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stihl MS 391 VS MS 362

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by Joshc4x4, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. Joshc4x4

    Joshc4x4 ArboristSite Lurker

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    Hi im trying to decided between the 2 saws on which one to and to the collection.. i do a good share of side tree work from felling to buckin up fire wood.. and own a camp with tons of woods that i cut in all the time.. so far i have heard good things about both saws and would like to ask anyone else opinion.. right know i run a 290 and need more saw
     
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    Do you want a mid-grade or a pro-grade saw?
     
  3. Joshc4x4

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    thats what im trying to decide.. the dealer i was at said you cant go wrong with either saw but the pro will last a bit longer and is a pound lighter.. there is only like $80 difference in price
     
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    JeremiahJohnson ChainsawRepair is where it is @

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    Spend the $80 for the pro grade saw. Heck check out the huskys too 562xp etc.
     
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    If its only $80 that should make up your mind right there!!

    The rim sprocket on the 362 is $30 of it already.
     
  6. Joshc4x4

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    does anyone know any + or - on either saw or have used either
     
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    I have a 362 and like it ok. I would get a 562. How's that for a ringing endorsement?
     
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    Both are good saws, but $80 more for a pro saw would be a no-brainer for me.
     
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    I have a friend with the 391. He was splitting Pecan with it yesterday and he loves the saw. I agree with the others but if $$ is tight then the 391 might be the answer, I would not argue about a pound or two, but the 391 has power to spare. JMHO Ken
     
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    If price and size are an issue check out Husqvarna's 555really great bang for your buck. It's weight wise comparable to the 362 and in my opinion not much difference in power.
     
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    362 would be my choice.

    $80 is short money to get more power, durability, and reliability, less weight, and a more maintenance-friendly design. I've run a 362 and liked it.
     
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    Whats 80 bucks amongst friends. Get the 362.
    I was gonna get the 461 and for 100+- more had to get the 660, (pictures coming soon, stay tuned :smile2:).
     
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    I sell them and work on them all day long, if it were me, I'd gladly pay the 80.00 for the 362, both are good saws, we have not had any failures of either model, the 362 is a great all around saw, make sure to buy a six pack of ultra mix and get the 2 year warranty and also take advantage of the 9.99 promo on a set of Sytihl ear muffs and safety/sun glasses. We sell the fire out of both models, we set most up with 20" bars and some want them set up with 25" set up, Imho a 20" is the way to go, great saws.
     
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    I have a 391 and a 361, both with 20 inch bars, both fairly new saws. I cut around 20 cords a year. Both saws will do the job just fine. I've never noticed the weight difference. I've had both saws buried in hardwood and give the 361 a slight advantage. Speed wise I'm sure the 361 is a touch faster but all I do is make trees fall over and cut logs up into heat so five minutes saved isn't a deal breaker for me. In the end the 361 "feels" better to me and is the first of the two saws I grab. If it were an $80 dollars difference and I had the extra cash I'd buy the pro saw and wouldn't look back.
     
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    In the book it says the 391 has 64.1 cc and 4.4 bhp and the 362 is 59cc but 4.6 bhp is that much of a difference to me it seems the 391 has more power but i could be wrong..
     
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    A broke in 362 will out cut a 391 all day long, it takes around 12-15 tanks for either saw to get broke in, don't let the cc's fool you, the 362 has different porting and timing, full pro contruction, split mag case saw, the 391 is a clamshell design, the 362 will develop more power. Same with the prior models, in our wood business we have a 361 (pro saw, predecessor to the 362 that had cut prolly four hundred cord plus in four and a half seasons without an issue, one spark plug, I have cut beside 390's and 391's and it just outperforms them period. 80.00 over the 20 year life of the saw figures out about 4.00 year money well spent imho
     
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    I was at my sthil dealer today,he has a hardware store and sell a little of everything,anyway,he has a ms 362 he repossed,it needs cleaning said he had tuned it,has a 20in bar,the chain looked almost new,he said he would take 200.00 otd
     
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    then i suggest you get over there right away before someone else does!
     
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    The 362 is more powerful, honestly though I doubt you will notice a difference in power. I have a 362 and have ran a 290, no comparison, the 362 hands down all day long.

    You looking for a good buy? Because that is a tremendous deal.
     
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    I thought about buying it,but I am saw poor 2 028 ms360 ms441 and all I cut is my firewood LOL,probley ought to buy and ebay it!
     

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