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Old 11-18-2010, 08:54 AM
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Default Best Chainsaw?

Thinking about buying a chainsaw. Anyone have a favorite? With very little research I'm looking at the Stihl Farm Boss or Echo Cs 400 or Cs 370 (?). The Echo is cheaper with 5 yr warranty. This is for occasional use only. Also, anyone know of a chainsaw safety class?
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Old 11-18-2010, 10:00 AM
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If you plan on buying a chainsaw stick with a Stihl or a Husqvarna and they will make them in any size you might need. If it was me looking for a firewood saw to pack in a jeep for tails and stuff I would ask around at saw shops for used well maintained ones.

If you are looking for a good chainsaw course, Green River College has a Forestry program that provides a 1 credit / Weekend chinsaw maintinance operation course this winter. For more advanced falling or logging courses I would contact washington Contract Loggers Association.
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Old 11-18-2010, 12:02 PM
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Yup stihl or husqvarna is the way to go and if your only gonna use it once in a while on small stuff then just a small bar will work. Hardest part for is finding a saw shop I trust to work on my husq.
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Old 11-18-2010, 04:46 PM
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I owned and have used my Stihl Farm Boss for about 25 years. I got it used. I would not ever sell it.
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Old 11-18-2010, 08:22 PM
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My Dad has both a Stihl and an Echo Chainsaw...

The Stihl is a limbing saw, with about an 18" bar. The Echo OTH is a felling saw. LOOOOOOONG bar probably about 3 feet in length. Both start on the first pull and are well over 20 years old with Umpteen hours in them.

My FIL has a Husqvarna limbing saw that's only a few years old.

I would run any one of these any day.
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Old 11-18-2010, 09:04 PM
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I was a chainsaw mechanic for several years. Stihl by far was the best saw for both performance and ease of maintenance.
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