Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Muskegon, Michigan
Re: Question for Our Friends Who REALLY Know the Stihl Line
I own a BG55 and BR600 blowers, MS270 saw, and (I think) HS45 hedge trimmer. All have been awesome. I had the saw back at the dealer with just a couple hours on it because I didn't think it idled down fast enough after letting off the throttle. They checked the carb boot and adjusted the carb. Been fine for the last 7 years now without a single hiccup. The hedge trimmer was back once or maybe twice after using it only a couple times. I got it as a gift from my wife (who obviously really understands me!). The dealer didn't prep it, but offered to when she bought it. She wanted it left sealed in the box, and I could bring it back for startup if I wanted to. I figured I could just put gas in it and go, but unfortunately the carb was messed up out of the box (which would have been caught at prep... Can't REALLY blame the dealer or Stihl for that one). At the beginning of the second year of use (it only gets used a couple times per year), it wouldn't idle any more. They blamed alcohol poisoning at first, but ruled that out after they found their own pre mixed fuel in it, and ended up fixing it under warranty again. It has been trouble free since. Every time I had anything in there, they had it back to me in a very reasonable amount of time and were everything I would expect from a home town dealer (Norton Small Engine on Apple in Muskegon).
I want to buy more stuff from them (and I will, some day), but truth be known, the Stihl stuff I have seems like it's going to run for a long, long time. I think maybe an "upgrade" needs to be in my future. I think I "need" one of those newer saws. My father in law bought a new MS250 saw, and really doesn't like it. He has an 029 Farm Boss that has more hours on it than 99.99% of most other chain saws in existance that he wants to refurbish for the third time, because he hates the MS250 so much. Maybe I'll trade my MS270 for his MS250, and use the 250 for light cutting and limbing, and upgrade to something like an MS361.
Oh yeah... Maybe I need a new stick edger to replace the Echo I bought at auction a couple years ago. I use it a lot more than I thought I would. I think I need a pole saw, too. And a new trimmer to replace my Homelite. Maybe I just need the Kombi system.
Last edited by steddy; 03-31-2018 at 03:52 PM.