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PostSubject: small chain saw?   Sun Aug 04, 2013 11:14 pm

Hey folks, I`m looking for a small chain saw, hopefully I can purchase locally from Lowes. Does anyone have experience with a small chain saw bought from Lowes and which one to get or any comments on a small chain saw?

I`m only looking to trim 4" and smaller branches...
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PostSubject: Re: small chain saw?   Mon Aug 05, 2013 3:54 pm

so far the only 2 brands of saws I see @ Lowes are Husqvarna and Polan. The poulan pro looks doable need to decide 14" or 16" chain.

I can say in the past poulan was good equipment. but just speaking from my Honda powered Husky mower, that works very well and runs at my pace, which is fast...
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PostSubject: Re: small chain saw?   Mon Aug 05, 2013 4:00 pm

Ive got the husquvarna chain saw and extended limb cutter and I like them alot used the crap out of them when I had my fencing company...
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PostSubject: Re: small chain saw?   Mon Aug 05, 2013 10:16 pm

Husqy has never failed me!  Then again, Poulan ain't half bad, either...
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PostSubject: Re: small chain saw?   Mon Aug 05, 2013 10:27 pm

Stihl all the way but just my $0.02.
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PostSubject: Re: small chain saw?   Tue Aug 06, 2013 11:49 am

agreed Stihl is a good saw. I am limited for selection unless I want to travel looking for a specific model. This is a tool that will get used every once in a while, not hardcore like in everyday use... just for cleaning up the yard and low lying branches...
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PostSubject: Re: small chain saw?   Tue Aug 06, 2013 12:12 pm

Buying a chain saw is one of those, "buy as much saw as you can afford" types of purchase.  Buy quality and you will have it a long time.  I have an 8 year old Husqvarna "Rancher" I believe it is called and it is a workhorse.  I've replace the fuel line,grommets etc.
 
Same applies to weed eaters.  I have an Echo professional model that is over 20 years old and still going strong.  I had to buy it at a landscaper supply type of place but well worth it in the long run. 

The stuff you generally see at Lowes and Home Depot is homeowner quality.  They sell Husqvarna and Echo etc but in general not the top end lines.  Tractor Supply carries some of the higher line stuff, not all.
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PostSubject: Re: small chain saw?   Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:28 pm

I'll recomment the husq also.

Don't use enthanol enriched(only lobbyist, and corn growers are enriched actually)
fuels, especially if it's only going to be used every now and then.
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PostSubject: Re: small chain saw?   Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:30 pm

I used to have a green machine, weed eater, Echo and Red max trimmers, they were all awesome and 2 stroke. I gave them away years ago. I recently bought a troy Built 4 stroke string trimmer that works very well... as far as longevity, NA as of yet...
I purchased the Husky mower bc it had a Honda engine, so longevity is again unknown yet.

I agree with home owner type tools from Lowes/Homodepot, sometimes it is all that is needed tho...lol...

I do remember the lesser quality DeWalt screw guns and drills from Homodepot. anything serious for tools where I earn my money is bought elsewhere...
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PostSubject: Re: small chain saw?   Tue Aug 06, 2013 1:32 pm

j.dorton wrote:
I'll recomment the husq also.

Don't use enthanol enriched(only lobbyist, and corn growers are enriched actually)
fuels, especially if it's only going to be used every now and then.

 can you believe that a pouch of Stabil came with the 4 stroke weed whacker!...lol...

I don`t know where to buy non ethanol fuels.

I have twin 2 strokes in the boat and run pump gas in that.

Winterizing or storing any seasonal machines do get done properly and are well maintained in the PRP shop...Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: small chain saw?   Tue Aug 06, 2013 5:47 pm

Great purchase for wheeling...at Windrock last time (for me anyway), downed trees across the trail turned us back once and busted a roof rack cross-bar.  A small chain saw would've dropped them and we could have been on our way.
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PostSubject: Re: small chain saw?   Wed Aug 07, 2013 9:28 pm

I bought a Toro string trimmer with the expand-it feature and love it. I got the 10" chainsaw attachment and have cut trees and anything else that needs it. Tons of different attachments for it. Highly recommend. Got it at Homodepot
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PostSubject: Re: small chain saw?   Thu Aug 08, 2013 12:48 am

I have heard great things about Stihl but no experience. I own a Husq and have never even replaced the plug although I probably should have by now, going on ten years. I have been told by a dealer to run high test gas which I do even though I know many ppl that don't.
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PostSubject: Re: small chain saw?   Fri Aug 09, 2013 11:58 pm

Thanks for all the tips and advice on the saws. With the old addage "you get what ya pay for" it does seem a few more $$$ gets a slightly larger or better saw. I`ll know more when I get down into it...
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