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Name: Dr. Demento Jr.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Nov 8, 2018 11:56 AM CST
I could have put this in Sandbox or Musings but this topic is under used so here is my happening.

I have purchased used chainsaws to replace, at least till I decide if I will get the old reliables, at times, fixed.
I have purchased, used, stuff I do not need simply because it was out there, i.e. old uncommon stuff beyond stuff I actually do need.

Good used old chainsaws, are not really cheap, or anywhere near it, with very few exceptions.
I found out that there are a LOT of chainsaw collectors, who actually use them to keep them limber, and buy them because they can.
Well , to the point;---- Stihl seems to be considered about the best saw on the market, now and in the years that companies making them began to grow smaller and smaller (there are a lot out there now but a lot is just same poo, different pile name branding)
The Stihl .O26, Pro or standard, I found is considered, this is from the Aboristsite, site, where they forgot more about chainsaws than I will ever know, to be near the best one, ever made, before emission standards screwed things up.

Pre-emission saws carry far better resell price, and from reading chainsaw forums, their are posts on how to de-emission new saws to make them run better. Hilarious!

Any way, the new model Stihl that is a direct descendant of the Pro .O26, the Pro MS-261 sell for 600 dollars pluss or minus ten bucks on average.
I bid on a Pro .O26 that had very, very little use, almost looked like a showroom sample.
My last bid and I thought, what the HELL are you doing after I put the bid in was 586 dollars!
It sold for 600 dollars! Blinking Blinking Grumbling
Only the fact I peed away WAAAY too much at casinos in the past month, and want money for other things I do not need, stopped me at that point.
People talk about getting into bidding wars, is dangerous, and that is NOT bs, that is fact. Rolling on the floor laughing I tip my hat to you.
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canada 4b (Zone 8a)
Dirtmechanic
Nov 20, 2018 1:56 AM CST
Hutzl.net is your source for stihl parts, so much so an entire hobby has cropped up building their complete parts kits into competent saws. Youtube is full of the step by step builds. This is how you get a 1200 dollar saw for 400 these days.
Name: Dr. Demento Jr.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Dec 3, 2018 5:50 PM CST
I checked Youtube and wow there is a lot of good information there, thanks. I tip my hat to you.
I am going to get a full set of carb. screwdrivers.

I seem to have gotten as addicted to buying chainsaws as some posters here are on those pressure cooker pots.
I now have 4 new-used chain saws I am going to sell two of them as after buying one .026 standard another .026 PRO was available for less in better shape so
I bought that also.
THEN , a .036 PRO was available for a comparatively low price, with a Stihl bar and I wanted to see the size difference between .036 and a ,026 PRO models.
The .036 will take a 24 inch bar with no problems but I am not sure I need that big of bar often enough to justify the heavier chain saw.
I am going to sell the refurbished Homelite SuperXL I got as the .315 spurs gears I bought on a whim, only fit an early XL12 and since I got them I might as well get a saw to use them.

I have two new top line bars I can sell them with which will make selling them easier. Shrug!
canada 4b (Zone 8a)
Dirtmechanic
Dec 9, 2018 9:28 PM CST
I used my new g666 (stihl 660 clone) to take down a mature bradford pear today. I dropped the tree and cut up all the thick wood and flattened the stump in short order. My other saw is a smaller stihl, the 260? but for 300 bucks new with 2 bars and 2 chains the new saw is ok for me. I am not going to use it often, just when a tree dies. If it is not the baddeat kat on the block its ok, because I damn sure am not spending 1200 bucks on an occasional use saw.

Peeples
Jun 11, 2019 1:07 AM CST
This is something off topic but i want your help in regarding how to repair a chainsaw at home and what tools will be required to do that task? I have recently purchased husqvarna120i and facing some major issues in it like it stops working after some time so can anyone tell me how to resolve this problem and which tools will be required to make it work perfectly.I have read this blog https://www.consumersbase.com/... about tools which will be required for repairing a chainsaw but couldn't get anything good there. i have also seen this video on youtube https://youtu.be/5Qit2CZFw6M but couldn't able to find any good information.
Name: Dr. Demento Jr.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Jun 18, 2019 12:15 PM CST
I am going to say go to Bailey's because I have dealt with them and while there are other places Bailey's is nationally know for chainsaw users.

https://www.baileysonline.com/...

