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RockRunner
09-04-2008, 11:39 AM
Two seasons we bought the biggest chainsaw Sears had, I thought it was to small but the wife said it was OK. Went to start it this weekend and nothing.........has spark but no fuel delivery. I called around to have it "tuned and sharpened" and got some crazy prices back if any at all.

Our Ace Hardware will not work on 2 stroke motors anymore. Chatfield time rental wants $89 plus parts and $8.50 to sharpen the chain. Other places will not work on it because Sears does not carry parts for it anymore, checked online and it is true.

So now I have a 3 year old chainsaw that does not work and cost more that half the purchase price to fix if they have the parts.

I am going to buy a Stihl or Husky, does anyone have one sitting around they aren't using that I can buy??? No more than 2 years old and must run good. I am looking at the Stihl 250 or 270 Cb that are around $350 so let me know.

I am not looking for a household saw as we cut 4-6 cords of wood a year.

CardinalFJ60
09-04-2008, 05:29 PM
This outfit is in Boulder and does alllll kinds of 2-stroke work. they fixed up my 15 year old Mantis mini-tiller for like $90 (new they are like $300). If you haven't called them, perhaps they can work on it for you.

uh...no help on a chainsaw...sorry...me and my <1/4acre don't need one. :D

HTH

Uncle Ben
09-04-2008, 09:30 PM
This outfit is in Boulder and does alllll kinds of 2-stroke work. they fixed up my 15 year old Mantis mini-tiller for like $90 (new they are like $300). If you haven't called them, perhaps they can work on it for you.

uh...no help on a chainsaw...sorry...me and my <1/4acre don't need one. :D

HTH

Earl's works on all small engines. I have used them for years and I do a lot of business with them! The pole saw I recently got from Red Chili for an awesome price was gummed up and wouldn't start. John (Earl's replaced the carb, cleaned and adjusted the whole unit and sharpened the chain....my cost $85! We have two other pole saws exactly like that one and that one runs the best of all three! There is a reason Earl's killed all the other small engine shops in Boulder County....they are just that good!

Corbet
09-04-2008, 11:16 PM
Can't help you with your search but if you buy a new Stihl I'd get the 290.

I have one with the 20" bar and I've been very happy with it. My only complaint is when falling something big (75'+) I wished I'd got a little bigger saw. But for cutting whats already on the ground I've never had a complaint.

Uncle Ben
09-05-2008, 12:51 AM
Can't help you with your search but if you buy a new Stihl I'd get the 290.

I have one with the 20" bar and I've been very happy with it. My only complaint is when falling something big (75'+) I wished I'd got a little bigger saw. But for cutting whats already on the ground I've never had a complaint.

Go orange and never look back! Husky's and Stihl's will do everything you ask of them!

SteveH
09-05-2008, 09:59 AM
For 350+, you should be able to get a Husqvarna 455 rancher on sale somewhere. I have a 55 rancher (the 455s predecessor) and am very happy with it. I had owned about 4 other cheap saws, and just couldn't take it any more. The engineering and execution of Husky or Stihl simply leaves the others way behind.

Hulk
09-05-2008, 01:47 PM
FYI: You can get Husqvarna chainsaws at Murdoch's.

Bruce Miller
09-05-2008, 01:56 PM
We have a Stihl 360 and cut 5+ cords of wood each year. You can get chain sharpening instructions on line if your local Stihl dealer won't show you. The only way to go is to sharpen the chain yourself. That way, wherever you're at, you can keep a keen edge on the chain. You will work less with a sharp chain. Sharpening is a simple task although once a year or so you'll need to perform additional chain maintenance. Good Luck!

Red_Chili
09-05-2008, 01:58 PM
The pole saw I recently got from Red Chili for an awesome price was gummed up and wouldn't start.
:(
I'm sorry, UB...

