I'm in the market for a new chainsaw. This would be an easy decision if Mafell made a Chainsaw for limbing and tree falling but they don't.
So any recommendations?
I have a fair amount of experience with Husqvarna and Stihl. Mainly there professional lawn equipment back in the day. Preferred a husky or Echo over Stihl. Stihl always had problems starting and seemed to flood easily.
Staying with the tree major brands in my area. Stihl, Husqvarna, and Echo. Also wanting a Pro grade tool.
In years past I preferred Echo, I really believe they made a better product. But the past few years, maybe 10, IMO their quality has gone down. I believe they cheapened there line in order to get into big box stores.
I have all Stihl equipment now, all pro equipment. At times they do not start well. Or at all. I will be changing brands.
I visit the forestry forum occasionally. From what I read the Mafell of chainsaws is Dolmar. I know one person who has one and loves it.
As a side note I have a Craftsman back pack leaf blower that I purchase in 1995. It is not your normal Craftsman product it's better. Never done any repairs to. I think it is a Tanaka, never seen any for sale locally.
Thanks for the suggestions. I just hate buying bad gear and don't want to be disappointed. Chainsaws aren't exactly precision tools but I want to be sure it will last and perform long term. My decision is starting to be directed based on the better dealers in my area. Warranties are only as good as the service and I want someone I can trust to direct my decision. Stihl is really the dominant brand in my area.
I own the Husqvarna 359 with a 20" bar. I have had it for 8-10 years. I have been happy with it...don't use it a lot but it is good to go whenever I do use it. It doesn't look like they have changed it at all in the last decade, mine looks exactly like the one in the link below:
Post by toomanytoys on Oct 19, 2014 8:45:03 GMT -5
I've been using chainsaws for over 45 years, mostly on our farm and cutting firewood, a couple of cords a year.
Right now I have both Husky and Stihl. Neither have been problematic in starting or use. The Stihl maintenance parts are more expensive and never found at a discount. There are numerous options in size between those two to find whatever you need, maybe too much. For replacement chains and bars I use Baileys, very good quality and availability and I've found the Woodland Pro chains to be better then the common Oregon. My biggest problems over the last few years has been with fuel, even when emptying for storage.
I'll throw a curve. About three years ago I bought a Husky electric 14" saw. In my home neighborhood I have a neighbor who calls code enforcement anytime they hear a chainsaw. Code and I are on a first name basis even though all I've ever done is trim or recut some of my farm wood. For awhile I would tune up my saws at the house just for the ridiculousness.
However, I've been using the electric more and more at the farm, throwing the saw, Honda generator and extension cord in the tractors bucket. At home, I just use my 12ga 100ft cord. There are two issues I have with the electric Husky, but with weight, power, lack of noise and vibration, it has become more the go to tool then the gas powered Huskys and Stihls. I use a Woodland Pro chain on it and my friend who also processes firewood is impressed how good it is compared to his consumer gas saw.
Later today I'll be taking down a 35ft maple at the farm and it will be with the electric.
Just throwing that out depending on your usage.
I'll add in my issues ...... First the chain brake lever is the hardest flip of any saw I've had in decades. Some reviews state the saw is DOA out of the box. It's not, it's the fact that the brake is so hard to release, but not hard for it to work. I fell for the same thing, sending my first one back. The second is that there is only one stud holding the bar to the power head, not like any of my other saws including Husky. If you switch from normal cutting under the bar to cutting on the bars top if you hit the wood too hard the bar can rotate and allow it to come off the sprocket. I've had to learn to not be as aggressive in production mode when breaking down a tree.
Good info. I already have a Makita electric saw and its great. Cuts great, quiet, and always works when I need it. Plus theres no exhaust so I can use it indoors(there are times)
Have a cheap Poulan but the thing is horrible. Got 11 acres this year and and 8 acres is covered in trees so I need something portable. Narrowed my choice to a 40 cc with 18" bar and will get a 60 cc with larger bar next year. One step at a time.
Got a saw this week. Ended up with a Stihl MS 251 C. 40cc motor with 18" bar. Easy Start Function and tool-less chain tightener. Really like the easy start. You slowly pull the cord and as you're pulling its tightening a spring which at the end of the cord releases to start the motor. Amazing how easy it is to run and only ways 10 lbs.
abdon: I stand corrected , the angle fence is only attaches with F -Tracks , what confused me was , that the Timberwolf site mentioned it will work with the NFU machine, yes it will work but only I guess when you use the Ftrack , with other tracks Like the KSS L.
Nov 28, 2020 22:52:01 GMT -5
glynnco: Did you order from GereedschapPro? I see them as in stock but I'm located in the US and am not sure if they ship here. I sent them an email asking about shipping but it was returned undeliverable...
Dec 10, 2020 7:37:40 GMT -5
jonathan: I've purchased a lot of stuff from our neighbours @ GereedschapPro.nl As far as I know they are one of the larger Mafell dealers in the EU. I can recommend them, they usually respond quickly.
Dec 11, 2020 13:58:36 GMT -5
NFU 50 Transportation?: Hi Guys, is there some Systainer for the NFU 50?
Dec 11, 2020 14:30:12 GMT -5
frezik24: Hello everyone
Dec 13, 2020 9:20:00 GMT -5
lasse: Thanks for the tip! I have own a mafell rail which is 160 cm and one that is 80 cm. Will it work just as well or will I need to buy rail that is 110 cm?
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