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Best chain & bar for MS290?

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by BluCllrSchlr, Oct 3, 2010.

  1. BluCllrSchlr

    BluCllrSchlr ArboristSite Member

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    So I inherited my Dad's MS290. Last night was the first chance I had to check it out. Fortunately, it fired right up w/ some fresh gas, so it is good to go. It has probably only burned a couple of tanks of gas, so it is near mint condition. It has a 20" bar w/ a .325 triple hump safety chain(that has some rocked teeth). So I know I'm going to get a couple of fresh chains for it tomorrow.

    I already have an 026(16" bar, .325) & a 660(25" bar, 3/8"). This saw will see some light firewood & clean-up work. I figure now is the time to change it to change it over to 3/8" if I'm going to.

    So what do you guys recommend? Should I stay with the .325 or change it over to 3/8"? Any thoughts on what chain/sprocket/bar is the sweet set-up for this saw?
     
  2. WoodChuck'r

    WoodChuck'r LOTRĀ²

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    20" Stihl bar, 72 DL 3/8 050 RSC Stihl chain, 7 pin rim.
     
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    My 290 wore a 16 and an 18 with .325 RSC non-safety chain and did well. I didn't like how it bogged buried in hardwood with a 20. Then I muffler modded it. Then it had enough muscle to bury the 20. :)

    Then I traded it for an 026. :D
     
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    20" lgx
    or somekinda 20" oregon round cutter chain if you cut dirty wood
     
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    16 inch with either RSC for clean or RM for dirty wood.
     
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    Thats what I just put on for a guy wanting a new bar and chain for his 290. I guess he loves it
     
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    I would run an 18" Stihl bar, 3/8th .050 Stihl RM yellow label chain. 7pin rim.

    Ditch the .325 setup. You'll like it alot better running 3/8th. I feel you get better response with an 18" bar than you do a 20" with a 290. JMO.
     

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