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Box Store Faceoff: WildThing vs. Mac XTREME!

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by AngelofDarkness, Mar 9, 2008.

  1. AngelofDarkness

    AngelofDarkness Addicted to ArboristSite

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    Allright, we have tons of Husky vs Stihl vs Jred vs Dolmar threads about who makes the best saw, this one is different, it's about how poor quality of a saw can a manufacturer produce and still have a product that doesn't get them a bunch of lawsuits. While we can agree that the WildThing is not regarded very highly, I don't know much about the Mac XTREME other than it has cool graphics on the bar. Has anyone used one of these saws? It looks like it would be more at home in a sandbox full of Tonka trucks instead of in the back of a pickup with a load of wood. What are your guy's thoughts on these saws.

    And where is Red? I am sure he would love to share his wealth of knowledge regarding this subject.
     
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    Hmmmm

    My money's on the Green one... hehehehehehehe

    :cheers: eh?
     
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    No comparison - I'll go with the Poulan, there's quite a few of those around that have actually held up pretty well for what they are, but those Macs are just total CRAP, they have to be the biggest pos saw of all time.
     
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    the important question here is: who gives a $hit?



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    Don't get me started on THAT company. :censored: MTD bought assets of what was once a fine company, including a thing called Good Will, and promptly used it up by not honoring TB's warranties. :buttkick:

    And so as not to hijack your original thread too much, I had a Wild Thing that performed just fine for what it was made to do. I donated it to my hunting cabin buds where it is enjoying its semi-retirement.

    But stevethekiwi is right.
     
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    Troybilt went bankrupt--they couldn't have been that fine of a company.
     
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    I was a bit bummed, nobody reviewed the Mac XTREME on Amazon so I can't get someone else's opinion on how bad it sucks. Theres another, larger Troybilt saw selling on Amazon for almost $250! You can get a heck of a decent used saw for that!

    and yes kiwi, nobody does give a sh1t, but hey its something different to talk about.
     
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    Troybilt had crappy accountants, their products were top notch!:clap:


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    I lived in the Troy Bilt home town.The company was around for around 70 years.The last CEO buried the company by buying stairmaster and private jets and stuff.The company had excellent customer relations.The only problem was they were mostly mailorder and once you bought one it lasted forever with normal maintenance.If you happened to wear it out they would rebuild it for have the price of a new one and get an updated engine to boot.I have 3 of them; the small one ,middle one and the big one.They all have their place.They are a little pricey but you get what you pay for.My oldest one is a 1972 model that smokes a bit but still works good.Anyone that has used a Troy-Bilt before MTD took over knows the quality of the machine........
     
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    Plus the REAL TROY-BILT company would never put their name on JUNK.Their factory store in Troy NY carried Husky saws---I think the entire lineup from what i can recall.
     
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    Soooo...

    Your saying Chevy/Dodge/and Ford weren't that good either eh? Aren't they all about bankrupt? I feel TB suffered the same fate of american auto manufacters. They were undersold by all the garbage from China that costs about 1/4 the price because it's JUNK and they can pay somebody .10/hr and don't have to pay tarrifs to bring it in thanks to NAFTA... Keep thinking brother mule. You need to come up with a better reason than that buddy.

    :cheers: eh?


    My neighbor got my grandfather's 1964 TB garden tractor. It's got tiller/plow/snowblower attachments, never used less than 2 or 3 days a week it's entire life and I just saw him blowing with it tonight. Do that with the Junk John Deere you buy from Flowes or the MTD... Never happen. They'll be junk inside 10 yrs dude...
     
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    And what exactly would the "official" time keeping device be for this faceoff be???

    An hourglass or a sundial. :laugh:


    Maybe we could turn them both loose in a 30" Hickory log and see which one comes the closest to cutting a cookie before breaking or melting something. :chainsaw: :popcorn:
     
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    No, they about went bankrupt because they didn't compete, simple as that. They relied on past reputation instead of building vehicles people wanted to buy. Poor quality and high prices turned people away from the big three. They're having to play catch up now.
     
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    +1 Yep, I have a rear tined tiller (medium or the large sized one not sure? 8hp) that is easily 35 yrs old or more and still runs quite well. They over built them and they keep on tickin.:clap:
     
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    come on now.

    lets be serious. ever used a pre-mtd troybilt product? i owned an electric start 'horse' tiller with 8 hp kohler. this thing was a tank. you will not break it. i do not know why they went out, but i suspect something to do with pricing. quality costs money. after all, we are mericans... we want to pay the least and get the most (it's the merican way). even if that means the products suck.
     
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    I have an old "Horse" that's on it's 3rd engine.Can't wear it out.Engines yes,Tiller? best ever made.

    I'd rather take an AXX whippin' then run a front tine !!
     
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    Yup. I ran a mid seventies 7 hp horse. It was a good machine. However, product quality is only one small aspect of a good company. Other high quality manufacturers are still around--BCS for one. BCS cost much more than Troy Bilt ever did. That shows that pricing is not an issue if the company is a good one.
     
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