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Which top handled chainsaw to buy?

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What about the ms170 for the smaller tree work, I was using the ms250 today, a little bit on the heavy side especially if your leaning and stretching to one side. The ms170 is a little lighter to use and I’ve got two ms170’s both in excellent condition and they are just standby saws. I guess I could use one of these until I can afford a new top handled saw.

 

 I’m thinking the husky is going to be the new saw for my tree work.

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On 15/08/2019 at 17:46, dan494 said:

Are they coming with the sugihara bar as well now then? Not a massive fan of that chain tbh, have snapped one and they are dull when brand new

I think it is a tsumura bar, IIRC it doesnt  have any markings on it but it is this bar just a 1.1mm gauge rather than a 1.3mm.

 

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For what its worth I would go for the 540 against the 201 as it does have more power and that is all I wanted in a large top handled saw.

 

The 2511 has more power over the 150 and probably on par with reliability and fragility , all these little top handles need a bit more looking after than their bigger brothers, which also need looking after a bit more than there older siblings, ie the 020T.

 

All personal preference though as long as you know what you are doing you couldnt go wrong with a 201 and a 150 either.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We have these with the following bar sizes. Something for every job.

MS150T. 10” bar

MS201T 12” bar

T540 14”. Bar

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Well I think I’m going for the 540xp this does sound the better of the two that I mentioned, I’ve not seen any of the other machines so I know very little about them.

 

We have two chainsaw dealers close by with one selling Husky and the other selling Stihl. Although, all the saws I have at the moment are Stihl saws. When I first stated out in the tree business I started my first saw was the Husky 57?? Or something like that, why I changed I don’t know. Maybe I should consider buying all Husky again?

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I think it is a tsumura bar, IIRC it doesnt  have any markings on it but it is this bar just a 1.1mm gauge rather than a 1.3mm.
 
WWW.SKYLANDEQUIPMENT.COM

Echo Guidebar

 

Replacement...  
For what its worth I would go for the 540 against the 201 as it does have more power and that is all I wanted in a large top handled saw.
 
The 2511 has more power over the 150 and probably on par with reliability and fragility , all these little top handles need a bit more looking after than their bigger brothers, which also need looking after a bit more than there older siblings, ie the 020T.
 
All personal preference though as long as you know what you are doing you couldnt go wrong with a 201 and a 150 either.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

This is a carving bar right? No nose sprocket. One came with my 2511. Its holding up well for carving

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I think you have to work out what you do most of, I resisted getting a 150 as I'm tight but actually now use it much more than the 201. For hedge or smaller trees it is great (easier to handle, cleaner cutting), for bigger dismantling then you want a bigger saw but you could use your rear handled for that in the meantime.

I would seriously look at the 2511 / 150 if you can before getting the 540, but eventually you should get both sizes so it's not a right/wrong question which to get.

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4 hours ago, Dan Maynard said:

I think you have to work out what you do most of, I resisted getting a 150 as I'm tight but actually now use it much more than the 201. For hedge or smaller trees it is great (easier to handle, cleaner cutting), for bigger dismantling then you want a bigger saw but you could use your rear handled for that in the meantime.

I would seriously look at the 2511 / 150 if you can before getting the 540, but eventually you should get both sizes so it's not a right/wrong question which to get.

And that is why I said a number of posts ago about using one of these little saws. 

I know many of my customers reflect these same views especially after a few tweaks! 

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12 hours ago, billpierce said:
21 hours ago, Mark_Skyland said:
I think it is a tsumura bar, IIRC it doesnt  have any markings on it but it is this bar just a 1.1mm gauge rather than a 1.3mm.
  WWW.SKYLANDEQUIPMENT.COM

Echo Guidebar

 

Replacement...  
For what its worth I would go for the 540 against the 201 as it does have more power and that is all I wanted in a large top handled saw.
 
The 2511 has more power over the 150 and probably on par with reliability and fragility , all these little top handles need a bit more looking after than their bigger brothers, which also need looking after a bit more than there older siblings, ie the 020T.
 
All personal preference though as long as you know what you are doing you couldnt go wrong with a 201 and a 150 either.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This is a carving bar right? No nose sprocket. One came with my 2511. Its holding up well for carving

Yep, thats the one.

 

They do seem to last quite a long time.

 

 

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11 hours ago, Dan Maynard said:

I think you have to work out what you do most of, I resisted getting a 150 as I'm tight but actually now use it much more than the 201. For hedge or smaller trees it is great (easier to handle, cleaner cutting), for bigger dismantling then you want a bigger saw but you could use your rear handled for that in the meantime.

I would seriously look at the 2511 / 150 if you can before getting the 540, but eventually you should get both sizes so it's not a right/wrong question which to get.

That is something I hear a lot in regards to the 2511/ms150. As you say (and spud) it could be wise to go for a smaller saw first especially if you have a decent rear handle. If it was me I would still go for the larger top handle as you can do everything the smaller saws will do plus more. I just couldnt use the smaller saws on a decent take down.

 

If you do go for the 540 make sure you use a bungee chainsaw strop and try not to drop it hard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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