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Posted: 10/2/2005 6:37:19 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/2/2005 6:38:27 AM EDT by kill-9]
Is this a good one? How about the price?

ETA: Strictly for home use, for clearing downed trees - will be used only a few times per year.

www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=productDetail&productId=67292-572-55%20RANCHER&lpage=none

Husqvarna
18" Gas Chainsaw

$364.00

Engine Size: 53 cc / 3.2 HP
Bar Length-In: 18 in.
Chain Type: 3/8" Pitch Low-Kick Back
Cut Capacity/Length-In: 36"
Fuel Tank-Capacity: 1.27 US pints
Fuel mix- Ratio: 50:1
Weight-Lb: 11.4 lbs. with out bar & chain
Color: Orange

Air Injection. Centrifugal air cleaning system for longer intervals between filter cleanings, smoother operation and reduced wear
Vibration dampening with the handles isolated from the engine
Forged three-piece crankshaft for maximum durability for the toughest applications
The slim body, high center of gravity and flat underside make our saws easy to work with
Angled front handle for better grip and natural working position
Double acting chain brake, right hand guard and chain catcher make the saw safer to use
Eco-pump that stops the lubrication when idling.
Wide kerf 3/8" pitch chain with pro-style cutting teeth
Plastic bar cover
2 year consumer warranty
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 6:45:36 AM EDT
Husky or Stihl.

Link Posted: 10/2/2005 6:45:54 AM EDT
I'm thinking about napalm.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 6:51:22 AM EDT
Bigger is better...

V-8 chainsaw...
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 6:57:10 AM EDT
I got a Husky. More features than a comprable Sthil.

Look at them both if you must, then YOU decide.

I chose the Husky.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 6:57:28 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 6:58:04 AM EDT
+100 Stihl.

Don't get that crap from sears, home depot, lowes
Chainsaws are dangerous and I had six junk ones that kept throughing the chain it didn't matter how tight i made it(once up onto my arm good thing i had a jacket on!). I used them since I was 12 so it wasn't operator error, get good quality one.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 6:59:16 AM EDT

Originally Posted By JarheadChiro:
Husky or Stihl.




+1 Up here in the Pacific North West where logging is still going it's one of the two.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 7:06:05 AM EDT
+1 on the Stihl if your only using to clear your land, I'd like to get the Husky for my winter wood cutting though ...
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 7:15:50 AM EDT
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 7:34:13 AM EDT
+1 on the Husky.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 7:57:30 AM EDT
Thanks for the replies. So this seems to be the general consensus on the one I listed:


Originally Posted By CZ75_9MM:
+1 on the Husky.



I'll also be getting the maintenance kit (oil, sharpener, carrying case) and safety gear (helmet/visor, hearing protection, chaps). The entire package should run me about $450.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 7:58:50 AM EDT

Originally Posted By mayassa:
+100 Stihl.

Don't get that crap from sears, home depot, lowes



So you're saying that a Husky is crap just because it's sold at Lowe's?
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 8:15:24 AM EDT
Can you mount a laser pointer or a flashlight on it? Make it look really "tactical".
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 8:28:35 AM EDT
I GOT THEM BOTH, THEY'RE BOTH GREAT.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 8:39:43 AM EDT
I sure wish I had seen this thread yesterday.....I passed up on the Husky and got the cheaper Poulan.....the POS Poulan Pro model overheated before I had even limbed ONE DAMN TREE!


I'm waiting for Lowes to open today (our blue laws don't allow the sale of any general merchandise before 1:30 on Sunday) so I can exchange it for the Husky I should have bought in the first place.....and if they won't exchange it, it'll be on the EE tonight.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 8:39:45 AM EDT

Originally Posted By kill-9:

Originally Posted By mayassa:
+100 Stihl.

Don't get that crap from sears, home depot, lowes



So you're saying that a Husky is crap just because it's sold at Lowe's?



I'm saying the two husky's I have used in the past did not hold a candle to my Stihl
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 8:47:45 AM EDT
+100000 Stihl

They invented the chainsaw remember.

Huskys, well a friend of mine worked in a saw shop years back, hated them with a passion worthless AFA he was concerned.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 9:00:01 AM EDT
Get a Husky Or a Jonsered or A Stihl.

Preferably For me it is Husky Or Red. I gave my last Stihl away It was A POS



Link Posted: 10/2/2005 4:09:40 PM EDT
btt for more opinions
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 4:23:55 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/2/2005 4:25:22 PM EDT by wildearp]

Husqvarna
18" Gas Chainsaw

$364.00




Way more saw than you need. I have a $89 Poulan (store return) that I used to take out 4 large pines at my old house, 6 Junipers at my new house, one Mesquite tree, one Palm, and cut two cords of wood. I also removed about 10 dead pines from my Aunt's house. It also brought home a free cord of wood from the Natl. Forrest this past winter.

