Husqvarna 3120XP Vs. Stihl MS 880

In my childhood, it was Ford vs. Chevy, Apple vs. Microsoft, or IBM vs. Honeywell, among other battles. Whenever you reach the pinnacle of success, there is always another company striving to attain the same heights as you and competing against you.

In the realm of chainsaws, there appears to be a battle between Stihl and Husqvarna. They are fierce rivals at the pinnacle of the professional spectrum. The Husqvarna 3120XP and the Stihl MS 880 are two of the best professional logger chainsaws available today. The two chainsaws on display are the largest models available from each manufacturer. Both companies are well-known, and many customers have been loyal to them for years. Once you purchase one, you are automatically transformed into either a Stihl or a Husqvarna.

Using both chainsaws for intensive logging, portable sawmills, and stump work are the most common applications for them. These chainsaws are not meant for use in any other capacity. In order to cut with a 121.6cc saw, you must have significant abilities and knowledge. They are large, heavy, and powerful, with the ability to cut through wood up to five feet in length.


The X-TORQ engine included in all Husqvarna chainsaws uses less fuel and produces less pollution than competing engines. The two-stroke engine of the largest Husqvarna has a cylinder displacement of 118.8cc and is powered by a four-stroke transmission. It has a maximum output of 8.31 horsepower at a maximum speed of 9000 rpm. The 3120XP produces a maximum torque of 7.7 Nm at 6000 rpm, which is a significant amount of power.

HUSQVARNA 3120 XP Husqvarna 3120XP Vs. Stihl MS 880

In comparison, the extremely popular Husqvarna 455 Rancher has a 55.5 cc engine that produces 3.49 HP at 9000 rpm and has a displacement of 55.5 cc. Despite the fact that it is nearly half the size of the competition, it is often regarded as the best all-around chainsaw.

The fuel tank has a capacity of 2.64 US pints, and the vehicle’s fuel usage is 570 g per kWh. It’s 2dB(A) quieter than the 455 Ranger, which could be attributed to the larger engine.

Husqvarna employs a chain pitch of 0.404″ and recommends bars ranging from 24″ to 42″ in length for typical use. The chain speed when operating at maximum power is 65.95 feet per second. The Husqvarna 3120XP chainsaw has a weight of 22.9 lbs (11 kg) (excl. cutting equipment).


  • Displacement of the cylinder: 118.8 cm3.
  • Capacity: 7.25 of output power
  • Maximum power output: 8.31 horsepower.
  • Speed at which the engine can run at maximum capacity: 9 000 RPM.
  • Fuel tank capacity: 2.64 US pints.
  • Fuel usage per kilowatt-hour: 570 g/kWh
  • Idling speed: 2 500 revolutions per minute.
  • Champion RCJ7Y and NGK BPMR7A spark plugs are recommended.
  • Gap between the electrodes: 0.02″
  • Maximum torque (in Nm): 7.7 Nm
  • Weight (without the use of cutting equipment): 22.9 pounds
  • Size:  18.5 by 11.2 inches by 13.6 inches in size (length, width, and height).
  • Minimum recommended bar length (in inches): 24″ (60 cm).
  • Maximum recommended bar length (in inches): 42″ (106 cm).
  • The volume of the oil tank: 1.48 US pint.
  • Oil pump: automatic type.
  • Oil pump capacity (in milliliters per minute): 30 ml/min.
  • capacity of the oil pump: 54 ml/min is the maximum.
  • Sound quality: 116 decibels (LWA) (A).
  • front handle: 6.9 m/s2 equivalent vibration level (ahv, eq) 
  • Acceleration of the equivalent vibration level (ahv, eq) at the rear handle: 7.8 m/s2. 
  • Owners receive warranty: two-year
  • Commercial warranty: one year.




Quick-release air filter

When it is time to clean or replace the air filter, it is simple to remove it.

Felling marks

The body is marked with falling marks to aid in aligning the bar to the cut. You align the spot where you want the tree to fall with the felling markings and make the top cut first, then the rest of the cuts.

Adjustable oil pump

Depending on the use and weather circumstances, you can adjust the flow of oil.

Magnesium crankcase

Strongly constructed crankcase is capable of withstanding high RPMs and demanding professional use. This ensures that the product has a lengthy service life.

Three-piece crankshaft

Crankshaft made of three pieces of forged steel for ultimate durability in the most demanding applications.


The LowVib vibration dampening technology, which is found in all Husky chainsaws, is designed to reduce vibration. Vibrations felt by the operator are reduced thanks to metal springs in the engine suspension. This allows you to work for longer periods of time without becoming fatigued, and it also helps to prevent the development of medical disorders.

Inertia activated chain brake

When there is a kickback, the inertia mechanism will prevent the chain from continuing to run. This drastically minimises the likelihood of an injury occurring.

Smart Start

The engine and starter are designed to start the machine quickly and with the least amount of effort.


The fact that Husqvarna saws are becoming more modern is probably the finest thing about them. Reduces pollutants by up to 75% and fuel consumption by up to 20%, depending on the configuration. You save money on petrol and breathe less fumes as a result of this. The saw is now CARB compliant as a result of this modification as well.


  • This item is best suited for use in demanding environments.
  • Excellent safety features.
  • It is capable of supporting huge bars.
  • Chain oiler that can be adjusted.



