Chainsaw for cutting lots of firewood preferably under $300?

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Zaedock

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Proven fire wood saw indeed !
Yeah - couldn't believe the price! I have a 450 and it's been awesome. Starts in all weather and cuts nice with a FC .325 chain.

The 455 is coming with a 20" 3/8" .050 72DL, which will compliment my MS311. Nice having the same chain.
 

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Yeah - couldn't believe the price! I have a 450 and it's been awesome. Starts in all weather and cuts nice with a FC .325 chain.

The 455 is coming with a 20" 3/8" .050 72DL, which will compliment my MS311. Nice having the same chain.
I ran my Uncles 460 Rancher , it was a very reliable firewood provider !
 
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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.
The 55 and 372 are pretty much bullet proof when treated right.
 

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Sounds like the OP happily found an Echo saw that fit his needs.

I'll just add this for posterity - I found a Stihl MS260 "Pro" on eBay** last winter for $275, less than $300 at my door. Had a 20" bar. The chain was trashed, but $40? for a new Stihl RS chain, and it has really impressed me. Pulled the muffler, cylinder was good, and started on the first pull!

It does feel lighter & nimbler than the older MS290's that I'm used to using.

Just this past weekend, I had my wife using it as well. She was noodling/quartering some big hard maple rounds in order to make the splitting a little easier. She, nor I, really wished for more power, even in this hard maple.


All that to say, if someone is on the lookout for a budget friendly "firewood" saw, I would highly suggest finding a used 026, MS260, or even MS261 over the more popular MS290/291's.


** My general advise on eBay purchases, is simply to be careful of (2) things. First, make sure to select "US Only" for the seller's location. Second, is to select "Returns accepted." If you follow those rules, it's hard to go wrong, and I've had tremendous luck on eBay for many years now...
 

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