Stihl 056 - Picked one up today - Questions

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  1. TMonter

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    I found a phenomenal deal today on Craigslist for a Stihl 056 chainsaw. The saw was in excellent condition, the owner had all the manuals and he had obviously taken care of the saw.

    Paid $100.00

    Saw started on the third pull from dead cold.

    Owner had owned it for several years but had not used it in 4 because he found it too heavy. He says it has about 25 hours on it, and from the condition I believe him.

    So, should I resell the saw or sell my Husky 455 rancher and keep this for my secondary saw? (I currently have a 372XPW)
     
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    Here is the saw I purchased today. Sort of a beast, but very nice saw.
     

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    I have an 024 that is going on 28 years. The amazing thing is that I often go many years without using it at all, and then it starts right up. Yesterday was one of those days because a neighbor asked me to cut a dead tree down. I gassed it up, checked the oil, tightened the chain and touched it up with a file (by hand)......and off I went. It started right up and did the job!

    As you know, the worst thing you can do to equipment is to not use it - yet this piece of machinery just keeps going and going.

    Good luck with yours.
     
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    That would be a no brainer for me; dump the Rancher and hang onto that 056.

    Oh wait....did I say dump the Rancher....No, you better just sell me the 056. I'll get you your money back out of it and even pay for the shipping...Seriously, great find!
     
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    Great find. Assuming you must sell one of 'em, I'd keep the Rancher since it uses the same bars/chains as the 372, which could be beneficial in a pinch.

    That said, I'd keep the 056 as well.
     
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    I've got a Stihl MS 310 and I Love It! I got it for Christmas in '03, and granted I don't use it more than twice a year, it always starts easy and has plenty of power for the occasional tree, or trim job I do. I can't say I know a lot about chain saws but I asked for a Stihl because they had a good reputation.
     
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    Anyone know of a good location to buy a good 24" bar for my Stihl 056? It currently has a 25" but I have 5 extra 24" chains and I hate to go buy more chains for the 056. Unless of course someone wants to buy a couple new 24" chains that is . ;-)
     
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    I would go to a Sthil dealer.

    Another option would be to have the chains shortened. Taking out a couple of links should do the trick, if the chains are new. Any saw shop can do that, but it might not be worth it. Chains go for less than $15 each, so it may not be worth paying $50 or more for a new bar.
     
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    TMonter.............Keep them both........I always take my cheap Poulan with me when I go cutting with the Stihl......oh yeah, I also bring a long pry bar. Both the extra saw and pry bar have saved me several times.
     
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    KEEP THE STIHL !!!!!!!
     
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    Once again MrGriz took the words right outta...lol ;) Just kidding but I echo the sentiment...
     
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    Good point... When you get into multiple saw territory it's somewhat wise to stick with the same maker... Not really a big deal just the bars interchange, don't need multiple screnches just keeps life a little more simple...

    But really... You are into it for $100 bucks... Whats it gonna hurt to hang onto it??? Worse comes to worse at a $C-Note your ROI is like money in the bank...

    Ponder it for awhile and if you decide to unload it (just be 'reasonable') let me know... ;)

    If this keeps up, between stoves, saws, gear and everything Web is gonna have to do a "knockoff E-bay section"...lol
     
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    Well I took the Stihl 056 in a couple weeks ago for a tuneup and because the carb was leaking gas from one of the gaskets. I could have done the rebuild myself but I just didn't have the time. $58 later I have basically a brand new broken in 056 with no scores on the piston or cylinder with great compression.

    I've done a little cutting with the 056 and so far I love it as a secondary saw, especially for big timber. It has monstrous power, but is far too heavy to be a primary saw for most work.

    I did sell my 455R a few weeks back and now I'm keeping an eye out for a good deal on a 346XP or a 025 Stihl for limbing and small work.
     
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    Hmmmm...Interesting.. (lol) ;)
     
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