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looking for a different saw

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by Nathan Graff, Apr 14, 2019.

  1. Nathan Graff

    Nathan Graff ArboristSite Member

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    Seeing as my MS170 has decided not to work, I"ve been looking for a smaller saw, but one that could be the middle saw in a 3 saw plan when I decide to get another small saw. So kinda looking for something in the mid sized range.

    So, the choices currently are a Stihl ms260, Husky 340, Husky 543XP, and Milwaukee M18.

    As for the M18, I already have a bunch of tools.

    For the bigger saw, I have a Husky 365 Special. Looking for something light and nimble for limbing, cutting hedgerows, and such.

    I'm not against getting a new motor for the MS170. Was looking at the engine for a MS180 to install, but it's about a third of the price of a new MS170. And it's likely that I'll require the saw before I could get the engine and have time to rebuild it.
     
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    I like the 261c for a middle saw personally
     
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    shadco ArboristSite Operative

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    One of these would work.

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  4. Nathan Graff

    Nathan Graff ArboristSite Member

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    purdy. What are they?
     
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    Foreground MS 241-C ported by huskhil

    In the back MS261 ported by Chainsaw_Jim

    I ran the 241 all day cleaning up a Cherry that was torn up by a storm the other night perfect saw for that.

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    Your going from a smaller cc saw to a bigger one. I suggest the Husqvarna 460 rancher. It will meet all your needs. If your going to stay smaller look at the husky 55?
     
  7. Nathan Graff

    Nathan Graff ArboristSite Member

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    I already have a 365 as a bigger saw.

    What about an echo 510?
     
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    Heard good things about echos. I had a blue makita ea4300 (same as a dollar ps421) Light saw and super easy to start. Ran great for me, I muff modded it and took out the cat. Sold it too a tree service guy. Ran into him about 6 months later. Said it was still his go too small saw.
     
  9. Nathan Graff

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    Well, I got the old saw going, so I can take time and save for something better. I really like to get a 346xp. Haven't been able to find one.
     
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    Check ebay?
     
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    I would have never guess those saws were used. They look all purddy and new.
     
  12. Nathan Graff

    Nathan Graff ArboristSite Member

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    Shipping to Canada gets rather expensive.
     
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    You might find a saw for sale in canada on eBay.
     
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    I wish I could. I checked. Used ones for the price of new here.
     
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    The rule of thumb for years was anything that’s used was about 50% the cost of new. Now the prices of used are more like 75% of the cost of new. We hit a certain point we might as well go new.

    I paid $175 for a used Stihl 170 in excellent like new condition. Recently one of the hardware stores had a sale on the same new saw for $159. Just my luck.

    What do we do wait to see any sales or just buy it when something comes along.

    Amazon had Husqvarna 460 rancher for $499 a while back. If we signed up for the amazon Visa card we got a $100 gift card, plus free shipping, I got my sons 460 for $399. Paid the card off when the bill came.
     

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