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I cut a fair number of trees from my 80 acres, some huge, but many smaller. My Stihl MS261 is a champ for felling trees.

For limbing trees, I use a Stihl MS150. It's a tiny little thing, but it has a tiny kerf so it cuts well above its weight class. Since it weighs less than half what the MS291 weighs, it's easy on my back. The MS150 is expensive to buy and the chains don't last long so it's expensive to operate. But the cost is nothing compared to back surgery.

I would recommend either of my saws to just about anyone who would needs a durable, reliable saw for regular use. The only suggestion I would make is to remove the spark arrestors.


David Marzi
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Here are the list of best chainsaws in my experience
WORX WG303.1 – Best Small Chainsaw
Makita XCU03PT1 – Best for Maneuverability
Remington RM1425 – Best Lightweight Corded Electric Chainsaw
BLACK+DECKER LCS1240 – Best Cordless Chainsaw
Greenworks 20312 – Best Value for the Money

r.garrison1's picture
Here's my list: I love my Stihl MS271; only complaint is that when I'm ripping a log. the shavings clog the bar. Not sure that wouldn't happen with any saw. I have a Poulan Pro PR4016, which runs great. I had another Poulan that was a smaller green thing, it started clogging up the fuel system; cost more to repair than the saw was worth. I now also have a little Remmington electric, which I use for little stuff; like it a lot, but my files don't match the chain. I'm considering another chainsaw again, since now my little Poulan has a debarker added to the nose and I don't want to keep changing the bar when I need it. Probably another little Poulan or maybe an Echo (based on the feedback i'm getting here). I like the idea of the battery chainsaws, but right now I'm maxed out with the battery collection; I have Milwaukee, DeWalt, and Black & Decker batteries I need to keep up with for other tools, and don't want to get a bigger backpack so I can carry all my batteries.
arky217's picture

My current saw is a Stihl MS290 Farm Boss;
had it for about 15 years.
Good saw but has always taken a lot of pulls to start when cold.

My first saw was a Homelite XL12 that I bought in 1963,
the year they first came out.
The Homelite was the same size as my current 290, about 55cc.

I cut pulpwood for 2 years everyday with the Homelite.
The hardwood loggers of the time used huge McCulloch saws;
they thought the Homelite was a toy.
It worked pretty good for pulpwood though, and was considerably
lighter than other saws of that time.

I milled with a Husky 95cc for a while;
did a muffler mod on it, it was a horse.

Now I use my Stihl to log for my bandmill
(just a hobby for me at 75 years old).

Need to get a lighter saw for limbing and brush cutting;
that Stihl gets heavy after a while at 75.

r.garrison1's picture
I wonder if your 290 has a starting routine like my 271? I give full choke, two pulls, then no choke, and it starts on the next pull. Has ever since new.
r.garrison1's picture
I wonder if your 290 has a starting routine like my 271? I give full choke, two pulls, then no choke, and it starts on the next pull. Has ever since new.
Bill's picture
My large & small Husky as well as poulan all take 3 or 4 pulls when cold but all start easy once warmed up all three saws are now aprox 30 years old. The large Husky I had to replace the piston and cylinder this year because I ran it to lean on large logs when I didn't have a screw driver with me to adjust the carb. That was an $85 dollar expense do to my laxness.
mountainman1971's picture

I believe this is my first post on this site. So hello all. I really do appreciate all of the knowledge that is shared here.

On the subject of best saws. I can't say that there is a best saw but I own a couple that I really like. A Husqvarna 357xp and a redmax gx7000. Both are very reliable. But I had a problem with the 357. Apparently someone at the factory installed incorrect bolts that rubbed holes through the oil tank. I have used both to cut several hundred cords of firewood in the Colorado Rockies at elevations of 8000 to 10000 feet. When I bought both saws ( the 357 was my first saw) my main concerns were that parts would be available for a long time so I would not be stuck with an unrepairable saw. I have several friends that cut firewood using Stihl and my thought is that any high quality brand will do just fine as long as it can be repaired when necessary. I recently bought a couple of ten packs of woodland pro full chisel chains from Bailey's and I have to say that is the biggest improvement that I could have made. Good chains will make at saw cut better. So my advice is use any brand of saw that you can have serviced or service yourself and keep your chains sharp and you will have no regrets

r.garrison1's picture
Welcome to the forum, Mountainman1971! Thanks for the feedback on the Woodland chains; I think I want to get a couple to try. I agree the chain makes a difference.
Bill's picture
Nice to see you here Mountainman1971 . I've been buying full chisel chain buy the roll for years now from zippen ? use to work out aprox. $15 a chain for a 24" bar.
mountainman1971's picture

Thanks for the warm welcome.

I believe I paid $14 and change for 20 inch chains in the ten pack. The price was almost the same as buying by the roll.

chainsaw-man's picture

Thank you for your valuable shares. I prefer a Stihl MS 170 chainsaw

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I agree with Mountainman that any good quality saw will work well as long as you can service it. We have a Stihl dealer a couple of miles down the road so that’s what I’ve used. I have a Farm Boss 029 from the eighties that still runs good, a Farm Boss 291 I got 2 years ago with a 20” bar ( really the same saw with upgraded fuel and ignition) and recently picked up a Stihl MS170 for limbing. All have been really reliable, but like Roland said I have to give it 2 pulls full choke, release to half choke and it fires on the third pull. My little brother has a Husky dealer down the road from him and he’s had really good luck with his saws.
David1998's picture

I always prefer buying good quality chainsaw mills that can easily fit in small spaces. I own a small garage is where I usually deal with woodworking matters. However, the ones from Norwood are my favorite, only if they make them easily available on Amazon.
This article is quite comprehensive and helped me and my friends in choosing the mills that are affordable and of top quality




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I tried the link in a 'safe browser', and it didn't register. I suspect David1998 is also a spammer. Not sure if Norwood is asleep at the switch or what, but if this continues, I need to drop off this forum. Even if it is helpful, it is getting risky.


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