Which Stihl chainsaw?

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  1. time2shoot

    time2shoot Active Member

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    I would say look at the one you think you need, then get the next size bigger, motor size also, not just the length of the bar.
    chainsaws are like firearms IMO. no such thing as over kill.;):D
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    ^^ too true, this was my justification for the .458 win mag! won't need anything bigger now.

    The stihl chains stretch a tiny bit on my 25" bar but not near as bad as my old Poulan. The poulan, you had to stop once it warmed up and tighten the thing down or it would jump ship.

    don't have to worry about the poulan now though, the crankshaft broke off at the clutch, oops. my fault. it's a $45 part for a $150 saw, naaa..
  3. JUNKKING

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    All chains will stretch when new or if you run them dry, pinch them in the wood, etc. When you begin to cut with a new chain start the chain a little tight it will loosen some but it too much maybe your adjuster ir bar itself is bad.
  4. Crpdeth

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    You guys have been great (as always).

    I'm laughing here because I did just exactly what Timetoshoot said without reading his post... The 250 was lightweight and easy to handle, the shop owner and I agreed after some discussion that it would be all I ever needed for what I have planned, I said "great!" Then put it down, picked up the 290 and said "I'll take this one" :D:D:D

    Oh and BTW, the cases were 35.00 each. the 250 came with one, but that was the only one that did.

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    :D;) you wont be sorry
  6. JUNKKING

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    Donnie that saw will last you a long long time. Great choice. I can just see you now just looking for things that need to be cut that didnt need to be cut yesterday lol. BTW the engine you have now sounds like a car compared to your old Craftsman.
  7. cpttango30

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    I tried sharpening chains before and I end up with ones that cut at about a 40* angle when I sharpen them. So I gave up and just bought new chains and swaped them out. I think mine were just the cheap homelite stuff on the hangers at Home Depot. I will start out with the chain adjusted to that you can pull 1/2 the guide tooth out of the bar. Within 10 minutes I had to stop because the chain is sagging 1" below the bar. Like I said it is just a cheaper echo saw I picked up for my HOA. I got an echo because the HOA blower and weed wacker are both echo. So I wanted them all the same brand so no confusing the gas oil mix.

    I used to run a 440 magnum with a 24" bar when I was working on a clearing crew. My arms would be jello after a 10 hour day running that beast.
  8. aandabooks

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    Heat my house with wood and run 3 Stihls. 180-12", 310-18" and 044-18". None of them are stock. I got into modding saws a couple years ago but then the gun bug took hold. You can't beat a Stihl and I won't own any other brand.
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    My brother has the exact same saw. Great choice and I'm sure you will be happy with it for a long time.
  10. Claudius Valarium

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    I used to have a Farm Boss (don't remember the model number). It got stolen.

    Went the buy another one and was talked into an Echo 440. The reasoning was that it was a lighter saw with more cc's in the motor and therefore more cutting power.

    I've had this saw for about five years now. Echo will be my go-to saw from now on. It's light, easy to handle and is not afraid of any size tree diameter. The Stihl was a little on the heavy side compared to the Echo.
  11. fordtrucksforever

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    I like the Stihl 044. Its a hoss. Repaired one for a friend and got to test it out for a few weeks Very impressed. I have an 032 that needs some carb work before going back in to service. Not too bad for the size.

    My favorite saw is an old McCullouch Super 55A gear reduction. Made in 1958. Its 5.3 cubic inches(87cc) and weighs a ton. Uses a 1/2" chain with 36"bar. I sharpened the chain about ten years ago and only had to adjust once. It has a roller bearing at end of bar and isnt prone to wear so much. Its amazing to watch the chain going slowly with the 3:1 reduction, but rips thu any wood with out hesitation. Its doesnt produce saw dust, instead, wood chips.
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  12. bluesea112

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    I have a Stihl 290 and a Husquvarna Rancher. Both have been great saws. You won't be sorry. That stilhl will last you a lifetime.
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