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Offline Stevem

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Husky vs. mail order
« on: March 12, 2008, 12:15:42 AM »
Just got some info from Sam Bailey about not selling Huskys in their catalog:

"As far as Husky goes, they have cut off all dealers (including us obviously) that ship saws. We would love to sell them but they do not want anyone selling by mail. We still do sell Huskies but our customer must pick it up at our Woodland warehouse which is pretty inconvenient for our customers. Basically, Husky is trying to be more like Stihl where they drive the prices up high (buying saw directly from local dealer at higher cost) and sell less saws. It is good for local dealers but bad for customer's and us. The only good out of it that I can see is that it opens the door for some of these other manufacturers (Echo, Solo, Dolmar, etc.) who do not mind selling saws by mail order at a discount. It may take awhile to get their name out but Husky was nothing 25 years ago when we took them on and they are pretty big today."

What's sad is Baileys has hung in with Husky all these years, gets cut off so the dealers can be supported but you can buy a Husky at Lowe's who doesn't know squat about chainsaws and provides no support.   I'd think there should have been an exception!


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Re: Husky vs. mail order
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2008, 10:42:09 AM »
I agree totally.  I have tried to provide my opinion on the Husky web site and they make you jump through so many hoops that I finally gave up. 
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Re: Husky vs. mail order
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2008, 10:35:43 PM »
What are these other saws?  I only now about Stihl. ;D

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Re: Husky vs. mail order
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2008, 10:59:23 AM »
Just talked with an aborist (Steve Wiley) and he loves his Echo.  You might give him a call Frank.
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Re: Husky vs. mail order
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2008, 11:17:02 AM »
Are husky's better than stihl? Why not just buy em' from the local store?
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Re: Husky vs. mail order
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2008, 11:59:01 AM »
I hear very good things about the Jonsered saws too.  Several local logging contractors are using them and are happy with them.  These guys saw thousands of board feet of logs every year so they must be pretty rugged.

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Re: Husky vs. mail order
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2008, 08:50:05 PM »
Steve G., sometimes the local box stores acquire a lower level of quality production products, so I have been told.  I stay with a local saw shop that I have been with for ovser 35 years.

They also allow me to place my Logrite tools in their shop.

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Re: Husky vs. mail order
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2008, 09:34:14 PM »
What the local dealer told me was that they cheapen up on the bar and chain.

And they don't really sell the big saws or commercial grade but what's classified as "consumer saws."   And then if you want service it's go to a saw shop that they're putting out of business to provide it because they don't do it.
So we have high volume +low price -service = buy a new saw.
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Re: Husky vs. mail order
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2008, 07:59:33 PM »
I hear very good things about the Jonsered saws too.  Several local logging contractors are using them and are happy with them. 
Husky and Josered are the same saw, produced on the same assembly line, in the same factory, only the color has been changed to confuse the consumer! ;)
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Re: Husky vs. mail order
« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2008, 09:45:51 AM »
adk,
how did you find that out?  Do you know if the Jonsered come in a proffessional model or just johny homeowner versions?

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Re: Husky vs. mail order
« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2008, 09:48:06 PM »
I will confront my Husky dealer here with that information and watch his reaction.  I have never heard of that relationship with those two saws.

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Re: Husky vs. mail order
« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2008, 06:28:56 PM »
Kea & Frank,

Open this web-page...Click on "Company" on the left and then click on "Contact".  Look at the company mailing adress, just to the left of where you enter your e-mail address! :o

I first learned of this from a Game of Logging Instructor.

http://www.jonsered.com/frameset.aspx
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Re: Husky vs. mail order
« Reply #12 on: March 27, 2008, 08:23:57 AM »
Very interesting, adk.  Thank you for sharing in site.

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Re: Husky vs. mail order
« Reply #13 on: March 27, 2008, 08:49:30 AM »
Looks like the Jonesred saws top model is 6hp, which If I recall is about the size of the 372 XP
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Re: Husky vs. mail order
« Reply #14 on: March 27, 2008, 12:33:01 PM »
The Husky 385 and Jonsered 2186 are the same saw as are the 372 and 2171, 2165 and 365, 359 and 2159, 2156 and 357.  Other models may be the same too.  Some of the Huskys have the tall air filter cover and Jonsered handlebars have a bit different angle otherwise Jonsereds are just a red and black Husqvarna.  I thought everyone in the forest products industry new that  ??? ::) 

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Re: Husky vs. mail order
« Reply #15 on: March 27, 2008, 12:58:50 PM »
I feel a whole lot better about it!  Thanks for the cross references Clive!
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Re: Husky vs. mail order
« Reply #16 on: December 17, 2008, 05:38:16 PM »
Just to but in husky johnsered,poulan are all from the Electrolux company.

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Re: Husky vs. mail order
« Reply #17 on: December 17, 2008, 07:20:02 PM »
GEEEEE, that sounds like an vacccccum maker. ;D

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Re: Husky vs. mail order
« Reply #18 on: January 22, 2018, 12:36:51 PM »
It has been my understanding that husky dealers were not suppose to do the mail order thing from a long time back, yet baileys got by with it for a number of years. I always figured the rule was overlooked because they sold a lot of saws.

What husky did change a couple of years ago was add a 12% surcharge to any Alaska and I believe Hawaii dealers too. This put our dealers at a disadvantage, not a big deal for the pro saws, but the big box stores that handle consumer saws with an address in the lower 48 got an immediate discount of 12% over the saw shops. My dealer still stocked pro huskys, but started stocking and pushing jonsered saws instead, same saws, other than cosmetics and sometimes a slightly different handle angle, but an immediate 12% less money to the dealer and buyer.

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Re: Husky vs. mail order
« Reply #19 on: January 22, 2018, 07:18:33 PM »
John Deere is pulling this crap with small dealers now, their company was built by mom and pop dealerships in small towns. Now you must have a big fancy expensive showroom and a massive investment to sell their equipment, and we have to pay for it. Frank C.