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Old 06-07-2018, 06:49   #1
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The subject came up in another thread, thought I would share a few that I use.
The venerable Stihl 025 after 15 years of hard work I attached the drill. The drill attachment is nice out in the field away from power sources, it has a unique clutch, when you pull back on the saw/drill the bit reverses and backs out of the work. The second 025 I bought and used the next 15 years was taken....sadly Stihl discontinued the 025 * and came out with a Farm Boss, I understand that may have been discontinued so I bought a larger version for the bigger work and also a smaller version is nice for smaller work ( smaller chains though and different files). After Hurricanes there were weeks when a saw was literally attached. All my power tools have been stihl they are very reliable to say the least. A professional lumberman might chime in and claim they prefer Husqvarna...no doubt they are good saws and what little use I had with them the chains are heavier.

* Had to change the model so they could sell some more saws I suppose.

As for the Silky's, you may not need a profesional tree pruner with 3 sections and a 21' reach but the smaller "Ibuki" I highly recommend!! While it is not a folder it is a serious saw and can out do a chain saw in certain situations ( by the time you get a chain saw out gas, oil it and get it running you can get a good bit of certain work done with the Ibuki) it also reduces the signature of the cuts ( minimum dust). It is one of those tools you'll be glad you have and use despite it's price!

The Swiss Army knife....I have that with me most of the time, it cuts many smaller jobs just fine.
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Old 06-07-2018, 07:06   #2
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Nice selection of saws.

Have used and can attest to handy nature and usefulness of cheap and cheerful Bahco 9-inch Laplander folding saw.
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Old 06-07-2018, 11:30   #3
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I have an 032 Stihl that I purchased over 35 years ago. I paid over $525.00 for it and it has only had 1 tune up in all those years. I had a crappy little Homelite with the button you pushed for the oiler, I was cutting wood with a friend of mine one day, he had a Stihl and he let me try it. Cutting wood with that saw was pure heaven it just tore through hardwoods. Todays Stihl's might still be pretty good but I know they had to cheapen them up some to compete with the cheaper brands of saws out there. I would not trade mine for anything.
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Old 06-07-2018, 23:11   #4
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I had a Stihl 034 (I think that's the right #). Cut fire wood one winter for a living with a high school buddy. That saw done a right fine job! Have used a Stihl a time or two since then and have not been impressed. Hard to start and keep going. Everyone here uses Husqavarna and they are really good saws. Don't think I'd go back to a Stihl.
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Reminds me of a point I meant to bring up. Use premium gas ( highest octane fuel you can get ), you might think with a 2 stroke engine it wouldn't matter but especially with ethanol mixes they absorb moisture. Never encountered any such problems with starting or operations.

Might have to look at that Bahco...I had a Victorinox folder once but kept snapping the blade it must have been hard steel?...probably some operator error too.
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Reminds me of a point I meant to bring up. Use premium gas ( highest octane fuel you can get ), you might think with a 2 stroke engine it wouldn't matter but especially with ethanol mixes they absorb moisture. Never encountered any such problems with starting or operations.

Might have to look at that Bahco...I had a Victorinox folder once but kept snapping the blade it must have been hard steel?...probably some operator error too.
Alternatively - if there is a gas station selling ethanol free gas you can get that. We have several in my AO.
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Reminds me of a point I meant to bring up. Use premium gas ( highest octane fuel you can get ), you might think with a 2 stroke engine it wouldn't matter but especially with ethanol mixes they absorb moisture. Never encountered any such problems with starting or operations.

Might have to look at that Bahco...I had a Victorinox folder once but kept snapping the blade it must have been hard steel?...probably some operator error too.
I put ethanol-killer in every small engine I have on the farm, as well as refuse to use ethanol in my boat motor. Ethanol is an engine destroyer straight from the pit of hell.
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I store and run Premium winter blend non-ethanol gas with a preservative, either Sta-Bil or PRI-G.

I like the Dolmar saws (now Makita, IIRC) and have an old Stihl still kicking around. My brother had a big Husky he liked.

Last I heard, all of the old American brands were gone or operating as naming for a Chinese POS saw.

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