Choosing a chainsaw
I'm shopping for a new chainsaw and would like some advice. I'm torn between being cheap or jumping into the better quality. Here's what I'm considering:
- Poulan Pro 4620, 46cc, 20 inch, $200 new
- Shindaiwa 488, 48cc, 20 inch, $290 new
- Makita DCS6401, 64cc, 20 inch, $225 used with maybe 60 OR 80 hours on it.
I'm not likely to take it into a shop to be fixed. If I can't fix it myself then buying a new cheap one is cheaper than paying hourly rates for repairs. But 30 years ago I could rebuild a VW engine so I understand basic engine repair.
I rarely fell trees. I'll use the chainsaw to clean up trees downed by storms and to cut firewood. I don't expect to ever cut a tree larger then 24". But I do scavenge trunks of trees being removed by tree services. I'm using about two full cords a year of hardwood cut down to stove size. Mostly I split it with a 20 pound maul but crotches and cross-grained parts that don't split smoothly will be chainsawed down to stove size.
Thanks in advance for your time.