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Steer me in the direction for a first saw

Post in 'The Gear' started by prollynotjeff, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Agreed. I use a 361 exclusively. I burn wood to heat my home. I do not sell wood or cut 20 cords per year. The 361 will run an 18" bar like a light saber and it will pull a 25" bar for the bigger cuts. It is easy to operate, it is a pro version with less vibration than the non-pro's. It has a decompression button for easier starting and is just one heck of a good "all around" saw.

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  2. ikessky

    ikessky Minister of Fire

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    From what I understand, pro vs homeowner is all about power to weight, better anti-vibe, and a better design to work on if something happens to go wrong. If you look at the specs between the two saws, you will see that although the 361 has less cc's, it produces more horsepower and is a pound lighter.

    If you are simply bucking up delivered wood and dropping a few trees, I don't see why the 391 wouldn't serve you well. I just found out that my uncle is using one to buck up wood for his OWB. Heck, I'm dropping all my own trees with the 4-6 cords that I go through per year and I'm doing it with a 290. I've had more than a few white ash that I've had to cut from both sides because I'm only running a 16" bar.

    Now, with that being said, I still think that if you have the money to spend, go with the 361. Right now I'm looking at 440's and 460's that I can rebuild and have a big saw for cheap.
  3. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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  4. JeffT

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    Hard to believe they still have a 361.The 361 is arguably the best fire wood saw ever maid.650 is a little high for a discontinued saw(362 takes over).Paid 570 at my dealer in 2009(and they don't come off list price) because they were getting the 362 in.They are a sweet saw.
  5. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    The 362 I look at Thursday price tag 699.00
  6. HittinSteel

    HittinSteel Minister of Fire

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    Wow I know where a new 2171 JRED is for just about that.
  7. Freeheat

    Freeheat Minister of Fire

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    I'm gona take some crap for this but its my opinion. I am newer to cutting but have been helping arround a farm. The saws that we use are all husky. The owner uses a 357xp the ones i use are a 242 and a 44 older but very powerful. We have taken down 25 trees , all standing dead and the saws we are using are great no power loss going through some large trees. I dont think you need any bigger for a home owner. Now if this is your living big differance.
  8. JustWood

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    ,,,,,,,,,, and bless this grub. AMEN!
  9. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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  11. HittinSteel

    HittinSteel Minister of Fire

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    242............. I want one bad!
  12. ccwhite

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    Grab the 361. STIHL all the way. I know a lot of guys here like Husky but I'm not one of those guys. Stihl. I run an Stihl 039 with an 18" bar. My Husky rarely ever comes out of the basement. If I were in you're position right now I'd take the 361 with a 20" bar and figure on getting a big fella down the road. That Stihl is a good "medium" size saw. It's big enough to cut just about everything and for sure everything that's gonna be delivered in log length and it's still light enough and small enough to not wear you out. If you feel like you want it later pick up a 440 or 660 or whatever tickles your fancy.

    Just my $0.02
  13. TMonter

    TMonter Minister of Fire

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    Your Husky is also not a pro saw and doesn't have the balance, low weight or power of one of their pro saws. That alone makes a huge difference.
  14. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    039 stihl is not a pro saw either. Both saw's are in the farm class.
  15. ccwhite

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    I get that its not a pro saw but the old man bought it and it was the biggest husky he could get his hands on locally. I hate that saw and I really thought I would like it because I always wished my Stihl had a 20" bar. My neighbor has a Husky too and he claims it is a pro model. I don't care for it either. I didn't get to use it a lot or anything and maybe he sharpens like a 8 year old I'm not sure. I'm not so much against all Husky saws. It's just that the couple that I've had contact with haven't been good ambassadors of the company. Whereas I've never seen a Stihl I didn't like. Seems like no matter how old or new or big or small they do their job as long as you don't expect a little saw to do the job of a big saw and vice versa. Huskys just haven't felt right to me. (Maybe I should throw a "yet" on the end of that sentence) I don't know am all I just know what I've had in my hands. Just my $0.02

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