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yet ANOTHER "which saw to buy" thread.....

Post in 'The Gear' started by Big Donnie Brasco, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. MasterMech

    MasterMech Guest

    I don't think the 359 was ever in TSC. The 460 Rancher is the biggest I've ever seen in Lowes or TSC.

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  2. Big Donnie Brasco

    Big Donnie Brasco Feeling the Heat

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    I just CALLED my TSC and asked them about it. They said all the Husky chains and equipment are CURRENTLY 50% off, but the saws aren't YET....... he said YET! :)

    He had no idea when they would be, but I'll keep chipping away!

    Don
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  3. Pallet Pete

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    You will be happy with any of them in truth ! I have a super 036 which is a good powerful saw my buddy has two older huskys as well as an 036 all very good powerful saws. The TSC deal if it happens would be great !

    Pete
  4. MasterMech

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    If I were you, and I was eyeing that 036 (and I would be, ;) ) I'd mosey on over to that TSC and look for some deals on chain! Look for 3/8" (.375") .050" 72 Drive Links. Should be listed as a 20" loop. At 50% off I'd buy a few, even if it is "safety" chain. Wonder if they have any Husky chaps left? ;)
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  5. lukem

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    The website is showing a 50% discount on Husqv stuff, except for saws. And a couple J'red saws.
  6. Big Donnie Brasco

    Big Donnie Brasco Feeling the Heat

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    A little birdie told me to be watching the TSC ads, SOON !!!
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    Even with 50% off on the Husqvarna ranch saws, I'd still go with the Stihl 036.

    Comparing the 036 to the 036 Pro: The adjustable oiler is a nice but completely unnecessary feature for running a 20" bar, and decomp valve is not all that important on a saw as small as the 036. I forget to push mine most of the time.
  8. Big Donnie Brasco

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    I'm not overly concerned with cosmetics, or the "next great saw", I just want a good reliable work horse! That is why I come to you fine folks because you help me sift through all the sales hype! You guys are really pushing toward the 036.... TSC did have some $70 Husqy chaps on sale for $32 !!

    And obviously I could care less about that puny decomp cr@p! ........... ;)
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  9. Nixon

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    The decomp is more for the starting system on the saw than it is for the operator .
    And, if those are your arms , buy an MS 880, or a 3120xp !
  10. lukem

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    Just cleaned out my TSC. Chaps two loops of chain and 16 one shots of 2 stroke oil. $90.
  11. Big Donnie Brasco

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    I am not sure what chain to get if am getting the Stihl 036, and the dude working there was of NO help!
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    I'd start with the RS3
    Full chisel but some low kickback safety features.
    Don't forget a file ;)
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    3/8 .050 72 DL
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  14. Big Donnie Brasco

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    I have a cordless dremel and I was going to get the chainsaw sharpening kit for it.
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    20" bar, 3/8 pitch .050 gauge, 72 drive links
    Stihl ID 33RS3-72
    Stih; Part # 3624
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    My local one did......I remember eyeing it up a year or so ago. Wonder if it's still there _g
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  17. Big Donnie Brasco

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    you guys rock!
    If I am going with the 18" bar I assume I just keep everything else the same?
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    18" , 3/8 pitch, .050 gauge bar ; is 33 RS3 66
    Same part number
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    I'm gonna do the odd man out here . Get RM , or Rm3 chain . Also get the Stihl file guide set .
    Rm/rm3 is semichisel ,so it holds it's edge a bit longer than RS . It's also easier to sharpen .
    The dremel tool may sharpen the cutters , but what about the rakers ?
  20. DexterDay

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    18" bar in an 036 is like a Light Saber in Wood!!!

    Hold on tight ;)
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  21. Big Donnie Brasco

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    I'll "use the force" !
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    No dremel!!!!:eek:
    Sharpen by hand man like a pro would!
    With those arms not a problem!!::-)
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    If those are his arms, no need for a saw, just snap the logs to length! Cheers!
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    I didn't even know anyone still stocked RS chain. I figured all the dealers had switched over to RSC. Not sure I see the point in RS, unless you're some serious competition cutter, who can actually tell some minute difference in cut speed. Both are supposed to cut equally.

    In any case, start off with RS3 or RSC3, the 3 being for safety. Once you get some hours behind the saw, switch up to RS / RSC.
  25. MasterMech

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    There was no difference in RS vs RSC as far as cutting speed goes. And just to make it interesting, the RSC designation has been discontinued and now it's back to just RS. :confused:

    I don't believe in starting off with "safety" chain. Both type will cut your leg off just as fast. If you have the PPE, then go with the better chain. Sharp is safe. That said, I like RSC3 until you have to plunge cut or work with the bar buried. For straight through cutting where the bar is longer than the log diameter, it's a very close race.
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