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Hey Everyone,

I was just wondering how many people here own or have ever owned a STIHL Farm Boss of any model? A friend of mine who works for the local Chevrolet dealer bought a new MS 290 Farm Boss a year ago and loves it. One of the guys he works with has an 029 Farm Boss that his Granddad bought new, it recently succumbed to ethanol poisoning and I re-built it for him with an 039 top end kit. I have an 038 Super Farm Boss that I bought this past summer for $40.00 with a scored piston, jug turned out to be okay, new piston, rings, and jug gasket and it is a machine. A guy who lives down the road from my Grandma has an 041 Farm Boss he bought new and cuts at least five cords a year with it. I work for a STIHL dealer and by far the most popular model we sell is the MS 290 Farm Boss. I realize there is nothing in particular special about the Farm Boss, it is mainly a marketing thing, but I was just curious how many are out there?

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Hey Everyone,

I was just wondering how many people here own or have ever owned a STIHL Farm Boss of any model? A friend of mine who works for the local Chevrolet dealer bought a new MS 290 Farm Boss a year ago and loves it. One of the guys he works with has an 029 Farm Boss that his Granddad bought new, it recently succumbed to ethanol poisoning and I re-built it for him with an 039 top end kit. I have an 038 Super Farm Boss that I bought this past summer for $40.00 with a scored piston, jug turned out to be okay, new piston, rings, and jug gasket and it is a machine. A guy who lives down the road from my Grandma has an 041 Farm Boss he bought new and cuts at least five cords a year with it. I work for a STIHL dealer and by far the most popular model we sell is the MS 290 Farm Boss. I realize there is nothing in particular special about the Farm Boss, it is mainly a marketing thing, but I was just curious how many are out there?

Joe


Your post exactly sums up my thoughts:

What exactly is a Farm Boss? Stihl has played so many naming games, the term doesn't mean anything.:banghead3


FWIW, I believe my 028 Super is a "wood boss":dunno:
 

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I have a 2011 MS290 Farm Boss and love it! Bought it with a 25" bar.:fing32:
 

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BTW-(little off thread)-just read in local paper this past week--

The Stihl plant in Virginia Beach is enlarging/updating--adding several hundred more jobs....

More products--more jobs for folks,,,,more monbey in the local economy...

:fing32:

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I own one. Have owned several Stihl's over the years.

My favorite was a super o28(not farm boss). Best power for weight of any I've owned. Sold it when I thought I needed the money. Now I don't sell unless I'm sure it will never be used by me again.

Still eyeing a proffessional limbing saw from them but price has kept me at aby.
 

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I have a 2011 MS290 Farm Boss and love it! Bought it with a 25" bar.:fing32:
You'd like that 290 a lot better with a 16 or 18" bar. A 25" is pretty optimistic.:sorry1:
 

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I own one. Have owned several Stihl's over the years.

My favorite was a super o28(not farm boss). Best power for weight of any I've owned. Sold it when I thought I needed the money. Now I don't sell unless I'm sure it will never be used by me again.

Still eyeing a proffessional limbing saw from them but price has kept me at aby.
I agree on the 028 Super.

Which limbing saw, the MS 200 or 201? Excellent saw, but crazy expensive.:crybaby:
 

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c5rulz, The Farm Boss is just a series of saws that Stihl came out with, mainly mid range saws for land owners; but there is really nothing special about them other than a special bar that says Farm Boss and a sticker on the bar cover.

C5Rulz and HiPocket, The 028 Wood Boss was a Pro saw, not a home owner or mid range saw, hence the better power to weight ratio.

I fool everyone around the neighborhood, I have a 18" Farm Boss bar on my 026 PRO.

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Onan 18,

I was just jerking your chains. :howdy::trink40:

Stihl is similiar to John Deere in changing the model #'s of various products, so unless you really knew the line, it would confuse you.

Seems to me back when I bought the 028 Super the even #'s saws were the pro line and the odd # were geared toward the home owner. Just like today, the pro line was about half again as much.

That 026 should be an excellent saw. The reviews of the 261 are very good.
 

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Onan 18,

I was just jerking your chains. :howdy::trink40:

Stihl is similiar to John Deere in changing the model #'s of various products, so unless you really knew the line, it would confuse you.

Seems to me back when I bought the 028 Super the even #'s saws were the pro line and the odd # were geared toward the home owner. Just like today, the pro line was about half again as much.
That 026 should be an excellent saw. The reviews of the 261 are very good.
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I heard the same thing years back--I believe from an older retired logger..
 

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I heard the same thing years back--I believe from an older retired logger..
I've never seen any evidence of odd or even numbers at the end having anything to do with anything. Back when I first worked as Stihl tech late 60s -early 70s - the 030 was probably only thing close to a "homeowners saw. 040 was used by many pros. 050, 070, and 090 the same. Same with the S10 and 08 and 08S. Then some got changed to 031, 041, 051, 075, etc. and still same quality. The first strictly homeowner saw was the 015. When the first "Farm Boss" came out that I know of - it was the 041 Farm Boss. "Farm Boss" was the cheapest 041 no frills. There was also the 041G (gear drive), 041 AV, 041AVE, 041 Super AVE, etc. Later, the 045, 045 Super, 056, 075, etc were all pro-saws. Then the plastic saws started coming out and I stopped paying attention.

The first Stihl saws were letter series, e.g. A, B, BDK, etc. Then around WWII the KS43 came out. All pro.
 

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I've never seen any evidence of odd or even numbers at the end having anything to do with anything. Back when I first worked as Stihl tech late 60s -early 70s - the 030 was probably only thing close to a "homeowners saw. 040 was used by many pros. 050, 070, and 090 the same. Same with the S10 and 08 and 08S. Then some got changed to 031, 041, 051, 075, etc. and still same quality. The first strictly homeowner saw was the 015. When the first "Farm Boss" came out that I know of - it was the 041 Farm Boss. "Farm Boss" was the cheapest 041 no frills. There was also the 041G (gear drive), 041 AV, 041AVE, 041 Super AVE, etc. Later, the 045, 045 Super, 056, 075, etc were all pro-saws. Then the plastic saws started coming out and I stopped paying attention.

The first Stihl saws were letter series, e.g. A, B, BDK, etc. Then around WWII the KS43 came out. All pro.
jdemaris,

Thanks you make me feel young. The only one of the saws you mentioned that I have heard of is the 056 which a buddy of mine had when all the elm trees died around here from dutch elm disease.

The even/odd thing I remember was about the late 80's.:trink40:
 

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No Farm Boss here, i do have an older 021 & rather newer 310 that i've never had a problem with. The 021 is a great limb saw & logs up to 8", anything bigger & the 310 comes out.

Great product.

Ronnie
 
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