Stihl vs Husqvarna Chainsaws – The Ultimate Comparison

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  1. I’ll ride the fence a bit here. I have owned a Stihl MS 251 Wood Boss for 4-5 years now. I have had nothing but problems with it since I got it. At first, it would start about once every 5 attempts or so, the rest it required downtime to unflood it. This usually meant popping out the spark plug and giving it a few pulls. Once it got going it cut good, etc. Fast forward to this year. Carb started acting up, even after routine maintenance. Just a couple day ago, it started blowing white smoke occasionally, the chainsaw hesitates at the start and bogs while cutting. Readjusted the carb (again), and it’s not fixing the problem… Time to take it in to a repair shop and see what they say. I am guessing there are gaskets blown and maybe even clutch issues. I went and purchased a Husqvarna… I have seen 2 of these fail out of the box with family members. I purchased a 120 Mark II. Brand new out of the box… it failed. It would not stay running unless I immediately pulled the throttle, once I stopped it shut down. Also found that it also had a major oil leak. Lost almost half the tank during my testing. Nice oil stains on my work bench and concrete…… So which is really better? I think it just depends on how lucky you are.

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  2. I’m a Stihl technician and I agree with everything you said.Also if are including the cheapest saw like Craftsman there’s a very good saw for a homeowner I own one just to keep my truck, I love it. That saw is sold under other names like Jon’s saw from Farmertec. I bought a top handle Jons saw from Farmtech. I was in Lowe’s and I saw the Craftsman saw and it was identical engine features I bought it and it’s a great saw?

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  3. I have used both brand s .When I am out in the woods I want a saw that starts easily , does not flood and restarts readily when hot .Stihl never let’s me down while Husky saws are extremely problematic .

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  4. Husky equipment all the way! Stilh saws and equipment have become less reliable over the years from clutch parts seizing after being rained on to electronic carb issues from my experience. We own a land clearing company and have excellent performance with our husky pro saws and other equipment. For example, we have been running 562xp saws for years in the rain and otherwise harsh conditions with superior cutting power and performance with no mechanical issues other than basic maintenance. Very reliable, smooth operating and superior cutting power. We also run a 395xp for the large stuff with incredible cutting speed! Our pole saws are also Husqvarna which are no hassle performance compared to Stihl. The older Stihl equipment was once a better quality product however the newer product line has suffered in quality IMHO. I have literary given away thousands of dollars worth of Stihl equipment because my disappointment. Husky has Proven itself to our company for sure!

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  5. I enjoyed the article well done on the comparison.
    Ive been in the tree and firewood business for quite some time now and was a very brand loyal stihl fan at one time, now they jus sit on shelf(minus the ones ive traded or sold off) next to the Huskys. I picked up an Echo one day and havent looked back! Ive got a small Arsenal of them now and have had nothing but great success with them. I have taken into consideration that any saw will give you a lifetime of performance if maintained properly! (I have Homelights that are older than me and still run like new) I love my Echo’s, they have not ever let me down in the many years of service they have provided me! I used to take a stihl as a backup saw, now i dont even bother grabbing one off the shelf! Echo!

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  6. Very good article. I have Husqvarna 350 52cc . I just blew out the muffler. I’m going to try to get it repaired or buy a new one. Thanks, Anthony Linc, Eastlake, Ohio

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