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Old 03-06-2010, 10:34 PM
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Default Chain Saw - What Kind

What kind of chain saw do you use and how is it's reliability? I need a new one.
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Old 03-06-2010, 10:38 PM
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Old 03-06-2010, 10:42 PM
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Stihl. I just replaced my little MS210 with the MS 270. Stihl makes a very good reliable saw. My issue with the 210 was the carb (as suggested on this forum) alcohol in the gas seems to eat them up. I wanted a bigger saw anyhow, so instead of fixing the little one I bought a new, bigger one. The owners manual on the new saw says to drain the gas and run it out after each use. Kind of a pain but it will be worth it if it keeps the saw healthy.
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Old 03-06-2010, 10:46 PM
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My brother(Donker) got its twin at the same time...his has been faultless, this one had a bad carb that was replaced last year and has been troublefree since...

(Old Man, did you know they make ELEVEN different carbs for Califpornia for just this saw??....insane..)
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Old 03-06-2010, 10:58 PM
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It was in my mind for some time to ask same question.I see some Chinese knock offs , are they worth anything?
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Old 03-06-2010, 11:39 PM
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Most saw that sell under $500 have a short run life on all saws. Their should be a stick around the handle that said how many run hours on the saw. The cheaper Stihl have plastic blocks to compete with cheap saw.
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Old 03-06-2010, 11:46 PM
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Three Stihls, my 039 is 16 years old and runs like a champ. My newest is a
MS 660, that's a man's saw. I also have one of their small MS 180's, it is
nice for small stuff but I do not like the toolless adjustement on it.
Wrenches are just easier for me.

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Old 03-06-2010, 11:51 PM
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stihl 025 and ms210
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Old 03-07-2010, 12:17 AM
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I had a Skil 1624 for years until it was destroyed in an outbuilding fire.

I replaced it with a Husqvarna 36. That saw leaked more chain oil than it put through the oiler and leaked more fuel than it burned. I gave up on it the first time when it got nastily hard to start. I took it into the local servcie center for a tuneup last spring as I has some big (for around here) spruce to deal with. I got it home and ran it for 45 minutes before it self destructed. It burned the top out of the chain oil reservoir I gave the remains away for spare parts after I'd left it at the local dealer for 3 weeks. I did all the yard work last summer with 150' of extension cord and a 10" Remington electric. At least I could always get that one started.

I did finally replace the Husky with an Echo of similar size. Best warranty of all their competitors and different dealer. Haven't used the Echo much yet, but have my fingers crossed.
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Old 03-07-2010, 12:48 AM
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I have 4 saws 2 Craftsman saws circa 1979-80 vintage runs real good. I have 2 Homelites one small one and one huge witha 26" bar direct drive. Both are antiques as well. The big Homelite you need ear plugs and earmuffs or you'll be deaf running it. I traded a guy a truck engine for it about 10 years ago. The Craftsman saws I got from my fatherinlaw, He repairs them. If I was going to buy a new one I'd buy a Stil tho. Kevin
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