PS: joemckna has a good point some of the Stihl saws have been made for
over a decade, just look at the 026/MS260. Husqvarna seems to change
models way more often, plus they're getting heavier instead of lighter. Got
Dolmar dealer around, go look at the 5100S they say it's a screamer. Stay
away from outboard clutch Husky' for sure, too hard to change the chain.
The 290 is almost 3 pound heavier, and for that extra weight, you only get an extra .4hp.why???
The 290 is almost 3 pound heavier, and for that extra weight, you only get an extra .4hp.
The 270 also has a long slender body and feels must better on hand then the 290. With the 290, the air filter cover/saw body is too tall and my trigger hand doesn’t feel right on the handle.
That's good to hear because the 270 and 280 is a fairly radical design over theI used to rent the MS 270 CQS when I had my tool rental business. (Was also a Stihl dealer). That saw was bulletproof, as well as having two chain brakes and no-tool chain adjustment. To help make your decision, look in the Yellow Pages under "saws", and see how many Husky and Echo dealers you find.
If dealers would only realize that guy on the counter is the "face" of their business for most of us. I stopped by my local Deere dealer recently and the Parts Mgr, a long time friend, was out. The guy who tried to help me was such a knob if I didn't know better I would never go back. With many people you only get one chance!!the guys working at the dealer could use a little customer service training.
Depending on how much you'll be using the saw and for what, when you go into the store make sure you pick it up, hold it above your waste, bend over a little bit and then hold it below your waste. This is just to get a good feel as to how much weight you'll be lifting up and down when you're doing a job. If you need for light to medium duty use, you don't have to buy the badest, heaviest SOB in the store "just in case". Get something that fits your needs and talk to the sales person about it. In my oppinion, the "feel" of a Stihl is much different then a Husky. I'm sure you'll like it. It's powerful saw and they're built nice!:thanku: