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50 Years Of Evolution Husqvarna Chainsaws
« on: December 15, 2011, 02:18:43 pm »
I thought the stihl one posted was neat. So sharing this link here. Really neat pics IMO.

See how Husqvarna chainsaws have changed over the past 50 years

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yq3mAzpZfFw&feature=youtube_gdata_player
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Re: 50 Years Of Evolution Husqvarna Chainsaws
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2011, 06:02:52 pm »
Enjoyed it :)  First Husky I used was in 1972; friend of mine was working in the woods up in BC and we cut a tree for firewood with his Husky. Thought it was a better saw than the Mac's and Remingtons we were using, quieter and smoother. Only place to buy Husky's around here is Sears, Lowes, and Tractor Supply, nobody that knows anything about chainsaws; so the last three saws I bought are Stihl's ;)
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Re: 50 Years Of Evolution Husqvarna Chainsaws
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2011, 04:36:38 am »
It's about the same in these parts ,no stocking dealers .

A number of years ago as told to me by a Stihl dealer Husqvarna got on a power play and pulled the  franchises of most dealers because of low volume .They didn't however purchase back the remaining dealer stock .As a result there are no dealers locally and most likely will not be because of that one very bad business move .

What very few Huskys I work on I get the parts via a dealer down south rather than drive 40 miles north to one who wouldn't have the parts in stock any way .Too bad because from what I see as a rule they are pretty good saws .

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Re: 50 Years Of Evolution Husqvarna Chainsaws
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2011, 11:12:04 am »
Same here in my area  Al. Our largest saw dealer [1 of 2]  sold both Stihl and Husky, but somehow lost or let the Husky franchise go. The 2nd dealer now sells Husky which I run and support , but if I need a loop of chain in my different odd sizes he has to order it in. He doesn't stock rolls and doesn't  have a breaker /spinner. But I can't blame him........ in our small town the True Value hardware store down the road from the Husky dealer also sells Husqvarna consumer saws and trimmers. Something Stihl would never do, only one Stihl dealer allowed for a certain populated area for as long as what I rememeber.

In our area one thing about Stihl that I like is their strong dealer support and the way their dealers support the customer. Something definately Husqvarna has to work on. Husqvarna can't take for granted the good quality and features of their XP saws and the mass big box store marketing of their consumer units.

Why did I switch to Husky after running Stihls for 28 years? Those XP saws are soooooo nice to run.
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Re: 50 Years Of Evolution Husqvarna Chainsaws
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2011, 11:32:16 am »
One thing I dont see is vintage Husky's. Seems like as old as you get with them is late 70's. I watch ebay and local craigs list like a hawk too.

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Re: 50 Years Of Evolution Husqvarna Chainsaws
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2011, 12:00:55 pm »
One thing I dont see is vintage Husky's. Seems like as old as you get with them is late 70's. I watch ebay and local craigs list like a hawk too.
Don't forget Husqvarna didn't establish a distributer in North America until the late 1960s. The very early 1970s 140S, 160S and 180S looked like to me the saws that impressed the pro market originally over here.
I've seen guys from the US eastern seaboard who have posted pics of their older late 1960s Husqvarnas. So they are around.
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Re: 50 Years Of Evolution Husqvarna Chainsaws
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2011, 01:25:26 pm »
One thing I dont see is vintage Husky's. Seems like as old as you get with them is late 70's. I watch ebay and local craigs list like a hawk too.

William Greene is a older husky dealer in NE USA has some older ones I think.  http://www.woodnsaws.org/home.html

You might give him a call to see what he has hiding back.  Because  I know he still has NLA husky parts in stock too.  ;)
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Re: 50 Years Of Evolution Husqvarna Chainsaws
« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2011, 09:32:24 am »
8) Cool video, but be aware that the timeline in the upper right corner often doesn't match with the saws that are shown.  ;)

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Re: 50 Years Of Evolution Husqvarna Chainsaws
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2011, 10:16:43 am »
 A lot of  very well  built  saws did not become popular simpley because no body supported them . Dolmar for  example never made any inroads locally  and that was in the day they were Sachs Dolmar .J-Red is another of which I don't recall ever seeing any of that brand for sale .Nor Poulan as a brand name but only under rebranded like Craftsman or Dayton .

Older Poulans actualy made some decent larger saws but quite frankly until a recent GTG I never ever saw any of much over 3 cubic  inch displacement

Being in the bread basket of the nation though it was just like tractors and farm machinery .What dealers were in the area  depended on what you saw in the field which could be orange ,red or green back in the day .I suppose  in the  timber country it was about the same .

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