ArboristSite.com Sponsors
 
 


looking for a 9 to 10 lb. chainsaw 35cc to 42cc recommendation?

Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by CLARK HODGIN, Apr 8, 2019.

  1. CLARK HODGIN

    CLARK HODGIN New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2019
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    atlanta ga.
    Hello all,

    I'm looking for a small 40ish cc saw and need recommendations. This is what I've looked into.

    husky 440 16" bar- good price but I here they have a plastic clamp that can fail and cause saw to lock up?

    Dolmar ea4300 - a little heavy but mag case good power made in China? I hope not ...

    Dolmar ea3500 - 35cc saw but good power for a 9.5 lb. saw made in china?

    Husky 543xp - great saw $$$$

    Stihl ms241- great saw too $$$$

    I guess I am leaning toward dolmar ea4300 youy thoughts will be appreciated...
     
    farmer steve likes this.
  2. bowtechmadman

    bowtechmadman Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2007
    Messages:
    3,045
    Likes Received:
    1,263
    Location:
    Big Rapids MI
    I love my Dolmar 4300...much better saw than my Husky 543XP. I believe the 3500 is the same chassis as the 4300 but can't swear by it, if so same weight but more power with 4300.
    Never ran a 241 but have heard nothing but great reviews...I want to add one to the stable.
     
  3. farmer steve

    farmer steve outstanding in my field, 5150

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2013
    Messages:
    14,889
    Likes Received:
    110,396
    Location:
    Stihl, PA
    The old saying, ya get what you pay for. I saw more wood with my 241 than most of my other saws. They have been discontinued by Stihl but some shops may still have some on hand.
     
  4. r black

    r black ArboristSite Guru

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2014
    Messages:
    929
    Likes Received:
    1,183
    Location:
    utah
    the dol/kita saws are a good choice 4300 , 420 , 421 ect. and so would the echo 490 .. at the higher $ ..a 543xp, ms241 :)
     
  5. Adam08ski

    Adam08ski ArboristSite Guru

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2016
    Messages:
    616
    Likes Received:
    473
    Location:
    Essex, UK
    I have had a ms241, a Dolmar 421 (4300) and a Husqvarna 545. The best feeling saw was (is) the 545 for me, the 421 felt heavier and the Stihl felt a tad cheaper build than its price suggests. I was happy with the Dolmar and sold the Stihl. And still have the 545...

    Just my two cents
     
    TreePointer, Husky Man and Marley5 like this.
  6. harpersend

    harpersend ArboristSite Member

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2017
    Messages:
    58
    Likes Received:
    57
    Location:
    GA
    Husqvarna 545 with a lightweight 16" bar... call it good...
     
  7. buckhunter1967

    buckhunter1967 New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2011
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    ohio
    Makita ea4300/ Dolmar 421 option would be fine. Great little saws.
     
  8. full chizel

    full chizel ArboristSite Operative

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2019
    Messages:
    234
    Likes Received:
    438
    Location:
    USofA
  9. kevin j

    kevin j Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2008
    Messages:
    2,111
    Likes Received:
    1,233
    Location:
    Minnesota
    any small echos that size? my 35 cc top handle has 20 years of pack and home abuse and rock solid. not powerful but solid.
     
    two4spooky likes this.
  10. ATpro

    ATpro ArboristSite Lurker

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2019
    Messages:
    30
    Likes Received:
    64
    Location:
    ALABAMA
    Echo CS-400 is a good choice for the money!
    Do a Muffler Mod and that saw really comes alive.
     
    Marley5 and two4spooky like this.
  11. alleyyooper

    alleyyooper Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2008
    Messages:
    1,781
    Likes Received:
    1,757
    Location:
    Michigan
    Echo CS 400, 40.2 cc 10, pounds dry weight.MSRP 299.99 comes with a 5 year home owners warranty.
    Be sure to buy from a dealer and have them tune the saw before it leaves the shop. they tend to be set lean from the factory.

    Mine is about to turn 4 years old in 28 days. Only problem I have with it is I like it so much I have bought a ton of chains for it. I am willing to bet I cut 3/4 of last falls fire wood with it which amounted to 14 face cords.
    Likes to ride on the tractor just because it is so cotton picking handy.

    [​IMG]

    Even when the Jred goes along the Echo is the one I grab first.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Mine cost me just a shade over 250.00 after the dealer gave me a veterans discount.


    :D Al
     
    al-k and two4spooky like this.
  12. esshup

    esshup Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2010
    Messages:
    1,111
    Likes Received:
    908
    Location:
    N. Central Indiana
    I have an Echo CS340 and have had it for 15 years. It's seen a LOT of wood and never let me down.
     
    stihlaficionado likes this.
  13. sb47

    sb47 Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2011
    Messages:
    3,273
    Likes Received:
    3,372
    Location:
    Texas
    I really like the ms261c I bought a few months ago. Very light and they have plenty of power to run a 20'' bar. Mine starts easier then any other saw I've owned and has great throttle response and it sips fuel. It's now my favorite saw in my fleet.
     
    Be Stihl likes this.
  14. alleyyooper

    alleyyooper Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2008
    Messages:
    1,781
    Likes Received:
    1,757
    Location:
    Michigan
    Friend in WV told me of a neighbour that was cutting walked about 50 yards away to, well you know. When he returned to the cut site some one had taken the saw.

    Now if it had been a Echo and stuck it on a Bota tractor it would have blended in and not possiable been seen.

    :D Al
     
    TreePointer likes this.
  15. rarefish383

    rarefish383 Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2009
    Messages:
    6,017
    Likes Received:
    15,451
    Location:
    MD
    My wife used to do the yard work at church. One of the fellows saw her heading to the flower beds so he got the back pack blower out, gassed it up, started it, and set it next to their shed for her. A bit lat she went to get it and couldn't find it. Ed said he set it out for her. Checked the security tapes, sure enough, some low life walked by and picked it up. On top, the security tape was too blurry to see.
     
  16. alleyyooper

    alleyyooper Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2008
    Messages:
    1,781
    Likes Received:
    1,757
    Location:
    Michigan
    Yup you have to put every thing under lock and key these days if your any where near a road.

    :D Al
     
    stihlaficionado likes this.
  17. WoodTick007

    WoodTick007 Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2003
    Messages:
    1,058
    Likes Received:
    463
    Location:
    Northern Michigan
    ECHO CS-490
     
    alleyyooper and Bobby Kirbos like this.
  18. alleyyooper

    alleyyooper Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2008
    Messages:
    1,781
    Likes Received:
    1,757
    Location:
    Michigan
    Works for me.

    :D Al
     
  19. svk

    svk A little bit of everything

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2009
    Messages:
    19,756
    Likes Received:
    46,345
    Location:
    MN
    The 35 cc Makita is incredible. I’d definitely buy one again. IMO stock it will outcut all of the low 40 cc saws save the 4300 and 241. With muffler mod it will outcut them.
     
  20. 066blaster

    066blaster Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2012
    Messages:
    2,101
    Likes Received:
    1,642
    Location:
    West Bend, WI
    I used my MS 210 the other day to cut a nice load of elm. My arms were kind of sore from using my big saws. I was suprised how well it cut and I cut this whole load on 1 tank of gas and didn't run out. I did do a muffler mod to it to get a little more power. 20190419_101737.jpg 20190419_101732.jpg
     
    bowtechmadman likes this.

Share This Page