Good price for a used Stihl 036 Pro?

firstbassmanJanuary 21, 2009


Newbie here. Seems to be a lot of knowledgeable chainsaw users here.

I'm looking at a well-used Stihl 036 Pro w/ a 24" bar. He wants $350. Is this a good price?

I ran it through a few logs, and it seems to run well, but needs a new sprocket. Also drips oil. I took it to a local shop and they said all saws drip a little.

But, the chain is not getting oil, so it could be a simple fix or could be more involved oiler problem.

It also is missing a mounting bolt and a chain catch plate (or something like that). Also probably needs a tuneup.

I heat my house with wood, cut logs anywhere from 6"-24", once in a while bigger. Mixed fir, oak, maple, madrone. Haven't done any falling yet.

Is $350 a fair price, given the shape it's in? Thanks for any advice on this.

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canguy(British Columbia)

The guy is dreaming. That is an older model that was replaced by the MS360 then the MS361.$100.00 tops.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2009 at 8:52PM
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Thanks, canguy.

One acquaintance I asked here in town said $300, $325 tops, if it was in very good shape. Looks like I should pass on this one. I don't have much to spend and I need a saw that just works, otherwise my family gets cold!

I'm thinking maybe a brand new 290 "Farm Boss," but it would be nice to have the capability to run a 24" bar if I needed to do that.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2009 at 9:50PM
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canguy(British Columbia)

Step up to the MS390 if you want to run that bar.The MS361 is an even better workhorse but somewhat more money.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2009 at 11:04PM
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masiman(z7 VA)

I'd go with canguys rec on the saw price (I'm not up on 036 prices). But you can probably check out ebay to see see prices for comparison although I would think they might run a little higher on there.

I think you are looking at a ~60cc saw for your needs. You could larger but it would be more weight. A 50cc saw might do ya, but it might not be quite big enough for what you need.

Another option if you are handy with maintaining a saw is a used Dolmar/Makita 6401 (65cc) from Home Depot. They typically are in decent shape and are ~$200. I have bought two this way, one for $225, the other for $185. Call nearby HD's with tool rental depts.

If you think you need a good price and local support, I'd check out that 390 or the equivalent Husky (again I don't know the Husky lineup that well). Some will even suggest an Echo, but I don't think their larger saws compare very well to Husky and Stihl.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2009 at 11:12AM
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masiman(z7 VA)

If you are interested in a Makita 6401 I just saw these two for sale. They are a little pricey, i.e. he probably got them for

    Bookmark   January 22, 2009 at 11:21AM
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