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Thinking of ordering a MS261 C-M...

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by ncvarmint, Sep 6, 2013.

  1. ncvarmint

    ncvarmint ArboristSite Operative

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    I went to the dealer today to ask about a ms 261cm and he looked at me crazy ( they seem to never know what is new around here). Finally talked him into calling to see if he could get one, after a few minutes he comes out and says he can get me one. Boy was i excited. The price was going to be $620 OTD with an 18" bar and chain. I had a ms261 and sold it this spring to pay some bills off, and i really liked that saw. Will this ms261 cm compliment my snellerized ms460. Is the $620 OTD a fair price?
    thanks for all help
    trevor
     
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    Too high... They ain't doing you any favors...
     
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    Don't hack on the dealers too bad. Stihl isn't real good about getting information on new models down to dealers and the 261 C-M isn't even available in every part of the country yet.
     
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    I won't... The guys at my local shop just stocked their 2nd 441cm...
    But good guys...
    I try to keep em in line...
     
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    I just bought a 261 CM and had dealer change it to 3/8 with 18" bar. cost for saw was $619. Out the door for $673 with new sprocket bar and chain... dealer had to order it, took a week. I bought it to complement my 441 RCM and have only put one tank of gas through. Perfect combination for me, I think. 441 is a real BA but gets a little heavy after a while...
     
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    Could you PM me a link of where to get one cheeper?
     
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    620 - tax
    584.9 - six pack oil
    573 - 18" bar up charge
    $563 price of saw

    I think that's an awesome deal, but I haven't checked with my local dealer who doesn't budge from retail.
     
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    Well the $619 price is before taxes, but i am tax exempt because of the farm tax write off thing. Sound like it is a fair price
    trevor
     
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    OTD means including sales tax in my region, (SE MI)
     
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    In the interest of clarity I think you should put farm tax exempt instead of out the door in post #1. Same if you have an account with that business and an across the board discount if paid in 30 days.

    I guess the below is for someone besides the original poster
    What does it say on the pre printed sales tag? They haven't got the choose your location and get a price for that model on their website.

    Fran
     
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    For a new model saw that's a decent price.
     
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    Yes the 261cm should work very well with your 460.

    Good luck!
     
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    Can't... Nobody around here has them yet...
    The non MTronic versions are ~ 560 bucks, so the new one may well be north of 600...
    Man, that seems high to me...
    Maybe I'm just out of touch...
     
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    Bryan Equipment, the distributor in this area, is all out of the OE MS261s. All you can get now is a MS261C.
     
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    Ok. How much off DSRP can one expect "favors" to translate into?

    I recently spoke with a lady who was liquidating her father's stihl dealership. She claimed that saw markup was only 10-15%, and it was hard to stay in business. Any truth to that?

    Signed, a broke guy who has bought five new STIHL OPE, and many parts and accessories in the last three years from the same dealer.
     
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    what is the difference? I thought the cm was the m-tronic version...
     
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    The money is made on parts and service. It is pretty much impossible to compare margins on a new saw between dealers because everyone orders differently. If you order a couple saws at a time, your freight is going to be higher than a dealer that buys dozens at a time. You make less of a percentage on the small homeowner saws than you do pro saws. If you order properly you are making more than 10-15%. I'm not going to say what percentage a dealer should make, but I will say that if all you ever sell is saws (no accessories, parts or service) you won't stay in business for long.
     
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    Yes, that's the bottom of the barrel.
     
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    Correct. That's why it's important to sell more than just one type of tool. Most dealers probably sell more trimmers, blowers, hedge clippers and such than they do chain saws. Saws are a small percentage of what we sell, relatively speaking.
     
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    16" MSRP on 550xp's are $649.95. MS261cm's are $579.95. Gotta pay more for the technology.
     

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