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Husqvarna vs. Stihl Chainsaws – A Matter of Taste

In an earlier post, I compared Stihl and Husqvarna chainsaws in terms of performance specs: power, power-to-weight, and price-to-power. The conclusion: no meaningful difference. But performance and price are not everything. In this article we will look at how Husqvarna and Stihl chainsaws differ for the user in general: performance&price, fuel economy, vibrations, bar selection […]

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Solid vs. Laminate Bars

Chainsaw guide bars come in two constructions: solid and laminate. Both laminate and solid guide bar models are available from all major manufacturers like Husqvarna, Oregon, Stihl, Sugihara and Tsumura. What difference does this make and which should you choose? In this article, I will compare solid and laminate guide bars and help you choose. […]

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Oregon Bars for Husqvarna

Oregon offers a very wide selection of quality aftermarket guide bars for Husqvarna chainsaws. Getting a hold of the Husqvarna-compatible Oregon offering is quite a challenge, mainly due to the tail mounts mix. This article gives you an overview of the Oregon bars for Husqvarna in the form of handy tables. To make things real […]

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Husqvarna Chain Quick Reference

Husqvarna chainsaw chains are great but the types and sizing take some getting used to. This post summarizes what you need to know about Husqvarna chainsaw chains: sizes, types and identification. Husqvarna chains (current) Chains in the current Husqvarna chainsaw chain lineup are listed in the table above by pitch and gauge. For more details […]

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Oregon Bars for Stihl

Oregon makes nice bars for Stihl chainsaws, but finding a compatible bar for your Stihl from Oregon’s massive selection can be difficult. Oregon’s bar finder does not have too many new Stihls, and the bar mount patterns in particular are a real jungle. I wrote this article to help you in this task. Below, you […]

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Stihl Chain Quick Reference

Selecting a Stihl chainsaw chain is made challenging by the sheer number chains you have to choose from: at least 19 types, 11 pitch–gauge combinations and more than 20 lengths are currently available. The model names are also heavy in Stihl-specific jargon like Rapid, Picco, Super and PMM3. This article explains the Stihl chain models, […]

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Stihl vs. Husqvarna Chainsaws: The Common Knowledge Isn’t True

The received wisdom holds that Stihl makes more powerful and cheaper chainsaws than Husqvarna, and that Stihl saws are more consumer-oriented and Huskies more professional. Always preferring hard numbers, I decided to do a bit of research on this, and found that these are not really true. In this article, we’ll take a look at […]

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Aspen – A Gasoline that Does not Smell

Ever heard of gasoline that does not smell? There is indeed such a thing: Aspen alkylate gasoline. Having been available in Europe for decades, Aspen launched their alkylate fuels in US just end of 2020. In this article, we’ll take a quick look at Aspen gasoline. In summary, Aspen alkylate gasoline is exceptionally refined gasoline […]

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Bar Oil Basics

Bar oil is one of the two oils your chainsaw needs to work (2-cycle engine oil is the other). Bar oils have a simple task and yet they are commonly not very well understood. What kind of oil is bar oil really? What is its viscosity or SAE grade? Do you have to use a […]

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Which Engine Oil for Chainsaw Bar & Chain?

In a previous article we explored alternatives for commercial bar oil products for lubricating the chainsaw guide bar and chain. One of them was engine oil: it’s commonly available, and though not cheap, it has excellent lubrication properties. But what kind of engine oils work as bar oil? Is a specific SAE grade (weight) needed […]