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    Chainsaw recommendation

    I didn't think that I would use a chainsaw that often so I bought the DeWalt 40v chainsaw for easy maintenance. I decided to clear my back lot cutting down 40 small to medium size cedar trees. The DeWalt chainsaw is good for cutting all the branches off the trees but It is under power trying to cut 6 to 8 inches wet tree trunks flush to the ground.
    So now I'm looking for a gas chainsaw with no smaller than a 18 inch bar to finish the job. I want to spend under $400. I have 1 big job right now but after that I won't be using the saw that often. I was looking at Stihl and went to TSC. TSC sells Poulan and Jonsered. Any recommendations?
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    Chainsaw recommendation

    I'd steer clear of Poulan. I have a Poulan Pro right now that never has run right. It starts fine, but even with a 42cc engine it lacks power. Have to ease the throttle up to wide open over a span of 30 seconds or engine dies. I gave up using it and use my Dewalt reciprocating saw with a 9" or 12" pruning blade now. If batteries aren't charging fast enough, I'll use my corded Tiger Paw recip saw if electric is close. If I ever need to buy a gas powered one again, will most likely be a Stihl.


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    Stihl is the only way to go. My work is a dealer for Stihl products as well as JD tractors!!


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    I would suggest a Stihl or Husqvarna from an authorized dealer - stay away from box stores. You will get an excellent saw and have good service after the sale.
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    Stihl is all I buy......just my 2 cents.
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    I worked at a tree service for years, and we used all Stihls and Huskys, they were both very tough, I just found the Huskys a bit easier to work on. The Stihls had a bit more "progressive" design on some things like tool-less chain adjusters (if I recall correctly) and the Stihl climbing saws had a very complicated throttle-linkage system in the handle that was like a puzzle.

    I carried an older Husky 272 in the log loading truck, the other crews used 355s and 372 ground saws, we had a 3120 BIGGUN Husky for big trees, and then Husky climbing saws. The only Stihls we used were climbing saws. I don't think you'd go wrong with either brand, if you don't mind spending $300-400 on a saw.

    I have a couple of 40+ year old McCulloughs that till run good for my home use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheesetrain View Post
    I'd steer clear of Poulan. I have a Poulan Pro right now that never has run right. It starts fine, but even with a 42cc engine it lacks power. Have to ease the throttle up to wide open over a span of 30 seconds or engine dies. I gave up using it and use my Dewalt reciprocating saw with a 9" or 12" pruning blade now. If batteries aren't charging fast enough, I'll use my corded Tiger Paw recip saw if electric is close. If I ever need to buy a gas powered one again, will most likely be a Stihl.


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    This. I have one I inherited from my dad. Thing won't run right to save it's life.

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    Stihl is all I buy......just my 2 cents.
    These two. If you can find an old 26, MS260, you'll be set. The newer saws are the 261. They are bullet proof.
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    I have had an MS310 Stihl for 11-12 years. First few tears cut firewood with it every year and then after moving it just gets dusted off when I need to clean up a downed tree or someone needs to borrow it.

    It can sit on the shelf for a year, pump it three or 4 times and she starts right up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    I would suggest a Stihl or Husqvarna from an authorized dealer - stay away from box stores. You will get an excellent saw and have good service after the sale.
    I was looking at Stihl at Ace hardware store since it was on my way to work. I think my JD dealer sells Stihl also but it is a lot farther away. Is the Stihl products the same quality at box stores compared to the dealers?
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