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    I need a clearing saw for the trail. Brands to consider?

    I have some small brush and timber that I need to clear for an atv and tractor trail. Most timber is less than 2 to 3 inches in diameter.

    I've been looking at the echo and stilh brands. Does anyone use one of these or has a recommendation on other brands or models to consider?

    Thanks!

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    Stihl MS661 should do it.

    As far as brand, you're going to get a lot of different opinions. I'm a Stihl guy.

    If a handful of 2-3 inch trees is all you need it for, get a Stihl MS180 or similar. If you think you might want to go a little bigger just in case, get a MS251 or similar. If to want to get better build quality and power to weight ratio, go for a MS261.

    Edit: are you looking new or used? If you're looking for used, look for a Stihl 026. They're a great little saw, equivalent to a new MS261.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sld961 View Post
    Stihl MS661 should do it.

    As far as brand, you're going to get a lot of different opinions. I'm a Stihl guy.

    If a handful of 2-3 inch trees is all you need it for, get a Stihl MS180 or similar. If you think you might want to go a little bigger just in case, get a MS251 or similar. If to want to get better build quality and power to weight ratio, go for a MS261.

    Edit: are you looking new or used? If you're looking for used, look for a Stihl 026. They're a great little saw, equivalent to a new MS261.

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    Thanks I'll keep that in mind but sorry I'm looking more at this type vs a chainsaw:

    https://en.stihl.ca/STIHL-Products/G...ring-saws.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthernGreen View Post
    Thanks I'll keep that in mind but sorry I'm looking more at this type vs a chainsaw:

    https://en.stihl.ca/STIHL-Products/G...ring-saws.aspx
    Will that go through 2" - 3" in a timely manner?
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    I have a Husqvarna (can't recall the model) I bought it when we first bought our acreage. It got a lot of use until the trails were opened up to point the tractor and brush hog keeps them open.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by NorthernGreen View Post
    Thanks I'll keep that in mind but sorry I'm looking more at this type vs a chainsaw:

    https://en.stihl.ca/STIHL-Products/G...ring-saws.aspx
    Will that go through 2" - 3" in a timely manner?
    Most of the brush is. 5 to 1.5 inch so the 2 or 3 inch trees I could use the chainsaw on. Have an old old I could use.
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    Regardless of whether you go with Stihl or another brand, I would recommend this blade for clearing brush.

    Tri-Bladed Metal Brushcutter Trimmer Blade Attachment | STIHL USA
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    Quote Originally Posted by lost in wisconsin View Post
    Regardless of whether you go with Stihl or another brand, I would recommend this blade for clearing brush.

    Tri-Bladed Metal Brushcutter Trimmer Blade Attachment | STIHL USA
    I will second that.
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    I need a clearing saw for the trail. Brands to consider?

    I have a 20v Dewalt chain saw, that might be all you’d need out on the trail.

    https://www.homedepot.com/p/DEWALT-2...20P1/301844173




    Edit: whoops I just realized your not looking for a chainsaw but rather a brush cutter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthernGreen View Post
    Thanks I'll keep that in mind but sorry I'm looking more at this type vs a chainsaw:

    https://en.stihl.ca/STIHL-Products/G...ring-saws.aspx
    How long of a trail are you talking? That seems like an awful lot of money for a tool to just cut brush one time. What about the larger Kombi unit with a brush cutter attachment? I have the KM130R with a brush cutter attachment, but I've only used it for trimming, not for clearing brush, so I couldn't speak whether it could handle 2". The Kombi would be cheaper, and you could use it for other stuff afterwards. For the thinner stuff, the hedge trimmer attachment could be used as well.

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