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Which stihl chainsaw to buy #7041848
11/07/20 08:31 PM
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I am looking to buy a new chainsaw. I am leaning towards a stihl because that is what I've mostly used. It will be used around my farm mainly to create deer habitat areas and clearing out unwanted trees so it will see medium to heavy use. My main concern is getting one that will last and not need repaired. There is a large assortment to choose from so what has worked good for you?


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Re: Which stihl chainsaw to buy [Re: larrywaugh] #7041852
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362, or a 440.

that's presuming you only have one saw and are cutting firewood.

Re: Which stihl chainsaw to buy [Re: larrywaugh] #7041861
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Any of the Pro grade saws with 60cc and up will do what you want. I like the larger models as I can run a longer bar and don't have to stoop when bucking up trees and they just flat out cut faster so I don't have to hold them as long as a smaller saw. So my go to is my 661.


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Re: Which stihl chainsaw to buy [Re: larrywaugh] #7041864
11/07/20 08:39 PM
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I’ve got an 036 with 18” bar, a 391 with a 20” bar, and an old 039 farm boss with 20” bar. I find myself grabbing the farm boss most of the time.

Re: Which stihl chainsaw to buy [Re: larrywaugh] #7041875
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The farm boss caught my attention.


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Re: Which stihl chainsaw to buy [Re: larrywaugh] #7041883
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I've got a 291 stihl with a 20" bar. A great all around saw for what I need one for. But it's way too much saw for cutting small stuff like 4" to 6" to 8" limbs and trees, or small evergreens out of the pastures. I am picking up a 180 stihl Monday and the dealer is swapping out the normal; bar and chain with a little heavier one. Sprocket stays the same. This saw is much lighter and easier to handle. It will make a nice addition to my chain saw needs!


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Re: Which stihl chainsaw to buy [Re: larrywaugh] #7041931
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I use a 391. It is a good all around saw

Re: Which stihl chainsaw to buy [Re: larrywaugh] #7041943
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Whatever comparable sized Husqavarna is available. Stihl used to be a great saw. Used to be.

Re: Which stihl chainsaw to buy [Re: larrywaugh] #7041947
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261. You can run it all day and still have your arms. My first pick for clearing all but the biggest stuff. Even then gets the job done.

Re: Which stihl chainsaw to buy [Re: larrywaugh] #7041956
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Sounds like a 261 would work well for you. More power than a 291, less weight than a 291 and last much longer than a 291.
It is one of their pro models. Pay once, cry once.

Re: Which stihl chainsaw to buy [Re: larrywaugh] #7041959
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I run a Stihl 261. Biggest joke out there. I'm dead serious.


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Re: Which stihl chainsaw to buy [Re: larrywaugh] #7041965
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I sold Stihl for 21 years. You must be a young buck, to be running big saws like this group. LOL

Re: Which stihl chainsaw to buy [Re: run] #7041978
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Originally Posted by run
I run a Stihl 261. Biggest joke out there. I'm dead serious.

I run one too, and there aint a dang thing wrong with it. Id buy another in a heartbeat...but I wont need to because it runs flawless and it will last my lifetime. Oh, and im dead serious too....

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Re: Which stihl chainsaw to buy [Re: run] #7041984
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Originally Posted by run
I run a Stihl 261. Biggest joke out there. I'm dead serious.

Care to share why? I’ve never even held one, just wondering.


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Re: Which stihl chainsaw to buy [Re: run] #7042013
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Originally Posted by run
I run a Stihl 261. Biggest joke out there. I'm dead serious.




Curious as to why you think that.

Re: Which stihl chainsaw to buy [Re: larrywaugh] #7042050
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291 is a big seller. Super strong and smooth. A little heavy but balanced is good with 18”. It will handle 20” fine. Someone in the golden years might get a little pooped running it. Like I said, young buck saws.

Re: Which stihl chainsaw to buy [Re: larrywaugh] #7042064
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What do you like Deer Lane? I've noticed myself walking around using climber saws more often!

Re: Which stihl chainsaw to buy [Re: larrywaugh] #7042068
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Any of the pro series Stihls.


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Re: Which stihl chainsaw to buy [Re: larrywaugh] #7042088
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I like my 271, I have a 361 but it is a little heavy for all day.

Re: Which stihl chainsaw to buy [Re: larrywaugh] #7042092
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I have a 250 with an 18" bar and it does a great job with wood up to 8" or so. I'm 64 and prefer a lighter saw if I can do it. I do have a bigger saw but try to leave it in the pickup except for the logs.


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