|Forum topic by Dallas||posted 07-15-2012 08:36 PM||2713 views||0 times favorited||67 replies|
07-15-2012 08:36 PM
This morning we went to Bryan/College Station, (Our local big city).
I have been after the wife to let me buy a new [to me, I seldom buy new], chainsaw for the last few months. Finally Yesterday after mowing, I was cutting up some of the waste from the trees we just had taken dow and the old junker decided to show it’s arse and not restart after being shut down to clean up cut up debris. I spent 45 minutes pulling the rope, another 45 minutes replacing the fuel lines and another hour cussing, swearing and adjusting. Mostly cussing. Or swearing.
I gave up.
This morning, (Our day off), we decided to go get a new one and had about $400 in the bank account. Not enough for the 66CC Stihl with the 60” bar I really wanted.
I was planning to look through the local Pawnshops and see if I could find a Jonsered, Husqvarna or Stihl in decent condition with at least 50CC.
So I made the rounds of the box stores, Tractor Supply, and a couple of other places. I was just pricing and comparing.
I moved down the aisle a bit and found Echo and Ryobi and Hitachi line up and none of them was much more than a play toy.
At the very end of the aisle they had about 5 different brands of Poulan. Now, I use to own a Poulan and loved it, but that was 30 years ago when they had iron engines and cast aluminum heads. Those things would out work any saw in their class.
After reading a bunch of reviews on the unit I was interested in, ( Poulan Pro, 50CC, 20” bar), I thought “Hell, why not?” So I bought it, and after a bit of negotiation, got an extra Oregon chain and a pair of files with the deal for $199. With the local Senior Citizen discount, the sales tax was taken care of, so bottom line was $199 out the door.
I would much rather have a Jonsered or a Stihl, but Hey, Ya gotta do what you gotta do.
Especially since the wife blew out the left rear tire and rather than get it patched, (121K miles), I replaced them before we got to Lowe’s. That was $250 for the pair out the door!
-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!