Hi again Folks,
Thanks for all the advice in my first and earlier post asking about the Stihl 036 and Husky 357xp. As luck would have it, I found a used 036Pro locally for $350. Saw is only 5 mos. old and only used once (that's what he said and I believe him)- 20" bar - 3/8" chain has Stihl files and file guide (both unused) all original paperwork, tool, bar guard, etc.
I can't tell the difference between this saw and a brand new one that's been "test run". Too much saw for the older gent that bought it to "clean up" around his 1 acre lot. I think he was the victim of too much expendable cash and an overzealous salesman. He bought it at one of the dealers I had visited and said he almost got the 044... hummm! I helped him finish the "clean up" by testing the saw on a couple yellow pines that had blown down on the back of his lot. I ended up cutting them up for him and stacking the chunks and creating a burn pile out of the limbs. I could tell he was afraid of the saw, admitting he had little-to-no experience with chainsaws... I gave him some safety pointers and told him to start smaller... much smaller. I don't understand why people who are new to saws want to cut with the bar tip???... I guess they figure the further away from the wood they are the better???
He got his lot cleaned up and I got a good deal on a good saw. It starts, runs, & cuts great. Very happy with it. BTW Huskyman, if it had been a Husky saw I'd be just as happy ;-).
Can anyone suggest a good cleaning agent to remove yellow pine pitch from a saw? It smells good, but it's sticky!
Also, is there a compelling reason to use "brand name" (i.e. Stihl) 2-stroke oil in the saw or are the claims of "better for your saw" just sales hype?