NOW, that said, similar tool sets can be had for less money if you do a net search.
It is better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.

It took me literally hours of searching, knowing what I was looking for to find such info but I did not bookmark other sites.
You may just need a new air filter, fuel filter, or your saw may need to be tuned to your area (chainsaws do, do, better if some one from your area, who knows what he is doing sets it, but not absolutely required)

There is a LOT of information on-line at site dedicated to chainsaw users.

Here are some I found and just reading what they have said to others has helped me:

https://www.arboristsite.com/c...

http://acresinternet.com/cscc....

http://www.chainsawcollectors....

Now I found these while looking for specific information on a specific chainsaw, so I did not have dig through main page directory, but there is a huge amount of general information available here, even if you do not join the forum.
canada 4b (Zone 8a)
Dirtmechanic
Dec 22, 2019 3:25 PM CST
I bought the "saw in a box" version of my little stihl for 75 dollars, no blade or chain because I had extra already. If the weather breaks bad I guess I will put it together.

MarkMac
Mar 30, 2020 5:52 AM CST
Have any of you guys tried one of the new cordless chainsaws, was looking at this one in particular with a view to buying a Warrior Eco Power Equipment cordless chainsaw. Seems to be a nice piece of kit. My decision was made after seeing the following review on youtube this guy normally uses a standard petrol 021 Stihl Chain Saw, as you say there is a lot of info to be found out there, but sometimes you never know who to trust..one of the main reason for choosing this one is the battery and charger can be used for all the other products they have. Any thoughts?

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pod
Mar 30, 2020 5:58 AM CST
I will be interested to hear any comments to your question. I have a small Stihl easy start but was wanting a rechargeable also.

I was looking at the EGO brand as I have their mower, weed eater and leaf blower. All their batteries and chargers are interchangeable. Only handled through Home Depot or mail order.

As I am a 70 YO female, I would like to put my hands on one to see how well balanced or heavy it is before purchase.

And Welcome! @MarkMac
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Name: Dr. Demento Jr.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Mar 30, 2020 1:04 PM CST
My cousin has a battery powered small chainsaw.
If you are just going to cut twigs, for a short time, it is ok.
If you are going to cut wood, it will run out of power very quickly.

Put it this way, if you are going to cut long enough you have to refuel , do not waste money on a battery powered chain saw as while you can buy two or more battery units, $$$ then no matter what, you have to be close to a electrical outlet to recharge batteries.
Chain saws drain a battery quickly in standard use.
It is much easier to carry a gas can than deal with battery units.
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pepper23
Mar 30, 2020 6:27 PM CST
They've come far in the battery world but still have a long way to go. I used to tell my customers the same thing. If doing more than twigs get a gas powered one. If doing minor jobs the a battery powered one will work.
Name: Kathy
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Kathy547
Apr 15, 2020 6:09 AM CST
pod said:I will be interested to hear any comments to your question. I have a small Stihl easy start but was wanting a rechargeable also.

I was looking at the EGO brand as I have their mower, weed eater and leaf blower. All their batteries and chargers are interchangeable. Only handled through Home Depot or mail order.

As I am a 70 YO female, I would like to put my hands on one to see how well balanced or heavy it is before purchase.

And Welcome! @MarkMac


We have the Ego brand pole saw & I love it. My husband had gotten the Ego leaf blower because he can stand on the back patio area & blow the dang magnolia leaves away. He's on oxygen so unless he uses a portable tank, he can only go as far as his cord will reach.

I had been thinking about getting a small chainsaw but was really nervous because I've never used one. When we would cut firewood my husband or a friend would do that part, & the kids & I would do the "fetch & tote" part. I could just see myself cutting a huge chunk into my awesomeness & bleeding to death before anyone knew where I was. My husband stays in the house, in the bedroom 98% of the time.

We had one of those orange & white ones but a dog chewed the rope part off one day & I always feel like I'm getting little fiberglass cuts in my hands, even with gloves. And it takes FOREVER!!! So last year we were in Home Depot & decided we'd go with the Ego. Even though the batteries are interchangeable so we could use the battery to the leaf blower, we decided to buy the package with the pole saw & battery. That way, we would have a backup if one was needed.

