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Stihl ms250 vs Husquvarna 445

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by snow1, Dec 18, 2010.

  1. snow1

    snow1 ArboristSite Lurker

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    stihl 250 -$400
    husky 445- $430
    What is the better deal?
    Which one will last longer with less trouble and which one has the most power?
     
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    I would go for the 445, they have got a few good reviews on here. I had a 250 once, it wasn't up to much, it had way too many problems for my liking.
     
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    I don't have any personal experience with the 435, but I think the MS250 is a very good lightweight, durable, and dependable saw for the money.
     
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    Also consider the Dolmar 420. When converted to .325 chain it well run with either and is better built!
     
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    No dolmar dealer near
     
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    Very good alternative in this case! ;)
     
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    From them 2, Id have to go with the 445...and there about 100.00 cheeper in the states.
     
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    The ms250 is $300, how much is a 445?
     
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    445, last I looked (US prices)

    They are around $300 in the box stores, some recon units may still
    be available for $200 delivered off Flea-Bay.
     
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    300.00 at lowes or tractor supply.
     
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    MS250 and muffler mod it. It will be a little screamer. My 025 pulls a 18" bar with .325 full chisel nicely.
     
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    Huqvarana 445 is what i would go for. Where in Canada are you?
     
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    OK, I get what you're saying now... I thought you were saying they were $100 cheaper than the equivalent Stihl in the US... now I get it; carry on!

    I think the 250 was in the $230 range, but they dropped the price recently; I'm guessing it's because it's an "obsolete" model.
     
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    Ditto. I had an 025 and it was okay until someone dropped an 8" limb on it. My BIL had a 250 that never did run right. Finally got it replaced, and the new one was the same way. He finally gave up on it and bought a 455, and he has been very impressed with it.

    Keep in mind that this is hard for me to say as I am a Stihl man :)
     
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    Wow. Going from a 10lb 50cc to a nearly 13.5 lb 55 cc and he's impressed? I may have some stuff to sell him.

    The ranch I work on has an ms250. You can mod the muffler so it has a straight shot out and still keep the screen. It runs strong and has taken a decent amount of abuse(I felled, bucked, and stumped a 20" Birch with it just to see if it could do it). I would rather have this ms250 than an ms290. I'd rather have a 261 or a 346 than either, tho.
     
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    A lot of people seem to like the husky 346xp. What is there strong points?
    The price around here is crazy. Sounds like they are selling in $450 range in the US. Is this correct??? If so anybody selling them online and shipping to Canada?
     
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    Actually it is from 45 to 55cc, and the weight numbers you posted is a bit off as well, but there still is a 2 lbs + difference.

    The saws aren't really comparable, and both are among the models I don't care for.
     
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    There selling in the 480 to 510 range in my area. Dont think you can buy them online, new anyways. There was a fella yesterday from canada that had a friend in the states get him a 346xp. Think he said about 500.00 for the saw and I think the shipping was 32.00 or close.
     
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    445/o25

    Seeing as happen own both, I would have to go with the 445. It has a better anti vibration, is quieter, and uses less mix. The O25 does have it's good side. I use it on occasions with one hand, and with a 16 BC it is surprisingly well balanced however with a MM it is just a tad noisy. In the power department I would give the O25 just a bit of an edge, Keen
     
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    The 445 is quite a bit down on stated power vs. the 345 it replaced, so it doesn't surprice me if the 025/250 is stronger - those are not "strato" designs, so it also is natural that they use more fuel.

    I maintain that the Dolmar 420 is a better option than both, if he can find a dealer.
     

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