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Most badass 50cc saw

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by Matt Hogden, Apr 13, 2019.

  1. sawfun

    sawfun Addicted to ArboristSite

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    Letters matter, I rate the XP stickers as giving a saw 2/10's power more than a "Magnum" sticker would do, all other things being equal.
     
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  2. newforest

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    Thank you for the kind offer. If the Government hadn't arbitrarily lopped one month off a contract term back in January, but continued to expect the contract completed anyway, I would have taken you up on the offer. Currently, they are trying to tell me that since I didn't finish a saw job this winter, they won't pay for the partially completed work. In other words - the Government does not have to keep it's commitment to a contract term, but I was expected to keep mine.

    That's mostly water under the bridge now, but the schedule in front of me looks like 25/8 for months to come. I think I will win the payment dispute in the long run. And today was my next-to-last rain day = indoor project day processing pine cones.



    Anyhow - I thought I used to own a "257" from Husqvarna, but I see notes of a "254" in this thread. My memory is that I liked that saw, but it was stolen some 15-20-ish years ago now one night when my truck's fuel pump died at dark (after just 3 months - thanks counterfeit auto-part suppliers!), I hiked out of the woods, hitch-hiked home, and returned early the next a.m. to find my windows smashed in and my saw and all my no $ value home-made tapes (! - assholes) stolen and the inside of my truck doused in the balance of my mixed gas, but not lit up. For the longest time I thought mix gas must be hard to ignite or something. I should have lit the match and brought out the sheriff myself, but the tow truck driver would have been a witness. Would have been cheaper to file an insurance claim for a burnt-up truck than replacing that saw; I think I got sucked in to the various iterations of the 55 line for a few years as a result. Those were OK, but not bad-ass. Finally a 346 XP brought me back to owning a truly bad-ass saw. I kind of miss it sometimes, but will soon deliver it to a loving home with a good half-dozen of it's brothers from the same assembly line. I already noted it in this thread, but when I figured out how fast it drains a tank compared to my now beloved 550 XP, I knew I would just hardly ever run it again, bad-ass or not.

    It is an odd concept perhaps, but I mostly don't need bad-ass performance to mostly walk around and cut down 5" soft Maple all day; ditto the half-rotten small Red Spruce on a rain-front mountain I will be cutting all summer (it could largely be done with my beast-like 57cc brush saw (truly bad-ass, but heavy), but the rocks all around would eat blades off any minor kick-back mishap pretty routinely). I need bad-ass reliability and longevity, and I can take care of keeping the chain sharp. When my 2016 550 XP makes it to 1000 hours, I will take a screen shot of the laptop display this Fall. I mean, you get a free new saw for that, don't you?
     
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    So what’s the baddest azz 50cc stock chainsaw?

    Older?
    Newer?

    Lighter? 325” chain
    Heavier? 3/8” chain?

    I gots to know? Lol , the best of the best?

    What’s up with all the newer saws going through pistons and cylinders so soon? Lack of maintenance? Wrong 2t oil? Wrong mix ratio?

    Even my son has a wild thing that’s 25+ yo. Still running. He runs it on his left over 32:1 super m maxima dirtbike gas.
     
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  4. NSEric

    NSEric ArboristSite Operative

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    Saws set up to pass emission test are a little lean with plugged up cat mufflers and run hot, that's why the older non emission saws last longer than the new ones.
     
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  5. chipper1

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    That's the question lol.
    To me a quality saw with a sharp chain with full tanks, let's do some cutting. If we're cutting for more than a tank I'd prefer it be something with good AV(3 series and newer), if we're on a job it's got to get good fuel economy(autotune or mtronic), that's for stock saws.

    I run 325x18" on my 50cc saws most times the 325 because I got a bunch of it and the 18” for reach limbing mainly.
    I have some picco/lp setups I'll run on a stock saw that is faster, but it won't hold an edge as long as a quality 325 or 3/8 chain. If I'm brushing stuff out that I'm gonna be hauling away I prefer picco or 325, if the smallest cuts I'm making are mainly 2" or larger then 325 or 3/8 is fine. For speed on a stock 50 saw picco is the fastest in the cut, ported 3/8.

    I think there is a movement towards leaner mixing of fuel and as stated many of the saws are tuned lean out of the box. In the past I believe that most dealers would tune them properly and folks also knew more about them since things were taught from one generation to the next, many of us here have been taught only by personal experience and what we have learned here on the forum. Many including myself came to the internet/forums when we had problems and had no one to help us, I had plenty of four stroke experience, but very little running a two stroke let alone working on them, I'm sure this lack of knowledge has contributed to the early failure rate on newer saws.

    A wild thing is a force to be reckoned with lol. But most could get by just fine with one, I know for my firewood chores I could. I'd prefer it be a Tim Allen saw(3750) if possible though :).
     
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  6. Flint Mitch

    Flint Mitch ArboristSite Guru

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    Hard to beat a Stihl 028 super. Just ran mine yesterday on .325 chain!

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    This song was written about 50cc chainsaws way back around 1970.
     
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    I’m a fan of the older Husky 350s I think they can be fun!!!

     
  9. MillerModSaws

    MillerModSaws USE2COULDBESPONSER!

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    You could have one built and sent across the big pond for those prices. Lol.
     
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    Do it again, don't again :D.
    Pretty sure that one ain't stock:chainsaw:.
    The OP said he wants his bar back too lol.
     
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    Good catch on the bar I got them on sale at LCS really happy with them.

    Yeah it’s a little ripper I enjoy them this one is actually a 44mm AM top end but it’s held up real well and a fun fun saw! Come on down and run it! Or I could send it to ya ;)
     
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    I've got a frostbite 20" and a 36" 3003, great bars.
    I've got a 2145 with a ported AM 346, fun little saws. I haven't been down that way in a few years, my sister is down there as are some good friends of ours. I'll be thru there next summer maybe I'll swing by and run it then if you still have it.
     
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    Sounds good! I alway like building the little huskys... you still have the 545 for sale? I’m looking for one if you do.
     
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  14. Matt Hogden

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    I would love a pro ported 50cc saw. I should look into it! Lol

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    My 2 choices. Lol
     
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  16. cuinrearview

    cuinrearview Red saw lover

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    Dolmar vid is :15 shorter, seems about right:rock:
     
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    It's gone, went down your way.
    @brad ruch , selling :).
    I like them as well as the 550, ready to try a mark II.
     
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    Haha...angry little 50's
     
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  19. Matt Hogden

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    Wow, that is awesome. What do you need other than that! Lol

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    How bout a good 70cc as well. :happybanana:
     
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