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Old 29-09-12   #1 (permalink)
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3120xp or ms880 ?

looking to purchase a new saw to cut up some large fallen trees on a farm I maintain,looking to run a 36" bar minimum.What would you recommend,looking at long term spares availability etc.Or would I get away with a smaller saw,old 281xp or simmilar.It will only get used maybe two or 3 times a year max
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Re: 3120xp or ms880 ?

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looking to purchase a new saw to cut up some large fallen trees on a farm I maintain,looking to run a 36" bar minimum.What would you recommend,looking at long term spares availability etc.Or would I get away with a smaller saw,old 281xp or simmilar.It will only get used maybe two or 3 times a year max
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281 will run a 36 ok if you have one . I have a 3120 and a 395 and prefer the 395 up to 36" bar .
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Re: 3120xp or ms880 ?

880; in answer to the question!
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Re: 3120xp or ms880 ?

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Re: 3120xp or ms880 ?

880 the biggest stihl saw available to the European market.

It's big it's clumsy and it weights a ton, be sure you can hold it all day logging. 125cc engine it sounds a goes like a beast. I have trouble using it for long periods of time and I'm huge.
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Re: 3120xp or ms880 ?

Used both and found the 880 to feel a bit more balanced but do like the 3120.

If it's only for sporadic use why not have a look at the 90cc makita? Think its a dcs 9001 or something like that. It'd be a good chunk cheaper and would take a smaller bar better too so might get used a bit more.
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Re: 3120xp or ms880 ?

What about a stihl 048 or the new equivalent. Will hold the bar you want and be lighter. If its only for a few trees the biggest saws are not oing to like sitting around waiting to be used just in case.
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Re: 3120xp or ms880 ?

You say minimum - do you mean that's the shortest bar you want to put on it, or you want a saw where the longest bar it will pull is at least 36"?

If it's the shortest bar you want to put on it, and when you get it out you want to use it all day, an MS880 would probably be the best bet, although the 3120 has its fans. If you just want to get it out from time to time and can run it for a bit, then stop and do something lighter, you could consider an 076 (1980s model with chain brake etc) as it is a cheaper solution. Very heavy but fine for ringing up if you're driving to the tree, resting it on a log and letting it do its thing.

If you mean you want a saw which will pull a 36" bar from time to time, you'd get more use overall out of an MS660 as it will pull a 36" bar but is also really good with a 24" bar for more day to day stuff.

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Re: 3120xp or ms880 ?

I'd go for a MS 660. It'll pull the 36" bar when needed, and be much easier on you when working with smaller (20" - 30") bars. And it's a lot less expensive.
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Re: 3120xp or ms880 ?

880 all the way, I had a 3120 its was a huge disappointment
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