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husky 3120 or 395xp

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by echo271, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. echo271

    echo271 ArboristSite Lurker

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    I talked to my dealer about getting me a 3120 he said they're junk but in other words he said the 395xp is one step down but a better saw I'm just tying to get more opinions any thoughts or guidance would be greatly appreciated
     
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    Just depends on what your after. The 3120 by far isn't junk, it sure is heavy though. If ya don't plan on running more than a 42'' bar I'd probably go 395 myself. A stock 3120 isn't impressive at all IMO. Ported will be a way different story Im sure, But I've never ran one.
     
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    So true, your 395 rips
     
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    I agree with the others. The 395 can handle most anything. I'd have to be either milling or bucking up piles of 40"+ timber to justify the weight of the 3120. But junk, it sure as heck isnt. You had just better pack a big lunch if you're going to run a 3120 all day. That really goes for running a 395 all day too. They're pretty heavy themselves.

    What are you going to be using the saw for?
     
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    MCW Somebody's talking crap here & it ain't the tree!

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    Unless you are running a mill or 42" + bars don't even think about getting a 3120 over a 395XP. Like yourself I made this decision a few years ago but went with the 3120 due to running a mill. A lot of people think that stepping up to the next model from an MS660/395XP is only a little jump. It isn't. The 120cc saws are a MASSIVE step up from the 90-95cc class and are no lightweights. They also go through bar oil and fuel at a huge rate. The "fun" factor disappears pretty quickly with these sized saws after only an hour or two of use.
    You only have to look on Youtube to see that most of the larger trees being felled on there are with a 42" bar and a 90cc class saw.
    The 120cc class saws are far from being pieces of crap but the 880's and 3120's do tend to have more terminal breakdowns than their smaller counterparts. I sometimes wonder if it is because they are generally being worked hard and that people are running 50:1 oil rates when running them hard.

    It depends on the model mate. I've heard a number of US guys complain about the lack of performance from out of the box 880's and 3120's in the states. In Australia our 3120's come with a 12,000rpm limiter, not 9,800rpm (?) like you guys and judging by videos look to be a completely different animal.
     
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    The 3120 is a heavy pig. I had one for a few months and only used it once for bucking firewood. It was so heavy to take down the hill and then carry it back up. It did have the 12k rpm coil and it ran almost as good as the ported 066 I had. I was never impressed with the others I ran but that one was plenty strong and not slow by no means.
     
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    Now ive seen a few vid's of the 3120 and yes i own one, but of all the vids ive seen and knowing the saw Matt has he's 3120 running sweet it would be the best stock 3120 ive seen..me i like 88's but the only thing that put's me off the 3120 is the fuel.. it will use 2x the fuel an 88 will to do the same job, but thats in Aussie hard wood.. i dont think any of the big saw's would be that great in soft wood and im talking (stock), you dont even really need that sharp of a chain to cut soft wood but thats only me maybe a crap chain of mine is really sharp? who know's! dont think so im not that good! LOL....Hard wood is were the big saw's really come to life....
     
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    I need a bigger saw to do removals of larger trees I can usually get everything with my 345 but sometimes its a challenge other than that there's nothing like having a good saw on hand
     
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    Sounds like even a 390 may do you. Some tweaking and they are more than what most will need. You'll stick change in your pocket over the 395 and plenty more over a 3120.
     
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    MCW Somebody's talking crap here & it ain't the tree!

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    Hmmm. Interesting. I've run my 3120 all day beside an 880 running .404" 36" bars in Redgum and they performed, cut, and used fuel exactly the same. Maybe you had one running a bit rich or something or the 088 was lean?
     
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    yeah dont know why it use so much fuel has been like that from new,saw runs fine it does not seem like it is running rich i dont have a tac to see what revs its doing..but really they are a fine saw for what they where made to do does what you ask of it, not had anything go wrong with it just the muff came loose but was an ezy fix...
     
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    Just buy a nicely broken-in 3120 off eBay and send it to one of the modders. You'll never look back.
     
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    MCW Somebody's talking crap here & it ain't the tree!

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    Yeah I suppose anybody with fuel economy on their mind would never buy a 120cc saw anyway :) My muffler came loose too only a few months after buying it new. That's the only issue I've had. Great saw for what it's designed for.
     
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    Ya send a 3120 to the helsels and it will run real good.
     
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    our companies 3120xp is a real fuel hog. we only use it for the large wood cause it drinks like a thirsty irish man. but talk about a great saw for milling! thanks husqy!!!

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    Irishmen drink fuel?
     
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    some of the irish whiskey i have had is like ethanol fuel yes haha
     
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    Have you ever compared it to other saws of a similar capacity? They all suck fuel like a Chev big block...
     
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    The 3120 only has 3 uses chainsaw mill, hot saw, and stump saw anything else get a 395.

    I've owned both.
     
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    Not necessarily. If it is an arb or firewood setting then it has a use when you are ripping apart 3 1/2-4' foot plus diameter logs into chunks that can be carried by one or two people then the big saws husky 3120XP or 088 are useful and you ain't carrying them much either seeing as you're only ripping apart the section of one tree.

    But that aside the 395 is definately a saw that will be used much more and far more practical and a lot CHEAPER. If you want a husky 3120 just for the sake of having one find one of those early models from the 300th anniversary or their abouts. They can be found for cheap id imagine on CL or some similar classifieds site and if they need a little TLC they can be very cheap. Usually happens when someone inherits one and has nothing to do with it or there is something wrong and the bill is to much and the saw is impractical. And they will run a lot better than new ones no EPA crap or severly limited module.
     
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