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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-27-2013, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
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New chainsaw

Looking at getting a rebuilt Stihl 038 magnum. Anyone out there have any experience comments about that chainsaw model?

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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-27-2013, 11:54 PM
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Re: New chainsaw

They were a great saw in their day. That day is long gone.
The 044 replaced the 038, with a totally new design. A much better saw. The 044 became the MS440, now the 441/442. A 038 is big, heavy, and not for the novice user. I would pass on that one.

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Good thing your going with Stihl and not Husky. Husky has outsourced to the box stores and lost control of their "quality control."

Do yourself a favor and buy the Stihl MS261 with an 18 inch bar. It's basically the entry level homeowner's pro model. It's worth the extra 200 dollars.

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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-28-2013, 06:27 AM
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Re: New chainsaw

Ive got 2 stihl saws. I have an 039 with an 18" bar for the last ten years that has worked flawlessly. I bought an MS 361 c with a 20" bar a little over a year ago and that thing is an absolute beast. Its actually got a smaller engin than my 039 but its got more cutting power. I do alot of cutting so i use one till it gets dull or runs out of gas and then i use the other one.

How much are they charging you for it? If it runs and was well taken care of and is the right price it may be worth your while. What kind of cutting do you do? Do you heat your home with wood or are you just looking for a saw to cut things here and there? If you are not gonna do a ton of cutting you may want something smaller. Me personally, unless this saw was in immaculate condition, i would opt to look for something newer. You'll be surprised how much better the newer chainsaws are.
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He wants $525 for it. It's in really good shape and clean. With a lot of brand new stuff on it. Comes with a 25 in bar. Also I cut about 5 cords a year to heat my home. Some of that come from felling big trees to

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Re: New chainsaw

After plenty of questions and advice mostly on this forum I went with the Stihl Farm Boss MS290 great saw!
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post #7 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-29-2013, 09:25 PM
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$525 is too much for that old saw man, rebuilt or not. Thats almost as much as they costed brand new. For around a hundred dollars more you could get something brand new that really kicks butt man. They dont make the ms 361 c model anymore, they changed it to the ms 362. I highly recommend you check that saw out. I cut around 5 chord a year myself and this saw is perfect in a 20" bar but you can get up to a 24" bar on it. I drop some big tree's to.
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Re: New chainsaw

Last year I bought a 16" bar for my 361 which always ran a 20" bar. ... Hang on!!

I have a 440 which also has a 20" bar which is about all I need...

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That price is extremely high. I still have one, the 038 Mag II, which was the last one made and most powerful. They are worth about $300 to $350 tops. If you are prepared to spend $500, you can do lightyears better.

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You can get a lighter faster saw for the same money new!

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