Well I bought my first Husqvarna and it arrived today. I already had a HD Makita 6401 and an MS 361 (muff modded) and I wanted something around 10 pounds for limbing and cutting smaller stuff. I considered the MS 260 pro but didn't want to spend that much right now. I know you get what you pay for but I don't even burn wood
I just love cutting and splitting wood so I help a buddy of mine who is getting older and having a hard time keeping up with the wood cutting. He has a Husqvara 141 and liked the feel of that and I just wanted a Husky this time.
Well I started looking around and reading reviews and felt that the 445 fit the bill. Well now I had to find the best deal and I think I did ok. I ended up paying $222.39 (tax and shipping included). It just so happens that Sears.com was running a special ($50 off the normal price), and extended their employee 10% discount to everyone, and I found a coupon code for $5 off shipping. That brought the total down to around $264 if I remember correctly. I placed the order didn't ship and didn't ship and basically I was given the run around until one day when I received an email saying that the order was 'stuck' and would be cancelled.
So I called and asked what's the deal, the customer service rep was very helpful (this time) and could see every time I called and recognized that the issue was not handled very well so she gave me an additional 10% off and free shipping
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