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    Cool Get me up to speed on the best saws of today

    What are the best saws of today, preferably ones that are still made. Which ones have the manufacturers worked the kinks out of, have the best bang for your buck, and just run amazing while having great durability? A friend of mine has a bunch of wore out saws I'm starting to fix up for him, but he's got to get something new and good as the go to saw for everything when the other 10 saws are having issues. Also I just want to learn what's best so I know.

    My experience and what I like: I prefer the Husqvarna 3xx saws, I like their choke and off switch setup and how they run. I've used my dad's 359 which was a great one, I wish they still made it, but I prefer rim sprockets with the rim on the outside. The 372 and a Chinese 365 were ones I used and like. I like my Jonsered 2188 for the most part, I got it for the outer rim sprocket and similar setup to a 390 while being less expensive. I also have an echo 271t which has great power, starts well, is super light, but can about blow itself to pieces if the chain jumps off causing $100+ in parts damage and weeks of backordering parts. Echo has one bigger top handle saw that I think is just a terrible design, and their other is too heavy. I've found my two saws, 2188 and 271t, to be a great pair, and all I need, although a light weight & powerful midsize would be nice.

    I'm not against Stihl saws, but I prefer Husqvarna. I think I like the 660 and 250 well enough, the 250 is a great in between size saw with 3/8 chain and good power, I've heard the price isn't too bad on it too. The ms390 is comparable to a 372. Stihls are just too expensive in general in my opinion. Another friend of mine got a new 661 and often has problems with it. I know the 290 is a pain to take apart. I also don't like the Husqvarna rancher saws as much, but at least huskys are easy to work on.

    So, what's you experience, your favorite in tree saw, mid size saw, and big saw? Which should I definitely stay away from?

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    Ain't gonna bite on that one, me!
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    Really, most of the pro grade stuff is pretty good right now.

    I'd shy away from a new MS661, just because I've heard they're cooking themselves, but that might be internet bullshit too. . .

    I've had good luck with:

    T540XP
    576XP
    390XP (any 3 series husky prior to strato engines)

    MS201TC
    MS441
    MS461
    MS880 (whatever, don't buy one of these, just don't.)
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    Poulan for me.

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    I knew those poulan jokes were coming, but I thought you guys would know better. I figured there could be some resistance to the question, though I'm not sure why, I just had a feeling.

    Anyway, I think it's a good valid question with new models coming out, and new models that have been around for a few years. Sometimes they have some bad production runs of them. All of the good brand name products should be good, but I'm looking for what stands out as being good or bad. Sometimes I think they have too many sizes to choose from which is why some people might favor a good model that runs reliably, is easy to service, and is a good balance between power and weight. I mentioned I liked the 372, but it is actually too heavy and weak for me to call outstanding. Maybe if it came stock with a big bore 76cc, and a faster flow oiler. The 359 had good power for the weight. A few tweaks to it's design and I'd call it outstanding.

    I liked Grendel's response. I'm sure the 880 is good, but I wouldn't buy one anyway, unnecessary price and weight...guess I don't need that power too. And what are the strato engines? x torque? autotune? I thought I read a while ago how people really like the 562, but I saw a lot of 2012-2015 (the only reviews I read) on Husqvarna's website that they had tuning issues and cylinder scoring problems.

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    Sorry to be so predictable mate.
    It really comes down to intended application, sometimes you want a shitty saw for a shitty job, or a saw that is lightweight thats gonna be picked up to make a couple cuts and then put down again repeatedly throughout the day.
    I generally allocate a budget, check power to weight ratio and make sure its a Stihl

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    Haha, I love saw vamping. Always up for it.

    Strato engines are the new thing where they wash the cylinder with a little fresh air to reduce emissions or save fuel, or whatever. What they call X Torque, same thing. I'm always inclined to think stories of burned up saws are related to light mixes. I'm sure it happens anyways once in awhile, even at 32:1 or whatever, but I've never seen it. . . It's hard to imagine the new chip carbs, which don't really let you run the saw rich on a lighter mix, wouldn't result in some saws burning up as well.

    I want a 661, just not pulling the trigger yet. 390 fills that void nicely for now.
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    Hey, a Poulan was my first climbing saw and I loved it... at the time.

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