I bought the thing as a disposable saw, but the damn thing starts on the first pull and just WILL NOT quit.

I suggest a cheaper saw, and spend the rest of the $$ on beer and ammo. If my saw quit tomorrow, I would buy another one without question.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 4:25:53 PM EDT
Plus an 18" is likely too long. Get a smaller 14" saw or similar.
You are clearing downed tree's, not lumberjacking.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 4:27:51 PM EDT
I cannot kill my 18" Craftsman. One of the big makers makes it. I've worn out at least 5 chains (and I sharpen them many times) and only had to replace the bar once, I dropped it.
Some people love to pay for a brand name...not me.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 4:29:37 PM EDT

Originally Posted By kill-9:

Originally Posted By mayassa:
+100 Stihl.

Don't get that crap from sears, home depot, lowes



So you're saying that a Husky is crap just because it's sold at Lowe's?



That's what I was thinking....
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 4:31:29 PM EDT
husqvarna has my endorsement fwiw
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 4:32:42 PM EDT
I run a Husqvarna 50 thats 18 years old. Still runs great. No rebuilds, no overhauls, just gas, oil and let the thing cut.

Link Posted: 10/2/2005 4:33:52 PM EDT

Originally Posted By wildearp:

Husqvarna
18" Gas Chainsaw

$364.00




Way more saw than you need. I have a $89 Poulan (store return) that I used to take out 4 large pines at my old house, 6 Junipers at my new house, one Mesquite tree, one Palm, and cut two cords of wood. I also removed about 10 dead pines from my Aunt's house. It also brought home a free cord of wood from the Natl. Forrest this past winter.

I bought the thing as a disposable saw, but the damn thing starts on the first pull and just WILL NOT quit.

I suggest a cheaper saw, and spend the rest of the $$ on beer and ammo. If my saw quit tomorrow, I would buy another one without question.



This is certainly a valid approach, but I'd prefer to buy one saw and keep it forever.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 4:36:50 PM EDT
Get a Stihl. MY family heats exclusively with wood and we have 2 saws. One is a 044 and the other is a 024 I think. We use a 36" bar on the one and the little one has a 16". If you want to cut A LOT of wood get a carbide tipped chain. I tmay cost 4 times more but you shapren it 5 times less than a regular.

I think a Husky has 1 piston ring, and the Stihl has 2. the husky should have a higher rpm range. They are both good saws most likely.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 4:39:50 PM EDT
Whether you buy a Husky, Stihl, Jonserds, Echo or Dolmar buy it from someone who can work on it when it tears up.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 4:41:58 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/2/2005 5:18:37 PM EDT by Redcap]
I wouldn't even pick a Husky up to throw it off a cliff. Worthless fucking saws in my opinion and yes, I have used my saws to make a living. My mainstay saw is a MS460 Mag, but the old 075 Super gets some use every year.

Do yourself a favor, get a Stihl.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 4:44:46 PM EDT
I bought an 18" stihl and love it. The place I bought it from sold both husky and stihl and recommended the stihl. The husky is probably a good saw too though.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 4:45:13 PM EDT
Don't forget.

Link Posted: 10/2/2005 4:56:35 PM EDT
All saws will require maintenance sometime or another.

The Husky in my opinion looks nicer and is easy to reapir.

The Stihl from what I have seen/heard is a great buy for the money, but is not quite up to the standards as Husky.

I sell Husky saws at my store and have seen both brands come through our service department.

Everyone has their own oppinion. I would say go with Husky 350.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 5:05:13 PM EDT
I have 2 saws both Husqvarna a 51 and a 55. Both have been utterly reliable and flawless. I'd buy another in a minute. That being said Stihl makes a fine saw a little lower RPM but slightly more torque when comparing comparable displacement saws. Can't go wrong with either one. If Husqvarna and Stihl would merge they could rule the world.

Oh yeah the Rancher 55 is a damn fine saw. Buy it.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 5:15:07 PM EDT
One word: Stihl

I have two - first one was my Dad's - still running after 20 years. The other is a newer 029 great but heavy
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 5:28:20 PM EDT
Have you considered Homelite?

I have a 30 year old Super II that is a total trooper.. Home Depot carries parts, and they're cheap.

I recently bought a 2nd saw, needed to up to 20" bar, the new Homelites are a dream for residential (HEAVY Residential for me... Use it for about 5 hours/month or more) Easy start, idiot proof, rugged.

