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Good price for a used Stihl 036 Pro?

Posted by firstbassman (My Page) on
Wed, Jan 21, 09 at 20:16


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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RE: Good price for a used Stihl 036 Pro?

  • Posted by canguy British Columbia (My Page) on
    Wed, Jan 21, 09 at 20:52

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

RE: Good price for a used Stihl 036 Pro?

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.

RE: Good price for a used Stihl 036 Pro?

  • Posted by canguy British Columbia (My Page) on
    Wed, Jan 21, 09 at 23:04

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

RE: Good price for a used Stihl 036 Pro?

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.

RE: Decent Makita's for sale

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 <$200 with a bar and chain and he is selling powerhead only, but not too bad.

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