I am looking at buying the Husky 460 with a 24" bar for general use and to use in some of my woodworking endeavors. I want to use it to harvest some wood for different small projects, but also for bowl blanks as well as firewood.
In the past I have owned McCullough, Poulan, Echo, and Homelite. There were OK for what they were (light homeowner saws), but I want something that is heavier duty and more dependable. I need something with larger capacity (don't need the 36" bar) and good power. After using a pro Stihl for a day, you really notice the difference in the equipment if you are used to one of the above offenders.
Around the house it is hard to beat a good electric, but I may be coming onto a good deal of mesquite in the future as well as some nice oak and ash. The electric won't fill the bill for some heavy duty log sawing I have in mind as the logs I will be cutting are anywhere from 18" to 36" across, and there are a bunch of them. And if things go well with my harvesting efforts I may be cutting bowl blanks to trade or sell from time to time in the future, so I will be using the saw pretty hard, off and on.
I can get this saw to the door for about $410 with three chains and a bar scabbard. Before the posts start about getting a Stihl,
BUT the same setup would cost me almost double. Yep... double. I thought I was going to choke to death on that one. You cannot buy Stihl over the internet (only a private seller such as Ebay has) as they are protecting their dealers and in fact protecting their price. Northwestern Power Equipement sells both brands and they were the ones that gave me the price comparison, but then told me they couldn't ship the similar Stihl model. They were actually prohibited from selling certain parts that are shipped as well. I am sure that there are dealers that will, but a quick phone call to my local Stihl dealer revealed the same story. No shipping of saws or certain parts.
I am used to repairing my tools, so I want to be able to buy drive sprockets, OEM pro grade chain bars, primer bulbs, etc., without thinking I could buy another saw for the same price. So Stihl is off the table.
The guys at Northwestern told me that Husky was making a serious play for the US market, and that is why they have improved their saw quality and doubled their saw warranty to 2 years. Sounds good... but I dunno. I am hoping the next saw I buy will be the last for the forseeable future since I have pissed away enough money buying the "home pro" saws in the last 10 years to buy the Stihl.
I would love any input on this, even some input on Husky saws in general.