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Been wanting a new light saw for limbing and to carry on gator or quad when I’m out hunting. My other saws get heavy when just limbing or cutting small stuff and I always carry a saw when out hunting in the Upper as never know what you can come across. My old Homelite that I used for this task has had it. Stihl don’t seam to have sales very often so when my dealer sent a flier that these were on sale, figured it was time. Me and the Mrs. went for a ride and as always looked a new tractors and they had the new Gator in the show room. :laugh:
 

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Been wanting a new light saw for limbing and to carry on gator or quad when I’m out hunting. My other saws get heavy when just limbing or cutting small stuff and I always carry a saw when out hunting in the Upper as never know what you can come across. My old Homelite that I used for this task has had it. Stihl don’t seam to have sales very often so when my dealer sent a flier that these were on sale, figured it was time. Me and the Mrs. went for a ride and as always looked a new tractors and they had the new Gator in the show room. :laugh:
:dunno:did ya happen to sit in the new gator-:greencart: while uns was there??? by the way-nice saw:good2:
 

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I have the 180 - my only saw now and about all I can handle.

For a small saw it is quite remarkable. So light and easy to maneuver. Another big reason I got the 180 is for the easy start which is a must for me.

The 170 will be perfect for a “to go” saw for you.
 

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:dunno:did ya happen to sit in the new gator-:greencart: while uns was there??? by the way-nice saw:good2:
:lolol: Oh yea me and the Mrs’s Checked out the room in the cab. Lots room for hanky pankey but salesman was tooo noisy:lolol::lolol::lol: With everything up off the floor you can definitely sit 3 across. It was a M so didn’t have the head liner and nicer interior, but sure is nice. $21,500 if I remember correctly. Didn’t have a few things on it I would have to have, but was nicely equipped. Really like the windshield how it opens. Mrs. and I agree just think we’ll keep the 825i......it’s paid for.
 

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I didn't think Stihl sold anything for such few dollars. Three chains could cost me that much. Be sure to let us know how she cuts.
 
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Harvesting kindling has never been easier since I purchased an ultralight weight saw. With a 20” bar on my Husky 262xp, I didn’t think I needed anything longer than 14” for the lighter work on my Echo CS-310. That MS 170 looks really good. Keep us posted.
 

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:dunno:did ya happen to sit in the new gator-:greencart: while uns was there??? by the way-nice saw:good2:
I drove the new gator the other day and was "chauffeured around" in it so my friend, Ryan, who is the salesman at my Deere dealer and I could have a private conversation.

I was so busy focusing on the actual conversation, I didn't pay any attention to the Gator for the first several minutes until Ryan drove it over a cliff and it was about a 45 degree hill down, probably 80 feet or more.........When he drove over the edge, I thought "Well, we might get to test the ROPS in the cab" but not to be, the gator handled it like a champ. The width made it very stable and never even gave me any concerns. Even more impressive was we turned around and came back up the hill.........

It was nice, the cab was nice, it reminds me of the cab on my tractor with the suicide doors hinged in the rear of the door, etc. Very easy to get in and out of the cab the way the doors hinge.

It had that strong "new plastic smell" as there is a lot of plastic inside of the gator and the cab itself. But it's not cheap rattly plastic, but decent interior motor vehicle plastic quality.

I think the Gator we were in was the largest gas model before the diesel option. It was in the mid $20's if I recall. Ryan is likely to read this and he might just comment and provide the details. Ryan, please do provide the model, price, options, etc. as I know Big Jim has been quite interested in these new Gators......

Since I don't have a need for a Gator, I haven't paid much attention to the new gator. But it is a nice unit. I am 6'4" and I was surprised how much room there was in the 2 door model in the cab. I wasn't cramped or anything.....

Regarding the comments by JDMICH about the room he saw for other activities inside the cab, well, .......:good2:

What was once exciting and adventurous when you are young quickly becomes dangerous as you age. :hide:

It would be interesting to have the first responders having to untangle some older people who became too frisky in the cab and wrenched their back or otherwise compromised their immobility. It would give an interesting new angle to replace the old commercial of "Help, I have fallen and I can't get.... up".....Replace the lady lying on the floor in her kitchen or bathroom with a couple of people who should know better requiring assistance and having to push their emergency Alert button while inside the John Deere Gator cab.

