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what small chainsaw to carry on the ATV ?

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by herbeapuce, Sep 13, 2019.

  1. Todd Loosli

    Todd Loosli One to many saws, never

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    I got a poulan 2400 to carry on my ATV. Great small saw 38cc and rear handle 100.00
     
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  3. Philbert

    Philbert Chainsaw Enthusiast

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    Small is nice. Cheap is nice. But you need a saw that will cut what you need it to.
    Small branches can be easily cut with a sharp folding saw or compound, anvil pruners. 'Blow downs' come in all sizes.
    And a saw that is not used a lot, especially a gas chainsaw, is often not a happy chainsaw.
    So maybe think about a saw that you might have other uses for, and which you can maybe justify spending a little more on.

    Philbert
     
  4. Wow

    Wow ArboristSite Guru

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    How much have you used the Ryobi? I bought one and wore it out in 5 days felling with a big saw but limming and cutting up 6 to 10 inch trees clearing land. I loved that saw at first. Then the motor was so weak it bogged on stove wood. New chain didn't help. Store gave me a refund and I bought a cs490. Then wanted a lighter saw and bought a cs352. That's my ATV saw. How long have you had the Ryobi? It was great for a few days but didn't look as well built as the Echo. If I wanted used I find a refurbished echo. I sold a nearly new cs310 for 130 bucks just to clear my shop. Good day.
     
  5. TheBrushSlasher

    TheBrushSlasher I have chainsaws and chainsaw accessories.

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    I've put about 80 hours on it doing about the same thing you did with yours.
     
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    Wow ArboristSite Guru

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    We're you able to adjust the carb? Running 50:1 or 40:1?
    Ethanol or High Octane pure gas?
     
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    NSEric ArboristSite Operative

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    If you want to spend 100-150 Canadian you will have to watch Kijiji or other sites all the time, good saws pop up once and a while but are gone fast.
    I didn't have any luck finding a good used saw so I bought a Chinese 58cc saw. They're about 200 bucks but way more capable than any 200 dollar saw from a hardware store.
    I have a 25cc Chinese top handle too which is ok for the atv but sucks if there's a big tree down so I drag the 58 around most of the time.
     
  8. flewism

    flewism ArboristSite Operative

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    Echo cs-440, is what I carry on the 4-wheeler
     
  9. Huskvarna hotellgäst

    Huskvarna hotellgäst ArboristSite Guru

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    I bought the black version of a Ryobi 3714 (aka Techtronics Zenoah G3800) 6 months ago.
    Gets used every 2 or 3 weeks for whatever comes up. Run from new on 30+ year old Husqvarna 50:1 oil and 91 octane non-ethanol petrol.
    Apart from the clutch cover, only had the starter and top cover off for cleaning but everywhere I look it seems well made.
    Starts on second pull, even on first once or twice when I was quick to pop the choke in after it burbled. Doesn't leak oil.
    Air filter not perfect. (Latest Ryobis have a foam filter.)
    Ruixing carb is good (which can't be said of all Chinese Walbro-copy carbs). Does require 1-tooth driver to tune but once adjusted, tune is stable.

    It's by no means a pro saw but for me so far, it's never failed to satisfy.

    Btw, picture taken when new.
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    Wow ArboristSite Guru

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    Where did you get it. Looks nothing like the junk I had.
     
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    full chizel ArboristSite Guru

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  12. Huskvarna hotellgäst

    Huskvarna hotellgäst ArboristSite Guru

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    I know. None of the Homelite range sold in the US is available in Australia and New Zealand.
    Here Homelite & Ryobi are exclusive to "Bunnings" (our Lowes equivalent) and Homelite's entire product "range" is 3 versions of the same Zenoah design, marketed like an entry-level, lower specification Ryobi.

    Anyway, surely all you guys in Louisiana only ever use Shreveport's famous Poulan products, right?:D
     
  13. Todd Loosli

    Todd Loosli One to many saws, never

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    Not from Louisiana but I have a few of the Poulan saws.
    Also went down under on my R and R in 69 beautiful country
     
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    TheBrushSlasher I have chainsaws and chainsaw accessories.

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    I retuned the carburetor after putting a muffler with no catalytic converter on it, plus opened up the muffler a little. I run 40:1 regular pump gas with ethanol.
     
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    Ms170. $140 us new. 16” bar is short enough it doesnt get raked on water bars or rocks unless you back into a wall. Sits and stays in this mount really well.
     

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    I have the MS 180 wrenchless adjust. It lives on the ATV. 10+ yrs now. It is rear handle, not top. I cut one handed with it, it's so light. I paid around 200-220 USD. I also use star tron in its gas. I've put one carburetor on it. And 2 bars. Some 10 chains. It will need a sprocket soon.
    I've been happy.
    N
     
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    Cope1024 Stihl Crazy

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    When they were Beaird-Poulan, they were great saws. They went on a downward spiral once they were sold out
     
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    Cope1024 Stihl Crazy

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    My daughter bought one of the $100 Ryobi saws at either Lowe's or Home Depot a year ago April. I filled it with 89 octane 10% Ethanol and Echo bar oil. Started the second pull, and it's been running great ever since. She doesn't use it a lot, but she has had several small trees blow down, and it has been up to the task of disposing of them.
     
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    20190802_202154[1].jpg 20190905_194959[2].jpg 20190902_124916-1[1].jpg Well here is my contribution to this thread. I generally take my Husky 51 or my Stihl 025. Both are reliable I have to give the performance edge to the Husky but for ease of handling the Stihl wins hands down.I made this so I can use the storage compartment. Ken
     
  20. MJM268

    MJM268 ArboristSite Member

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    My ATV saw is a used Husqvarna 55 Rancher. I run .325 18in on the saw. It rips and is very reliable. Spent just over $100 US on it. Was a great deal. After seeing and hearing it run many others have tried to buy it off me and I repeatedly say no not for sale.

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