Need A New Chainsaw

Re: Need A New Chainsaw

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Sat May 13, 2017 11:13 am

scalabro wrote:Sthil MS270 Farm Boss, the perfect homeowner saw.


What he said. I have 2 Stihl chainsaws and Stihl weedwackers. I have a 14", 16", and 20" bar and chains that are interchangeable. All run on the 50:1 synthetic oil. I started adding Stay-Bil marine formula to all gas tanks I now fill. Never have to remember whether I have winterized anything or not. Small price to pay for not worrying about fuel problems.


My brother owns a few NAPA stores. They have just converted the Reading, PA Fire Company over to the ethanol free pre mix fuel mixture for all the fire dept. gas operated tools. They had been having problems with stale fuel since they might not be used for some time but when they need them, they need them to fire up right away. Costs a bit more but peace of mind prevails.



Rick
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Re: Need A New Chainsaw

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Sat May 13, 2017 11:45 am

I had an electric saw, they just aren't rated for continuous duty. It burned up pretty quickly. At the saw shop, I'll see what they have.
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Re: Need A New Chainsaw

PostBy: davidmcbeth3 On: Sat May 13, 2017 12:07 pm

coaledsweat wrote:I had an electric saw, they just aren't rated for continuous duty. It burned up pretty quickly. At the saw shop, I'll see what they have.


I've used my entire days ... but with cut cut cut...stop, move stuff around ... cut cut cut repeat....

So never did continuous use....
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Re: Need A New Chainsaw

PostBy: warminmn On: Sat May 13, 2017 12:12 pm

I also agree with the several suggestions for ethanol free gas, no matter the cost. Chainsaws are too expensive to ruin. I seized up a good saw before I switched.

Lithium powered electric sounds interesting too.
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Re: Need A New Chainsaw

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Sat May 13, 2017 12:58 pm

I spent some time at the local power equipment dealer. The guy is a creep. Spent 20 minutes looking at saws, no one bothered to help and then they turned the lights out. Called my buddy that owns the sawmill, he gave me a local that deals out of his house. Going to see him Monday. He said Jonsered is all he uses, has 5.
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Re: Need A New Chainsaw

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sat May 13, 2017 1:19 pm

scalabro wrote:Sthil MS270 Farm Boss, the perfect homeowner saw.


That's the saw I have. It's nice for big logs about 1.5 foot of bigger. Not so nice for smaller stuff because you simply don't need it and it gets heavy quick. ;)
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Re: Need A New Chainsaw

PostBy: Sunny Boy On: Sat May 13, 2017 1:57 pm

Richard S. wrote:
Sunny Boy wrote:
One other thing. I'm finding that only using the E-free 91 octane gasoline is working much better in all my small engines than the alcohol gas !!!!

Paul


You can buy ethanol free pre mixed gas at most dealers but it's expensive. If you don't use the saw that often probably worth it. I always dump the gas out when I'm done, run it dry and then let the fuel cap off overnight.


My "dealer" is Lowes. No gas sold.

And with the many different makes, ages of small engines I use, I need several different mix ratios, plus no oil mix in the E-free that I now use in my two lawnmowers. So pre-mixed oil/gas would not help, or save here.

And E-free gas has become easy to find here. All three gas stations in my small town have been selling E-free 91 octane for some time now. And, many other gas stations here in upstate NY are switching to the same E-free 91 octane.

Paul
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Re: Need A New Chainsaw

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sat May 13, 2017 1:59 pm

Sunny Boy wrote:And E-free gas has become easy to find here. All three gas stations in my small town have been selling E-free 91 octane for some time now. And, many other gas stations here in upstate NY are switching to the same E-free 91 octane.

Paul


If you can get it that's the way to go but you can't find it many places....
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Re: Need A New Chainsaw

PostBy: warminmn On: Sat May 13, 2017 2:34 pm

coaledsweat wrote:I spent some time at the local power equipment dealer. The guy is a creep. Spent 20 minutes looking at saws, no one bothered to help and then they turned the lights out. Called my buddy that owns the sawmill, he gave me a local that deals out of his house. Going to see him Monday. He said Jonsered is all he uses, has 5.


Im sure the Jonsered will be as good as Stihl. Their not as common though. Lots of loggers use them.
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Re: Need A New Chainsaw

PostBy: scalabro On: Sat May 13, 2017 3:22 pm

100 octane AvGas will store for a Loooooong time. Just bring a 5 galling gascsn to your local small airport and ask to have it filled. Usually $4.50-5.50 gallon.
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Re: Need A New Chainsaw

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Sat May 13, 2017 4:01 pm

Stihl has moved a lot of their production to China. It turns out Husqvarna bought Poulan and a lot of their features and parts are in those saws now. I talked to the saw guy, he said bring me the old saw and I'll see if I can get it to run right. LOL, he get $25 an hour! :lol: The last guy I asked told me to throw it out.
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Re: Need A New Chainsaw

PostBy: cabinover On: Sat May 13, 2017 6:46 pm

One thing to note on buying your ethanol free gas. When you get to the pump, pump a couple gallons into your car first. It will clean out whatever is in the line from the last fill up, most likely ethanol gas. Something I've been trying to do for the last couple of years and it seems to work.

I've given up on draining gas and running until they run out. Seems everything I've forgotten to dump and run out starts so much easier the following spring. :roll: So long as it's good gas (no E) I haven't even been using Stabil or anything else. YMMV
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Re: Need A New Chainsaw

PostBy: CoalHeat On: Sat May 13, 2017 7:17 pm

I was not aware Stihl was taking the China route, that definitely changes things. My blower and trimmer are several years old, fortunately I really don't need anything else right now, as long as my "Angry Beehive" Snapper keeps running.
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Re: Need A New Chainsaw

PostBy: Logs On: Sat May 13, 2017 9:26 pm

https://m.stihlusa.com/stihl-built-in-america/

I own 4 Stihl saws and use them daily. I still have the first one I bought 026. If you keep them maintained they run good. Like anything else maintenance is very important. I've never used sta-bil in my saws , but have used it in grass mowers. I just run the saw dry. I also use the highest octane at the pump. Echo also makes a good saw from my experience .
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Re: Need A New Chainsaw

PostBy: Scottscoaled On: Sat May 13, 2017 9:29 pm

I've used several different brand of saws. Couldn't wait to finally get a Stihl. They ARE that good :yes: :yes:
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