Now THAT would be a commercial which would sell ............something.....probably false hope to many of those who were once younger and friskier.

"The mind is willing and the heart desires and is interested but the body is less flexible, so proceed cautiously."
 
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I've been checking prices on a couple different Stihl chainsaw models. The MS251 and the MS271 to be specific. What I found is the ridiculous difference in price when it comes to getting a price from PA dealers versus OH dealers. I live in PA, but I am getting the saw in OH. You would think it shouldn't matter where you purchase, but evidently for some reason in most definitely does matter. Go figure!:unknown:
 

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I've been checking prices on a couple different Stihl chainsaw models. The MS251 and the MS271 to be specific. What I found is the ridiculous difference in price when it comes to getting a price from PA dealers versus OH dealers. I live in PA, but I am getting the saw in OH. You would think it shouldn't matter where you purchase, but evidently for some reason in most definitely does matter. Go figure!:unknown:
I’ve only checked 2 Stihl dealers and both are at list price for everything except what is on special on the Stihl site which is usually $10 off a couple items.
 

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I’ve only checked 2 Stihl dealers and both are at list price for everything except what is on special on the Stihl site which is usually $10 off a couple items.
Stan, I am looking at either the MS251 Wood Boss, or the MS271 Farm Boss, both with 18" bars. The OH dealers price on the 251 was 323.00. The 271 was 389, and with a 20" bar was only another 10 bucks. As for those same saws with the 18" bar in PA. Man, oh man. The 251 was 365.00, and the 271 was 423.00!!:flag_of_truce:
 

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I have a Farm Boss I think is 24 years old I believe a 029 and I have a two year old 180 and I love them both. I cant complain about either. I guess one complaint the old one keeps going and wont die. It will outlast me. :bigthumb:
 

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I have a Stihl 036 Pro with a 20" and 16" bar. Bought it new about 20 years ago and it runs great, better than me :unknown: . It was expensive but darn well worth it. I should get a smaller trim saw, I don't have the upper body strength to run the 036 much above my waist.
 

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Stan, I am looking at either the MS251 Wood Boss, or the MS271 Farm Boss, both with 18" bars. The OH dealers price on the 251 was 323.00. The 271 was 389, and with a 20" bar was only another 10 bucks. As for those same saws with the 18" bar in PA. Man, oh man. The 251 was 365.00, and the 271 was 423.00!!:flag_of_truce:
At my dealer the 251 Wood Boss is $339.95 and the 271 with 18" bar is $399.95 and 20" bar is $409.95.
 
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Here it don’t matter all dealers are the same price

My dealer 251 is $329

271 is $389 with 18”
$399 with 20” bar
 
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I have a Stihl 036 Pro with a 20" and 16" bar. Bought it new about 20 years ago and it runs great, better than me :unknown: . It was expensive but darn well worth it. I should get a smaller trim saw, I don't have the upper body strength to run the 036 much above my waist.
Same boat here. I've had a 034 for 20ish years and just last year got a MS250 ($299 on sale) and it is now my go to saw. The 250 has the same single control lever as the 034 and old school chain adjustment. I don't remember chain gauges but the 250 is smaller than the 034 but larger than the 170/180s. I also bought a 180c for my wife to carve with. She is scared of it so it lives in my truck tool box.
 

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My experience is the same

I’ve only checked 2 Stihl dealers and both are at list price for everything except what is on special on the Stihl site which is usually $10 off a couple items.
That's my experience as well but I've not shopped across state lines. I know Stihl uses regional marketing units and I wonder if they have different pricing structures.

I've had zero luck trying to negotiate a price on Stihl products. Sometimes a dealer will throw in a goodie, like oil or an accessory but even that is rare in my experience. I'm glad to hear someone else can do better.

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