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What is the better chainsaw brand?

Post in 'The Gear' started by StihlHead, Jan 3, 2013.

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Which brand chainsaw be more better?

  1. Stihl

    37 vote(s)
    62.7%
  2. Husky (includes Poulan & J-red)

    15 vote(s)
    25.4%
  3. Dolmar/Makita-Dolkita

    6 vote(s)
    10.2%
  4. Other: Echo, Tanaka, old MAC/Olympyk, RedMax, Homelite, etc.

    1 vote(s)
    1.7%
  1. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    "Which brand chainsaw be more better?" Well I will go with the one thats has a good chain full thank of fuel and oil and warm it up please!
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  2. TMonter

    TMonter Minister of Fire

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    When I think of balance I think of how easy a saw is to maneuver and use for various tasks. I find the Husky 372 to be a bit easier to use for multiple tasks than my MS440. Unless the tree I'm cutting has a lot of limbs I don't usually switch saws before bucking the log into rounds.
  3. StihlHead

    StihlHead Guest

    Madsen's, now that is one serious place for chainsaw and logging supply stuff. Great place, and I stop there whenever I go north to Tacoma or Seattle to buy wedges, logging tape, parts, chaps, etc.
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  4. hobbyheater

    hobbyheater Minister of Fire

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    For me the preference is the quality of service which I will get from the selling Dealer. I have a Husky/Stihl dealer 5 minutes from the house but make my purchases from a dealer 30 minutes away that has a good reputation for good after sales service.
    Over the years I have had 2 Stihls and 2 Huskys and have been happy with all.
  5. Bigg_Redd

    Bigg_Redd Minister of Fire

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    Madsen's is a dangerous place for me. I usually leave my wallet in the car.
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  6. Bocephous

    Bocephous Member

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    I had one for about a year and a half. Best handling motorcycle I've ever owned. Seat provided the comfort of a 2X4 covered with a towel.
  7. StihlHead

    StihlHead Guest

    I hear hah, but I see them as a great place to SAVE MONEY, compared to spending money on shipping on stuff from Ebay or B*s in CA. Also with an Oregon license, I do not pay sales tax there. ;) That worked for buying a new car in Tacoma for my niece too. Did not have to pay the *cough* 10% sales tax.

    Go Seahawks!
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  8. Freakingstang

    Freakingstang Feeling the Heat

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    Yes,someone gets it, and that is likely because youve had both in your hands and been able to run them side by side for more than one cut. That is how I feel as well. untilI got my 550xp, i use my old skool hot rodded 372xp as my main saw...little stuff, bug stuff, medium stuff, etc.. If you watch this video you'll see where the ergonomics (handling, comfort) come into play. they are both great saws. To the stihl heads that haven't ran a 372, the 440 is the best thing since sliced bread. To husky guys, they want a new 440.... the ultimate saw would be a 440 with a modified 460 topend. The one of those I built was a freakin' animal.. wish i would have never sold it..

    anyways as far as the handling aspect, the 372 definately takes the cake with its light vibrations... watch this video under the the limbing section. pay attention to seconds 14-19 of the video as he is flopping the saw back and forth. this is where husky ergonomics are awesome and stihls mostly feel like vibrating bricks...

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  9. tfdchief

    tfdchief Minister of Fire

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    Well, when I was young and poor, I cut a heck of lot wood to keep me warm with my cheap little poulan with a 12 in bar. Wasn't what I wanted but all I could afford. I finally got a big saw, a McCullough, bought it for $25 bucks. It kept me warm too. I have had a lot of saws since, as my means increased. Now.....well, Stihl, because I have a local dealer that takes care of me. He has Huskies now too, so I have a choice. May try one someday.

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