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Best size saws to start business

Discussion in 'Arborist 101' started by jaydawgFL, Apr 14, 2018.

  1. jaydawgFL

    jaydawgFL New Member

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    I've been reading in here for a while and have done some tree work but I have decided to finally start investing in quality equipment to really get up and running with my tree business. Of course I'm buying all my PPE first but was wondering what are the best size or bar size chainsaws you guys recommend for starting out. Can I get away with one or 2 chainsaws and which sizes do you recommend? Thanks again!
     
  2. Hoodiegadoo

    Hoodiegadoo ArboristSite Lurker

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    Ms193 or 200t with a 12 or 14” bar
    And a ms461 with a 28” bar are the two saws I use the most.
     
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    What are you planning to do?

    Just pruning...I probably leave my chainsaw on the ground 75% of the climbs. Silky Sugoi is my #1 saw. Smaller trees, I like the Silky Tsurugi.

    But there are times a top handle chainsaw is the best bet in the tree. If you are going to be aloft at all, start there. When I replace mine, it will be with a Husqvarna T536Li XP (at least based on what is out there today).

    How big of trees will you be dealing with is the next question. You can do a lot with a 55-65cc saw with an 18" bar and 24" bar (but I wouldn't want be cutting wood needing the 24" bar day after day with a 60cc saw). If you regularly need a 26-30" bar, something closer to the +/- 80cc Or bigger like a 660 or 395XP) range is a better plan. Those are big saws to carry around if you are cutting 12-14" stuff all week though.

    I'll let others argue about brands...but the best advice I have heard is "shop for the best dealer and buy they brand they have".

    Get pro grade saws. They are worth the extra money when it is helping to write your pay check. There are a few gems out there that aren't technically in the "pro line" with both Husqvarna and Stihl...but they make better grade saws for a reason, so budget for those.
     
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    BB Sig ArboristSite Member

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    It would help to know a better location than Florida. It varies a lot from north Florida to south Florida. Don't hesitate to look at the Echo line if you have a dealer. Of course if doing your own service, that doesn't matter. In north Florida there are some good dealers.

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    I don't want to be rude but how one can start a tree removal business & not even know what saw to buy or whether you need more than one saw & own no PPE kinda astounds me. If you don't know these simple basics how are you going to do a complicated tree removal for a paying customer. I'd go work for an existing business and learn the trade properly. We should not be encouraging your dangerous endeavours that could cause harm to yourself & others. Anyone even remotely competent at removing trees would not be asking the questions the OP is. Sorry to be a spoil sport but that's the way I see it.
     
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    My thoughts are along the same lines Have you had any practical experience in the business you are thinking of entering ? as said I would try to get set on with an already solvent reputable company I wouldn't want to dis courage you but without much more info from yourself in regard to experience it's doubtful if the company I service saws for would set you on it can be a life threatening job & you need to be able to rely/trust your workmates& if you are a 1man band the stress would increase for the well being of your self set your sights a little lower Wish you good luck in your endevers
     
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    I started with a Stihl MS291 and a pole saw. Since then, I added an MS362. Next is likely an MS193. Good luck and have fun!


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    A 201T and a 461 should get ya started, 461 can pull a 25" loop all day. These are also reliable tough saws that will certainly pay for themselves.
     

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