So looking at adding a new saw for farm use. Clearing up some things around our 100 acres and occasionally cutting firewood.
I’m limiting my search to Stihl - just brand preference. Yes, I’m aware there are arguably “better” brands at lower price points - but come time to repair or resell - I’ve never been dissatisfied with Stihl.
First deal that caught my eye was a MS 391 for $300 locally, 20” bar - seemed to be in nice shape, but reading some bad about the weight and vibration on these.
Also looked at a new 261 with 18” bar. Of course more money - but getting the better build over a farm and ranch model and of course, it’s new so no surprises. I’ve got a 20” barred Husq I “inherited” - so I’m thinking going with a slightly shorter bar - knowing that if Stihl says the saw will handle 20” - next size down is probably what it handles “comfortably”
Thoughts good or bad? Probably overkill for my needs - but I’d rather pay $550 once than blowing $250 on some homeowner saw and then fight with it next winter.