Which Stihl chainsaw?

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  1. Crpdeth

    Crpdeth Active Member

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    Hey guys...

    It's time for a new saw, but it's been a long time since I bought one so I was hoping for some guidance. My last one was a Craftsman 16" bar, underpowered as it was, it was a leightweight little champ for 20 years until I finally burnt it up.

    I guess what I want is something that has more than enough power this go around, although it will be used around the house and for sizing firewood for the smoker mostly, I also run a landscaping outfit that has absolutely NO time for cutting down and hauling off trees I would like to know that my saw had enough balls to do so, if ever need be, while being small enough to enjoy using.
  2. JUNKKING

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    Any of the farm boss saws will do you well. The stihl 290 is a nice saw. Just make sure you get the size bar you like and it has an auto oiler. They still make some saws that you have to pump the oilers. Any way you go Still will last you a lifetime.
  3. Grizz

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    I just picked up a new Stihl ms250 18" bar for $300. Awsome power for a mid range chain saw. I used to have a ms190 with a 16" bar and it just crapped out this year. Every year I have to cut down dead oak trees about 3 cords worth to heat the house in the winter, and that little saw did the job. Now with this ms250(advertised as their best firewood cutting saw) it has 50% more power than my previous saw and seriously kicks butt! I live at high altitude so once I adjusted the fuel ratio (which is very easy btw) I couldn't believe the power. It cut down big time on work hours, cuts the big logs like butter.
  4. GunnyGene

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    I'll second the MS290 (I've had one for several years), but it might be a little heavy for what you describe. I'd suggest dropping by your local dealer, and hefting a couple. You might be more inclined to the 250, which is about 3 lbs lighter. 10lbs (250) vs. 13 lbs (290) not counting gas and oil. The 250 still has plenty of power, but is easier on the back and shoulders.
  5. Double D

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    Without going out to the shed and looking, I dont know the number on mine, but I will say that no matter what you do, make certain you do buy the Stihl. I would never buy anything else. I have a chainsaw, weedeater and leaf blower all stihl and they are all great products. The ONLY complaint I have with them is their gas caps. Fix those and no complaints.
  6. Grizz

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    I noticed my new stihl saw gas caps have like a clutch incorporated into them, so it tightens to the same point every time. a lot easier to open and close the caps with this feature also.
  7. aa1911

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    yeah, don't remember/know the model of mine either, it's a Stihl 25" bar and runs like a champ with really no maintenance whatsoever other than filling the tanks and changing spark plugs once a year. Been cutting with it all hunting season, still running good.

    paid about $700 for it in 2009 if that helps ID the model. It will munch through anything, even the steel cable I hit last week! Pretty awesome, let's leave some 1" braided cable in the middle of the woods... then comes along me... and SPARKS!! oops. it cuts a little to the right now, time to sharpen...
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    One other thing, I'd suggest sticking with the Stihl chain also when it comes time to buy a new one. They have a better chain with longer teeth so it can be resharpened more times than the ones you get from the big box stores.
  9. aa1911

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    yep, bought new chains last year for mine, have about 5 now; they are worth the money IMO. I get the 'skip tooth' ones now as I do a lot of cutting on the ground. I'm one of those 'cut through the log until you see sparks' guys, I keep a sharpening file in the saw bag!

    local shop here will sharpen and straighten your chain for $8 if you don't wish to do it yourself, not too bad.

    I finally burned up all my Stihl bar oil (free with the saw) but using the (much ceaper) Poulan oil now or whatever I find. I can't bring myself to pay $20/gal for their oil. But their saws and chains are king.

    Only thing that erked me about Stihl is that I had to pay for a damn case. I almost walked out of the store when they told me I had to pay for it.

    me "dude, I just paid $700 for a freakin' saw, it doesn't come with it's own case?????? the $100 special at walmart has a damn case!"

    "uh, no, sorry. We can sell it at half price since you bought the saw"

    "gee, thanks. So generous."

    maybe that's just the shop...
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    I think that may have been just that shop. I didn't pay extra for the case on my 290. :confused:

    PS on the oil: Do you thin y'alls in winter? I do occasionally, other wise it doesn't flow well.
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  11. aa1911

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    I don't thin but it doesn't get much below 20's here in the winter so not really an issue. Usually it's at or above freezing during the day.

    what do you thin with? just curious.
  12. GunnyGene

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    Just a little diesel or kerosene. Usually diesel, since I normally have some on hand. You can also use automatic transmission oil. Doesn't take much, about 2%.
  13. wv hillbilly

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    i had a 032 for 32-36 years my bil had the 042 ? farm boss. i could cut as fast as he could, only difference was he had a longer bar.
    i just bought a new stilh last jan. i asked the salesman what would be compareable to the 032 and he said the MS311. a little heavier, but actually turns more rpms.
    what you need to ask for, "is the saw rebuildable"
    both the 032 and the 311 are, not saying you will ever need to , but it is nice to know.
    after 30+ years of the 032, i tried to start it the other day and it still has enough compression that if you dont get a good hold on the rope it will hurt your fingers
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    I have a 260 that is well built, but almost $600. Usually buy the cheap 250s on sale for $300. Get a few years outta them and they are the best buy for the money. We heat with wood and cut 15 cord/year. So I guess a 250 is good for 30 cord or many years for the normal wood cutter. I have a half dozen of them layin around for parts which is nice; in other words, stay with one model.
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    I bought a new Stihl MS290 but I also have my farm boss as well and both are mean machines. I cut plenty of fire and bbq wood as well as cleaning out lots of brush with them all day long for a long time out in the mesquite woods on my place with family. The only thing I ever done with them was sharpen the chains. Stihl saws are VERY TOUGH and dont hesitate to buy one.
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