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Discussion in 'Homeowner Helper Forum' started by Big Ron, Dec 27, 2018.

  1. Big Ron

    Big Ron ArboristSite Lurker

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    Hello All.... over the last few years I have accumulated a number of chainsaws and I am trying to decide which ones to keep and which ones to sell off. Here's what I've got:

    Huskvarna 455 Rancher 20"bar
    Stihl 026 18" bar
    Stihl MS291 20" bar
    Stihl MS361 20" bar
    Stihl 056 AV Super 24" bar
    Echo CS-3450 16" bar

    I've been using the 026 the most recently and generally I'm just cutting firewood and felling the occasional tree. Do any of these saws stand out as a front runner (especially among the 20" bar saws)? The Huskvarna was purchased new and has given me some problems... I had to have the cracked block replaced under warranty and lost a bit of faith in that saw ever since. Any guidance from those with superior knowledge and experience would be appreciated. Thank you!
     
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    keep 026 and 361 sell the rest! )56 for nostalgias' sake if it is in good shape
     
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    X2 but I would unload the 56 too
     
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    Yep, keep the 026 and 361. A 361 with a muffler mod is a great saw for a 20" bar.
     
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    026 and 056 if is a good saw if not then 361.
     
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    Thanks for all the responses fellas:bowdown:! These types of responses were exactly what I was hoping for because from reading through the forums and posts I realize there are stark differences between models. I hope to have the huskvarna and 291 on CL by days end. :dancing:
     
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    That’s exactly what I would do. Them 2 & the 56 to look at.
     
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    361 would be a keep as a good firewood saw. The 026 for pruning/truck saw. 056 for larger stuff, though the 361 will pull a 24" bar fine. 291... meh...

    455... meh. I'm not a big fan, homejobber saw like the 291.

    Dunno one the Echo, only have seen 1 in ~5 years and whatever model it was was junk. Bar adjuster screw was made out of cheese... like it came in to be replaced amoung other things, I replaced it and actually stripped it first use tightening it... and no, I wasn't going mongo on it!
     

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