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MOhillbilly
03-25-2009, 03:04 PM
looking to upgrade. i cut about 5-6 cords this year. this has been a great saw but im looking for something with a bigger bar and motor.
suggestions.

vailpass
03-25-2009, 03:09 PM
Thought this was a motorcycle thread. Was gonna' talk about the old Bultaco 250 2-stroke I used to race against my buddie's Husky 250.

Iowanian
03-25-2009, 04:30 PM
I've got an Echo CS 670 and like it.

Plenty of power, I've used it for felling and working up trees, brush, cutting wood for 2 years without a single problem.

http://www.echo-usa.com/product.asp?Model=CS-670&Category=CHAINSAW

MOhillbilly
03-25-2009, 04:40 PM
I've got an Echo CS 670 and like it.

Plenty of power, I've used it for felling and working up trees, brush, cutting wood for 2 years without a single problem.

http://www.echo-usa.com/product.asp?Model=CS-670&Category=CHAINSAW

how many hours do you run it in a given year? do you have a 24in bar on yours? speed wise how does it measure up?

Iowanian
03-25-2009, 04:47 PM
I think I have the 20" bar, I bought 3 chains(negotiated) when I bought it.

I think its pretty comparable to my dad's Stihl. I haven't had an issue with it running out of power, and I've cut oak, cedar and hedge. Frankly, its more saw than I really "need".

I don't cut as much wood as you, because I don't have a wood stove, but I should show you a pic of my lots and how many trees/shrubs/hedge are gone in the past year.

I think I have around $400 in it, but can't remember for certain....I had a package deal with extra chains, a case, chain oil etc. you have to use ECHO oil for the warranty, but I don't.


I am not sure what you're used to as I haven't used a saw like yours, but while Echo isn't the big name, IMO its a quality saw and you'll find online reviews that say the same. Find a dealer and test one.....the guy I bought mine from had a big log out front and fired it up and let me try it.

MOhillbilly
03-25-2009, 04:57 PM
thank you Iowa. you are a gent.


anyone else? FTR id like a saw that can runa 24in bar and chain(or bigger) and still give consistant RPM.

Radar Chief
03-25-2009, 05:10 PM
I don't know much about chainsaws but when Freaky Draftsman friend came by to drop a half dead elm in my back yard he came equipped with a Jonsered Turbo that made incredibly quick work of it.
Gear-head Wrenching buddy, who has run a logging crew that mostly cut hedge posts before, was highly impressed with it.

PastorMikH
03-25-2009, 05:21 PM
I have an older Stihl 039 Farm Boss that has been VERY dependable over the years (I bought it in around '93-'94). Dad had an older 041 Farm Boss he bought around '80 and had cut his winter's supply of wood (about 2-4 cords a year). Last spring he was taking out a big maple tree in his front yard and had a rather large limb drop on it. By the time he'd told me about it, because parts were no longer available, he'd already bought a new Stihl MS 390. After hearing about the old saw getting crunched and what parts he needed, I hopped on Ebay and got everything he was missing and he put the old saw back together. Took both to the woods this fall. He said the new saw actually cut toe to toe with the old one.


I just bought a new Stihl 180 'cause I'm getting old and the trees out here have lots of limb cutting and not as much trunk cutting and I was getting tired waving the big 039 at and above my head. AND, having one saw last year, I got the big saw hung up in a 8-10 inch log and had to axe the log it loose - I'm definately too old and out of shape for much of that crap.

btlook1
03-25-2009, 05:40 PM
I to run a Stihl 039....very happy with it! Cut around 8-10 cords a year plus whatever it's needed for in between! Good saw!

PastorMikH
03-25-2009, 09:03 PM
I to run a Stihl 039....very happy with it! Cut around 8-10 cords a year plus whatever it's needed for in between! Good saw!