Corbet
09-05-2008, 02:13 PM
I got my first start to this winter's wood today. Might have to go and make another trip. :thumb:

RockRunner
09-06-2008, 10:46 AM
Thanks for the info guys, I am going Orange! I am leaving after this message to go to the Stihl shop on Broadway, been there since I came to the states.

I looked at the Husky 455 Rancher and compared it to the Stihl 310. Stihl has a little more power and other than that is just like Ford vs Chevy. I checked the boards all over and they all say both are good.............but make sure you have LOCAL support!!!

Murdocks sells the Husky for $395 and the Stihl shop sells the 310 for $410 so splitting peas. The big sell is the post support, actually my job :rolleyes:, Murdochs has no locl support. They send the saw to WY for a three week turn around. Stihl is 15 miles from me and has parts in stock :D

So when I come back I will take a pic or two.

Corbet nice wood, but we use more. We used 3.5 cords of wood last year. Our utility bill went down about $50 to 70 a month :D That is the main reason I can't make the Holly Cross trip :( going up the 13th and 19/20th to get wood.

If anybody wants to borrow our splitter when we are done give me a call, 24 ton power unit :eek: Splits just about everything oh and it is a tow behind.

PS I will keep Earls in mind, mower and other stuff you know ;) Thanks again guys.

Corbet
09-06-2008, 10:11 PM
Corbet nice wood, but we use more.

Only the first trailer full....

Cheese
09-07-2008, 11:29 PM
In the mid-level Stihls, the 270 and 280 are basically the same saw with a little more power out of the 280.

The 290/310/390 are the same saw weight and size wise, each with increasing power.

Good advice going to a place that can take care of you and wants to see you come back.

The 270/280 are more pleasant vibration wise than the others in the series. If you are not cutting a million trees for a million hours, any of these will do you right. I am a lumberjack, not a logger.

nakman
09-08-2008, 10:37 AM
I run a Stihl 290, also have an older 029 that was my dad's (same saw). Upgraded the bar and sprocket on the 029 so it takes the same chain as the 290, so now have essentially have two identical saws that both work great. I've been going to the Stihl dealer on North Federal, just up the hill past hwy 36 on the right. Been getting my chains sharpened for $8 at Broomfield Rental Center.

RockRunner
09-10-2008, 09:57 AM
Great to hear we made the right decision, we got a Stihl 310. Since I know the shop people somewhat and I know they have been there for years I feel good about the purchase. I got three chains for the price of two and some more discounts on all the stuff I bought.

Sorry I did not take a picture of it yet but I will this weekend. Going to fill up the 16' car trailer, should be about 2 cords of wood and then again the following weekend.

Nak, one of these days I will come over to cut some of your wood ;-)

60wag
04-14-2012, 07:56 AM
I'm interested in a cordless electric chainsaw. I know the gas powered ones are the "real" chainsaws but I want something more compact for some light trimming.

Anyone got one that they either love or hate? TIA

RockRunner
04-14-2012, 08:31 AM
I don't have one now but used to. Stihl sells them but are pricey, take a look at ACE or Murdoch's. I want to get one for the branches and other small stuff plus they are great for cutting trees down when you have to climb up in them. Nice and light and no need to pull a cord, that is a good thing when you are 60' up in the tree balanced on some limbs.

I guess it depends on how much you want to cut and how much you want to spend.

euroford
04-27-2012, 03:51 PM
To poke my head in on one of my favorite topics...

Since the Rancher 455 got brought up, it really is a pretty decent saw for the money. i used it for years without trouble doing firewood etc. around the house.

When i began using it more seriously (what developed into arborist work, forestry maintenance, trailbuilding and some logging) i quickly decided it wasn't built for that and upgraded.

I went with a Husqy 372xp, quickly upgraded with a 28" Oregon RW bar, and after about a year i had it woods ported by a guy out in california (Jashua who i hooked up with on on Arboristsite).