I don't think I would try really big trees but I wouldn't do that anyway. Again, I can see myself cutting one down the wrong way & it falling on my head & my last thought being "oops, that's gonna hurt". I have taken down small trees & large limbs. A few times I did get it stuck & panicked. And the limb I cut from the holly tree is still hanging there because it's caught too far further up on another limb. I wish a strong wind would help a girl out so my husband would shut up about it.

So much had gotten overgrown or left alone because we didn't have the working equipment that it's taking some time to clean up. I have about 6 burn piles & don't want to make anymore so I'm having to wait until I'm off, it's not raining or windy, & there's no burn ban. I burn one pile at a time unless they're close & I can watch them. So before I do anymore cutting & pruning, I've got to get rid of the existing piles.
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Name: Kristi
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pod
Apr 15, 2020 6:36 AM CST
Good to know @Kathy547 My chainsaw use is limited to trees (that have already come down) usually across my driveway. Also cutting up downfall for firewood. I get most of my firewood from a young family but hate to see downed wood go to waste.

I found I don't need to use a chainsaw for cutting little stuff that has vines wrapped in it. That doesn't work well. I use a rechargeable reciprocating saw for that kind of trimming.

I need a pole saw but am not comfortable with my upper body strength. Guess I need to find a young man who is willing to work and can follow directions. Whistling
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bumplbea
Jun 16, 2020 2:53 PM CST
My battery op chain saw is my fav garden tool. My hands are kinky from hand pruning over the years. This chain saw is light weight 5-6 lbs., easy to operate and cuts thru 3-4" or more , stems like butter. No more loppers for me. Battery lasts for days....No more sore arms, wrists and fingers.... I also have a batter op hand prunner. Now that's really spoiled.😊

I’m so busy... “I don’t know if I found a rope or lost a horse.”
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Name: Kristi
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pod
Jun 16, 2020 3:23 PM CST
Spoiled is good when we get to this age. Lovey dubby

How interesting to see this thread surface. I finally broke down and ordered one on Sunday. It will use the same battery that my mower, weedeater and leaf blower take. I am anxious to get it but probably won't use it much till the weather cools down again.
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bumplbea
Jun 16, 2020 3:43 PM CST

Exactly all the batteries are interchangeable. Lightweight it is the key for me. Many of my garden tools I have are battery op.

You will really like your chain saw. It's so easy it may encourage more trimming possibly that we would have not done ordinarily if it weren't for these little chain saws that make cutting thru branches a piece of cake.
I’m so busy... “I don’t know if I found a rope or lost a horse.”
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crawgarden
Jun 16, 2020 3:45 PM CST
Bea who is the manufacture of your chainsaw? Thx
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Name: Kristi
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pod
Jun 16, 2020 3:50 PM CST
bumplbea said:
Exactly all the batteries are interchangeable. Lightweight it is the key for me. Many of my garden tools I have are battery op.



I'm thinking this one will not be as lightweight as I might like but no one stocked it locally. I just gave up and ordered. It can't be that much heavier than my Stihl gas chain saw.
You will really like your chain saw. It's so easy it may encourage more trimming possibly that we would have not done ordinarily if it weren't for these little chain saws that make cutting thru branches a piece of cake.
More trimming??? When I got my first electric chain saw I told my husband that if I had enough cord... He interupted to say if I had enough cord we probably wouldn't have a tree left standing. Rolling my eyes.
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bumplbea
Jun 16, 2020 4:26 PM CST
Yeap.. it all sounds topically familiar.. I have been removing so many plants that normally would have to hire someone. The house needs a new paint job and the green slime on stucco is not a good look. Plants in courage that slime so finally I can control most of it and so easy.

I got mine at amazon.

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I’m so busy... “I don’t know if I found a rope or lost a horse.”
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Name: Dr. Demento Jr.
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Jun 16, 2020 6:50 PM CST
pod said:Spoiled is good when we get to this age. Lovey dubby

How interesting to see this thread surface. I finally broke down and ordered one on Sunday. It will use the same battery that my mower, weedeater and leaf blower take. I am anxious to get it but probably won't use it much till the weather cools down again.

Do not forget, the only way any chainsaw works well is with a sharp chain.
I do not know if there is a selection of chain styles for those small ones but getting the the style that fits your cutting is the second most important choice.
As far as pole saws, heavy, but not so heavy you cannot lift it, as the weight of the saw, not pushing down on the saw, makes quicker better cuts.

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