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I’m in the market for a new top-handled saw.

Price isn’t really a consideration as I’m happy to pay whatever, if something is substantially better.

At the moment I’ve got an MS261C which is great, but annoys the hell

out of me with the hot starting issue, so I’m less inclined to get another Stihl saw (but will if the consensus is they are better than the Husky).

It will mainly be used in a large oak/mixed woodland.

I suppose the real question is, should I just bite the bullet and get a t540xp, or is there something else I might consider?

Cheers!

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2 hours ago, stihlmadasever said:

Echo 2511 will pull a 12 inch bar no problem.

Cheers. Is it in the same league as the other two (genuine question)?

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2 hours ago, GuyMo said:

Cheers. Is it in the same league as the other two (genuine question)?

As mick said above its more of a pruning saw but ive took down limes, sycamores and a couple of decent sized beech so it will do a job for you.

Ive seen a vid on you tube of an echo 2511 with a 20 inch bar on it ringing up a decent stem.

I ll post a link when i find it bud

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4 minutes ago, stihlmadasever said:

As mick said above its more of a pruning saw but ive took down limes, sycamores and a couple of decent sized beech so it will do a job for you.

Ive seen a vid on you tube of an echo 2511 with a 20 inch bar on it ringing up a decent stem.

I ll post a link when i find it bud

Legend. Thanks mate. Sounds decent, I’ll definitely look into it. Kinda just assumed that the 201/540 were the best saws for climbing.

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1 hour ago, Mick Dempsey said:

No, it’s a different saw, smaller, lighter, less powerful but a superb little climbers saw.

 

The 201/540s are more suited to takedowns.

Thanks Mick, that’s really good to know. The majority of the stuff will be larger limbed oaks that will need some crown reduction. Would it cope with this in your opinion? Very grateful for the knowledge. 

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If your cutting big oak limbs id say the stihl 201tc with a 14 inch bar full chisel chain would be more suited to your needs.

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The little saws are great but are really a secondary saw to the arsenal. If you only have one topping saw then definetly go for the 201 or 540, no question about it 

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