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Stihl or husqvarna?
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alan    Posted 05-24-2003 at 18:33:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Looking at new saws, my old one pretty well bit the dust, not going to fix it. My old one was a homelite (actually worked most of the time, used a bunch and got a deal on it, $99 new delivered after $100 mail in rebate). It was 45cc and had a 20" bar. I did feel like it was a bit underpowered at times. Anyway I'd like to run at least an 18" bar, most of the time I don't need the 20" but once in a while it came in handy. I cut mainly cottonwood (they only like to fall on fences), sometimes old dry ones and large in size. Also cedars (maybe not with the new one though) and locust, that's the majority. It's a thirty ish mile drive to town, so I'd like to get something they carry in town, so here are my choices: Stihl, husqvarna, echo, John Deere, Mcculloch. I know of a Jonsered dealer but at about double the miles. Any reccomendations on a model for general ranch duty? I've only used homelite and mcculloch myself, but I've heard they aren't much good any more. John Deere "looks" decent, most people around here seem to have stihl though, I've also heard something about some of them actually having plastic crank cases or something like that?? Thanks.

Jay    Posted 07-11-2004 at 18:22:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would go with a Stihl from now on. I purchased a Husqvarna 141 6 months ago and the bearing in the cylinder crumbled. They did replace the saw but it took a lot of effort on my part. I received an identical saw and this one does not lubricate the bar and chain properly. Actually I only fill about a tablespoon of oil per full fuel refill. I tried to contact Husqvarna but they have not responded. Both my father and my father in law own Stihl saws and have had them for over 15 years. I am disappointed with the 141 model by Husqvarnaand do not recommended it. I recently heard that Poulan manufactures some of the base model Huskies anyway and that should tell you something. Just my opinion. If you have an opinion on how to increase oil flow for a chainsaw I would appreciate it.

Texas Al    Posted 05-27-2003 at 20:33:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have a small Husqvarna (141) that has been great. Its about 4 years old. I used cheap gas and let it sit long periods of time between uses, with no stabilizer. The chain always starts right up and runs great.

Dave in Mo    Posted 05-27-2003 at 06:24:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Got a newer Stihl 026 and it's junk. Hard to start, dealer is an "A" hole thief. Never will buy another. Please save your arm and don't buy a Stihl.

Alan    Posted 05-25-2003 at 05:05:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks everyone. Looks like mostly the conclusion I've come too. Guess I'll just have to look at a few. These brands are spread out among 2 dealers and a Bomgaars, no competition for the same brands between them, so I don't have a choice where to get them if I choose any certain brand. I do my own servicing always, the dealers up there don't know anything about anything I've ever tried to do, so that won't be a determining factor, just so I can tell them what parts I need. Thanks again.

dave m    Posted 05-25-2003 at 06:30:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
For what its worth I grew up with a homelite a long time ago and when it died i was advised try another brand.I looked at what the local loggers were using and it was Husky all the way.Also a retired logger was the dealer(good service).I think like everything else you can get good and bad in all makes. Good dealer is the way to go for any saw.In a Husky the 360 size area seems to do it all.

Redneck    Posted 05-25-2003 at 03:04:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Have had many of Stihl and Husky.The saws of 25 years ago were built better.Both companys are a**es when it comes to warranty,it's always your fault.Both are overpriced,some are good and most lemmons.Like Chevy and Ford nowdays,not a dime worth of difference.Would look for a good used saw that had been taken care of.Service it,or do a simple rebuild,a good bar and chain,good gas and bar oil and run the diconce out of it.

Kyle    Posted 05-25-2003 at 00:56:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dad bought a stihl brand new in about 1976....That thing still runs great just used it this afternoon....always starts on the 3rd pull....

magpie    Posted 05-24-2003 at 20:59:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
To me the most important thing is how it starts. I use a husky at work and it has never let me down. I have jonsered saws at home here they are O.K. I have used stihl saws in the past O.K. but seemed kind of fragile. Homelite was the best saw ever a long time ago but all they make now are toys. You couldn't run fast enough to give me a mccullogh.

pat    Posted 05-24-2003 at 20:42:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
i may be wrong but I think john deere and home lite own each other in the saw end of it now, I agree the older homelites are good I have 2 330's, that still run good, but they are a bit slow,and a poulon .older one that gets bounced and tossed everywhere , mostly for trimming, a 7.00 auction deal,, was worth the $$ that I would say stihl is the way to go,, but dealer trust goes a long way, pat

Robert    Posted 05-26-2003 at 07:55:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think deere sold homlite some time ago, and be darned if i can think of who makes their saws now!!