  • Excessive use of fuel.
  • A bar or chain is not included.


With an output of 880 MAGNUM, the Stihl MS 880 MAGNUM is the most powerful model in the Stihl professional chainsaw lineup. Compared to the Husqvarna 3120XP, it has a little better power-to-weight ratio and weighs a little less. A well-known characteristic of the Stihl is its precision balance, which combines with great handling and dependability.

MS 880 MAGNUM Husqvarna 3120XP Vs. Stihl MS 880

With a displacement of 121.6cc (7.42 cubic inches), the two-stroke engine produces 8.6 horsepower. It is capable of accommodating guide bars ranging in length from 17″ to 59″ – providing over five full feet of cutting power to tackle even the most challenging jobs. In order to lessen shocks when pulling on the starter cord, the Elasto Start starter handle is equipped with a built-in shock-absorbing device. It is a characteristic that is only found on the Stihl product line.


  • Displacement: 121.6 cubic centimeters (7.42 Cu. In.).
  • Engine output: 6.4 kilowatts (8.6 Bhp).
  • Weight of the powerhead: 10.1 kg (22.3 Lbs.).
  • Capacity for fuel: 1300 cc (44.0 Oz.).
  • Capacity of the chain oil: 700 Cc (23.7 Oz.).
  • Oilomatic Chain: 404′′ Rm, Rs 3/8′′ Rs3, 404′′ Rm, Rs 3/8′′ Rs3.
  • Length (recommended sizes): guide bar lengths (recommended sizes) 43 to 150 cm (17′′ to 59′′) in the Stihl Rollo Matic is a rolling lawn mower.




STIHL ElastoStart 

It has a starting grip with a built-in shock absorber, which reduces the amount of effort required while pulling on the starter cord significantly.

IntelliCarb Compensating Carburetor

The air/fuel ratio is automatically adjusted when the air filter becomes restricted or partially clogged, and the engine’s RPM is maintained at the appropriate level.

Side-Access Chain Tensioner

Using a bar wrench, make minor adjustments to the chain.

Decompression Valve

It relieves compression in the engine cylinder, which makes it easier to start the engine. As soon as the engine starts, the door closes automatically.

STIHL Quickstop®

Chain saws from STIHL are fitted with a chain stopping device, which is intended to limit the likelihood of injury in particular kickback circumstances. A STIHL Quickstop® chain brake is the name of the device. Because it is engaged by the operator’s hand, or by inertia when the saw kicks back with sufficient power, the STIHL Quickstop® chain brake is designed to stop the chain from rotating.

Anti-Vibration System

With the help of STIHL, a solution for reducing the vibration levels of handheld outdoor power equipment has been devised. The STIHL anti-vibration system aids in the reduction of operator fatigue and the provision of a more comfortable work environment.

STIHL ElastoStart™

It is only available from STIHL, and it is called the ElastoStartTM starter handle. Starting grip with an integrated shock absorber that helps to lessen the effort required while drawing on the starter cord.  There are two sizes to choose from: small and large. The ElastoStartTM starting grip significantly lowers the rapid peak forces (compression) that are generally experienced while turning the engine.

Ematic™ Lubrication System

When coupled with a STIHL OILOMATIC® saw chain, the EmaticTM guide bar ensures appropriate lubrication while using less oil. As a result, two ramps strategically placed in the guide bar rail must help control oil flow and direct all lubrication to sliding bar and chain links, rivets, and driver holes in order for the system to perform properly. This can minimize bar oil usage by up to 50%.

Side-Access Chain Tensioner

A bar wrench and the side-access chain tensioner make chain adjustment considerably easier for the user than using the guide bar adjustment screw.

Master Control Lever™

The Master Control LeverTM operates the choke, starting throttle lock, and on/off switch all with a single lever.  The throttle trigger must be pulled by the operator before the Master Control LeverTM may be adjusted to the choke position.

Adjustable Automatic Oiler

In order to accommodate varying guide bar lengths and cutting circumstances, the Adjustable Automatic Oiler adjusts the amount of lubricant in the guide bar and saw chain automatically.

This amazing chainsaw has so many features and advantages that the decision is easy. The MS 880 Stihl Magnum is the greatest chainsaw for heavy-duty tree felling duties by a wide margin.


  • Low-Maintenance
  • Reliable


  • Heavy

As the most powerful commercial chainsaw currently available, it is not for the faint of heart and requires some practice to wield properly. When used with extra-long guide bars, this saw becomes nose-heavy rather than tail-heavy.

It can handle a guide bar that is up to eighty-four inches longer than the average person’s height “usage of a skip or extended skip chain increases the length to 2.13 meters.

When using the same bar lengths, I’ve compared the huge 880 against both an MS660 Stihl and a Husky 395XP, and the big 880 cuts at exactly twice the speed of both. As the name implies, this saw should be used when productivity counts more than light weight.

The current model has seen significant advancements despite looking the same; the ignition system and flywheel, as well as the carburetor and the crankcase, have all been replaced.

I’ve used this saw with up to 72-inch bars with no problems “river red gum up to 2.7 meters in diameter with a 1.83mtr bar and operated perfectly.

Despite the fact that this is a high-production, large-timber saw, it would have gotten a perfect score of 5 stars if but for the subpar air filtration system.

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