ArboristSite.com Sponsors
 
 


Solo Saws... Good Or Bad...

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by ClimbinArbor, May 8, 2008.

  1. ClimbinArbor

    ClimbinArbor ArboristSite Guru

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2008
    Messages:
    778
    Likes Received:
    56
    Location:
    Wichita, KS
    never even heard of them and am getting stuborn about my stihls, but i saw em in the new baileys and am just curious
     
  2. Lakeside53

    Lakeside53 Stihl Wrenching

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2004
    Messages:
    24,803
    Likes Received:
    1,798
    Location:
    Woodinville, WA
    Just "yet another brand"...

    Bigger question is "why"? Stihl, Husky, Dolmar, Echo (no particular order) and.. the rest... They have a miniscule market share, and proportional support:popcorn:
     
    Last edited: May 8, 2008
  3. PB

    PB Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2007
    Messages:
    7,785
    Likes Received:
    946
    Location:
    You can't escape yourself
    I give them a thumbs up, only if they are priced lower than a Dolmar. :cheers:

    What model are you eyeing up?
     
  4. 2000ssm6

    2000ssm6 Stihl User

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2006
    Messages:
    12,063
    Likes Received:
    1,155
    Location:
    western/eastern NC
    I've heard that new 681 is a real screamer>>>>:dizzy: :spam:



    If you can find a dealer, they seem to be well built saws. Not very popular but not too shabby.
     
  5. Lakeside53

    Lakeside53 Stihl Wrenching

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2004
    Messages:
    24,803
    Likes Received:
    1,798
    Location:
    Woodinville, WA
    parts.. not fleabay... dealer only...

    Oh that's right.. nobody ever needs used parts:greenchainsaw:

    Seriously though.... any (not just Solo) coventional 2-stroke "late entries" into this market will be faced with a very short product life... 2010 (EPA) looms.... That translates to a very small market, limited parts availability and little access to used parts. Sometimes the old brands make sense.
     
    Last edited: May 8, 2008
  6. Cedarkerf

    Cedarkerf Known to some as....

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2006
    Messages:
    3,889
    Likes Received:
    1,975
    Location:
    Enumclaw WA
    Ran a new 681 other day ran "fine" hohum. Other guys that ran that saw had about the same impression. I run a 460 DP and 066 DP so it wasnt anything spectacular to me. Dosent fill a niche. Ran good not very loud seemed smooth enough. Imagine dealers will be harder to find than dolmars around here.
     
  7. Dennis Cahoon

    Dennis Cahoon Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2003
    Messages:
    2,609
    Likes Received:
    473
    Location:
    Chico,Ca.
    Parts will be easy to get.....Bailey's sells them....:cheers:
     
  8. Lakeside53

    Lakeside53 Stihl Wrenching

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2004
    Messages:
    24,803
    Likes Received:
    1,798
    Location:
    Woodinville, WA
    That would be really difficult!;)
     
  9. drmiller100

    drmiller100 ArboristSite Guru

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2006
    Messages:
    781
    Likes Received:
    49
    Location:
    mccall idaho
    i was around some 681's over the weekend.

    an EXACT direct copy of the 7900 dolmar. runs great, huge value for the money, i think that saw would last a long time.

    i think it is totally fair to question how serious solo is about being in the market. Dolmar has been here a long time, Makita is fairly big, Stihl, well, been in the market a long time.
    husky i don't know anythign about.
     
  10. Lakeside53

    Lakeside53 Stihl Wrenching

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2004
    Messages:
    24,803
    Likes Received:
    1,798
    Location:
    Woodinville, WA
    Exact? Are Solo parts interchangable with the 7900?
     
  11. Bowtie

    Bowtie Gearhead

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2006
    Messages:
    6,658
    Likes Received:
    887
    Location:
    Central Kansas
    The Solo is a spin off of the 7900, I believe, (but dont quote me). If I remember right, Dolmar and Solo designed and built the 6400/7300/7900 series together, then had a parting of company. Some parts interchange if I am right. But the Solo 681 has many differences and some say improvements over the 7900 Dolmar. I dont have any run time on a Solo. Just loose quoting what I have read here.
     
  12. 2dogs

    2dogs Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2007
    Messages:
    7,847
    Likes Received:
    3,601
    Location:
    Santa Cruz CA
    CDF (old name for CalFire) used to run solo. Now it is mostly Husky.
     
  13. drmiller100

    drmiller100 ArboristSite Guru

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2006
    Messages:
    781
    Likes Received:
    49
    Location:
    mccall idaho
    i've been told the jugs and pistons are. haven't verified personally though.
     
  14. ClimbinArbor

    ClimbinArbor ArboristSite Guru

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2008
    Messages:
    778
    Likes Received:
    56
    Location:
    Wichita, KS
    this is what i imagined would happen.

    sure love the smell of a new stihl now lol
     
  15. tatra805

    tatra805 ArboristSite Operative

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2008
    Messages:
    290
    Likes Received:
    35
    Location:
    Dolany
    Ok guys, i also am Stihl dedicated and want no red in my shed

    But hey, Solo was founded in 1948 and had it first chainsaw in 1958.
    It is an old brand that always focused on pesticide sprayers (also 2 stroke driven yes, from where you think Stihl got the idea)

    Look at www.solo-germany.com click the english flag and look in the timeline pages.

    Might not be that international known and succesfull as Stihl and Husky but is a good brand which is around already long time.

    honest is honest

    Nevertheless I agree you will have a hard time finding parts in Tibet.



    Edit:

    As i will only tolerate a stihl as chainsaw i also do have the solo sprayer. It is an icon here in europe.
     
    Last edited: May 9, 2008
  16. OLY-JIM

    OLY-JIM ArboristSite Guru

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2007
    Messages:
    949
    Likes Received:
    163
    Location:
    Olympia, WA
    Solo

    Supposedly a decent saw, but why? Walk-in dealer support...maybe...if you're lucky. Personally, I'd say that it would be far wiser to choose another brand.

    :cheers:
     
  17. SawTroll

    SawTroll Information Collector

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2005
    Messages:
    64,685
    Likes Received:
    79,795
    Location:
    Troms, North Norway

    I'd leave Echo out, and add Jonsered and Solo, maybe Redmax as well......
     
  18. SawTroll

    SawTroll Information Collector

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2005
    Messages:
    64,685
    Likes Received:
    79,795
    Location:
    Troms, North Norway
    I believe The Cutting Edge will support with parts..........
     
  19. SawTroll

    SawTroll Information Collector

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2005
    Messages:
    64,685
    Likes Received:
    79,795
    Location:
    Troms, North Norway
    Stroke is longer on the 681, than the 7900 - but the parts may fit anyway....?
     
  20. SawTroll

    SawTroll Information Collector

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2005
    Messages:
    64,685
    Likes Received:
    79,795
    Location:
    Troms, North Norway
    Old saws like the 372xp (but not antique ones), nothing to do with brands - LOL
     
    Last edited: May 9, 2008

Share This Page