Chain saw and a mount grapple for a bucket?

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Chain saw and a mount grapple for a bucket?

Postby saltbranch » Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:13 pm

Case 485. 72" bucket...I need a good, economical grapple to mount. Prefer a 2 section grapple. Looking for recommendations on a chainsaw. I will narrow it down the an Echo with 20" bar or less. Light weight and easy start is a must
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Re: Chain saw and a mount grapple for a bucket?

Postby skyhightree1 » Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:27 pm

There is only one chainsaw to choose from a Stihl.....
The grapples from this company are excellent and well made I had nothing but luck from them

https://www.wrlonginc.com/grapples
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Re: Chain saw and a mount grapple for a bucket?

Postby MtnCows93 » Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:40 pm

depends on what your cutting but a husqvarna 562 is what i use, lightweight and cuts like a striped ape
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Re: Chain saw and a mount grapple for a bucket?

Postby Nesikep » Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:48 pm

Echos are good saws.. As are Husky/Jonsered, Stihl and Makita/Dolmar... With this sort of stuff, chose the brand based on local dealer support and the one that'll be in your corner should you need warranty work. After that, it's displacement and power-weight ratio.. A light saw with bad antivibe is at least as bad as a heavier saw.. but it also depends on how much you're going to be using it...
What sort of wood are you cutting? Softwoods I'd look at about a 55cc saw (for 20") while if you get into really tough hardwoods you want to go up to close to 75cc.
Are you looking for a new saw or a good used one?
I don't know the models of the 50cc class saws very well but if you're looking at a bigger one, you really can't go far wrong with something like a Stihl 044/440/441 (different generations of the same saw), or in Orange flavor a Husky 272 or 372... In the blues, the Makita/Dolmar 6100 or it's big bore brother the 7900 is apparently an amazing saw.
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Re: Chain saw and a mount grapple for a bucket?

Postby jltrent » Fri Sep 29, 2017 4:57 am

On the chainsaws a 50cc Stihl MS260 or a 62cc Stihl MS360 as you will have to buy these used. The newer emission friendly saws that replaced them are more expensive to keep running and harder to keep running right. Another poster mentioned the MS440 which is a 71cc saw and one of the best.

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Re: Chain saw and a mount grapple for a bucket?

Postby Dave » Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:46 am

Any chain saw is better than a cross cut saw. But any make other than a Stihl is just barely better than a cross cut. I burnt 2 gallons of saw gas a day for 20 years and I wouldn't buy anything other than a Stihl. Having a little extra power in a saw is a good thing. Keeping your chain sharp is essential.
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Re: Chain saw and a mount grapple for a bucket?

Postby Nesikep » Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:04 am

I thought the west coasters were all Husky guys... I have only seen a couple 056's up here, every other saw is a Husky, usually 2100's and 288's
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Re: Chain saw and a mount grapple for a bucket?

Postby skyhightree1 » Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:15 am

Nesikep wrote:I thought the west coasters were all Husky guys... I have only seen a couple 056's up here, every other saw is a Husky, usually 2100's and 288's


Nope just the dumb ones :)
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Re: Chain saw and a mount grapple for a bucket?

Postby greybeard » Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:33 am

I'm guessing he will be cutting mesquite and juniper...lots of it from some of the pics I've seen him post in the past.
I 2nd Stihl.
I have two MS290s. FarmBoss they call it. One still going strong since 2008, other one is only a couple years old. Both have been trouble free and easy start. I abused the crap out of the 1st one--cross ties..telephone poles, lots of cedar, red & white oak from hurricane ike and 2011 drought and chinese tallow. A little heavy for it's hp, but well made. At 67, I can easily start and handle it.

Don't know what my neighbor has, but his smaller Stihl has an easy start of some kind and cuts like a dream. 18" bar and he could almost keep up with me and my 290 when we were cutting a oak tree off the road so we could get out.
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Re: Chain saw and a mount grapple for a bucket?

Postby Atimm693 » Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:02 pm

jltrent wrote:On the chainsaws a 50cc Stihl MS260 or a 62cc Stihl MS360 as you will have to buy these used. The newer emission friendly saws that replaced them are more expensive to keep running and harder to keep running right. Another poster mentioned the MS440 which is a 71cc saw and one of the best.

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I have had a Husqvarna 545 for almost 3 years now.. It still works great. Have cut probably a dozen cord with it. It's actually a Jonsered but they're the same saw with different paint.

It has the electronic Autotune carb, haven't had a lick of trouble from it, and it's always in tune.

The MS360 is an old saw, and are tough to find used. The MS361 replaced it, and the 362 is the current model. All good saws though.

The Echo CS590 is the best saw for the money in that class. Make sure you get it tuned right, as they are set very lean from the factory.
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Re: Chain saw and a mount grapple for a bucket?

Postby jltrent » Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:50 pm

Atimm693 wrote:
jltrent wrote:On the chainsaws a 50cc Stihl MS260 or a 62cc Stihl MS360 as you will have to buy these used. The newer emission friendly saws that replaced them are more expensive to keep running and harder to keep running right. Another poster mentioned the MS440 which is a 71cc saw and one of the best.



I have had a Husqvarna 545 for almost 3 years now.. It still works great. Have cut probably a dozen cord with it. It's actually a Jonsered but they're the same saw with different paint.

It has the electronic Autotune carb, haven't had a lick of trouble from it, and it's always in tune.

The MS360 is an old saw, and are tough to find used. The MS361 replaced it, and the 362 is the current model. All good saws though.

The Echo CS590 is the best saw for the money in that class. Make sure you get it tuned right, as they are set very lean from the factory.

Good information, the problem I run into is yes they are set to lean and it does shorten their life, but the new saws either don't have a "H" (high side to turn more fuel lubrication) setting on the carburetor or have limiters that if removed pretty much destroys the carb as they don't have a spring on the stem.
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