Older on or newer one? Mine's one of the first ones out. I was cutting with a Homelite Super XL back then and thought the saw was a decent saw. Over heated it one day and locked it up. Managed to get the piston unstuck but figured I was on borrowed time with a lot of wood to cut (farmer in our church told me I could cut out some fence rows but had to be done before crop was planted). I'd just gotten my tax refund so I went down and bought the Stihl and went to cutting. I was cutting trees and piling the wood in piles scattered down the fence row to haul out later (my datsun pickup left with as much as it could carry everyday, but that wasn't much). I didn't realize just how much better the saw cut until I got all the wood home. I ended up with a split stack of wood 10 feet deep, five feet high, and 28 feet long. I didn't have to cut wood again for 3 years - and wood was our only heat source.

I've been a believer in Stihl saws ever since.

NewChief
03-25-2009, 09:12 PM
My brother runs saws all day every day building log cabins. He's a Husqvarna and Stihl man. He has a preference between them on sizes (for bigger work he likes one over the other), but I can't tell you off the top of my head what his preferences are.

NewChief
03-25-2009, 09:13 PM
If anyone wants to see some of his work (which is pretty badass if I do say so myself), you can check it out here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cadron/sets/72157602296235477/

KC Jones
03-25-2009, 09:13 PM
wusses! Real men just use this:

http://www2.northerntool.com/logging/logging-accessories/item-119915.htm

KC Jones
03-25-2009, 09:17 PM
If anyone wants to see some of his work (which is pretty badass if I do say so myself), you can check it out here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cadron/sets/72157602296235477/

wow - very nice work indeed.

NewChief
03-25-2009, 09:18 PM
wow - very nice work indeed.

He's incredibly talented in many ways. His "normal" photography on his flickr site is also amazing.

PastorMikH
03-25-2009, 09:33 PM
wusses! Real men just use this:

http://www2.northerntool.com/logging/logging-accessories/item-119915.htm


Greenhorns get talked into using that. Real men use this...

http://www.northerntool.com/images/product/images/1109_lg.gif

JASONSAUTO
03-25-2009, 09:36 PM
wow - very nice work indeed.

wow is right, awesome work

Baconeater
03-25-2009, 09:37 PM
Greenhorns get talked into using that. Real men use this...

http://www.northerntool.com/images/product/images/1109_lg.gif
Heh, my uncle has something similar that runs off of tractor PTO, built on a big 'ol beam just like that. Just wish it could load the truck for me too.

Comanche
03-28-2009, 01:03 PM
Stihl .044
Husqvarna 281 XP

My Stihl is unbelievably reliable. I used it during the big ice storm with no problems. It has a metal body and has has not failed me yet.

My old Husqvarna has great power and blows through huge tree trunks in short order. It also has shock absorbers which are nice. It has a plastic body which requires replacement parts from time to time.



My brother runs saws all day every day building log cabins. He's a Husqvarna and Stihl man. He has a preference between them on sizes (for bigger work he likes one over the other), but I can't tell you off the top of my head what his preferences are.

tmax63
03-28-2009, 02:39 PM
We have a Stihl for our farm. My brother had a friend sharpen the chain and it was the best job on a chain I have seen in 30 yrs of playing with a saw. The secret to a good saw is a sharp chain.

Kerberos
03-28-2009, 04:09 PM
Guy that came to umbrella my tree and trim it from over the neighbors yard had a Husqvarna and he was telling his buddy that was helping him that it was industrial grade because it had some lettering on it? If it was the XP series then I would say it was these. http://www.usa.husqvarna.com/node3298.aspx?nid=59980

His claim to fame was it had heavy duty this and heavy duty that? No clue on his claims but I know that saw cut some pretty big red elm without problem.

Comanche
03-29-2009, 07:06 AM
"XP" are the letters designating "professional" grade for Huskies.

Guy that came to umbrella my tree and trim it from over the neighbors yard had a Husqvarna and he was telling his buddy that was helping him that it was industrial grade because it had some lettering on it? If it was the XP series then I would say it was these. http://www.usa.husqvarna.com/node3298.aspx?nid=59980

His claim to fame was it had heavy duty this and heavy duty that? No clue on his claims but I know that saw cut some pretty big red elm without problem.

Pioli Zombie
03-29-2009, 08:34 AM
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StcChief
03-29-2009, 10:19 AM
Stihl great saw. Mercedes of saws.