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I like two nice, small chainsaws (Husqvarna 235-e 34.4cc, 16in. bar and a Stihl Ms 180 31.8cc, 14in bar). I am startled by 1 fac

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  • I like two nice, small chainsaws (Husqvarna 235-e 34.4cc, 16in. bar and a Stihl Ms 180 31.8cc, 14in bar). I am startled by 1 fac

    I like two nice, small chainsaws (Husqvarna 235-e 34.4cc, 16in. bar and a Stihl Ms 180 31.8cc, 14in bar). I am startled by 1 fact: Stihl = 1.9 HP and the Huskie = 1.7 HP, why is this. Also which saw would you buy if you where going to cut a lot of small to meduim firewood? All opinons are great!

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    If you are going to use it ALOT, I would go with the Stihl, I have worked for an arborist and with several other tree specialists and they all use Stihl chainsaws. A Stihl would be overkill for most homeowners because they are professional quality machines (at a professional price) but if you are going to use it ALOT go for it and spend the extra money.

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    • #3
      Like I have stated in the past, I am a die hard Husquvarna fan. My dad used them when he was a lumberjack and I have used them a lot too. Our family heats only with wood so we need good saws that will work and keep on working. Stihls are good saws over all and I have used them in a pinch but I just believe that Husquvarnas are better. The manufacturing companies measure how many CCs the saw is by how much water the piston displaces in a tub of water. The Husquvarna has a bigger piston which makes it have more torque and down right getting through the wood cutting power. A 35cc saw is really only a limbing or tree surgeon's saw for climbing with. If you are going to be cutting fire wood like Red Oak, White oak, Live Oak or Hickory you are going to want a saw that is around 45 CCs. I am talking from experience here, believe me I know.

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      • #4
        I own a Stihl and it is by far the best chainsaw I have ever bought. Its over 30 yers old and runs like new but then I only use it a few times a year. The main reason I decided on this brand was that almost all the pulp wood cutters in the south use them. These guys run the saws all day long every day they are on the job. They also believe in constant maintenance, the saw might look rough but it will fire in 1 or 2 pulls and keep running until it needs gas/oil. No saw no paycheck. If I eve noticed another brand in use by these fellows it was a Huskie.
        A friend told me that the cutters in the big timber of Oregon and Washington are partial to Huskies.

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        • #5
          ishawood,
          My dad worked for WestVaco lumber and paper company in South Carolina. WestVaco is the largest lumber company in the South East and they use Husquvarna saws. There is no way to beat a good Swedish made saw. I know several Tree surgeons and they all use Husquvarna saws. The only folks I know that use Stihl is the power company and they don't cut four hundred trees a day for a lumber company.

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          • #6
            rabbitpolice88, why is the power difference not equal with Stihl? Also the 235 looks like a cheaper saw than then the others. Lastly what chainsaws do own? Thanks guys, keep on posting!

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            • #7
              I would say it is the length of the bar that they tested the HP on. The Stihl had a shorter bar than the Husquvarna, the longer the bar the more the engine has to work to get the chain through the wood and back around. The Shorter the bar the more power and chain speed you are going to have. Also you have to look at how the saws are geared. The Husquvarna is probably geared a little lower than the Stihl meaning the Husky has more cutting power. I personally use a Husky 45 or a 55 Rancher. My dad uses a Husky 371 which is an absolute hoss. I have to be careful with it or it will pull me off my feet. It is a 71cc saw with a 16 inch bar. You talk about an absolute screamer, it has so much power and chain speed that it cuts a little too fast for safe use.

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              • #8
                The stihl is a really good saw and that is what weve got and it cuts really good but i have also heard quite a bit abou huskies too

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                • #9
                  Here on our little farm we have a Husky 450 rancher and it is a heck of a lot better than the Poulan we used to use. Very relyable, starts good...Swedish engineering ooohh! I have only heard good things about Stihls but they ain't Swedish.The Swedes really know how to make things to cut wood! Moira Knives, Estwing and Fiskars axes and blades, the decendants of those who made patternwelded viking swords (the best in Europe in 800AD) are still on the job!

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                  • #10
                    Good god Bella you always have to turn everything sexual. LOL, just kidding.

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                    • #11
                      The length of the bar has nothing to do with the motor's power output. It will effect how fast you can cut, but an motor's output is just that.

                      The Stihl gets more horses out of less displacement because Germans have magick powers that let them get big power out of small engines. There are plenty of cars that have smaller engines yet send more power to the wheels than ones with bigger engines.

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                      • #12
                        Shane,
                        I didn't say the length of the bar affects the actual engine output from the sprocket. However you lose power because it takes more power to run the chain through wood near the end of the bar. This is fact, not opinion. Ask anyone who has used a saw for a living. The longer the bar the less cutting power you have over all. I know what I am talking about.

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                        • #13
                          Yeah and I'm not denying that fact, you're right. I even say it effects how fast you can cut. I'm just trying to explain the question about why the smaller engine is more powerful.

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                          • #14
                            OH ok, I hear you. Yes that is true some things can have a smaller engine and put out an amazing amount of hp.

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                            • #15
                              I agreed with Golfing Sportsman answer!

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