To the origional poster:
Did you ever notice how the guys who love their Stihl saws always say i've had it for 10, 15, or 20 years and i love it!! I agree, the old stihl saws were really good, and i owned them. Several years ago they really cheapened them, and i no longer own any stihls!! I just got sick of dealing with their problems and the way they handle warr..

An old logger kept telling me to switch to Husqvarna, so i finally did. What an HUGE improvement!! I own all Husky now, and i'm NOT going back!! Use GOOD 2 cycle oil, and NEW gas!! Buy "chain & bar oil", don't try to save on these things!!! You WILL save $$ in the long run!!


Jimbob    Posted 05-24-2003 at 20:30:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have a lot of ECHO up here. Some are 8 years old & still running strong. Both Stihl & Husqvarna are great products as well.

AW    Posted 05-24-2003 at 19:56:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lots of good advice here! If you are serious about saws, the choices are Husky, Stihl and Jonsered--maybe Echo if you don't want something big. I have used the big three and found all of them fine. For me, Jonsered is out because there are few dealers around and the closest one is someone I don't trust. Parts are also harder to find and more expensive than Stihl or Husky.

At the moment I have two Stihl chainsaws (044 Arctic for felling and an old 024 AV Super for limbing and trail trimming) plus a Stihl clearing saw. All have been excellent, but I would be just as happy with equivalent Huskies. The deciding factor is that my Stihl dealer is close and provides excellent service at a reasonable price. If you are your own mechanic, you will probably find a Stihl a little easier to service and repair. Otherwise, find a good dealer and keep him happy.

DeadCarp    Posted 05-24-2003 at 19:35:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
After good luck with an auction-sale Stihl that was heavier than the woodpile, i spent $300 on a new (026 i think) in about 1990. Well, the thing started getting lazy after about 5 years and i changed the plug etc, didn't help. It got harder & harder to rev up, finally i was kinda disgusted til i took it back, the guy threw the air filter away and the thing fired right up! He said "They like a little sawdust." Starts on the 3rd pull, been running ever since.

Hank ABAB    Posted 06-08-2005 at 18:54:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
What years were the Stihl 024 AV made. Have one to sell (estate), but don't know year of saw.

Miran    Posted 08-23-2005 at 20:23:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I believe in the mid 70's to mid to late 80's. What kind of condition is yours in? I may be interested if the price is right. I prefer the older Stihl models. Thanks.

Okie-Dokie    Posted 05-24-2003 at 19:14:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think most of the brands you mention are ok. I use a Stihl Farm Boss myself. Most reliable piece of equipment I have ever owned. It is at least 20 yrs. old now and always works, every time.

Mike D.    Posted 05-24-2003 at 19:09:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hello Alan,
I use a Husqvarna 371 XP with a 20 inch bar on nearly everthing. We bought a Sachs Dolmar in 84' and it still runs fine, but nothing like the Husqvarna. I cut ceder for posts, red oak, white oak, wild cherry, and hickory for stove wood. I have had good success ripping poplar logs using an Oregon rip chain and a Grandberg Mini-mill with the 371.
Use high test gas & good oil. Keep the air filter cleaned well. The Husky will start on mornings that the Stihl will struggle.

the pink panther    Posted 05-24-2003 at 18:55:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i have a husky 262 xp with air's a 5 hp saw that came with a 20 inch bar. i put a 16 inch bar on it with .058 chain.i cut hedge wood and need the hp.i cut wood all year.i like the husky.i use a 136 husky for the small stuff.
both brands are good.look for a good dealer!!!!!!!!!!service is everything.PP

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