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looking to buy a chainsaw - have been advised that the Stihl 261 would be good for us. Any suggestions as to where we might get the best deal for this.....or alternative suggestions. We are not tree workers but do own a small poplar plantation which we are hoping to regenerate - hence the chainsaw will not be in daily use but will have to be able to cope with felling and logging around 2-300 poplars.

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Urk, thrown into confusion now. It was recommended by a tree surgeon friend (who has just bought one himself) - so what are the issues (we use Stihl brushcutters and generally like them but chainsaws are new to us)?

Swinny, the poplars are between 18-24inch diameter - hybrids (Serotina, I think). I have a longer (rambling) post with a bit more background and, as we lack familarity with chainsaws (although we have used them) - ease and simplicity, as well as toughness, is probably more of a priority than obscure technical niceties.....oh yeah, we also can only stretch to £800 tops (and, although we have trousers, hats, ear defenders, we wanted to get gloves too, so £800 is pushing our budget but.....)

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Howard R   

The MS261 clutch bearings are £7ish and should be regarded as a service item - not a big issue if you keep an eye on them.


There has been a warranty upgrade/recall to change the clutch drum to the spur sprocket type which is supposed to sort any premature wear and clutch rattling.


A bigger problem is that Stihl parts are only available from the dealer.


As your looking for a good reliable workhorse of a saw how about a Husqvarna 365?

At 70cc it would allow you to use a bigger bar than a MS261.


Cost about £530 - so plenty left to spend on PPE and training:thumbup1:

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