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Old 11-17-2008, 02:57 PM   post #1 of 32
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I'm looking for a nice chainsaw to get the farm clean up. I've been lookin at Lowes and they have Poulans for a OK price and some HUSKS. I'm looking for a good chainsaw with a 18"-20" bar. Anyone got any ideas what I should get?

i'm looking to spend round $100-180.
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Old 11-17-2008, 03:03 PM   post #2 of 32
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Ive heard that the poulans can be difficult to start. Husqavarnas are usually pretty good.
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Old 11-17-2008, 03:06 PM   post #3 of 32
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The Husks are a pretty good penny...I wonder if I can get a good one on EBAY?
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Old 11-17-2008, 03:23 PM   post #4 of 32
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Look for a used saw. Check your local saw shop. They may have some good trade in saws.
But if new is the way you want to go then either husky or stihl are very good saws Echo makes a good saw too. I would not waste time with a cheapo. Just my opinion.
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Old 11-17-2008, 03:26 PM   post #5 of 32
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A chainsaw is one tool that going cheap on can bite you later. I'd pony up the cash and get a Stihl. I know it's more than double your budget, but you'll have the saw for 10 or more years with minimal problems. Nothing worse than planning a day to cut wood, getting decent weather as a bonus and have the darn saw crap out on you. But if your budget won't stretch that far, then I'd look at Husqvarna. No matter what saw you get, pick up at least 2 extra chains so you have one on hand when you dull one up. Chain sharpening is a job I do indoors when the weather won't let me work outdoors.
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Old 11-17-2008, 03:35 PM   post #6 of 32
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I'm just tired of using a axe to cut down big trees, I'm not saying I don't like doing it the old way, it's just I need to get things done faster.....

I may get a Stihl on Ebay...
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Old 11-18-2008, 09:41 PM   post #7 of 32
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Think I should get a chainsaw on EBAY?
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Old 11-18-2008, 09:44 PM   post #8 of 32
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No. I'd get it from a dealer.
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Old 11-18-2008, 09:51 PM   post #9 of 32
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I bought a Polan on e-bay and it was like new. Added gas and oil and it ran like a champ. Need to ask why such a long bar? you can easily cut a 30" tree with a 16" bar.
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Old 11-18-2008, 09:56 PM   post #10 of 32
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I may get a 16".
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Old 11-18-2008, 11:20 PM   post #11 of 32
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If your geting a 18-20 inch bar your going to need to get a big cc motor to turn all the saw. you will find a tree to fill the bar with i am sure...
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id stick with a stihl or a husquvarna. ups to husquvarna very reasonable price but finding a good dealer and service repair man a bit diffcult. stihl is really the best you can buy new and used from dealer alot of times the dealer will service for free or reletaltivly cheap. once you use a cheap saw and then a stihl you will see the diffrence. they are howerver a bit higher because they are not market through big corportions but are the best. I used a 100 dolar homelight for 2 years and it seemed ok for 40 cc but i bought a 35 cc stihl it runs circles around it and doesnt bog down or get dull near as quick. and i bought this sae with my own money at the age of 14 because i got tired of using the homelite my dad gave me that i got running and used but it did give alot of good experience. but dealers will have used sawa too.
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Old 11-19-2008, 02:40 AM   post #13 of 32
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If you are going to buy used from a dealer stick with the Stihl.
You will have an easier time finding a good used Stihl. At all the shops I have been to this is my observation. Looking for a used Husqvarna and most of what the dealers have are saws that have been ran and worked pretty hard. Now the Stihlís you will find some that are worked just as hard, but you will also find quite a few really good used saws that are hardly used or very lightly used. It seems (and this is what I have noticed) that a lot of people go looking for a saw and they buy the a stihl because everyone told them there is nothing better. The saw doesnít live up to their expectations, or they improperly maintain the thing, or they just realize they paid TOO much for something that really didnít need. Whatever the saw goes back and the dealer gets it back in to shape and you have a really nice used saw.
Keep in mind that even though, for the price of a good used Stihl, you can get yourself a brand new Husqvarna of equal size.
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You are not going to find a GOOD 18-20" bar saw new for $200. Blan for dubble that. Stay away from the low buck Polins/Craftsmans if you can. Not that long lasting. I have a small 16" one, and it works OK, but realy cheep and cheezy. Good for limming, but thats about it. I would say find a nice used one, but then you have to worry about fixing it.. Tough call realy. Can you dig a little more cash up??? Maybe a real nice 16" or small 18" saw from a big name you could probably find in the $300 range.
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I'm just tired of using a axe to cut down big trees, I'm not saying I don't like doing it the old way, it's just I need to get things done faster.....

I may get a Stihl on Ebay...
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You must be a real man! How many have you cut with an ax?

Can't go wrong with Stihl or Husqvarna.

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