Chainsaws

DieselRob

Member
Location
North Yorkshire
I’ve run a ms391 with a 20inch bar for years, always a ‘go to’ saw for me. Super reliable, powerful yet not too heavy. Really capable saw. A husky will rev harder, but I’ve got a shed full of stihls ranging from the smallest to animals like the 076 and 880 and I wouldn’t buy another brand personally.
I went from a ms390 to a ms362, more power and a bit lighter it’s noticeable the arm doesn’t ache as much, I opted for an 18” on mine but I have a 25” bar that it will run if you’re sensible with it
 

Y Fan Wen

Member
Location
N W Snowdonia
I know the Koreans have some serious engineering and manufacturing prowess but how in the world do you build a 20 inch bar chainsaw and then flog it for £106? Explain it to me?
I posted this on the wtf thread on Nov 6th:

This week I bought a Parkside 53cc, 50cm bar, petrol chainsaw in Lidl for 80.00 with a 3 year warranty.




www.ebay.co.uk



53cc HEAVY DUTY 2kW PARKSIDE PETROL CHAINSAW 2-YEARS WARRANTY INVOICE INCLUDED | eBay


Cubic capacity: 53cc. Powerful 2-stroke petrol engine with 2kW (2.72 HP). 2-YEAR WARRANTY INVOICE INCLUDED. Long-life, sharp, full Oregon LPX chain. Robust claw stop.

www.ebay.co.uk




I've just casually added up the retail prices of everything that wasn't the power unit itself and they come to about 85.00. I was showing it to my tree feller and he commented that I've had the power unit for nothing.
If you look at the very small print, it seems to be German manufacture.
It's already dropped and processed 2x 50 year old larches.

I've been using a Qualcast from Argos for nearly 10 years now and it's been great and has seen a great deal of work. It is a rebadged Einhell.
 

IOW91

Member
Livestock Farmer
I’ve run a ms391 with a 20inch bar for years, always a ‘go to’ saw for me. Super reliable, powerful yet not too heavy. Really capable saw. A husky will rev harder, but I’ve got a shed full of stihls ranging from the smallest to animals like the 076 and 880 and I wouldn’t buy another brand personally.
I've got a 391 and it's an excellent all round saw.
 

neilo

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Montgomeryshire
I know you said you don't want the cheap and cheerful ones, but I've been using a Hyundai 20" 62cc one for a couple of years now, just for general farm work, and I can't fault it so far. Starts well, plenty of power, chain that came with it wasn't the best but a new one from newsawchains.co.uk was only a few quid.

Currently available on a special deal at £106+vat, which is a steal IMO, I was happy paying £125+vat.


Thank you. I'm looking for a new saw as my cheapy Screwfix 'throwaway' saw is dieing after 2 years.

Incidentally, as I went to checkout, my browser (Microsoft Edge) asked if I wanted to apply any coupons. When I clicked yes, it then tried several automatically, which must be a new feature as it's never offered before.
The coupon 'BLUEFRIDAY' knocked an additional 5% off.(y)
 

Bobthebuilder

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
northumberland
Not 1 local dealer had anything decent in stock 🙈 all either sold out or waiting on stock coming in, as it happens have 1 coming from a dealer in Kent cheaper than getting 1 from our local dealer and free delivery
 

Runs Like a Deere

Member
Mixed Farmer
I've got a Husky 288 pulls a 25" bar with ease so something like a 365 special or 372XP should handle a 20" bar quite well.

I would stick to the professional series huskies and you will never need another saw.

2xx series if you don't mind vintage, 3xx series for something a little newer or 5xx if you want a brand new saw.

there are a couple of nice used 372XPs on eBay at the moment
 

dave mountain

Member
Livestock Farmer
I've got a Husky 288 pulls a 25" bar with ease so something like a 365 special or 372XP should handle a 20" bar quite well.

I would stick to the professional series huskies and you will never need another saw.

2xx series if you don't mind vintage, 3xx series for something a little newer or 5xx if you want a brand new saw.

there are a couple of nice used 372XPs on eBay at the moment
`ive got 2xx, 3xx and 5 series XP saws and tbh im not convinced on the longevity of the 5s yet, though they are absolutely amazing to use
 

Runs Like a Deere

Member
Mixed Farmer
`ive got 2xx, 3xx and 5 series XP saws and tbh im not convinced on the longevity of the 5s yet, though they are absolutely amazing to use
I think there are some 5s that are better than others, I am old school so still running 2xx series and 3xx series saws. Not sure I will ever need a 5xx series as my dad has a 61 practica thats older than me and still going strong.
 

dave mountain

Member
Livestock Farmer
I think there are some 5s that are better than others, I am old school so still running 2xx series and 3xx series saws. Not sure I will ever need a 5xx series as my dad has a 61 practica thats older than me and still going strong.
you will never need a new one, but tbh the difference between the 2 series and 5 series is nearly as big as between a cheap saw and a 2 series, the 5s really are awesome to use. quite amazing that new cheapo saws are still miles apart in performance from even a 35 year old husky though, and they definitely wont still be working in 35 years time
 

eulb

Member
I know you said you don't want the cheap and cheerful ones, but I've been using a Hyundai 20" 62cc one for a couple of years now, just for general farm work, and I can't fault it so far. Starts well, plenty of power, chain that came with it wasn't the best but a new one from newsawchains.co.uk was only a few quid.

Currently available on a special deal at £106+vat, which is a steal IMO, I was happy paying £125+vat.

 

eulb

Member
Not 1 local dealer had anything decent in stock 🙈 all either sold out or waiting on stock coming in, as it happens have 1 coming from a dealer in Kent cheaper than getting 1 from our local dealer and free delivery
What model have you bought?

Stihl won’t sell online,so a Husky?
 
you will never need a new one, but tbh the difference between the 2 series and 5 series is nearly as big as between a cheap saw and a 2 series, the 5s really are awesome to use. quite amazing that new cheapo saws are still miles apart in performance from even a 35 year old husky though, and they definitely wont still be working in 35 years time
Tbh however good or bad a cheapo saw might be you should be amazed at how good they are at all when for the price of the bar and chain they can give you the rest of the saw for the price some of them are.
 

PSQ

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Scottish Borders
Not 1 local dealer had anything decent in stock 🙈 all either sold out or waiting on stock coming in, as it happens have 1 coming from a dealer in Kent cheaper than getting 1 from our local dealer and free delivery
Lloyds Kelso had a shelf full of husqvarnas yesterday, having completely restocked it since Saturday...
 

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