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Stihl MS461 v Husqvarna 572XP

Hydestone

Hydestone

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The Husky is a couple hundred cheaper. I hear that C85 chain makes a big difference.

Which one do you think would be better for milking?


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JustinSL

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I have a 461 and like it a lot but either saw will do you well. You really can’t go wrong with either. If I were to buy a new saw today it would be the ms462. It costs more but it has probably one of the best , if not best power to weight ratios on the market. 70cc power with 60cc weight. It’ll pull up to a 28 inch bar well. With a 20 and a 28 there is a lot of things you can do with just the one saw.
 
catbuster

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Did you mean milling instead of milking? I have no experience with a chainsaw mill, but I’d have to expect the 572 to be superior with the better air filter and longer stroke.

Either one is a fine choice to run a 24/25, 28 or 32 in general forestry work. Throw on the big dawgs and let them eat. I really like both saws, but I own 441/461s because of dealer support in my area. That would probably be the tipping point. Oh, and Stihl bars & chain are better than anything you can get for a Husqvarna saw now that GB & Windsor are out of the U.S market or bought out in the case of Windsor. I ran Stihl chain when I was running Husqvarna saws.

Between the 462 & 572 it’s an easy choice for me. I’m no 462 fan. It feels very Euro (not strictly a bad thing) & like long bars were not considered it its design. The 572 seems like it will be a tree killing machine that’s overbuilt & can handle maybe a 3 footer in softwood. The 462 I ran seemed like it didn’t like having much more than 20” of bar in the wood. It didn’t balance very well with a 28 either.
 
drf255

drf255

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If you want a saw for milling, go as big as possible. It take a lot of saw, more than I would ever expect.

I wouldn’t go Auto tune if possible. Thicker oiler ratios recommended for milling can affect the computerized system depending on which oil you use.
 
r black

r black

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Do you want lightweight or torque? Do you like cheap feeling plastic? Your money, your choice. Both will cut and time will tell which is a better saw. But, I purchased a 572, so my opinion is skewed.
Did you mean milling instead of milking? I have no experience with a chainsaw mill, but I’d have to expect the 572 to be superior with the better air filter and longer stroke.

Either one is a fine choice to run a 24/25, 28 or 32 in general forestry work. Throw on the big dawgs and let them eat. I really like both saws, but I own 441/461s because of dealer support in my area. That would probably be the tipping point. Oh, and Stihl bars & chain are better than anything you can get for a Husqvarna saw now that GB & Windsor are out of the U.S market or bought out in the case of Windsor. I ran Stihl chain when I was running Husqvarna saws.

Between the 462 & 572 it’s an easy choice for me. I’m no 462 fan. It feels very Euro (not strictly a bad thing) & like long bars were not considered it its design. The 572 seems like it will be a tree killing machine that’s overbuilt & can handle maybe a 3 footer in softwood. The 462 I ran seemed like it didn’t like having much more than 20” of bar in the wood. It didn’t balance very well with a 28 either.
+3 on the 572xp
 
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