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Old 02-06-2009, 11:01 AM
 
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just like to know about the two brands? i have been using stihl saws for at least 25 years. and i am mad with stihl new engineering it sux.

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Old 02-06-2009, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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I consider them both to be premium brands, I see pros that use both.

What don't you like about the newest Stihl saws?

I have a John Deere (Echo) saw from about 1982-3, don't use it all that hard or much, but it does what needs doing. It's heavier than a Stihl or Husky with the same 55cc and 20" bar.
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Old 02-07-2009, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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I'd go with the Huskvarna...only because I've been to Huskvarna, Sweden...where they make the things!
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Old 02-07-2009, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Palm Coast, FL & Floral Park, NY
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I do not know anything about chainsaws but I was in a lawn and power equipment store last weekend and a guy being helped before me brought in an old Stihl chainsaw. The thing must have been 30 years old. He was saying it was previously owned by a lumberjack and he bought it used years ago. Said it still started up on the first pull. He needed the handle or something fixed on it but i overheard the store salemen saying a lot of parts are interchangeable on older models for the newer parts. It made me think that maybe thats a good thing if you do not like the newer designs and engineering, maybe you can refurbish the older ones you prefer and keep them up to speed. Again, I am by no means knowledgable on them so for all I know he was referring to obvious stuff.
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Old 02-07-2009, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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I too am wondering what engineering changes were made. I have a Husky, and I like it, but haven't owned a Stihl, so can't compare.
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Old 02-07-2009, 10:22 AM
 
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i have used stihl for 25 years and the new saws have to much plastic. and have really bad gas cap design i use the old saws that i have and i just keep repairing the old ones. the gas cap has alot of parts that break it's a way overengineered gas cap i do a lot of milling" i have a hudson 36 band mill and mill local westindian mahogany. and will need to upgrade to new chain saws in the future. i know stihl but never had husqvarna saws but know they are a good brand is there some guru out there that has used both and could be honest and say which of the two brands is better. thanks for reply
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Old 02-07-2009, 10:43 AM
 
Location: MO Ozarkian in NE Hoosierana
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My Husqvarna is now ~20 years old, and still fires up after maybe at most 3-5 pulls, dead cold winter. Pop has an older Stihl, about same age, and it runs great too. No knowledge of new ones, but maybe might be good to look at a very good, well maintained, used model of either? Esp. if don't like what ya see w/ the newer models... As previous poster mentioned, IMHO, can't go wrong really with either. I've a ~5 yo Stihl weadeater, and it likewise runs mighty fine too. FWIW, for those looking, have you held, felt, played with either brand much, various models w/in their lineup? What dealers do ya have nearby - that is important to some folks, having good/friendly/strong support from them. Also, lastly, realize that not all Stihls and not all Huskys are created equal w/in their own brands - some are made in Sweden, some Germany, some elsewhere... and ya also have Pro lines vs. not. Me, I'm type of person that pays the extra up front for better [hopefully!] model, and have it last much more longer [hopefully!].
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Old 02-07-2009, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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I notice most tree services use Stihl.

Having said that, I have a Husqvarna 445 18" and I love it.
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Old 02-09-2009, 09:42 AM
 
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I bought my Stihl new in 2000. I use it every single day to feed my outdoor stove that I burn year round. I have replaced the rope, and the drive gear. Oh, and maybe 30 chains. I don't send them out for power sharpening any more. They last longer when I do it by hand.

The saw still starts on the 3rd pull every time, and likes the cold weather better for starting. I used to bring it in the basement for cold weather, but found that it starts better if it is out in the cold garage.

I know that Husqvarna makes a good saw too, but I didn't like the feel of the balance. It was uncomfortable to me, and the bar dropped down across my pant leg while carrying it. That is the only reason that I wouldn't buy one.
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Old 02-09-2009, 09:47 PM
 
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I bought my Stihl new in 2000. I use it every single day to feed my outdoor stove that I burn year round. I have replaced the rope, and the drive gear. Oh, and maybe 30 chains. I don't send them out for power sharpening any more. They last longer when I do it by hand.

The saw still starts on the 3rd pull every time, and likes the cold weather better for starting. I used to bring it in the basement for cold weather, but found that it starts better if it is out in the cold garage.

I know that Husqvarna makes a good saw too, but I didn't like the feel of the balance. It was uncomfortable to me, and the bar dropped down across my pant leg while carrying it. That is the only reason that I wouldn't buy one.
i have 3 stihl saws 026 029 and magnum 44 cc that are at least 10 year old and i am going to hang on to them till their not worth fixing anymore. stihl qualty has gone down hill with their newer saws
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