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Stihl MS390 vs Echo CS-670

Post in 'The Gear' started by clambdin, Apr 8, 2006.

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  1. clambdin

    clambdin New Member

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    I am looking to buy a bigger saw this year for bucking large logs, I have narrowed it down to these two saw`s I really like stihl I own and use a 026, but the echo seems like a good buy and it is a little bit bigger ?

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  2. superduke

    superduke New Member

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    I was in a delema between Husky and Sthil, both wonderful products. I went with the ms390 because of, 13 lbs, dealer in town, dealers in the next 3 towns near where I live. Husky dealer in a town about 1 hour away only, Sthil also offers 2 year warranty consumer usage, very simple saw to operate and adjust chain tension, one lever control for choke-on off
  3. ourhouse

    ourhouse Minister of Fire

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    If you are happy with you'r stihl then go with stihl. Echo makes an ok saw. I haved used them before and I did not like them that much. Comparing stihl to echo is like a caddy to an escort. Go stihl and you cant go wrong. They make a great saw.

    John
  4. Fire Bug

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    Hi Superduke,
    I agreee with you that both Stihl and Huskys are great saws, but I believe that Husky's offer the better consumer warranty. Husky offers a two year verses Stihls one year warranty.

    Fire Bug
  5. ourhouse

    ourhouse Minister of Fire

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    Husky or stihl are both great saws.
  6. TheFlame

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    I have experience with the smaller Echo top handle saws, and they are very well built, extremely well running saws.

    Echo is manufactured in Japan, vs Germany and Sweden for Stihl and Husqvarna, repectively.

    Stihl and Husky both have similar horsepower to weight ratios, and this is the area where they outperform Echo. The Echo saws are always heavier then the competing models from Husky or Stihl. Echo recognizes this, and competes by pricing their saws lower then Husky or Stihl.

    I believe the MSRP for the CS-670 is $479. I do not know what the Stihl 390 comes in at, but I know the Husky class competitors are in the $550 - $650 range.

    If price is your concern, go with the Echo, I have not used it personally but the CS-670 has a very good reputation. If money is no object, go with a Stihl or Husky. My preference is Husky over Stihl, as I am one of the many that believe Stihl has failed to innovate as readily as Husky over the last decade or so.
  7. superduke

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    I paid 499.00 for the ms390 around 8.00 for a 4 litre jug of sthil medium chain oil and around 14. something for sthil 50:1 premuim mix , two year supply (which gives you a 2 year warranty on the saw) plus taxes. (total price paid 595.02) The saw came with a 20" bar/chain. I think that this was a pretty good deal considering canadian tire is selling a Troy Built 49cc (mccollough made in taiwan) for around 349.00plus taxes
  8. superduke

    superduke New Member

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    Hey just to be on the up and up, I am not saying that stihl is the best or worst, There are a lot of good saws in the mid range consumer / home owner catagory. In the area that I live, choices are somewhat limited to products and stores that sell them.
    I chose Stihl because a close by dealer and of course a good reputation. (simple saw, carb easy to adjust etc)
  9. Roospike

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    If that is your choiceof brands then i would get the Stihl ms 361 and not the ms 390 You'll get a lot better bang for your buck . If in that size range i myself would get the 359 Husqvarna or the step up model the 357xp you wouldnt be sorry .
  10. gasavage

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    I have a 670, with a 24 inch bar, and like it really well. Is it the fastest?....no. Is it the most powerful....No. Is it the lightest....no. It is well built and dependable with a very good reputation. I fiured that I'd only be using a large saw a few hours during the year, and didn't need to spend the extra $ for a top of the line saw I really wouldn't use that much. Plus I have several Echo dealers in a short driving distance. Go find a dealer and see if they have one ou can test drive. With a good sharp chain you would'nt notice much difference between the saw in that range.
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