister of Fire

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    Karl P is right about the 353. It is a little better saw but they are both excellent saws. First thing I would ask is where's your closest saw shop (Stihl or Husky)? Or do you already have someone that you're dealing with? I would go with whoever is closer. If you don't really have to travel far for either of them then it doesn't matter. My personal preference is Husky but that's just me. See which dealer you feel more comfortable with. I wouldn't buy a saw from one of the big box stores (ie, Home Depot, Lowes, etc) If you have a problem with a saw and you buy it from a local dealer, they will better be able to help you out with any problems you may have. The other stores have to ship it back. Who knows how long you will be without your saw. I hope this helps. Good luck!
  5. Sandor

    Sandor Minister of Fire

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    I have been to that Arborist site and its 50-50, Husky versus Stihl. A religious issue, really.

    Both make consumer and professional saws. Expect to pay at least $100 more for the pro saws, over a comparably sized consumer saw, and I think its worth it.

    I have a Stihl (and Echo), and the ONLY thing that I do not like is that you have to go to a Stihl dealer for parts. Stihl does not allow their dealers to sell over the internet or mail order. You can buy Husky saws and parts from all over the country by mail.

    I don't think you can go wrong with either choice. With the amount of land you have, I would go for something with at least 3.5 horsepower and a 20" bar.

    If your tool savy and work on your own stuff, I would go Husky. If you have a good local Stihl dealer, and your not a wrench, buy a Stihl.
  6. ourhouse

    ourhouse Minister of Fire

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    I am an arborist and it is a religious issue. On the ground I run all Husky. In the tree the saw I use is a Sthil 200T. I have tried them all and I think it is the best climbing saw made. But that is my opinion. They both make great saws. A friend of mine runs a Sthil 460 and he loves it.
  7. TheFlame

    TheFlame New Member

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    I believe there is a lot of brand loyalty, but personally I think the Husky saws are better saws.

    The two main advantages to the Husky saws are the Air Injection and LowVib systems.

    Air Injection does an incredible job of keeping the filter clean. This is a huge plus.

    LowVib is Husky's name for it's anti-vibration system, which uses steel springs to dampen vibrations. Most of the Stihl saws are using rubber mounts whih don't do nearly as good as a job.

    I've run some of the smaller Stihls - the 024 and the 260. I own a Husky 346xp and it is an amazing saw, I would buy it again in a heartbeat.

    I honestly don't think you'll go wrong with either brand, but I do prefer the 346xp over the 260, and they are direct model competitors.

    I never ran a Husky 353 but apparently it sacrifices some HP for torque vs the 346xp. I believe it is targeted more for the "heavy handed" homeowner who isn't going to keep a sharp chain at all times which is required for the higher HP 346xp to excel.
  8. elkimmeg

    elkimmeg Guest

    Why not a Makita
    A while back I got to use one. I own a Stihl Farm Boss and have used most of the better saws Husky John Deere. Jonsenred. and for those that can remenber, a Sweeda, all good saws. The Makita (my opinion is every bit as good) as the Stihls or Husky’s. Makita bought out Dolar Sacks. These saw are German made. and very high quality. The best electric saw I ever used was the Makita.
    Point being the Dolmar and now Makita saws should be considered when purchasing a quality saw. My tool arsenal has a strong contingency of Makita tools 3 Circular saws, drills. drywall gun, Sawzall, 8.25 bench saw, and my crown jewel the LS12 12” compound sliding miter saw. Why? They make a quality tool, I can depend on day in and day out. Makita is one tool that Homedepot sells that is the same quality as bought elsewhere. Their reputation for quality tools is such Home Depot needs them on their shelves and so far Makita has not cheapened the models for Home depot. There are many other brands as good or better and it is hard to argue which are better, but if you have been on as many construction site as I have, noticeable is the pressense of Makita tools.
  9. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    I have the Stihl 029 and so far have been happy with it, but I am not felling big trees. Also ran for years with the Stihl 041 which was virtually unstoppable.
  10. Fire Bug

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    Hello Again Everyone,
    Thanks to all for your feedback. This is truely a great site.
    I see that Husqavarna has a new 350 model that has a primer for easier starting.
    I am also wondering what would be a good bar lenght. I see stihl recomends the 16" on their 029 Farm Boss but a 18" and 20" are avaiable.
    I guess I will keep reading your comments,(keep them comin), and reviews on other sites before I make my decission.
    I do like the more avaiable part sources for the Huskies. Your not as limited with your part sources.

