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Re: opinions on these chainsaw models

Postby gertman » Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:06 pm

JW IN VA wrote:If you have a lot of cutting to do,then I recommend you go with either the Husqvarna 562XP or an MS 362 like mine.Mine wears a 20"bar and does a fine job for us .Granted,we mostly cut firewood and he occasional large downed tree but I bought the 362 for those times.My favorite firewood and general purpose saw is an 026 Stihl.The newer MS 261 is more powerful and when this saw is gone,I would like to replace it with one of those.
My 362 has 3/8 pitch bar and chain and I've only run Stihl Ultra in my gas mix.
The number 1 thing you should be concerned with would be the dealer.How knowledgable they are and how well they offer repair and parts support would be major factors.Both are good brands and the 562/362 are pro grade saws.It's kind of" a Ford/Chevy thing". I won't say you can't pull a 24" bar,but that is getting into 70cc pro saw catagory.
If all of your cutting is 20" maximum,I'd look at the MS 261 or the 550XP/545 Husqvarna.Much lighter saws for extended periods of work and less money up front.A 16" bar would be good,although I run a .325 pitch 20" on my 026( big belly/old back :) :) )
Please think about a good pair of saw chaps.Much cheaper than a copay at the Emergency Room.Also highly recommend eye/ear protection.Pleaselet us know what you decide.


I went with the Husqvarna 562xp with a 24 inch bar. To me it just felt the most balanced and comfortable, and as an added bonus Husqvarna was offering a $50 mail in rebate on any XP saw purchase.
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Re: opinions on these chainsaw models

Postby JW IN VA » Thu Nov 23, 2017 4:21 pm

You made a good purchase,from what I read.The 24" may get a little much if you try to cut with the full bar but otherwise it should be fine.If they are like Stihls,they don't run as well new as they do after a few tanks of fuel.Hope you used he $50.00 toward a good set of chaps.I got mine from Bailey's but SHForestry,Gempler's and your dealer will have them,too.
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Re: opinions on these chainsaw models

Postby Askme42 » Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:46 pm

Dogs and Cows wrote:One of my saws in the 036 with a 20" bar. Actually I usually use an 18" bar with the saw but sometimes go to the 20. Great saw...and I highly recommend.

Tim

I have an 036 also. Love it but it's heavy. Also the oiler will not keep up with anything over a 20" bar.
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Re: opinions on these chainsaw models

Postby OzssieDave19 » Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:19 am

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Anyone ever taken a look at an ebay special? These are AU $ prices keep in mind. A sthil ms 461 would cost about 1400$ for reference.
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Re: opinions on these chainsaw models

Postby Atimm693 » Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:25 pm

OzssieDave19 wrote:Image
Anyone ever taken a look at an ebay special? These are AU $ prices keep in mind. A sthil ms 461 would cost about 1400$ for reference.


Talked with a guy in town that bought a "timber pro" online. He's pretty happy with it.

I wouldn't buy one. I'm sure replacement parts are scarce if not nonexistent.
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Re: opinions on these chainsaw models

Postby OzssieDave19 » Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:59 am

I always wonder if safety features like the chain break are up to scratch
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