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Stihl 290 Farm Boss (18 inch) vs. Husqvarna 455 Rancher (18 inch)

Post in 'The Gear' started by DanCorcoran, Dec 22, 2010.

  1. midwestcoast

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    Now I have an image of some nice housewife gearing-up in PPE and firing up a big 2-stroke vacuum cleaner belching the smoke, Ha! My dog already hates the vacuum, I think she'd have a stroke.

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  2. smokinj

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    It took 1o and half man hours on that pic I was on a 460 well 0ver 2 half hours my elbows felt like there where going to blow out....(well over 5 min cuts about 2 cuts per tank) 40+ inchs of red oak is pushing a 460/660 if your bucking to firewood.
  3. midwestcoast

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    Well it must be a miracle, but I'm burning the wood this season so I know I didn't just dream it. Cut the trunk over 2 afternoons. My trigger arm was sore for a couple days from pulling against the dogs & I was not pulling very hard that's for sure. Vibes didn't seem too bad.
    I'm willing to bet bigger trees have been cut with smaller saws & the guys never thought nothing of it
  4. smokinj

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    lol I am thinking about it I rember that sucker it was in Aug. of 2009 And just kick my @ss! Wish I had the 880 at that time.....Very tough tree and even the small splits seem very heavy by the end of the day. Cant even rap my head around doing it with a 20 in. bar and a small cc saw. My 460 was getting hard to start there at the end. I had a 361 and a 260 at that time and the stayed in the shop.
  5. DanCorcoran

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    Yo! I bought the nice stove to improve resale on the cabin and as a pleasure to look at when I'm sipping a bourbon and watching the secondaries. That cabin is snowed in much of the winter, so I'll probably buck and split a cord each year and burn only 1/2 to 1 cord. I'm doing my own just 'cause I enjoy it, not because it's cost effective

    Lumberjack R U, not me, and that's fine for both of us.
  6. chad101

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    Dull chain? I see allot of saw dust w/ few "chips".
  7. smokinj

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    lol At that mega pixel if you see any chips THAT AWESOME.....Heck I can throw chips milling. (3 chains where used on that trunk)
  8. TheGriz

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    I would go with the Stihl. I have a 029 with a 18" bar that does great. If you want a 20" bar, go for the 310.
  9. southbound

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    +++++++++++++++++++++++1
  10. fire_man

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    I got my Husky 455 from an Independent dealer - it came with the 18" Bar. I noticed the big box stores tend to sell it with the 20" bar.
  11. Danno77

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    I think you are onto something there. I think Joe Homeowner sees a saw with a big bar and thinks it's more capable. Seriously. If you put a 25" bar on a 33cc Poulan I bet you could charge $350 bucks for the thing and it would sell well.
  12. SPED

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    +2 I have a 290 with an 18" bar and I love that saw. The dealer told me exactly what TheGriz said, if you want to step up to 20" get a 310.
  13. SmokeyCity

    SmokeyCity Feeling the Heat

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    You Stihl have it ?
  14. Como

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    When I broke my 455 I replaced it with a Makita, same sort of money, much nicer.
  15. smokinj

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    Man I now have too epa stoves......Yes the 460 is now an extreme over kill! Wooot Woooot! Life is alot better not looking at a 12+ cords just to make it. (Couple afternoons and done for the year) :cool: Hello new hobbies. lol
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    I have a 290 (wish I'd went bigger didn't have the funds) but it works great for the trees I cut. I went opposite of what most do and I put a 16" bar and the RSC chain on mine. I can't suggest this enough, unless you're cutting big wood all the time. If I have something bigger than 30 inches I can make it work most times.
  17. MasterMech

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    Smokey, you talk funny. :p

    Got a great deal on a new saw. Some might say it was a Stihl. ;)
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  19. drumbum

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    This will probably go against the grain, but between the two, the 455 w/18" for sure. Get a better chain and keep the vanguard for dirty work. You will appreciate that you can expose the engine, especially if you have a compressor to blow the saw clean (mandatory for any saw imho). Don't believe the stihl hype on power ratings. If it were me, I'd convert to rim drive and semi chisel .325.

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