    FireBug
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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    And even better to have number 2 there when you get a bar pinched in a log. Of course I am sure I am the only one that ever does that.
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    Reminds me of the old masturbation joke

    There are guys who admit it and there are liars
  14. wg_bent

    wg_bent Minister of Fire

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    My Husky has a tag that says Made in USA. Does the Makita?
  15. rmcfall

    rmcfall Feeling the Heat

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    I purchased a Stihl 260Pro model and ended up selling on it Ebay and getting a Husky 346XP. I am not sure if it is still this way or not, but the 260Pro's carb. was a fixed jet carb. The Huskey saws, on the other hand, have adjustable carbs. Granted, I could have replaced the carb. on the Stihl, but why bother when Husky saws are already that way...
  16. Hillbilly

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    I bought the new 350 model two weeks ago. First impression is that it is a excellent saw. Cut through a 28" dia. cherry like a hot knife through a stick of butter. Replaced a craftsman saw with the Husqavarna 350. My cousin has two Stihl saws that I have used, and they are also very good saws.

    Terry
  17. babalu87

    babalu87 New Member

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    When did Husqvarna start making saws in the lower 48?

    I believe some bars are made here but the saw?
  18. Eric Johnson

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    I think Husqvarna manufactures some saws in the U.S., but most are still made in Sweden. I think they do more assembly here than actual manufacturing, but I could be wrong.

    FireBug: You're always ahead to go a little shorter on bar length. More power with a shorter bar, less filing, etc. etc. A wise man once said, "If your bar is never too short, it's too long."
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    The Husqvarna chainsaws that are made in the USA are made by Poulan ( the smaller saws 100-200 some of the 300's ) The real Husqvarna made saw are made in Sweden , 345 & up . Are for a good bar lenght would be 20"if you only own one saw , 16 -18" for othe smaller saw if you own two and a larger bar for your bigger saw. My chainsaws are Husqvarna 346XP 2001 model , 346XP 2005 model , 372XP 2005 model . I cut wood for myself and not for a living and would suggest anybody cutting wood needs to have at leat 2 chainsaws. 1 smaller for limbing and smaller wood and 1 bigger for the felling and the bigger wood. I have owned Poulan saws and would never go back to them after owning Husqvarna Sweden made chainsaws.
  20. Fire Bug

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    HI Terry,
    What size bar did you get with your Husky 350? I am also starting to look into the Stihl 310 model and the Husky 353. I believe these saws have pretty close to the same 3.7 cubic inch displacement as my McCollach Eager Beaver 3.7 20" bar.
    The 3.7 cubic inch engine always gave me plenty of power. I never ran short. I don't want to sell myself short on the power. If you need it, it's there. If you don't, it's still there.
    Enjoy that new saw and cut carefully!
    Fire Bug
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    rmcfall Feeling the Heat

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    What is the difference between a 2001 and 2005 346XP?



  22. Hillbilly

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    I got the 18" bar on my Husky 350. I figured 18" was kind of a universal length for the type of cutting that i will be doing. The saw seems to have more than enough power for me. My previous saws were small 14" craftsman.

    Terry
  23. wg_bent

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    My saw is the smallest Husky...a 136. I bought it as a general around the house saw, and never intended for it to be used to cut wood for heating, but it seems to do just fine. I bought it in 2002 I think. I'm told the saw is actually made by Poulan. I've owned Poulan's before, and they weren't made like this Husky. I do like this saw, basically no real negatives if you accept the intended market for it. It's no 455 Rancher, but it's not intended to be.
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    I am currently using a Stihl 361. Very smooth saw with little vibration. It has plenty of power for firewood cutting. Many on the arborist forum like this saw and they even mod the muffler for more performance. Been using mine for 2 years, not one problem. One thing to consider, where can you get service. I was considering buying a Jonsered, but there was no local dealer for me and Stihl dealers are all over the place. All my experiences with Huskys have been w/ older models. They where excellent saws as well. Many of my buddies swear buy them. It seems that most new saws in the $500+ range have similar specs, and are of similar quality.
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    I am buying a 357xp husky and own a 260 Stihl, love the stihl, will let you know about the husky, heard all good things about them. How much more hp do you get by mod the muffler? How is it done? Any adverse effects.

    Scott
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