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Offline AROTTY

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Chainsaw help
« on: September 25, 2021, 11:41:23 PM »
Recently my father and I purchased a property in klickitat county. Unfortunately our Ponderosa Pines have been hit hard by beetles and Iím going to need to fell 18-20 trees of up to 30 inches in diameter with the average being 20 in. I have a Stihl 025 that runs well currently but itís not suited for the amount of work I have in front of me. Need some recommendations. From my research I think I need a saw that is at least 60cc, 20-30 inch bar, and not super heavy. Been looking at used Stihl 044s. What other recommendations do ya fellerís have? :chuckle: Budget is 1k or less.

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Re: Chainsaw help
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2021, 04:15:21 AM »
Recently my father and I purchased a property in klickitat county. Unfortunately our Ponderosa Pines have been hit hard by beetles and Iím going to need to fell 18-20 trees of up to 30 inches in diameter with the average being 20 in. I have a Stihl 025 that runs well currently but itís not suited for the amount of work I have in front of me. Need some recommendations. From my research I think I need a saw that is at least 60cc, 20-30 inch bar, and not super heavy. Been looking at used Stihl 044s. What other recommendations do ya fellerís have? :chuckle: Budget is 1k or less.
I've been running 044 for over 12 years,just for firewood or whatever ,bought brand new, run it a little rich,guess we will see but that saw might out live me.
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Re: Chainsaw help
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2021, 05:52:05 AM »
Canít go wrong with a 044/440. Some of the newer saws are awesome as well but youíll pay dearly for them.

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Re: Chainsaw help
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2021, 06:18:19 AM »
 :yeah:
The older saws are better than the new emission saws.  I can't remember what year Stihl and the rest started changing stuff.

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Re: Chainsaw help
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2021, 06:42:01 AM »
My MS390 has served me well for I can't remember how long and has cut anything I put it up to, think widest was close to or over 40 inches in diameter and used to cut between 7 and 10 cords a year.
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Re: Chainsaw help
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2021, 07:10:53 AM »
I felt like a one legged cat trying to bury a terd on a frozen pond!

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Re: Chainsaw help
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2021, 07:24:53 AM »
If you can find an 044 for a decent price, they are worth it. Finding parts on the other hand has been brutal. Buying new Iíd look at the 362 with a full bar wrap and 25Ē bar. 362 would treat you well especially if there is thinning you want to do and not falling lots of bigger trees. I use / 362 while doing thinning and leave the 044 for bigger stuff. 391s arenít bad at all either.

You mentioned beetle problem, youíll want to be proactive about it and if you have pine saplings, Iíd recommend thinning them out to at least a 10 foot bole spacing and go through and leave the best looking ones. Pile it and burn it or there may be chipping programs still in WA.

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Re: Chainsaw help
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2021, 08:37:39 AM »
My 044 has been running strong for over 20 years and is my main falling saw.  It usually has a 28" bar on it, but it can work a 32" if needed in softwoods.  I also have an 028 that has a 20" bar on it for smaller stuff.  The 044 comes in handy for me while bucking too, as I'm 6' 5" tall, and can use the longer bar so I don't have to bend over as far.  :)

If you can find a used 044 or 046 in good shape, snag it.  You'll be glad you did.
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Re: Chainsaw help
« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2021, 09:01:55 AM »
Agreed to all the above statements, the 044 is probably one of the more versatile saws out there. Iíve had mine since new and regularly do 10 cords a year with it, used to be 20/year. The older ones with a 10mm wrist pins will run forever, if I were to come across one Iíd buy it no questions asked no matter the shape. You can tell the difference by the choke lever being red vs black and the fins on the jug will be at a 45* angle rather than upright. Mine is a 12mm but it has since gone through a rebuild with a port and polished big bore kit, dual port muffler, and a filter mod, she rips through anything Iíve put it up too. To the OP, youíd have no problem on your place using an 044

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Re: Chainsaw help
« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2021, 09:07:37 AM »
If you can find an 044 for a decent price, they are worth it. Finding parts on the other hand has been brutal. Buying new Iíd look at the 362 with a full bar wrap and 25Ē bar. 362 would treat you well especially if there is thinning you want to do and not falling lots of bigger trees. I use / 362 while doing thinning and leave the 044 for bigger stuff. 391s arenít bad at all either.

You mentioned beetle problem, youíll want to be proactive about it and if you have pine saplings, Iíd recommend thinning them out to at least a 10 foot bole spacing and go through and leave the best looking ones. Pile it and burn it or there may be chipping programs still in WA.
362 with 28'' bar is what i use and would be a perfect saw for what the posters looking.  :twocents:

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Re: Chainsaw help
« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2021, 04:43:39 PM »
Thanks everyone for the help! Iíve been stacking burn piles and will begin as soon as the ban is lifted. Does anyone have experience with the pheromone treatments?

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Re: Chainsaw help
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2021, 04:51:02 PM »
Iíve got the 362 with feller handle itís a great saw
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Re: Chainsaw help
« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2021, 06:47:25 PM »
Canít go wrong with a MS461 bought mine from madsens and could t be happier. Iím stock they have a ton of power and are just a solid saw. I had mine ported and polished and a west coast saw pipe and she rips. Itís a life saver to buy a saw thatís a size up or to than what you think you need and itís easier on you and and the saw.

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Re: Chainsaw help
« Reply #13 on: October 12, 2021, 11:43:41 AM »
MS 461/462. Then just buy a 26" & 32" bar.

 


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