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Old 03-14-2011, 09:51 PM   #1
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Default My last chainsaw: Stihl or Husqvarna?

My pretty-faithful-up-until-this-point Poulan is starting to annoy me. I know I could get more use out of it, but I'm ready to buy the last chainsaw I will ever buy. I'm probably going to spend $400, so:

Stihl or Husqvarna?

Edit: I think my chainsaw is my most borrowed tool I own. This new one will never be loaned out, never operated by anybody other than myself, ever. I will keep my Poulan to loan out....
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Old 03-14-2011, 09:58 PM   #2
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Default Re: My last chainsaw: Stihl or Husqvarna?

Huskawhatsa?

Stihl!
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Old 03-14-2011, 10:00 PM   #3
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Default Re: My last chainsaw: Stihl or Husqvarna?

Husky ........ but lots of guys like stihls cause they run smother
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Old 03-14-2011, 10:03 PM   #4
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Of those two choices I would buy the one with the best local local shop that provides support to you.

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Old 03-14-2011, 10:04 PM   #5
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Default Re: My last chainsaw: Stihl or Husqvarna?

Stihl ! Got 5 of them and they hold up well
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Old 03-14-2011, 10:13 PM   #6
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Default Re: My last chainsaw: Stihl or Husqvarna?

Stihl....
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Old 03-14-2011, 10:14 PM   #7
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Default Re: My last chainsaw: Stihl or Husqvarna?

Read a good article on Stihl, most parts are still made in Germany not China FWIW.
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Old 03-14-2011, 10:16 PM   #8
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Default Re: My last chainsaw: Stihl or Husqvarna?

I HAD 3 sthils and 1 husky. both are great brands.
I will be buying one new big saw and a used small one, either brand will suit me.
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Old 03-14-2011, 10:16 PM   #9
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Default Re: My last chainsaw: Stihl or Husqvarna?

Husqvarna,cheaper to get parts for.90% of timber cutting places use Husqvarna.Poulan does make a couple of Husqvarna's cheap models and the 36 is one of them which run up to 50 hours.A Husqvarna,get the commercial saw which will run forever.Run the same brand oil too and don't run a none no name brand.Husqvarna for Husqvarna and Stihl for Stihl only.
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Old 03-14-2011, 10:29 PM   #10
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Default Re: My last chainsaw: Stihl or Husqvarna?

Either are great saws, I'd look for the closest dealer and get that saw (Stihl or Husky).
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Old 03-14-2011, 10:31 PM   #11
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Default Re: My last chainsaw: Stihl or Husqvarna?

same as some others have said....find the best and closest dealer support for either of those 2 brands and you'll be all set!
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Old 03-14-2011, 10:34 PM   #12
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stihl no doubt
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Old 03-14-2011, 10:57 PM   #13
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Default Re: My last chainsaw: Stihl or Husqvarna?

Stihl. Went through 3 of the homeowner types before wising up and getting a real saw.
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Old 03-14-2011, 11:05 PM   #14
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Default Re: My last chainsaw: Stihl or Husqvarna?

I wrench on Huskys and Sthils weekly. I ran bolth brands for ten years for the U.S.F.S. For the money you stated get a pro saw not the homeowners versions. They are great saws Sthils are made in Germany and Husqvaranas are made in Sweden. As others stated dealer support is probabaly the deciding factor. However, you can order any part off the internet and have it quickly. No matter the brand, fuel/mix will be your greatest issue in maintaning these saws. EPA requirements have leaned these saws out to a point that the wrong fuel/oil mix and or carb adjustment will quickly ruin a saw. Combine that with the crappy gas that is out there today and problems start regardles of brand. Use good mix oil, fresh gas, and properly tune your saw and you will be a happy wood cutter. Let me know if you have any questions.

P.S. I like Husqvarana the best.
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Old 03-14-2011, 11:06 PM   #15
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Default Re: My last chainsaw: Stihl or Husqvarna?

Go with the best local support if you need it. If you don't just go by price/performance. I've owned both and don't have a preference. Solo also make a good saw if you want to experiment.
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Default Re: My last chainsaw: Stihl or Husqvarna?

Stihl.

Buy a MS-362 and be done with it for the rest of time.
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Old 03-14-2011, 11:15 PM   #17
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Default Re: My last chainsaw: Stihl or Husqvarna?

I run a 18" husky 350, a Stihl 14" trimmer (Mini Boss ?), and a mid '80s 20" Echo (its yellow and say john deere on it) Oddly enough, the Echo/JD is my go to saw. Although I cant say anything negative about the Sthil or the Husky.
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Old 03-14-2011, 11:31 PM   #18
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Default Re: My last chainsaw: Stihl or Husqvarna?

Go husky.....stil has weak point on bar studs as nuts too wide to allow for max clamp pressure and studs are keyyed into weak housing casting.

Not to mention stils have low oil output on bar lubrication which requires drilling out when in dry hardwood.

Past owner of...model 066 magnum....converted to husky but still love the sound of the old mculloch and pioneers.
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Old 03-14-2011, 11:52 PM   #19
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Default Re: My last chainsaw: Stihl or Husqvarna?

i agree with the best local support. for me its stihl, i have 3, buti havent bought them new, an ms200 top handle, a ms260 farm boss, and an ms660. i have less than 1k into all three.

the funny thing is i tend to grab the 50buck new mculloch(which after this weekend i think needs a new primer and good cleaning.
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Old 03-15-2011, 12:09 AM   #20
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Default Re: My last chainsaw: Stihl or Husqvarna?

I've had many saws over the years, and the best one ever is probably the Husqvarna I bought about 8 years ago - pretty small one with a 16 inch bar. I've run it a lot and it still starts and runs like new. Plenty of power and light weight. Husqvarna has some kind of airflow where they use the cooling fan on the flywheel to force air into the engine - they say it gives more power and keeps the air cleaner from clogging up as easily.

My biggest deciding factor for a 2 stroke is always ease of starting, and every one of my Husqvarna's - which currently includes the chainsaw and two weedeaters, always start right up easily. My Stihls, even the newer ones, are a little more finicky on starting and seem to take awhile to warm up. Once warm, they run about the same.

I don't have a Stihl right now, but if I had my old Stihl saw and the Husky sitting side by side, and the job was small enough for the Husky (stihl 028 was bigger) I'd pick it up every time. For some reason I like the controls on the Husky tools better than Stihl also.

You probably won't be disappointed with either one.

For a big saw, my Makita DCS 6401 made by Dolmar is pretty hard to beat for the quality, power and price, but it's hardly a homeowner saw.

Interestingly, I have a very old McCullough Eager Beaver 14 inch that simply won't die. I paid $79 for it in a factory rebuilt box in about 1987 and that sucker still runs, if I don't let the gas go bad.
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