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11-24-2015 08:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question chainsaw mill chainsaw milling

LJ,s

I’m looking to upgrade from my 50 cc Poulan Pro to a Husqvarna with a bit more power? I’m looking for a fellow LJ who might have used this set up, and/or opinions on the quality and durability of these saws.

I know this is somewhat under-powered but it may be what I can manage? I’ve been working on my milling (mostly fixing my chainsaws) since June of this year, and I have learned some hard lessons.

What are your opinions on the Husqvarna saws and this situation?

As always thanks for your constrictive input.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher


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#1 posted 11-24-2015 08:19 PM

I’m not able to comment on Poulan but Husqvarna is relatively equivalent to Stihl. You are going from 50cc to either 55cc or 60cc. I would suggest the 60cc as a minimum. I picked up a Stihl MS661 (91cc) last year with a 36” bar and it is unreal how much power this has on my chainsaw mill. Curious which mill you use.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#2 posted 11-24-2015 08:20 PM

I’ve got a Husky 359 and 385. I would recommend either. The rancher is a bit of a lower grade though. I tried the 359 once in my mill, it was pretty slow, which is in line with the 455 i think. Look into the 385 or 390. I think you’ll be much happier.

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#3 posted 11-24-2015 08:29 PM

Randy,

I am using a modified version of the Panther Pro.

How much did your 91 cc cost?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 11-24-2015 08:30 PM

Don,,

What is the cost and cc of the Sthil saws?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 11-24-2015 08:58 PM



Don,,

What is the cost and cc of the Sthil saws?

- DocSavage45

Mine are Husky’s.
http://www.baileysonline.com/Chainsaws/

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#6 posted 11-24-2015 09:12 PM

They are expensive, but I plan on it lasting a lifetime.
List dealer price is $1200 but I got it during “Stihl Days” for $1000.
http://www.stihlusa.com/products/chain-saws/professional-saws/ms661cm/

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#7 posted 11-24-2015 10:00 PM

Seriously consider a Dolmar/Makita 6400-7300-7900. Home depot sells off their rental 6400s every once in a while for relatively cheap prices. The 6400 is a long stroke 64cc saw, and because of that has more torque than the other 60cc class saws out there.

Additionally a 79 or 85cc top end fits right on, and can be had for $125

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#8 posted 11-24-2015 10:27 PM

I can’t speak specifically to the 455 or 460 but I have a beam machine (as cheap as you can get) and I used it with my Husky 350 then my Makita DCS540 and while the Makita seemed to have a bit more torque, it was slow going with both through softwood. I acquired a Makita 6400 and the power is certainly much better, the torque is way better which allows me to go longer on a chain before having to sharpen it. While I do eventually want a band saw mill, the expense and more importantly the space it would take up aren’t going to allow that to happen yet. At the local ABC rental (also a Stihl dealer) they had a MS880 with two tanks of gas through it for $1200 that included a 48” bar & chain. VERY tempting as it would power any chainsaw mill and also work well for felling bigger stuff. A band saw mill of the quality that I’m sure I do not want would be over $2000 and that’s about what I figured I’d have tied up in a good mill, the saw, a few chains and a second, shorter bar.

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#9 posted 11-24-2015 11:01 PM

Hi Doc, I use a Husqvarna 460 with my Alaskan mill. I’ve got a 24” bar, a 28” bar, and a 32” bar (referring to the chain bars), but I mostly use the 24” and the 28”. I know it’s only a midsized saw but it seems to be adequate for the milling I’ve done. I’ve milled all or part of about 40 trees with it including large mesquites and osage orange. I think I paid $400 for that 460 with the 24” bar when it was on sale. A saw with twice the power it has would be more fun, but for the little bit I use it the price point of the 60cc saw seemed to make sense. I also use the “mini-mill” which cuts perpendicular to your reference surface if I am cutting on a really large tree I’ll use that to cut the sides off the log off so I can get the alaskan mill around it. You can see I was doing that here on this sycamore log I was quartersawing. You can see that 460 peeking out on the left.

I didn’t have the 32” bar when I did this tree but it would have been nice to have and I bought it right after that.

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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#10 posted 11-25-2015 01:56 AM

Thanks Everyone.

Been tracking your responses at work. Had a noshow AGAIN!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 11-26-2015 12:44 AM

Bob and Doc – here is a Sycamore I was milling this summer at my dad’s place back in Ohio. The top of the tree was snapped off in a bad storm. I had to cut a bit of the trunk side off (seen in the photo) to get the mill to fit. This tree was huge. I slabbed it up and have it air drying at his place. Got a lot of quartersawn out of it.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#12 posted 11-26-2015 02:10 AM

Randy,

Looks like you have gravity to help! LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 11-26-2015 02:31 AM

Exactly. We used a tractor with a bucket to pull and lift it back onto the stump. Even just a slight decline in the angle from horizontal makes the milling almost effortless. Gravity and the pull of the chain feeds the saw into the wood.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#14 posted 11-26-2015 02:34 AM

Randy, Bob and all who commented.

I Just bought a reconditioned Rancher 460.

Price was in my pocket book. Hope Murphy wasn’t in there at the same time.

Thanks! (I hope…LOL!)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#15 posted 11-26-2015 02:48 AM

That’s great. Time to make some lumber!

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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