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346XP NE vs OE

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  1. Joseph W Santora

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    What's the difference between the two?
     
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    About 5ccs. The OE is said to have a little snappier throttle response. I think it might say it's good for another 500 rpm at top speed than the NE, and I think it's a few ounces lighter also. The NE has a little more grunt. Both great saws. The OE might be a little better for a dedicated limbing saw.
     
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    How do you tell the difference?
     
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    The easiest way, the NE saws will have a primer, OE saws do not.
     
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    Ryan pretty much covered it. With simple mods an OE is better in wood up to about 12" with a 16" or shorter bar. Bigger wood or an 18" and I prefer an NE.
     
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    Unless it's been swapped, the OE will have an orange clutch cover, the NE will be silver paint that has been rubbed off and looks like crap.
     
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    There are some primerless NEs out there. The starter decal style helps but I don't think is completely accurate. Plus so many parts get swapped around. I have an OE about up that will get a new NE top on it.
     
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    But really, messing with the orange versions is a folly. The red ones are all stronger:D.
     
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    I got a 2152 here I'd consider swapping for an orange one...
     
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    Is there a difference in the cylinders/pistons?
     
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    I put a magnum sticker on my oe so I could run a 32" on it.:rock::yes::drinkingcoffee:
     
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    yes 42mm and 44.3 mm
     
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    Not from the factory though, they all had primers.
     
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    The 346 can tip over on flat ground.
     
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    Are you going with NE because of the transfers?
     
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    It says 44.3 (the bore size) on the top of the cylinder.
     
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    I'll admit I've really only started messing with these seriously in the last year, but this is what I've seen:
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    42mm "OE". I've had three of these on my bench.
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    I call this the NE "flag style". I've had two of these, they were both 44.3mm
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    The NE "diamond style" decal. 44.3mm with a primer. I built one of these and just got another to do.

    The OE jugs have a blue "42" stamp on top. I can't recall ever seeing a stamp on a 44.3 NE. The base of the cylinders is the real tell though, or of course you can measure the bore. If the code cast into the base starts with 42 it's an OE, 44 for NE. YMMV
     
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