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Default Help me Nixon, I need a chainsaw!

I can no longer stand the humility of owning a Stihl chainsaw. My neighbors avoid me, my wife shuns me and my dogs refuse to leave the house. Help me oh great wizard of chainsaws, and give me guidance to the manly tool I must acquire to reclaim my woodly dominance and bring honor back to my household…
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Old 10-14-2012, 12:03 PM
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Poulan 235! Make sure to wear your speedo and flip flops !
On a side note, just bought a ms 460....it's being ported now .
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Get a Jonsrud. The Amish are all switching to them. I like my Stihl and it does more than I want to do.
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Get a Jonsrud. The Amish are all switching to them. I like my Stihl and it does more than I want to do.
Mines a MS 310 with a 20" bar and it's just not enough for some of the Hemlock's that need to be cut.
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Mines a MS 310 with a 20" bar and it's just not enough for some of the Hemlock's that need to be ......
Check out the ms 362 or maybe the ms 441 if you prefer Stihl . 562xp, or 372xp if you want a husky . It really comes down to which dealer gives you the best after sales service . Bill has a good point about Jonsered, they are nice saws. But, the are basically a husky with a few tweaks ,and dealerships can be hard to find depending on what part of the country you're in .
Also, if its just a few trees, you could look at renting a larger saw.
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Also, if its just a few trees, you could look at renting a larger saw.
No, it's not a few trees, it's hundreds. I have 50 acres of my own land and there are several thousand acres behind me that is government land. The Hemlocks are all dieing due to a bug inported from China, or so the story goes. Regardless, the trees are dieing and need to be cut.

Also, I am putting in an outdoor wood furnace (exactly like Mules) and it will want to be fed regulary. I've always done OK with my little saw but after seeing how the bigger saws work I'm hooked.

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Well then if you are going to be doing a lot of felling , you might want to also look at the ms 460 .its about to be superseded by the 461 . Arguably one of the best saws Stihl has done in recent years .
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I think I'm going with this one...
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Default Re: Help me Nixon, I need a chainsaw!

I can just see you and the Mrs. with the Predator.

How ya going to hold it sideways and keep the oil in the pan??

nixon just has you all jacked up on big saws doesn't he??

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Squerly,

I have a Stihl MS 390 that nixon makes fun of. 36" bar I think. BIG chips for sure. Maybe could use more HP, but so could LOTS of things....
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I have a Stihl MS 390 that nixon makes fun of. 36" bar I think. BIG chips for sure. Maybe could use more HP, but so could LOTS of things....
Well the bar certainly is long enough, looks like a nice saw!
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Default Re: Help me Nixon, I need a chainsaw!

Total length of the bar is 36, actual cutting portion is like 32". It is probably why my right shoulder isn't so good anymore...

It is the "rancher" grade, next step down from the profesional models like nixon use"s (?)..

I figured I didn't need the professional one as it is for occasional use.

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Default Re: Help me Nixon, I need a chainsaw!

I run the Husqvarna 365 (it's one of their professional models) and as I recall, it's similar in specs to the MS390. I've been very happy with it. 10+ years of use and it's never seen a repair. Can't say anymore as it's been a few years, but Alamia (www.alamia.com) out of Colorado used to have the best pricing on Husky's.
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Default Re: Help me Nixon, I need a chainsaw!

I have had a Husky for 28 years. Only gone in the shop three times for minor stuff. Admittedly it is only used occasionally now, but when I first bought it I was cutting and selling firewood for a couple of seasons. It would be run extremely hard for about a month, then put up for several months. Only once have I had to have the carb worked on. I use a bow and a 20" bar. Really love my bow.
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I've never used a bow, whats the benefit?
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I've never used a bow, whats the benefit?
They don't bind up as easily. The bad part is that they're generally considered quite a bit more dangerous compared to a regular bar. With the advent of specialized (small) Arborist saws for topping trees and cutting up the small stuff, these fell by the wayside.
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There's is only one real chain saw ........... Jonsered ............

I've had a 2063 for 14 years, awesome saw ...... best of the 3 I own!
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There's is only one real chain saw ........... Jonsered ............

I've had a 2063 for 14 years, awesome saw ...... best of the 3 I own!
IIRC, Husqvarna bought them out. Aren't they now just re-badged Husky's?
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IIRC, Husqvarna bought them out. Aren't they now just re-badged Husky's?
They do now but not when I bought my saw, it's also a pre-Electrolux saw. Electrolux bought them both and then Husky separated and took Jonsered with them ......... Jonsered designed the first one man chainsaw.

BTW ... Parts can be bought for for either saw at either dealer. There are differences with the saws such as handle angle. Most new features show up in the Husky line today.
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Squerly, if you plan on burning hemlock you better get used to splitting it down into small chunks. Should be aged at least 2 years also. Find a local store you can get cardboard boxes from and burn out the creosote regularly. It makes good heat but does not last as long.
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