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Old 09-25-2018, 10:50 PM
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Default Husqvarna or Stihl

I need a new chainsaw. I have an outdoor wood burner and cut about 7 cords a year from my 20 acres of woods. I used to have a Husqvarna XP series and it was very powerful, but very heavy. I've used a Stihl 441 CM and same thing. I don't need one as powerful as those were, and would like something a little lighter. I'll be putting an 18" bar on it and that should be plenty.

I "think" I have it narrowed down between the Stihl MS 362 C-M, or the Husqvarna 562XP. Pretty much identical when it comes to power, features and price. (About $750.00)
I'm going to write out what I consider to be the pros of each because it helps me to get them down on paper, more just to help me figure it out. Feel free to give your input if you have any.

The Stihl is a pound lighter than the Husky.
The Stihl has 2 piston rings as opposed to one on the Husky.
The Stihl seems to have more parts availability locally.

The Husky has a faster acceleration and chain speed which cuts a little bit faster.
The Husky has just a teeny bit more power.
The Husky has a primer bulb.
The Husky has an aluminum handle as compared to the plastic handle of the Stihl.
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Old 09-25-2018, 11:02 PM
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I don't know if you would have the same problem we have here but id say go with the Stihl as we find it hard to get Husqvarna chain saw parts here
and most repair shops don't even want to take one in around here.
but Stihl seem to be easier to get parts for and get repaired by most shops
but it all boils down to preference and price for most people
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Old 09-26-2018, 12:06 AM
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You can’t go wrong with either saw. Go run a tank full through both of them and see which you like. I run stihl, BIL works at a stihl saw shop.

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Old 09-26-2018, 12:23 AM
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I have sthil ,huskey and Jonesred . Buy the dealer you have the faith in .
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Old 09-26-2018, 12:39 AM
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I wouldn’t say that the primer bulb is a feature. I would say that if the primer bulb makes starting faster or easier, that faster easier starting is a feature.

I’d rather be able to order parts online and get them delivered to my door. With Stihl (I have 4 of them), I call the dealer, he orders the parts, but only once a week, then I wait, wait, wait, and then I have to drive 20 miles each way to pick them up. And plus the f’n dealer charges freight. I have 7 or 8 dealers to choose from, but it’s always the same story.

I have a 261CM, but I wouldn’t buy a more expensive computer saw unless I had access to the computer. I like the 261, but I’m glad I have bigger saws.

Can’t say anything about the Husqy. I don’t have any experience.

I’m glad all the controls on my saws are in the same place, I don’t have to stop and think about where the switch is.

How come you only want one saw? I don’t understand.

What brand burner do you have?
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Old 09-26-2018, 04:14 AM
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First, I own Huskys, I have run both. But bought my 455 Rancher when my local Stihl dealer did not have similar saw in stock. I run a 20 in. bar on it, that size bar is still not big enough a lot of times. I have to cut from both sides on a lot of trees I fall. I do not know the max bar length on the saw you listed, but over powering a short bar is better than lugging a saw woth too long a bsr and chain.
I would buy Husky again.

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Old 09-26-2018, 05:46 AM
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I own a Husky (rancher 455) and am very satisfied, I’d buy another in a heartbeat.
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Old 09-26-2018, 06:28 AM
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I have a Husky 51 1999 model bought new, 16" bar and a 2003 55 Rancher, 18" bar bought used about 5 years ago. I do nearly all of the cutting for 2 outdoor stoves. My awesome dealer one man shop died of cancer a few years ago so I am on my own. I rebuilt the 55 top end from Ebay parts and both saws have new carbs this year. There are other shops around but I have not needed them yet.

I do have a Stihl weed whip and Stihl pole saw I bought at the Rural King. Dad runs a Stihl since the Local John Deere dealer sells and services. I am not partial either way they are all good.

I stated using rec gas (no ethanol) this year on all outdoor equipment so hopefully the carbs will last longer.
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Old 09-26-2018, 08:52 AM
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My wife bought me the Husky Rancher for Christmas. I have enjoyed using it, seems like a darn fine saw. All parts are available online and decent pricing.
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Old 09-26-2018, 09:12 AM
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I'll vote for Stihl. Have them both, and the Stihl is just a bit better. Parts and service are everywhere.
The primer button is handy when you want to flood the engine, and when it cracks every two years you get a chance to play with tools.
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