“Hey guys, I’m 16, and am looking to buy my first chain saw.I was looking at buying the Stihl MS 290 FarmBoss 16-inch, Stihl MS 250 16-inch, Stihl MS 270 WoodBoss 16-inch, Stihl MS 280 16-inch or Husqvarana 455 Rancher 20-inch. I will mainly be using it to clean up around my house, cutting a little bit of firewood and cleaning up after a hurricane.”


“Well, the saws you have listed will all work! However, have you looked at all the options, what dealers you have and the other makes on the market?”


“I would vote for the MS 290 for you, with an 18-inch bar.”

Bruce Hopf:

“I have to agree. How far is it to the nearest dealer for each manufacturer? That is one of your main things to look at: distance to the dealer. Another thing to look at: You might be able to get some wood cutting jobs from neighbors, farmers that want a tree taken down that don’t have the time to do it, nor the equipment. (I did a lot of that in my teens).”


“Go with the Stihl MS 250 with the 18-inch bar. It’s not too expensive or large. That was my first saw. Love it!”


“I own a Stihl 310 and love it. I use it every day professionally.”


“I’ve owned a Stihl 290 FarmBoss with the Duromatic 20-inch bar since 2004 and have used it every year I’ve owned it. I’ve never had to take it in for maintenance yet, but I do change the air filter, clean/check/re-gap the spark plug and put a new chain on it as needed. If you take care of a Stihl, clean it up after every use, use the correct fuel-oil mix ratio and keep plenty of bar oil in it, it should last you as long as you need it.

“I prefer a Duromatic bar over the Rolomatic any day, as it’s probably twice as tough, and if a big tree ever pinches down on the bar, you’ll be happy you made the investment. If you can swing it, try to get the 18 or 20-inch bar saw. You won’t regret it. Invest in some good ear and eye protection, as well. Good luck and choose wisely.”

van Oss Tree Care:

“I personally root for Huskys. All my equipment, as far as saws, edgers and brush cutters go, are Huskys. I also have a Jonsered and an Echo, both are amazing machines. The only downside to the Jonsered is the parts, they are more difficult to get.

“You can’t really go wrong with the Ranger. I own one myself and it does everything I need it to do. It is powerful and reliable and also pretty cost effective. You will definitely get your money’s worth.”

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