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16"-18" Chainsaw recommendations

Jan. 2, 2013, 8:36 p.m.
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It's not the size of your saw, it's how you use it. I've been building with a 14" poulan for years. It's a good trail saw cause it's light, quiet and you don't really care when you inevitably dull the teeth on rocks and dirt. Plus it's quick to sharpen cause its so small.

my dad and I used one for years. It even spent a winter on Burke in a plastic bag and started fine the next year with some new gas.

Jan. 2, 2013, 8:51 p.m.
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he meant the wernie post.

yea whats up wernie?!

Jan. 2, 2013, 8:56 p.m.
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And motorcycles. Unsure of your point

my point was they make sewing machines.

Jan. 3, 2013, 8:02 a.m.
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and husky makes some beautiful guns

its not the size of the saw cuz you can buy small pro saws like the 353 husky or the comparable 261 Shirk is pointing out with a 16-18" bar, its the quality of life thing,engines that rev to 14K instead of 9K year after year without burning out , air cleaners that don't plug up, saws with tabs vs screws that come apart without tools ,engines that start better, stuff that works better

Its like you could ride a dept store bike but everyone reading this would rather ride a santa cruz, I guess if you can't tell the difference buy a low end saw the thing is you don't know if you have wasted $ til down the road

Jan. 6, 2013, 5:32 a.m.
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Back on topic - I have been using a MS170 for 7yrs. Its light, fits in my Builder pack nicely and allows me the spare wieght to pack in a load of nails if needed on various bridge builds. And when you're looking at a 1hr hike in and out you will really appreciate the light weight. I have noticed weak power here and there but in those situations, I take my time and let the saw do the cutting.

Yikes, no 1hr hikes for me! But I agree. I upgraded to a MS170 from an old Homelite two years ago. It's a very reliable little saw. I just picked up a builders pack, I haven't tried it yet but it's good to know that they work well with the 170.

On a side note, anyone out there using premixed fuel? Just curious.

Jan. 6, 2013, 8:23 a.m.
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I love my builders pack! Even though the trails I work on are close to the road, it still makes the process easier.

Jan. 6, 2013, 8:47 a.m.
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I just use an army surplus pack to carry my saw in. It has a good aluminum frame and was cheap. I just couldn't justify spending that much money on a builders pack. If I could justify the $$, I think I'd be more tempted spend it on a chainsaw specific forestry pack like these http://www.forestry-suppliers.com/search.asp?stext=chainsaw%20pack

Jan. 6, 2013, 8:52 a.m.
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https://www.stihldealer.net/productdetails-dealer-_jaudda-prodid-525-toplvl-2-catid-2-subcat-2-catprods-38.aspx

Some good prices in bellingham.

Jan. 6, 2013, 9:10 a.m.
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i actually like my little saw the best - stihl ms192t.

context is everything

Jan. 6, 2013, 9:20 a.m.
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i actually like my little saw the best - stihl ms192t.

it's "fun sized"

Jan. 6, 2013, 11:03 a.m.
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On a side note, anyone out there using premixed fuel? Just curious.

Yep, I run this in my saws.

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Jan. 6, 2013, 11:13 a.m.
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i actually like my little saw the best - stihl ms192t.

My vote is for the rear handle version. It is perfect for the trail work I do and clearing up stuff around the property. I use it way more than the Husky 61.

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Jan. 6, 2013, 11:17 a.m.
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oh dear. weight weenie chainsaw thread coming up…

Jan. 6, 2013, 1:18 p.m.
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Yep, I run this in my saws.

where do you get that from?

Jan. 6, 2013, 2:06 p.m.
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where do you get that from?

I've bought it at Prospect Equipment in Mission and R. Muth and Sons in Maple Ridge so any good saw shop should have it.

I really like it because of how clean it burns.

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