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#4478430 - 08/03/17 06:06 PM Homeowner chainsaw
donnyj08 Offline


Registered: 08/12/12
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Looking at buying a good small 16" homeowner grade chainsaw. Looking at the stihl MS170 and Husqvarna 240. Both cost about $200. Suggestions? It will be used for trimming of limbs and trees around the yard.
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#4478444 - 08/03/17 06:29 PM Re: Homeowner chainsaw [Re: donnyj08]
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I've always like Stihl.
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#4478448 - 08/03/17 06:35 PM Re: Homeowner chainsaw [Re: donnyj08]
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Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 7479
Loc: S California
I just went through the process and purchased an Echo. I purchased it at Home Depot on Sunday because that's the end of the week and you can apply for an HD credit card and get $75 off the purchase. Just make sure you hook up with an older cashier that is authorized to make the deal.

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#4478473 - 08/03/17 07:03 PM Re: Homeowner chainsaw [Re: donnyj08]
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Registered: 01/14/15
Posts: 529
Loc: missouri
20 years ago I bought a Poulan wild thing for $120 with case and 2 chains. In 10 years, I wore out 4 chains, needed a new clutch hub and bar. Got 20 bucks for it at a garage sale.

Bought another wild thing with case for 139.00. Still running. No repairs on either one ever, not even a spark plug.

You think your Stihl, husky or Echo will run 20 years with NO repair, not even a spark plug?

When this one dies, I am getting another one. By far the cheapest.

I was cutting up a tree. My neighbor wanted to show me how much better Stihl was so we raced cutting similar size limbs. He never cut thru his limb more than 1 second before me. Many were almost a dead heat. He even admitted his Farm Boss was not that much better.

Save the money.

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#4478480 - 08/03/17 07:18 PM Re: Homeowner chainsaw [Re: donnyj08]
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Registered: 12/31/16
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I started cutting wood professionally 30 years ago.

I have always used Stihl, Husqvarna, Makita/Dolamr, or Echo.

I'm getting old... My joints hurt more & more. I need lightweight more than power.

My number one "go to" chainsaw right now is a Ryobi 37cc I got on ebay for $37.
I'm very happy with it.
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#4478488 - 08/03/17 07:24 PM Re: Homeowner chainsaw [Re: donnyj08]
wormwood1978 Offline


Registered: 01/02/15
Posts: 108
Loc: Maine
Originally Posted By: donnyj08
Looking at buying a good small 16" homeowner grade chainsaw. Looking at the stihl MS170 and Husqvarna 240. Both cost about $200. Suggestions? It will be used for trimming of limbs and trees around the yard.


Get the Stihl. I too looked at the Husqvarna 240 but eventually went with a Husqvarna 445. I read the Husqvarna 240 wasn't made by Husqvarna and was really a rebranded Poulan. If so, skip the Husqvarna 240 and just get a Poulan 3816 and save yourself some money.

http://www.arboristsite.com/community/threads/what-model-husqvarnas-are-made-by-poulan.153243/


Edited by wormwood1978 (08/03/17 07:27 PM)

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#4478489 - 08/03/17 07:26 PM Re: Homeowner chainsaw [Re: donnyj08]
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Registered: 03/21/04
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Loc: Upstate NY
Consider cordless also for a chainsaw.
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#4478503 - 08/03/17 07:41 PM Re: Homeowner chainsaw [Re: donnyj08]
AVB Offline


Registered: 05/20/12
Posts: 1283
Loc: Georgia
I like Husqvarna and have a few, but I am not crazy about their entry level saws. I actually prefer their older saws, I don't like the new stratos port saws or primer bulbs. Stihl, Echo, Jonesered, Makita/Dolmar, Tanaka, or Husqvarna I really don't think any one is leaps and bounds better than the others.

I bought a $99 Hitachi off of Ebay to play with, it is a rebadged Tanaka. I use for little stuff around the yard, it is quiet so I don't worry about bothering the neighbors with it. It is only 32cc and is underpowered compared to my old Husqvarna 36 that I have done a muffler mod on, but it gets the job done. It is actually the only saw that I have bought brand new.

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#4478506 - 08/03/17 07:44 PM Re: Homeowner chainsaw [Re: Donald]
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Registered: 10/27/10
Posts: 1584
Loc: PA
Originally Posted By: Donald
Consider cordless also for a chainsaw.


Great option for around the property use.

Would be my first choice for any OP equipment really if I was looking to buy.

Edit: and a Oregon Powersharp too, I have one on my small Stihl and its great for occasional use.


Edited by 123Saab (08/03/17 07:50 PM)
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#4478513 - 08/03/17 07:49 PM Re: Homeowner chainsaw [Re: donnyj08]
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Registered: 01/01/13
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For limbs get the Harbor freight for $39. Works great and your wallet is thicker. Just look for coupons.

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#4478521 - 08/03/17 07:55 PM Re: Homeowner chainsaw [Re: Linctex]
ShotGun429 Offline


Registered: 12/09/04
Posts: 426
Loc: Dayton,Ohio
Originally Posted By: Linctex
I started cutting wood professionally 30 years ago.

I have always used Stihl, Husqvarna, Makita/Dolamr, or Echo.

I'm getting old... My joints hurt more & more. I need lightweight more than power.

My number one "go to" chainsaw right now is a Ryobi 37cc I got on ebay for $37.
I'm very happy with it.
+1 I have 21 acres here and the thunder storms are always bringing something down around here. Dad, next store got a little Ryobi 14 inch saw off E-bay a few months back. I used it a few times and was impressed enough i bought one (14 inch Ryobi) at tractor antique show for 40 bucks last month and must say im very happy.

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#4478524 - 08/03/17 07:55 PM Re: Homeowner chainsaw [Re: donnyj08]
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Registered: 12/30/06
Posts: 18178
Loc: Dallas,Tx USA
We had a Homelite back in the late 90s. Super strong and started on the first pull every time. It got stolen and was replaced with a Poulan which was a piece of junk. It would never start.
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#4478532 - 08/03/17 08:05 PM Re: Homeowner chainsaw [Re: donnyj08]
Rand Offline


Registered: 08/20/03
Posts: 12651
Loc: NE,Ohio
plenty of good models out there.

I voted echo with my wallet this year.

They go 20% off on sale.

if you are doing mostly trimming maybe a cordless saw

The greenworks 40v was around $115 the other day.(with battery and charger)
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#4478537 - 08/03/17 08:08 PM Re: Homeowner chainsaw [Re: donnyj08]
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Registered: 11/03/13
Posts: 1095
Loc: Utah
I would recommend the Stihl. I use a Stihl MS180C for light around the house jobs and have been very happy with it.

Husqvarna quit making their own entry level chain saws about 15 years ago. A Husky isn't a Husky until you go beyond the Rancher series. The less expensive Husky models are the very same as a Ryobi, Craftsman, Poulan, Homelite, or any of the other American Yard Products saws.
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#4478542 - 08/03/17 08:18 PM Re: Homeowner chainsaw [Re: donnyj08]
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Registered: 01/06/09
Posts: 1288
Loc: Watertown, New York
I would go Stihl or Echo for a smaller saw. I have a Stihl 180c I used for small jobs, and it is lightweight, and decent power for the size.
As others said, the smaller Huskies are re-badged Poulans and nothing to write home about.
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