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Project Saw: Which one?

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by kd460, Oct 24, 2007.

  1. kd460

    kd460 ArboristSite Operative

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    OK, so time for another project saw. Was thinking in the 65 to 75 cc (around there) size. Sorry, I am partial to Stihl, but have never really played with other brands.

    Was thinking about something like an 045. Yes, it's an older saw, but thats what I like, the older saws. Mainly used for firewood purposes. Want something to take over where my 028 leaves off. I like my 028, but, need something for the larger stuff. I heat with wood as much as possible. About 6 cords per winter.

    I want something where parts are still somewhat available. I don't mind "worn out" saws. I like to tinker, so a low compression, needs a rebuild saw is what I will probably end up with. I feel rebuilding them helps me to learn the workings of the saw, allows me to get to know the saw, and in the end, I will know what was done to the saw.

    So, looking for suggestions for a saw with a good reputation (the reason I bought and rebuilt my 028), parts still somewhat easy to get, (even aftermarket parts), and while I am a Stihl fan, I am open to suggestions of other brands. I need a winter project. Thanks, KD
     
  2. superfire

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    saw idea

    ever messed with a 038. i have a old 048 fur sale check the tradin post:chainsaw:
     
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    Those 048s are baaaad boys! You'd get a helluva saw out of it... parts might be more of an issue, though.
     
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    I think the 045 is a great project,also the 038 mag and 056 mag all great saws.
     
  5. Lakeside53

    Lakeside53 Stihl Wrenching

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    if you go the 045/56 route.. make sure the ignition is working...

    I'd get a 56 over a 45, and specifically an 056M2.
     
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    044

    An 044/028 combo is Great!!!
    Parts are plentiful.Big plus.
    Plus there are alot of tired old 44's around.
    Besides an 044 just Rocks !!! :chainsaw: :chainsaw:
     
  7. polexie

    polexie ArboristSite Operative

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    038 or a 044 looks like a good idea!! Parts aren't a problem!

    Good luck!!
     
  8. bcorradi

    bcorradi Arboristsite.com Sponsor

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    If you shoot for an 038 I would suggest getting a Mag or Mag II. An 038 AV is too heavy for its displacement, kinda like having a heavy 036.
     
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    The 048 Is not too bad,I have two myself buuut,the parts are getting scarce especially the ignition moduals.

    The 038 especially the Mag is a dandy,may be the best Stihl ever made.If you know how to tweek them even an AV is a runner.Oh,heavy I suppose is in the eye,or rather the back of the user.
     

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