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Stihl 261 or 362 for homeowner

Discussion in 'Homeowner Helper Forum' started by Northwoods77, Aug 12, 2017.

  1. Northwoods77

    Northwoods77 New Member

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    I am a homeowner but don't want a homeowner saw. I currently have a hand me down 011 with a 16" bar that is light and has great balance but is tired. I want an all around saw, plan on running an 18" bar.....could be convinced of 20". It will be occasional use, including up at the cabin when needed. I am not cutting up firewood. I grew up using two husky's, a 154se and a 350. I loved the 154se but no one local to work on it. Anyway, I am wondering if the 261 is enough power for me or do I need to go up to the 362? Thanks for the advice.
     
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    arathol ArboristSite Operative

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    Well, if it means anything, where I used to work we had 260s, 261s and 362s. The 362s rarely got used. They are bigger and heavier, and didn't offer too much of a performance increase over the 261 except with a 20" bar, which seemed about the limit for the 362. A 261 with a 16" .375 bar and chain can handle most anything within reason you are likely to encounter, and the saws we used every day did just that easily, through hurricanes, tornadoes, snow storms and every other sort of major tree damage event you can imagine. If we needed something bigger, we grabbed the 24" 038 Magnum...the 20" 362s just sat on the bench mostly, nobody liked them. They only got used by those who were slow and didn't get a 261 when it was time to go...:cool:
     
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    261 if you do limbing and some bucking if the logs aren't much over 18 in. 362 if your just cutting logs that are 20 inches or a bit more.
     
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    Mustang71 ArboristSite Guru

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    If you are not cutting fire wood then I'd think a 261 would be perfect for all around use. If u are doing fire wood and cutting up a lot of logs then you may want something bigger.
     
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    You can cut an awful lot of wood with a 261c, get the new edition with the slant back cylinder. I have both and the N.E. is lighter and a shade more HP. I like a 18" .325 bar/chain for the reach and chain speed. When you consider coming in on a log from both sides on occasion you can cut a 30" log with no problem.
    I have a 362 as well.
     
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    261 c with a 20" your back will thank you
    I have two of them
    One with a 18"
    One with a 20"
    90% of the time I use the 20"


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    I have a 291 with an 18" bar and it's a great all-around saw for my firewood, trimming, and some noodling.
    I have a 044 with a 28" bar for the really big stuff, but it only gets used once in a while.
    Good luck with the purchase and show us what you bought (pics please)
     
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