Chainsaw for cutting lots of firewood preferably under $300?

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I can just tell you I got an Efco MTH4000 with a 16 inch bar, I use it more than my Husqvarna rancher 450 even with bucking. Longer run time, easy chain to sharpen and once you find the angle/raker depth it does amazingly well.
Also makes felling quite a bit more precise and can fell 3-7 trees a tank V/S 1-3 with the Husqvarna.
Just got a Holzfforma G466 75.5 cc, 2nd tank clutch blew up taking out everything forward of the oil pump. Vendor had new parts out the next day and no issues since then running a 25 inch bar.
 

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I dont see a point in owning 40cc +/- saw....

It weights the same as 50ccm saw
It has the same size as 50ccm saw
It has aprox 50% less Hp as 50ccm saw
Its price is almost the same as of farmer 50cc saw....
That depends what 40cc you buy vs the 50cc u compare.
Personally i don't see what is so great about 50cc. I have a couple. If I want an light easy saw to handle with adequate power and speed for 10" and less, my 025 is my favorite, 45 cc ish. If I need power for significantly bigger wood more often then not I skip the 50cc and go 60 to 70ish cc.
 

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I can just tell you I got an Efco MTH4000 with a 16 inch bar, I use it more than my Husqvarna rancher 450 even with bucking. Longer run time, easy chain to sharpen and once you find the angle/raker depth it does amazingly well.
Also makes felling quite a bit more precise and can fell 3-7 trees a tank V/S 1-3 with the Husqvarna.
Just got a Holzfforma G466 75.5 cc, 2nd tank clutch blew up taking out everything forward of the oil pump. Vendor had new parts out the next day and no issues since then running a 25 inch bar.
I have 1 of those Efco's myself . Very gas efficient and respectable power. Mine started leaking bar oil more then average so isn't seeing much use since.
 

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I have 1 of those Efco's myself . Very gas efficient and respectable power. Mine started leaking bar oil more then average so isn't seeing much use since.
I have adjusted the carburetor 3 times since I got it in July. Granted I have ran about 6 gallons of gas in it and gone through a few loops and have some stump leveling loops as well.
The China saw is still on it's 1st month but while it worked it impressed me enough to make a list of Sthil parts for my local dealer to order.
But might sell the Husqvarna rancher if it just sits anyways. Starting to see the joys of 75cc and 40cc combo's.
Also have a little 25cc my neighbor gave me. Replaced the carburetor and got 1 tank of fuel and she's acting horrible again. Rainy day project to tear down further and replace all hoses as well and do the exhaust mod and put on the hi-low carb.
 

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I think most of us probably have saw sizes that we consider "useless" or at least less than desirable. I for one have no love for most 60cc saws. I'd rather just deal with a little more weight for a much more competent falling saw with the 70-80cc class. If I just want a little limber/brush cutter, I just step down to a 50cc.

It's in the 60cc class only by weight, but my ms400 has softened my opinion somewhat on that class. Handles like a 362, but power like a 440.
 

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I use chinese saws like the 62cc saw the original poster has, I've had them 4 years now with no failures yet. I dont cut enough wood to justify an expensive saw.
With a good chain they cut just like a 450 or 455 rancher. The chinese chain that comes on them is slow cutting.
 

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I bought a used 026 from the other site for $200 pho, Set it up with an 18” farm boss bar and yellow chain for another $70. If you’re looking new echo is probably your only choice for a decent saw. You couldn’t give me a husky.
I had poor results with the 1st 3 Husqvarnas I bought, 2 were new. 42 Special, 55, and a used 372. Used mostly Stihl and Homelite for decades prior with minimal problems on the saws end. Had similar feelings but I didn't give up totally and snatched up some deals that yielded a couple that treated me well. 365xp and 395xp. The 365 has been reliable and strong for 64cc and the 395 has got awesome power in big wood. Not til the wood gets around 20in do I notice the power over my ms660. Lot of the saws that get hyped up as so great here have had disappointments that make them not so great for me.
 

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I use chinese saws like the 62cc saw the original poster has, I've had them 4 years now with no failures yet. I dont cut enough wood to justify an expensive saw.
With a good chain they cut just like a 450 or 455 rancher. The chinese chain that comes on them is slow cutting.
Have a 46cc grey market saw that never let me down it was my first saw paid $65 for it on clearance at princess auto.
 

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I think most of us probably have saw sizes that we consider "useless" or at least less than desirable. I for one have no love for most 60cc saws. I'd rather just deal with a little more weight for a much more competent falling saw with the 70-80cc class. If I just want a little limber/brush cutter, I just step down to a 50cc.

It's in the 60cc class only by weight, but my ms400 has softened my opinion somewhat on that class. Handles like a 362, but power like a 440.
50 cc is one of those class of saws for me. Don't get me wrong I have a 346xp oe, and have my 026 to my dad. Great saws, but only weigh a little less then my (at the time) 562xp and didn't have close to the power. Combine that with owning 90cc+ saws and the 70cc class fell away with no point. I will agree the 400 has the heart of a 70cc with the weight of a 60cc. Tough saw to beat right now.
I had poor results with the 1st 3 Husqvarnas I bought, 2 were new. 42 Special, 55, and a used 372. Used mostly Stihl and Homelite for decades prior with minimal problems on the saws end. Had similar feelings but I didn't give up totally and snatched up some deals that yielded a couple that treated me well. 365xp and 395xp. The 365 has been reliable and strong for 64cc and the 395 has got awesome power in big wood. Not til the wood gets around 20in do I notice the power over my ms660. Lot of the saws that get hyped up as so great here have had disappointments that make them not so great for me.
There's good and bad examples of all saw brands. Anyone that has a hard and fast I won't buy..... obviously drives a chevy 😉🤣
 

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I ended up converting the 62cc Chinese chainsaw to a 16 inch bar with a Oregon speed cut chain super happy with it it's been great for taking down these 25-year-old cedars

For something a little bigger I managed to find a brand new in the box echo cs590 and despite being only 60 CC's it makes this Chinese saw seem like a toy
 

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FYI - Northern Tool has a factory reconditioned 455 Rancher for $289.99 plus a $25 today only discount code. $264.99!

Didn't really need another saw, but $300 smacks for a factory cert 455 shipped is a good deal. Better than a Chi-na saw IMO.
Proven fire wood saw indeed !
 
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