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I would consider a 70cc my big saw if I had one. My favorite mid-sized saw would be my 346xp but would like it better if it had a de-comp on it like my 353 does...
I recently weighed my Husky 353 and my Stihl 026 PRO, both with about the same power and bar size. The 353 is six ounces lighter. I usually flip a coin when it's time to cut firewood, heads for the Husky and tails for the Stihl. On occasion, I take them both to the field.
 
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I recently weighed my Husky 353 and my Stihl 026 PRO, both with about the same power and bar size. The 353 is six ounces lighter. I usually flip a coin when it's time to cut firewood, heads for the Husky and tails for the Stihl. On occasion, I take them both to the field.

What was the weight fully dressed ready to go?
 
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What was the weight fully dressed ready to go?
I recall it was 15 lb for the Stihl, 14 lb 10 ounces for the Husky. The Stihl bar weighs a tad more, so the PHO weight would be a bit closer. My experience has been that the Husky 353 gets a little better fuel economy, which is another plus.
 
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Oh boy, that's a tough one, i like them all! But, have had the same 026 for about 30 yrs now, liked it so much i found another one, and bought it. BUT, i picked up a 261, and its a cuttin son of a gun. I really like that saw, its a dandy! Then, the husky 266's are great saws as well, for as old as they are, i've got a couple of them, too, 24'' bars, one's ''built'' a little and it really cuts great. Oh boy, as they say, decision's, decision's, ha,ha. Opp's almost forgot the echo 590 its a ''goodie'' too. But, for the bigger stuff, the 044 is just the ticket.
 
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I recently weighed my Husky 353 and my Stihl 026 PRO, both with about the same power and bar size. The 353 is six ounces lighter. I usually flip a coin when it's time to cut firewood, heads for the Husky and tails for the Stihl. On occasion, I take them both to the field.
Come to think of it I have an 026 pro also but I'm not crazy about the bar/chain combination I put on it. If I change it back to an 18" .325 again it will be among my favorites. I put a 3/8" 16" bar on it because I had them handy and it works okay but just not the best.
Right now I think my MS250 will out cut the 026 because of the 16" 3/8 LP chain I put on it.
 
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The more I use the 261c the more I think it's the best saw currently on the market as regards power to weight.
I have some big sitka trees to fall in the coming weeks so hopefully I can get some footage of it in 3' wood.
 
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Come to think of it I have an 026 pro also but I'm not crazy about the bar/chain combination I put on it. If I change it back to an 18" .325 again it will be among my favorites. I put a 3/8" 16" bar on it because I had them handy and it works okay but just not the best.
Right now I think my MS250 will out cut the 026 because of the 16" 3/8 LP chain I put on it.
For the 026 PRO, by all means go back to either a 16" or 18" bar with .325 chain. Forget the 3/8" pitch unless low profile. This saw does not like that and will feel underpowered as it cuts. Use the same pitch as the 353. I highly recommend this move. More teeth yields a smoother performance, especially in hardwoods.
 
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Husqvarna 353 , I have an 18 and 20 in bar for it, but the 18 has been hanging on the wall for years. It’s such a shame that Husqvarna closed the book on them. We sold so many of them back in the day. Also an easy saw to work on, I would say 5-10 a month come into the shop for tune ups or various repairs. Great saw
 
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Husqvarna 353 , I have an 18 and 20 in bar for it, but the 18 has been hanging on the wall for years. It’s such a shame that Husqvarna closed the book on them. We sold so many of them back in the day. Also an easy saw to work on, I would say 5-10 a month come into the shop for tune ups or various repairs. Great saw
I have a 353 I purchased new but always wondered how the 359 held up against it.
 
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For the 026 PRO, by all means go back to either a 16" or 18" bar with .325 chain. Forget the 3/8" pitch unless low profile. This saw does not like that and will feel underpowered as it cuts. Use the same pitch as the 353. I highly recommend this move. More teeth yields a smoother performance, especially in hardwoods.
Agreed. The only reason it's on there is because it was new and I had it hanging on the wall, thought why not try it? Like you said, it's not the best on these saws.
 
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Agreed. The only reason it's on there is because it was new and I had it hanging on the wall, thought why not try it? Like you said, it's not the best on these saws.
You would be surprised at how many mid-sized or smaller saws have wound up being sold when their operators installed the wrong bars and chain in an effort to upgrade them. I once had a grudge against the .325 chain that was on an MS290 that was given to me for almost no cost. I tried to install an 18" bar with 3/8" pitch full chisel and it was a complete mismatch. There wasn't anyway that clamshell engine could be satisfied with that arrangement.
 
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I have a 353 I purchased new but always wondered how the 359 held up against it.
I don't have a 353 but have 346xp that I love. Bill I can tell you this about the 359, I have one that's had at least 80 tanks since 2005, my other 359 has 75 tanks since 2013-it was an ebay saw that was pretty beat up on the outside so who knows how many hours on it. Both of these saws still run great and I prefer the ergonomics over any of the current strato saws.
 
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I have one that would probably do well with 3/8, it's a 290 made into a 390 with muffler mod and carb limiters removed. I thought about using an 044 carb on it and advancing the timing a degree or two but it's hard enough to pull the rope the way it is. I think it's now running a 20" with a .325.
It snowed this morning so I went to the local mower shop to shoot the breeze and came back home with half a pickup load of saws he wanted rid of. Mostly Homelites but one Poulan Super DA. Maybe I can get one or two running next Spring but they all need a good bath...
 
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I have one that would probably do well with 3/8, it's a 290 made into a 390 with muffler mod and carb limiters removed. I thought about using an 044 carb on it and advancing the timing a degree or two but it's hard enough to pull the rope the way it is. I think it's now running a 20" with a .325.
It snowed this morning so I went to the local mower shop to shoot the breeze and came back home with half a pickup load of saws he wanted rid of. Mostly Homelites but one Poulan Super DA. Maybe I can get one or two running next Spring but they all need a good bath...
You sound as tenacious as I do when it comes to mid-sized saws. There are so many of them in addition to the small ones. I just completed restoring my fourth Homie in two weeks. The carbs were all good. A couple only needed a good cleanup and new fuel lines. One needed a new ignition module and another needed a sprocket. The new replacement IMs are slightly different, so some wiring and connectors got involved. Regardless, they all run now. I think Homies never were designed for their owners to work on them and many small engine shops no longer go near them.
 
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