Best value for money in my opinion is Husqvarna, just got one, equivalent output stihl was £50 more, I went for the 135, as I could get the VAT back, but a 236 is a bit cheaper, both same power, both 14″ bar, cheaper one made in usa not Sweden apparently, bit less refined so £20 cheaper.Posted 4 years ago
I need a new chainsaw. Nothing huge, probably with a bar 350mm or so, to be used only occasionally on fallen trees. Given how hard it is to hire one without the formal qualifications, I’ll need to buy one, probably secndhand and with a budget of £150. Can I expect to get anything decent for that money, or do I need to set aside a little more?
If getting off ebay, is there anything to watch out for? I’m assuming I’ll get to see the thing before buying so can check that it runs ok.
I’m guessing opinion will be fairly evenly divided between Stihl and Husky – but is there a clear winner in the cheapo secondhand chainsaw market?
Cheers!Posted 4 years agoStonerSubscriber
I have a Stihl 170 and a 230.
The 170 is a bit underpowered, esp so when using anything but the micro chain they ship with. Having said that, with the micro chain it revs up freely enough and given it’s weight it’s very nice to use if you are only felling or logging upto 12″. More than that and the micro chain tends to wander a bit. It also had to work hard to get through some elm the other day. But on lighter material like willow and poplar it’s as light as a top handle but less of a threat to the jugular. I use it more than the 230 if the conditions suit it.
Can be got for v good price from places like Countrywide at the moment.Posted 4 years agogriptoolMember
Don’t skimp on size and avoid the smaller diy ones.
Go for an older bigger saw, if it runs sweet and has good compression an old saw will give you years of satisfaction, I know my 15 year old shtil 036 gives me Wood every time I fire it up 😮 has a bigger engine than my first motorbike lolPosted 4 years ago
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