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Kidding aside, I’ve owned a Stihl MS 291 for years. I run 20” chains. Had $600 invested in it with extra chains and oil when I bought it years ago. Worth every penny.

Also have a BR 350 Backpack blower. Worth every penny. Essential piece of equipment.

2 days ago, I dropped $419 on HS56 Hedge Trimmers. Fill in the blank. Worth every ___ .

 

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Kidding aside, I’ve owned a Stihl MS 291 for years. I run 20” chains. Had $600 invested in it with extra chains and oil when I bought it years ago. Worth every penny.

Also have a BR 350 Backpack blower. Worth every penny. Essential piece of equipment.

2 days ago, I dropped $419 on HS56 Hedge Trimmers. Fill in the blank. Worth every ___ .

i have the stihl kombi system,and have the hedge trimmer,pole saw, grass trimmer and extension,for it.
 

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Kidding aside, I’ve owned a Stihl MS 291 for years. I run 20” chains. Had $600 invested in it with extra chains and oil when I bought it years ago. Worth every penny.

Also have a BR 350 Backpack blower. Worth every penny. Essential piece of equipment.

2 days ago, I dropped $419 on HS56 Hedge Trimmers. Fill in the blank. Worth every ___ .

Dime?
 

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@Skrillz - you can own anything Stihl you want brother. I have Stihl because that's what I bought used 10 years ago and they treated me very well. I have a very good dealer close by so that's why I stay with them. I've spent a lot on this stuff over the past few years but I don't regret it for a second. It all saves me time and has been very reliable.

My Stihls:

011 AVT that has to be 40+ years old and was put through the wringer before I bought it. Starts 1-2 pulls
026 that's burned up. Overheated on a huge oak when I had to get my driveway open in a pinch. Owned 10+ years.
026 red lever - owned 3 years and is a real workhorse. Has never let me down.
261 CM - just bought it. LOVE that saw!
400 CM - just bought it. Great saw, just wish it oiled a little more for 25" bar.
HT131 Pole saw - couldn't live without it. Has saved me thousands in tree service bullshiz
FS131 Brush Cutter - super great weed whacker/brush cutter. Worth the investment
BR800 Blower - I mean, if you're going to get blown... bigger is better!

Oh, and I have an Echo PAS 265 that I bought at a pawn shop 10 years ago with multiple attachments. Good running piece too.
 

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Exactly MN. I can pay a few hundred for Stihl instead of thousands (on-repeat) to have someone do the work for me. Those Stihl pole saws are solid. You live and learn. Husqavarna seems to do well for me too.

Why are quality landscaping products orange. Who started that trend? Stihl?

In 2020 got a 37 hp scag cheetah with 61” deck. It eats everything in it’s path and leaves behind a golf course. It’s orange.
 
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I always thought they were orange so when you set them down in the forest and walked away they would be easy to find when you came back looking for them.
I paint my other wood cutting tools orange for that same reason after having a hard time finding my splitting moll once. So wedges, axe, log roller etc are all orange now.
 

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I always thought they were orange so when you set them down in the forest and walked away they would be easy to find when you came back looking for them.
I paint my other wood cutting tools orange for that same reason after having a hard time finding my splitting moll once. So wedges, axe, log roller etc are all orange now.
That makes sense for most things. But on the other hand, I hope I don’t lose my Scagg cheetah in the woods and definitely hope people don’t lose their full sized Kabota tractors.:ROFLMAO:
 

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As you can see... I need a good blower. Over and over and over again. :giggle:

We have been blessed with some of the most amazing Fall colors this year. We are in an extreme drought at my house. Many of the storms and rains have gone around us by only a mile or two. We haven't had 3" of rain TOTAL since the first week of May. Even some of the trees are starting to show signs of the drought. I would guess we are close to 10" behind a normal year. My trails through the woods are 3 inches of powdery dust.

This is my view from my office window. Chicken coop and kid's trampoline in partial view.

