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Stihl 390 saw

Lester Gillett

Lester Gillett

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I am looking at a stihl 390 power head only. Owner said it needs a new frame and he doesn't want to spend the
money for one. He wants $150, is this about right and what would a frame cost ? Could use a used frame in
stead of new. Also would this saw handle a 32 or 36" bar?

Lester
 
fearofpavement

fearofpavement

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Not sure what "frame" means. If it is the engine housing, then $150 is way too much. The engine housings can be found but will require a major project to switch over. About $50 is what a saw with a broken engine housing is worth.
That saw can do a 24/25" bar but nothing longer is practical. I've used a 30" for a few cuts but it's just not a powerful enough saw. They're happy with a 20".
 
anlrolfe

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OEM lower frame for MS390 on fleaBay now for about $80 w/o shipping.
There's bound to be other stuff that needs to be replaced along the way.
The figures are already at around $250 and you may not have the full scoop on total damage/repairs.
I like my 039 plenty fine but this "saw in a box" may get expensive quick and without a better price margin I wouldn't bite.
If he doesn't want to put that much money into it maybe you should rethink it as well? at least at that price.
Can you get some pics?? may help give a better opinion. also, what broke the frame?? there may be more hidden damage.
 
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I'd suggest you walk away, I had one, liked it well enough but always kicked myself for not dropping the extra $100 on the 360. It will pull a 25" fine in hardwood, but I wouldn't go any bigger.
It's an "OK" saw and I won't badmouth it, but with what you are talking about I think you're money will be better spent on a better saw. It's easy to get a bunch of money in a basket case and they aren't the friendliest to work on!
 
Lester Gillett

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Thanks guys, I am going to pass as we need a saw that will pull a 32 or 36 bar. We have some 32" with oaks to split so will keep
looking for a bigger saw.
Lester
 
hseII

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Thanks guys, I am going to pass as we need a saw that will pull a 32 or 36 bar. We have some 32" with oaks to split so will keep
looking for a bigger saw.
Lester
With The size bar and the wood being oak, a MS660, 288,390xp would be where I would look.

Save up and buy a used one off here.


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