Link Posted: 10/2/2005 5:29:26 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/2/2005 5:30:19 PM EDT by ky-medic]

Chainsaws are handy to have around!
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 5:48:20 PM EDT
I have 2 Stihl saws. An 044 with a 24" bar, and a 026 with a 16" bar. Both of them have cut a lot of wood and have never needed repair. I replaced the plugs, and chain drive sprockets as routine maintenance items.
Bottom line is, if you buy a quality saw, and take care of it, it will last a very long time even with heavy use.
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 5:57:51 PM EDT
Look around and find a slightly used Stihl 028 (not made anymore) and you will never buy another chainsaw again. They don't make them like this one anymore.

Ben
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 7:50:36 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/2/2005 7:52:29 PM EDT by JTAC_Supply]
Link Posted: 10/2/2005 8:17:12 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/2/2005 8:20:25 PM EDT by Philadelphia_GunMan]
I bought the Husky 455 Rancher and love it. It has a 55 cc motor. Check out ebay. I got mine NIB there for $330 WITH delivery and 2 extra chains. You can't beat that price. I ordered mine on monday morning and it was at my house on Wednesday (store is in IL)

Link

Edit to add: this has a 20" bar which IMO is better. Longer bar = faster cutting and slower chain wear
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 7:20:10 AM EDT
+ 1000 STIHL
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 7:30:51 AM EDT
I have an echo that I really like. It has a 20" bar and takes care of every task I need it to. Light enough that I can climb trees with it really easily.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 7:46:08 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SciFiNut:
Have you considered Homelite?

I have a 30 year old Super II that is a total trooper.. Home Depot carries parts, and they're cheap.

I recently bought a 2nd saw, needed to up to 20" bar, the new Homelites are a dream for residential (HEAVY Residential for me... Use it for about 5 hours/month or more) Easy start, idiot proof, rugged.




Homelite ain't Homelite anymore.

I've got a 40 year old and a 30 year old XL 12. Both are fine saws.

The Homelite of today isn't anywhere near what it used to be.

If you're buying a saw to use for more than a couple of times a year, buy a Husqvarna or Stihl.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 7:50:39 AM EDT

Originally Posted By kill-9:

Originally Posted By mayassa:
+100 Stihl.

Don't get that crap from sears, home depot, lowes



So you're saying that a Husky is crap just because it's sold at Lowe's?



I bought a Husky at Lowe's. It sucked. I returned it. I have never used a Stihl, but that will undoubtedly be the next saw I purchase.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 7:58:53 AM EDT
I did some research a few months ago. The general consensus was that Husky/Stihl is like Honda/Toyota. Both excellent brands, pick'em.

Poulan? Sorry, disposable saw. Homelite? a once magnificant name long since run into the ground, sad to see really. Jonsred (sp?) In this area, you don't see many dealers, thus no-one to easily buy from.

I bought a little Stihl ( a 170 if I remember). A cute little thing that cuts far better than its size would suggest. For MY purposes it's great. The place I bought had both Husky and Stihl, it came down to the fact that the Husky was somewhat heavier.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 8:03:46 AM EDT
I'm certainly no chainsaw expert, but I say Stihl as well. We evac'd to Memphis for the hurricane, and while I was there I realized I had left my trusty little McCullough saw on the garage floor (and knowing we surely got SOME water in the house, that would mean it had been submerged). My wife's dad (who has a lawn equipment store) gave me a Stihl 009 saw (16", I believe) to take back with me, since we knew there would be a lot of downed trees to clear.

First of all, this might be Stihl's low-end saw, because the manual cover says "Stihl 009 – Occasional User Saw" (???). But still, when I fired it up, the first thing I noticed was the sound... my McCullough sounded like a weedwhacker, while this thing sounds like a dirt bike. It cuts great too... my Poulan-equipped neighbors were quite envious once they had tried it.

--Mike
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 8:08:28 AM EDT
I personally have a Stihl 025 and it runs like a raped ape. We have Huskys at the FD and they haven't given us any big problems besides routine maintainance.
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 3:16:45 PM EDT
little update: I returned the POS poulan, and bought the 455 Husky. I felled, limbed and sectioned 2 big ass pines (18" diameter trunks) right after buying it yesterday--not a single problem. Husky now has a customer for life....I may even learn how to spell the company name now! This thing CUTS!

(the poulan overheated before I could even get 1/3 done with a similar size tree on Saturday)
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 3:31:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By mayassa:
+100 Stihl.

Don't get that crap from sears, home depot, lowes
Chainsaws are dangerous and I had six junk ones that kept throughing the chain it didn't matter how tight i made it(once up onto my arm good thing i had a jacket on!). I used them since I was 12 so it wasn't operator error, get good quality one.



+1 Stihl
Link Posted: 10/3/2005 3:40:12 PM EDT
If it is for concealed carry then I would recommend one with a shorter chain bar and instant start.
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