There seems to be a lot of interest in tweeking chain saws for a little more power. This forum especially has a great deal of interest in it. My brother sawracr, and my friend kdhotsaw, know how to massage saws to get power. I feel their saws run with anyones. We would all like a saw that puts out the power of a big block Corvette, weighs about as much as an 009, and costs about $50. Well let me tell you, that just ain't gonna happen! The work required to get the kind of increases the two above mentioned fellers get, can not be done for $80. Madsens fills a void by offering a little more soup for the average guy. Walkers probably a little more. In any horsepower game the costs start increasing rapidly while the actual increase in power slows as you near the top potential of a given machine. In other words, if you have a Madsens modified saw for $80 it may increase the horsepower by a factor of 1 horsepower. If you want another 1 horsepower you will probably have to spend $120 and the third horse above that may be $300 and these are added to the prervious amounts spent. Small increases in high performance machines cost tremendous amounts.
I have explained all that to show that the posters on this forum may be just a little over-exerberent in their praise for the modified saws. I know it has created a situation where a lot of guys are wanting one for themselves. The factory has built a lot of performance into the modern saws. They will satisfy 99% of the users. If you are in that one percent that can't live without more-read on.
I am currently in process of modifing an 088 Stihl for a man that wants more. I have explained that he may get lower life expectency and will use more fuel. He knows the saw may need more maintainence and suffer occssional breakages but he doesn't care. His name is Ralph Foster and his company is Fosters Sales. He sells mills on the internet and is not hard to find. If you are interested in what Ralph has to say about hot 088s please contact him next week for his opinion on my modified saws. Mike