Need some chain saw expertise

baseroom

Feeling the Heat
Nov 18, 2014
438
Rochester
I want to upgrade from my trusty older saws. I have an old Stihl 015 and a Husky 51 (with a 20"bar). Both still run well and get the job done. I also have a Stihl 020 that i believe the carb is shot on. It goes out of adjustment quickly and then fuel pours out of the muffler. I cut probably 4 full cord a year. Usually nothing bigger than 20". Anyway I'm looking at good used saw now. A 2009 Dolmar PS 5100s or a 2019 Stihl ms 251 c-be. Both saws have been taken care of...the Stihl has seen very little use!
Opinions please!!!
 

johneh

Minister of Fire
Dec 19, 2009
2,944
Eastern Ontario
I would go with stihl. I have an 025 which is my go-to saw
for my firewood. Light fairly fast and good on fule. I have
faster bigger saws for big work and when I need one but 025 is the one I like
and it has never let me down
 

baseroom

Feeling the Heat
Nov 18, 2014
438
Rochester
Forgot to say the stihl is 300. Dolmar 275
 

JimBear

Feeling the Heat
Dec 15, 2017
484
Iowa
Dolmars are solid built saws. I think but am not 100% that the bar/chain from your Husky may work on that Dolmar.
If your Husky & Dolly will interchange I would personally go that route. You already have 2 smaller homeowner saws the Dolly would give you two saws that will pull the 20” bar. That way you have a back up saw for each size. The 251 is lighter, smaller cc & less torque than the Dolmar. That my opinion anyway. Unless of coarse you just buy them both...

I have a Dolmar 5105 that I really enjoy running, it has a bit more grunt than my Stihl 261 but it is a bit heavier also.
 
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DodgyNomad

Minister of Fire
Dec 19, 2009
557
West Michigan
I have Dolmar's and Stihl's, I'd go with the Stihl. 10 years newer, better balanced. Both good saws, but Stihl is a notch above.
 
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computeruser

Feeling the Heat
Jan 16, 2007
373
East Lansing, MI
I'd take the Dolmar over the 251 Stihl. It's just a lot more saw, and it makes a superb firewood saw that is honestly capable of pulling 20" bars. I also uses the same bars/chains as your Husqvarna (both k095 bar mount).

I've owned a few 5100s over the years and have found them to be superb and trouble-free. I have no experience with the 251 series of Stihl saws.