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08-11-2013 04:36:11

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Yes, and I can tell several stories about loggers who switched from Sthil to Dolmar/Makita, love them and say they would never go back to Stihl.

Like I said earlier, I'll believe what I see and experience myself. I was a Sthil mechanic going back to 1970 and still own a dozen Stihl saws. After my 045 Super had an ignition part fail -and Sthil USA told me "no parts available" - I tried to buy a new 65-80 cc saw from Sthil. The prices were ridiculous. I bought a 64 CC Makita/Dolmar instead and love it. I later got a lighter 52 CC Dolmar which is just as well built. Sthil makes some saws built just as good but overpriced.

Technically, Dolmar has been around a bit longer then Stihl and is a popular pro saw in Europe. Just never did any heavy marketing in the USA.

You say the loggers you know say the Dolmars were no good? Some facts please. What specific problems did they claim?

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08-11-2013 06:16:02

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 Re: poulan saw in reply to jdemaris, 08-11-2013 04:36:11  
If you only believe what you see or experience yourself, then what good does it do me to try to tell you any facts?
Mostly the Dolmar saws lost compression and wore out to quickly. Plus they like the fact that the Stihl was a faster running saw and quicker cutting.

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08-13-2013 07:58:17

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 Re: poulan saw in reply to Stuart, 08-11-2013 06:16:02  
I'm not fool enough to believe anecdotal stories with no specifics given.

On the other hand if someone explains a failure with some genuine facts - I pay attention. I don't believe or disbelieve. Just register it into memory and see if I come across more evidence to support the story.

As to a blanket statement like "Stihls are better then Dolmars?" Hardly worth paying attention too. Dolmar is a slightly older saw company than Stihl and makes a lot of pro saws in Europe.

In regard to some logging company quitting Dolmar? Maybe but why? Quality? Prices? Options? Local repair shops? Lots of loggers and firewood people very happy with Dolmars. And yeah - I'm sure many happy with Stihls. To each his own, I guess.

I did not switch to Dolmars because they were better then equivalent Stihl saws. I switched because they were every bit at good but priced less.

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08-13-2013 10:52:28

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 Re: poulan saw in reply to jdemaris, 08-13-2013 07:58:17  
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THAT is as good a reason to switch brands as any...

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08-11-2013 07:25:14

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 Re: poulan saw in reply to Stuart, 08-11-2013 06:16:02  
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Saws losing compression? Someone is telling you a story friend. I've got several Dolmars that are every bit as well made as Stihl or Husky. They are all good saws if given equal care. I'm betting someone didn't like the feel of the Dolmar vs Stihl and found an excuse of "low compression".

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08-11-2013 08:54:45

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 Re: poulan saw in reply to Bret4207, 08-11-2013 07:25:14  
We did a compression check and it seems they were wearing out faster than they should of been. Biggest reason they went back to stihl was that they run faster and cut faster.

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08-12-2013 07:03:11

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 Re: poulan saw in reply to Stuart, 08-11-2013 08:54:45  
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Did you tear any of them down to see if they were actually "wearing out"? Did you check to see if there was any other issue? You only have a "seemed to be wearing out" diagnosis to whatever the issue was and yet you're trashing a fine line of saws.
Some people simply like Stihl or Husky or whatever better. I have both Stihl and Husky, Dolmar, Solo, Mac, Homie, Poulan and Pioneer. Given equally sharp chains on the same log my big Dolmar will outcut my big Husky and Stihl. It's just a terrific saw. Thing is my ancient Mac 300 will almost keep up with the big Husky! Torque dontchaknow.

Don't get too hung up on brand is my advice. Husky was a better saw in general 30 years ago than Stihl. Then Stihl pulled ahead. Today Stihl and Husky both have serious competition that's a lot more affordable.

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