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Why pick a husky over a stihl (And vice versa)

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by Spoon Carving With Tom, Sep 6, 2019.

  1. cuinrearview

    cuinrearview Red saw lover

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    The ones near me act like you're an idiot to think you shouldn't have to pay for shipping. I really only buy Stihls to fix and sell so I just have to figure in their stupid pricing games when deciding to pick a project saw up or not.
     
  2. HarleyT

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    Yeah, Stihl guys are arseholes in general......
     
  3. cuinrearview

    cuinrearview Red saw lover

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    The best ones are John Deere dealers too, certainly in their own heads
     
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    I owned one of each, and would get confused on the starting procedure, so I picked one. Stihls are a bit more expensive, but prorated over the years it is not a factor. I run AM bars and husky chains to keep my replacement costs in line. There are about the same number of Husky dealers vs Stihl dealers, and they seemed to be of the same caliber so not a factor.
     
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    old CB ArboristSite Operative

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    FLIPPY CAPS. What demented fiend decided these are a good idea?

    Also, as mentioned above, Husky's air filtration means I don't have to fuss with my air filters on a daily basis.

    I believe it's mostly which brand you get used to--they're all good saws--but I like Huskys (and my Dolmar 7900).
     
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    HarleyT Tree Freak

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    Stocking and ordering parts costs money, especially when it is a tossup if the customer actually comes back to buy the part that is ordered. Generally, if they can wait until I make the next order, I don't charge shipping. If they need it right away, then I usually charge shipping, plus require the money up front. As well if they can wait until my next order.
    Otherwise you will end up with a huge inventory of parts that you will never sell.
     
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    cuinrearview Red saw lover

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    It's +shipping for everything at my locals. I could see it if I was ordering a piston for an 045, but a fuel line for a farm boss?
     
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    I'll only run the quality genuine Farmboss™ saws. No gimmicks or cheap imitations, if it doesn't have that genuine benchmark sticker that resembles pride, quality & strength with the farmer wearing a hat I ain't touching it.
     
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    eye got 2 husky, 7 stihl. that make me a "stihl guy"?
    huskys are 2 series, stihls are pre msxxx. both easy to fix.

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    The answer is...

    It depends. There is no general trend at the moment. Stihl has picked up some of the refinements that were nice on the Husqvarna pro saws, and Husqvarna picked up on the automatically adjusting carburetors.

    It really depends on model vs model. Each one has its strong suits and disadvantages. I do like the angled and canted front handlebar on a Husqvarna that keeps your wrist in line with your arm instead of cocking it over a little like Stihl’s straight across and straight up & down style.

    In the past I would have said that overall the Stihl saws probably handle abuse better and were easier to work on while the Husqvarnas were more comfortable. Now, not so much.
     
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    I like the way a husky feels in my hand over a stihl. I have absolutely nothing negative to say about any of the major brands.

    All good saws

    Michigan also has a good number of husky dealers. But honestly I don’t care about dealers I buy all my parts online.

    The only parts I’ve ever bought from a dealer for a saw is an air filter and spark plug (only once). And they were over priced.


    Sent while firmly grasping my redline lubed RAM
     
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    Stihl parts are unavailable so why go anywhere for Stihl. If I can not go to a web site and order any item I want then Stihls have no value. I still have about five Stihls and like them just fine. I have been successful in finding after market parts for my Stihls which makes sense. It appears there are some dealers here that get it. They offer to send OEM parts at a reasonable time frame and at a reasonable price with out any hassle. I have spent almost a whole day for an adjusting screw or some replacement plastic. I will not do it any more. With husky I can shop around for parts or saws order them and get on with life. Thanks
     
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    Stihl,s chain is far superior
     
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    One of my reckless buddies bought a Stihl chain saw that he didn't like. He took the saw completely apart and sold them all on e-bay, one or two at a time. His prices were about half of the dealer's list price for each part. Nevertheless, he almost sold all the OEM parts and obtained about twice as much revenue as he originally paid for the saw, even after shipping. What parts he did not sell, he kept for repairs on other models that used the same parts.
     
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    Not in my experience. I get a full seasons use out of either.
     
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    Once upon a time, while I was in High School, I sold parts at a Kawasaki/Honda motorcycle dealer. One of the guys did a check of prices of the major parts of a bike picked at random, and barely got started before exceeding the cost of the complete ready to ride bike sitting on the showroom floor.
     
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    Shhhhhhhh!!
     
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    Grey, sorry Harley, it's Friday and been a hot long week and I'm bushed.
     
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    Will it be "Busched" soon?
     
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    I've looked at it a bit differently. I tend to buy pro level saws. Due to the homeowner husky saws being available from almost everything masquerading as a store these days, there aren't seeming to be very many pro level Husky's showing up on the used market. However, there's a lot more pro level stihls showing up from guys who bought saw for a job or 2, or to clean up the wind damaged trees for the big windstorm a month ago, and the dealer upsold them good.

    Consequently, I have more Stihls.

    On the other hand, guys selling MS170s and MS180s are asking more than new price for them.
     
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