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  • Budget chainsaw recommendations
  • tomd
    Full Member

    Looking for a DIY level chainsaw for work around the garden and firewood. Anyone got any experience around the £200 mark for what’s decent and what to avoid? Are they all crap at that price? Looking at these at the moment.

    Stihl 171 or 181
    Husky 130 or 140

    Currently have a DeWalt DCM565N cordless, it’s just not man enough for continuous cutting, or at least not without £300 of additional batteries. Got a shed load of trees so anyone telling me to get a hand saw is welcome to come round and pitch in.

    kilo
    Full Member

    We’ve had a stihl ms181 for a fair years now, probably the most reliable petrol tool we’ve bought. Cut down a fair few trees and done a lot of log cutting for the fires. Never had any issues with it whatsoever. Light, easy to handle and start, money well spent.

    Ours spends a lot of time on one of these for easy log chopping;

    Logmaster Saw Horse

    It was because of the reliability of this saw that I spunked loads of extra cash on a stihl strimmer hoping for similar reliability.

    thepurist
    Full Member

    we’ve had a Husky 135 for 6 or 7 years. Used for general woodland management, including felling some stuff up to about 18″ diameter. It’s been OK, still starts and runs well but the chain brake clamp has failed a couple of times and the starter spool also needed changing. Neither was an expensive or complex repair but you might see similar with the 130/140.

    Rickos
    Free Member

    Check out Mitox for budget/infrequent use too.

    intheborders
    Free Member

    When you said “budget” I winced – but now you’re talking Stihl/Husky money just go to your local dealer and try both.

    I ended up with a Stihl 181 that has the ‘easy-start’ option.

    Really nice to use.

    tomd
    Full Member

    Cheers guys. Yep that’s deifnitely an option there is a local dealer for both.

    When you said “budget” I winced

    Got to love those huge saws for £89 with PROFESIONALL written down the bar.

    WorldClassAccident
    Free Member

    I saw ‘budget’ and was going to say “rent” one from Argos for the weekend and take it back broken on Monday. Repeat until you have cleared the trees.

    If you want a chainsaw to keep then “What they said”

    neilnevill
    Free Member

    Yep those are decent saws. I had a ms180 for 6 years and cut the bulk of 65-70 m³ of firewood with it in that time. Only don’t have it now as I saw a great deal on a bigger Makita. Have the Stihl a good clean/service and sold out on eBay…. It cost me less than £1 for each m³ of wood it cut up in the time I had it.

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