Even with the larger bar, it still weighs in about four pounds less than a 455 Rancher, and now its been used and abused around four years, at times very hard, it still runs better than the day i bought it!

yes, most would consider this a fairly large saw, but the long bar extends reach for pruning, saves your back since you don't bend over to cut and its big enough to make quick work of 90% of anything any normal person might do. so maybe in a perfect world i'd have a 346xp for small stuff, and a 395xp for big stuff, but its not so for me and many others, the 372 is about the perfect one saw quiver.

it also happens to be a pretty nice looking machine...

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SteveH
04-28-2012, 06:40 PM
I take back my Husky recommendation based on few dealers, who seem to be incompetent. Stihl dealers/parts/knowledge are everywhere. I wrote Husqvarna and they actually told me to order parts online from Jackssmallengines.com - or some such nonsense. The corporate letter was rude and condescending and they essentially told me not to bother them with my parts-finding difficulties. I iterally could not find a replacement fuel cap for my 55 Rancher and the dealer showed 3 part numbers and couldn't determine the validity of any of them. I love the Husky saw, but the company's business practices totally put me off. I have a Stihl trimmer, and after I broke in the engine, it's wonderful. I'm a Stihl man from here on out.

euroford
05-02-2012, 12:45 PM
Yeah, for whatever reason good husqvarna dealers are few and far between unless you really are in logging country. personally that wasn't a factor for me, i've always just ordered replacement parts from baileysonline.com the few times i've needed something. I DO like stihl chain way more betterer so i just pick that up at the nearest spot that will cut me a loop of square tooth full skip. Its nice that Jax stocks that stuff right up the road from me.

though i'll say that the rancher series is a good saw for the money, the fact is they are a throwaway big box product that isn't really meant to be serviced. not that you can't... but the second you start taking one apart its readily apparent that husqy never meant for them to get any love vs. the pro level saws that can be field stripped fixed and reassembled in minutes with an alley key and a flathead screwdriver.

the xp line is a different beast altogether though, at that point choosing a stihl or a husqy is strictly personal preference. i greatly considered the MS460 when i was shopping. personally i think husqvarna's air filter system is better, but in practice this matters very little.

so, as a final recommendation;

if you want one saw to be the last saw you ever buy, most likely capable of doing about anything while still being small enough to work all day, go for a 372xp or a MS460 and equip it with a long enough bar to cut on the ground while standing upright (28" in my case at 5'10").

if you want a small saw for a little pruning around the yard and throwing in the back of your rig just in casers, go for the 346xp or the MS261.

if you want a cheap saw, go to lowes and get a rancher 455. it will probably last you for years and you'll probably be really happy with it, just don't abuse it or pretend your on ax men, and if you really break it you should probably just throw it away. if you get one of these and find yourself outgrowing it, you can probably get a fair bit of your money back selling it. I'm going to guess that the Stihl MS250 is basically the same thing.


okay, so yeah, i can be a bit of a chainsaw nerd... :cheers:

BTW: here's your cap

http://baileysonline.com/itemdetail.asp?item=HVP+501+76+56+02&catID=

Uncle Ben
05-02-2012, 02:20 PM
I only buy orange (Husky and Stihl) and Earls Saw Shop in Boulder fixes what I break. Never had a problem with either and they seem to stock parts for both! I have both consumer and pro grade saws. .019 10" up to my 660 Magnum with 40" bar! My favorite bucket saw (high ranger) is a 141 consumer grade 16" Husky. It is light, starts with a half pull after warmed up and it is fairly cheap so it did fall from 70' (scary thought!) I wont be overly upset. It is wild to think how much sawdust that little cheapie has produced! I bet a conservative guess would be that that little $200 saw has virtually cut down 200 (!) 80-100' Cottonwoods!

euroford
05-03-2012, 09:13 AM
that little saw has earned its keep, and done a great public service.

eh, if ya ever need a hand i'll work for firewood! i'll harvest a little from trimming in my yard and my neighbors, but in bulk most of the work i've done this year has been beetle kill.

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