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Old 04-22-2014, 09:18 PM   #1
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I'm looking for a good reliable 16in chain saw. For around $100-$150.
Just for lite-moderate work around the yard.
I have a Mcculough 1635 right now, that does not run right, keeps stalling, and they want $70 for a tune up. Would do it myself, but adjustment are hard to make on these chainsaes.
So looking for another.
Any suggestions
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Old 04-22-2014, 09:20 PM   #2
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Stihl 180 is the best to get. Or a Husqvarna.

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Old 04-22-2014, 09:59 PM   #3
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For that low a price and that long a blade, good luck trying to find those two brands.
Both good saws, just higher priced.
I've own two of the Poulan Pro's I bought factory reconditioned on this site and the only issue I've ever had is the oil pump leaking after a few years.
http://www.cpopoulan.com/poulan-chai...efault,sc.html
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Old 04-23-2014, 12:50 AM   #4
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i would try echo. Never used but they are probably good.
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Old 04-23-2014, 08:53 AM   #5
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I have owned several "low cost" 16 inch chain saws in my life, none of them has ever worked out well. I had a Poulan and a low end Husqvarna, I guess I used them too hard, they wore out after a couple years. Now I have a Stihl Farmboss, cost about $400, and I have a 20 inch blade on it. Probably will last a long time. Not sure who makes a good quality low cost chainsaw anymore, I know the low end Husqvarna saws are poorly made, they vibrate too much, and the threads stripped out on the spark plug on mine. I am told the high end Husqvarna saws are still good, but I like my Stihl.
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I'm looking for a good reliable 16in chain saw. For around $100-$150.
Just for lite-moderate work around the yard.
I have a Mcculough 1635 right now, that does not run right, keeps stalling, and they want $70 for a tune up. Would do it myself, but adjustment are hard to make on these chainsaes.
So looking for another.
Any suggestions
Thanks
Barry

Ayuh,.... I don't think yer expectations can be met,...

Reliable, don't come that cheap,...

My saws are Stihls, 'n they Ain't cheap,...
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Old 04-23-2014, 08:54 PM   #7
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+1 on the Stihl saws.
I've had a Stihl 028 super for over twenty years now. I don't use it that often, but when I do, it fires right up and will idle all day long, and cut like a son of a gun.
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+1 on the Stihl saws.
I've had a Stihl 028 super for over twenty years now. I don't use it that often, but when I do, it fires right up and will idle all day long, and cut like a son of a gun.
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I've got an 028 WB that was handed down from my Dad after many years of abuse. Actually, he gave me two saws and it took both of them to make one functioning saw. I'm sure it's well over 30 years old, and has cut a few hundred cords of wood in it's life. It finally gave me problems this winter after cutting a few cords, I think it needs a carb kit. I couldn't wait, so I had to buy a new saw instead, and use the 028 for a back-up now......


For the OP, I don't think there's anything that will fit your needs, at least not the reliability part unless you consider buying an electric chainsaw. That's about the most reliable saw in the bar size and price range you mention. Obviously, portability can be limited with them though........

This could also be an option, but it's as small as I'd ever consider buying......

http://www.ebay.com/itm/HUSQVARNA-43...p2054897.l5661
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I've got an 028 WB that was handed down from my Dad after many years of abuse. Actually, he gave me two saws and it took both of them to make one functioning saw. I'm sure it's well over 30 years old, and has cut a few hundred cords of wood in it's life. It finally gave me problems this winter after cutting a few cords, I think it needs a carb kit. I couldn't wait, so I had to buy a new saw instead, and use the 028 for a back-up now......


For the OP, I don't think there's anything that will fit your needs, at least not the reliability part unless you consider buying an electric chainsaw. That's about the most reliable saw in the bar size and price range you mention. Obviously, portability can be limited with them though........

This could also be an option, but it's as small as I'd ever consider buying......

http://www.ebay.com/itm/HUSQVARNA-43...p2054897.l5661
Ayuh,.... Complete New carbs are pretty Cheap,....
Look on ebay,...

Hardly worth the time, 'n effort to rebuild 'em anymore,...
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Spending a little extra on a chainsaw is always worth it. Stihl and Husqvarna are the go to. Echos are crap IMO. The carbs suck and they always have fueling issues. We had Echo vent saws for years which never worked when you needed them. Finally got rid of them for Cutter's Edge saws.
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Stihl and Husky as well.

Have a Stihl and other Husky power tools.

Check Craigslist. You can't kill them if they are modestly maintained.
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Nevermind, I just got done fixing my mcculloch. I guess just fixing what you got is the better plan.
Thanks for all the info
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My echo has been great! Also a big husqvarna fan -- now that lowes has them they are easy to get parts.

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