Plant Cloud Sky Natural landscape Tree


A quick picture from 12 days ago. Pardon the mess in front of my garage as I'm rearranging some things and lack storage - it looks like a yard sale around here right now. Gotta get it all cleaned up before snow. This photo is taken facing NW so ALL of those leaves eventually make it to my yard.

Cloud Sky Plant Building Natural landscape
 

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Nice place and beautiful trees.
 
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We are in an extreme drought at my house. Many of the storms and rains have gone around us by only a mile or two. We haven't had 3" of rain TOTAL since the first week of May. Even some of the trees are starting to show signs of the drought. I would guess we are close to 10" behind a normal year. My trails through the woods are 3 inches of powdery dust.
We're getting all of your rain down here it seems, we've had 2 meters (79 inches) of rain up until August this year breaking all records (just beat 1950) and it is still raining. We had 1700mm (67 inches) last year so it's been a very wet season. Our average annual rainfall is 1300mm or 50 inches. The ground is full and everything is mouldy, it's getting unbearable.

Beautiful photos!
 
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We're getting all of your rain down here it seems, we've had 2 meters (79 inches) of rain up until August this year breaking all records (just beat 1950) and it is still raining. We had 1700mm (67 inches) last year so it's been a very wet season. Our average annual rainfall is 1300mm or 50 inches. The ground is full and everything is mouldy, it's getting unbearable.

Beautiful photos!
That’s too much rain. We’ve had roughly half that and still nothing dries out fully.
 
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Yes beautiful fall colors you have there. We are at peak fall color here too. Love driving around this time of year. Fall is always my favorite time, for all that and the hunting and fishing during this time is great.
 

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I have a good friend that owns a logging company and when I asked him what his favorite chainsaw was after decades of running his business and working with other loggers before that he said the MS 261 without a doubt. But now he is saying the 261 is second to the new MS 500i. But then again huge difference in sizes.
I have two 20” bars for my 261 one light and the standard ematic that came on it (which is about wore out) and a 16” bar for smaller jobs.
The little MS 193 in the picture is a great saw too, so light you can run it with one hand. It has 14” bar and decent power for a small saw.
I have considered many times getting a bigger saw, but my old back keeps telling me I don’t need to be cutting with that much weight anymore. Lol.
I’m with you brother ! Had an 034 super av graciously removed from my establishment as well as some other things . Pretty bummed , got some insurance money and wound up with the 261c-m , what an awesome saw ! It’s a beast ! I’ve had my eye on a MS 500i , which I know weight to power wise is along the same lines as the 261 , but $1500 and 3 extra pounds ! Just not sure ! 😂 Have to cut a lot of wood to justify it , and I’m not getting any younger either !
 

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She still runs awesome and cuts great but the air filtration on the new saws is SO MUCH BETTER! It was worth the upgrade for that alone. On this old one, it seems I need to clean the filter after every tank of gas.
I've been Stihl all my life but changed to Husky a few years back because of this exact reason, that and the Stihls constantly dumping bar oil. I've never needed to change the air filter on my 74cc Husky, and it oils the chain beautifully and never leaks bar oil. All my Stihls would not oil properly and would dump the tank on the pavement or truck bed every time they were put down.
 
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The M-tronic system is awesome and has been flawless for me so far and I work that 261c pretty hard since I bought it 7-8 years ago. Have you seen Stihl’s new saw with fuel injection? The MS 500i
Those 500i's had a lot of bad reviews early on, hopefully they have been sorted, I would love one!
 

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Those 500i's had a lot of bad reviews early on, hopefully they have been sorted, I would love one!
There seems to be lots of folks that are very happy with them in the Stihl Facebook group. They must have them dialed in now. The videos I've seen sure do make it look like a nice saw. I was only going to buy one saw but the allure of the 261 got the best of me. :p My old Stihls do make a bar oil mess like you said @cactus - that's a hassle for sure. I know Husky makes some great stuff. I would love to run one sometime to check them out. I don't have a Husky dealer very close by and my Stihl dealer is great so that's a big reason for me.
 
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