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Tiny chainsaw comparison?

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06-11-2019 17:40:15

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I have been looking for a tiny gas-powered chainsaw. I wind up cutting a lot of trees in my way on National forest trails to our property in the Michigan Upper Peninsula. Sometimes three of us adults plus a large dog have to pack all out stuff in a Ford Escape. When we do, there is not much cargo room. Thus my search for the smallest saw I can find that will fit in a tool-bag or box with a quart of gas and a quart of oil.

I was surprised how hard it was to get a straight answer on the subject at a couple of dealers I went to (Echo and Stihl). In fact, I consider my dealer visits a "lapse in judgement" and will never do it again.

Echo claims to have the most lightweight and compact top-handle saw in the USA. I was hoping to find one at a dealer but nope.

So, I did some testing and fooling around. I trimmed down my CS3450 saw so it is shorter. Has a 33 cc engine. I weighed the Echo and my little Stihl 015L . I also finally bought a brand-new Chinese top-handle 25 cc saw. I LOVE IT. $82 shipped to my door. Build quality is much better then I expected and it runs like a little rocket. I filled them all with gas and oil and weighed them. Stihl 015 32 cc weighs the most at 11 1/2 lbs. Echo 32 cc saw weighs 10 lbs. The 25 cc Chinese saw weighs 8 3/4 lbs. Pleasant surprise because the seller shows it as 12 lbs.

The Stihl 015L cost $180 in 1980. That is equal to $540 today. The new 25 cc Echo I wanted sells right now for $360. The Chinese 25 cc top handle saw sells for $47 if I want to buy a big load of them. I paid $82 for just one.

I found only one slight flaw with the Chinese saw. One decal on it appears to be upside down. But my wife commented that when you hold the saw in your hand and look down to read that decal - then it is right side up.

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06-12-2019 17:24:26

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 Re: Tiny chainsaw comparison? in reply to JDEM, 06-11-2019 17:40:15  
I agree with Jon. Great post with great pictures and information. Nice job! Paul

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06-12-2019 10:36:30

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 Re: Tiny chainsaw comparison? in reply to JDEM, 06-11-2019 17:40:15  
Would you mind sharing the source for the $82 Chinese saw?


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06-13-2019 14:29:50

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 Re: Tiny chainsaw comparison? in reply to cwtech, 06-12-2019 10:36:30  
All over Ebay. Like this one with a "buy now" price of $92 or hit the "make offer" button. I offered $75 at first and we finally agreed to $87.


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06-11-2019 20:37:15

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 Re: Tiny chainsaw comparison? in reply to JDEM, 06-11-2019 17:40:15  
There ya go. You put this on here a couple weeks ago correct? Told you to go on Utube and there are a bunch of reviewers talking about those Chinese saws and most all of them are very positive. The reviews go from your little one up to some pretty big babys. Keep us informed. The first video this guy has several videos. 5he second video is a guy using the even bigger saw.

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06-11-2019 20:43:42

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 Re: Tiny chainsaw comparison? in reply to Jeffcat, 06-11-2019 20:37:15  
Chinese saws 2. This is a big saw!

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06-11-2019 20:25:47

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 Re: Tiny chainsaw comparison? in reply to JDEM, 06-11-2019 17:40:15  
You really did your homework! I think you need to put a roof rack on your Ford Escape and strap down a weatherproof bin for some of your stuff... I know you can't put the dog up there but your chainsaw won't mind :)

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06-12-2019 07:02:19

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 Re: Tiny chainsaw comparison? in reply to Nordic, 06-11-2019 20:25:47  
3 adults? What happened to that little boy you had?

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Jon Erickson

06-11-2019 20:01:27

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 Re: Tiny chainsaw comparison? in reply to JDEM, 06-11-2019 17:40:15  
Very interesting post, JDEM. Thanks for taking time to spell it all out as you did and also post the real good pictures. Post like yours are what make this discussion board so interesting and fun.

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Russ from MN

06-11-2019 18:20:31

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 Re: Tiny chainsaw comparison? in reply to JDEM, 06-11-2019 17:40:15  
I think my Lil-Jon cost $129 in 1972, that would be a lot of money in today's dollars! About that time my dad was buying Jonsered 601's for his employees for $200 each, and that was considered a good buy at that time. They were a good basic saw at the time, but no rubber mounted handle or chain brake.

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