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Husqy vs Stihl (50cc and 60cc) advice

Post in 'The Gear' started by ampamp, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. greythorn3

    greythorn3 Minister of Fire

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    is a deal 300$ with no bar or chain?

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  2. MasterMech

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    If you need a 90cc saw...
    If it's in very good condition, running, with no issues/flaws...

    Then yeah $300 is fair IMO. Keep in mind that a big bar (28"+) and a couple chains will prolly total over $100.

    Make it $250 and it'd be real hard to pass up I think.

    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?rt=nc&_nkw=Stihl 056&_sop=16
  3. ampamp

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    Thanks for all the information. I figured this post would yield some good conversation...it did. My local dealer is close and carries both Husqy and Stihl....so I will get one of those (would have anyway). I'm going to stop down and take a look (and feel) the saws I'm interested in. I'm leaning toward the 357XP almost entirely now just because of the lightness (12.1 lbs), and I think the saw will obviously handle a bigger bar....I may use this as my big saw even though it's mid at best. It gets me thinking though, I might as well stick around the 50cc saw for my small saw and probably jump to this bigger saw for my firewood saw (65-70cc) as many have suggested. Anyway, the saws on the table are the following in order of what I think I like the most for a firewood saw. Of course...opinions welcome.

    1. 357xp
    2. MS362
    3. 562xp
    4. 365
    5. 359

    555 off list since it's not really been proven in my area too much
  4. mecreature

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    1. MS362
    2. 362xp
    3. 357xp
    4. 365
    5. 359

    JMO

    that jump to the 365 would be sweet but I bet those others feel better by far. the XPs especially.
    the 362xp looks good on paper if you are already spending that much on the 357.
  5. mayhem

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    Husky doesn't list a 365 on their website as a current or recently discontinued model. When was it produced?

    357xp is rated up to a 24' bar as is the 359, though I note that the website specs show a 20" as the current recommended max.
  6. wkpoor

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    OK here is the deal. Get your hands on a new or used 346XP. I'll give you Dan Henry's #. Send him your saw. You will thank me, trust me! If you like the idea of carrying around a saw as light as a 346 with nearly the power of stock 372. Runs 3/8 full comp chain and pulls it like no saw you've ever ran before. You will have to run 100+ octane fuel though. I just run AvGas in mine. No problems with it 4 yrs later.
  7. greythorn3

    greythorn3 Minister of Fire

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    can you put a 16" bar on them?
  8. ampamp

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    The 365 isn't available everywhere since it fails emissions....I think in California. I know a dealer who has them....just wanted to go with a pro saw.......
  9. greythorn3

    greythorn3 Minister of Fire

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    well whats a good saw i will love and not regret buying, im gonna start looking to buy soon.
  10. KodiakII

    KodiakII Feeling the Heat

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    555 is the nicest starting and running saw I have ever had the pleasure of operating. 266 has a bit more torque, but can be a pia to start compared to the new one!

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  11. HittinSteel

    HittinSteel Minister of Fire

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    Ever rebuild the 266 carb?
  12. greythorn3

    greythorn3 Minister of Fire

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    the 455 rancher is 482$ here. i dont know if its worth it.
  13. KodiakII

    KodiakII Feeling the Heat

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    No. It has always been a pia to start. Should have had a decompressor...it is really stout to pull over. Dealer knew I had it and warned me about ripping the cord out of the 555, as I was used to pulling on the 266.
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    HittinSteel Minister of Fire

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    I new pump diaphragm may cut down on the number of times you have to pull it over cold....then all saws should be 1 pullers warm.

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