Discussion in 'Other Tools' started by JohnP, Jun 15, 2017.
I lurk on AS from time to time.
A nice example of a 2100cd just showed up.
100cc of muscle!
I've had great luck with all the Stihls I've owned: 660, 440, 036, and 021.
I like Husky's too.
Heck where do you find that these days? I was wondering which fuel would be best for occasional use 2 strokes like chainsaws. Possibly premium grade BP or Shell and use premium 2 stroke oil and or add some stabililizer if you don't plan to run it regularly.
They are running a special in my area on the 250 stihl saws $60 off. I was wondering if it would be big enough to push an 18" chain effectively in hardwoods. I'm going to be burning wood for auxiliary/ complimenting my home furnace to save on utility bills. I'm from SW Ohio so we have oak, maple, hickory, ash and other hardwoods. I generally upgrade tools where I can.
This particular saw is in their homeowner line, and I'm wondering if I should put some additional funds toward something with more power or better technology for less fuss and ease of use.
Anyone use the 250 in descent size wood with good results? Felling good size trees and cutting them up once down? I have a ms 171 with a 16" bar that I just got and a McCulloch with a 14" bar for bucking and smaller trimming work. I need something larger in the mid range to process 3-6 cords a year or so. I'll be helping my parents cut wood for their property too. I don't need anything from the pro series unless I came across a great deal.
Thanks in advance. Hope this is on topic since we started off with the ms250 I thought it'd be ok to piggyback rather than start a new thread.
I have a 250, and it's a good little saw. I like it for building fence, and basically ranch chores.
It'll cut firewood, and probably just barely meet your needs.
I'd go bigger for a main firewood saw. Think 362 or so.
@Pharmer , I find the non-ethanol gas at gas stations close to areas where people launch boats, try some area near a large lake or river.
You would be better served with a larger chainsaw than the 250 as @Muleman77 said; I run a Stihl MS360 with a 20" bar and cut oak firewood all the time with it.
Thanks for the feedback. That's the kind of info I was looking for.
Great. Thanks for the help. I know most gas stations around have up to 10 ethanol if I recall. I'm going to check some of the other big brand stations to see what theirs contain. If not I'll just have to be sure to add some stabilizer to any fuel that won't be used up pretty quick.
I was figuring on something in that range of bar length for good sized trees so a larger more durable saw than the 250 is likely the way to go.
@Pharmer, another fuel option for you is Stihl MotoMix sold at the Stihl dealerships, it's a 50:1 fuel mix that has a 10 year shelf life.
It is expensive but perfect for people who only use their power equipment on occasions.
It will save you money in the long run if you have to have your chainsaw's carburetor repaired due to bad gas sitting in your fuel tank too long.
That would be cool to have around for off season use for sure.
I stopped by my dealer for a quick look around today. Just wanted to mention he said the premix fuel is good 2 years, but I didn't read the can to confirm.
I asked him about ethanol free fuel and he confirmed there aren't many places to get it around where I live, so I'll be adding extra fuel stabilizer over what's contained in the 2 stroke oil for extra protection when not using it up quickly.
How do you like the upgraded air cleaner design vs the standard design?
seriously? I've heard people say bad things about Stihl before, that they're hard to start.
there's a specific starting procedure that is in the manual and was demonstrated by the salesman but I watch these people who can't start Stihl saws and they don't even try the way you are supposed to.
my 291 starts every time on the third or fourth pull just the way they say to - full choke for a couple pulls till it tries to catch, 1/2 choke once or twice and it starts. never failed...
Not enough pics in this thread.....
My personal lineup
Ms660, ms460, 044 with maxflow filters and muffler/light port work.
036, ms260, ms250
Nice lineup. How much wood are you cutting a year?
I run saws a lot....we burn a few cords of firewood, I work for the FS, have been a commercial faller in the past, and still do some side work of that type.
Stihl & Husqvarna fan here. They both make some great professional series saws. I have been running both brands for about 10 years with no issues. About eighty to one hundred cord of firewood over that period.
I took my wife to our local Stihl dealer and that is mistake number one.
I forgot she is Swedish Mistake number two she wants a Husky...like her sewing machine.
I didn't know he sold Husquavarna too Mistake number three
I asked what the difference between Husquavarnas and Stihl is in the same price point. Mistake number four
He says Ford and Chevy
So..... he has her wanting the Husqavarna and I don't have an argument.
A lot better! I don't care for the older design...flat filter.
Nice lineup. I have a similar lineup of Stihls:
660 - ported
440/460 Hybrid - ported
036 - ported
Just sold my ported Husky 372x-torq.
I just picked up a Stihl 192TC used and in great condition at a yard sale yesterday on the way home from work. Awesome little top handle arborist saw.
I'm leaning toward the MS391 with a 25" bar and then getting a 20" bar and extra chains. I'm trying to justify the $200 base price upgrade over say the MS271 farm boss. Any of you guys using both and have any recommendations?
I'm just not sure if I need the 391 and by the time I pick up the extra 20" bar and chain I'm going to be nearly $300 over the farm boss.
Over the life of the saw it's not such a big deal and I figure the extra bar capacity and HP of the 391 might be nice to have. I'm pretty sure the farm boss is going to top out at a 20" bar in hardwood like oak, maple, hickory, black locust, hackberry and ash.