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Offline brettl

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Who's who in chainsaws?
« on: April 11, 2014, 02:40:34 am »
I'm just curious because I enjoy the history of our saw companies. Who all is part of the Husky/Poulan conglomerate? Add as much history as you do or don't want to on that one.

What about Echo? Are they part of it. By the way, Cut started an awesome Echo history post on the Echo thread.

Some companies I don't know much if anything about: Don't see companies like Solo and Efco in my neck of the woods. Not many Partner saws. What's their history? A buddy of mine had an Olympic saw, said it was a beast. That was 20 years ago. Have John Deer saws always been made by someone else? 

The Makita/Dolmar deal surprised me. Dolmar isn't big in Kansas but I thought their bread and butter were the loggers and suspected they were in other countries what Stihls are here. The Makita merger seems an obvious attempt to market to the masses. Makes perfect sense but it's a shame to see one of the original German saw makers merge.

Well, like I said I'm just curious. I like to keep up just because and there seem to have been a lot of mergers in the last decade or so. Thanks
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Re: Who's who in chainsaws?
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2014, 10:09:51 am »
Husky/Jonsered/Poulan/McCulloch/Redmax/Partner are under the Electrolux AB umbrella. Echo/Shindaiwa is Japanese and not part of the group. Solo (Germany) and Efco (Italy) are bit players  at least over here.
Dolmar was purchased by Makita from Sachs in the late 80's. The brand was recently spun off as a separate entity and is now a stand alone brand. Excellent product although a limited product range and factory support needs improvement. They really need a well stocked north American warehouse for the distributors to draw from.
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Re: Who's who in chainsaws?
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2014, 10:22:18 am »
John Deere were also made by Efco before they went with the Stihl name brand and became Stihl dealers in the USA..
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Re: Who's who in chainsaws?
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2014, 11:01:28 am »
I can't remember Efco but I did see the twin cylinder Echo CST-610 EVL wearing the John Deere colors.

Great little saw BTW, I demoed it in the mid '80's. My assumption was it wasn't destined to be a great pro production saw, but probably would make one of the best weekend firewooders out there.
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Re: Who's who in chainsaws?
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2014, 09:50:22 pm »
RoyM, do you mean that the red Dolmar is no longer? Just in Makita blue now?

660, I had no idea Stihl had ever been connected with anyone else. How were Efco and John Deer a part of them? Cool information guys.
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Re: Who's who in chainsaws?
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2014, 11:10:57 pm »
Makita still has the blue saws, Dolmar has gone back to red. It's like the difference between Pontiac and Chev.
Efco was never connected to Stihl. They made some models under the J-D badge, now J-D dealers are selling Stihl who to their credit never re badged. The independent Stihl dealers are not happy, they need to supply top drawer service to keep the customers from going green. The farm  equipment dealers view saws as a necessary evil to keep customers in the store. Do they want to spend time selling a 250 dollar saw or a 250,000 dollar tractor?
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Re: Who's who in chainsaws?
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2014, 10:54:18 pm »
I see your point. Even though we're in the Wheat State here, I can only recall one Stihl/JD dealer. It's in Kingman, KS, roughly 45 miles from the city here. The rest of the Stihl dealerships I've seen in Wichita and the surrounding area cater to cutting and landscaping equipment. No doubt this will be very different away from the "big city", I just haven't taken notice I guess. I'm glad you brought that up though. Here in the city you'd never guess there's a JD/Stihl connection.
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Re: Who's who in chainsaws?
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2014, 11:01:04 am »
Of course their were a few J D saws that were Homelites, when Deere bought them out and they dropped Echo.

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Re: Who's who in chainsaws?
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2014, 11:07:08 am »
I have a John Deere - Homelight weed whacker
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Re: Who's who in chainsaws?
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2014, 08:20:49 pm »
So Echo and Homelite were one in the same for a while?
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