I use the saws in my sig. Like the OP, I don't get into wood that's much over 24"(usually smaller), so the MS261 works good for that. The MS210 is a nice smaller saw for tops. For what I cut, it works for me.The saw size seems to be dictated by the limb, or log size most often cut.
Most cuts are 10 to 12" dia.or smaller. The 046 seems great for cuts 8" and bigger.
I like the 017 for cleaning up the tops.
I have used a stock 036 and stock 361, stock 026, 260 and 261. Also, a ported 036 and 261. The ported 261 and 036 are the ones I still have.
If you're gonna keep it stock, I'd go with a 60cc saw. Maybe 361/362 or 555/562. If you're gonna get it ported, the 50cc saws are worth a look. Also, if you're gonna use it in the woods, the lighter saws are much nicer. That ported 261 is definitely my go-to saw. So light, so angry, so smooth, and still user friendly. Easy to start and restart, great air filter, captive bar nuts, etc.
i always liked the way those 440's looked. I like the square look. i dont like the rounded off new onesI’d run the 460 with a 18” bar. That’s what I was going to buy before doing the top end on my 440. I always though high things of the 036 class saws, but after running a 440 I can’t go back down in power. Sure is tempting to do a 036 with motor work though and save that 1#
The rough looking saw is my brother 361 with a China big bore kit on it. The newer is my 440 that has a prolite bar and aftermarket handle and plastics. Both have 18” bars. Both topped off with fuel and oil. Both dirty. I don’t have a stock to stock comparison though with same bars.
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Me too, I wish I had a NIB one stashed away like someone here on arborist site that we won’t call out. I kinda regret selling all the worn saws I had over the years, especially my first 036 pro.i always liked the way those 440's looked. I like the square look. i dont like the rounded off new ones
Me too, I wish I had a NIB one stashed away like someone here on arborist site that we won’t call out. I kinda regret selling all the worn saws I had over the years, especially my first 036 pro.
I’m kinda torn on what I want. Ran that 361 of my brother’s today after a tune up and it’s a dog compared to the 440, and the stock 440 is a dog compared to my modded one. I’ll probably end up with a farmer tec 440 kit and have someone port it or just try it myself for what the parts cost. Can’t really cry for screwing up a $20 jug. Up until I put that 361 in some wood I had the fever to build a light and fast 360 class saw. The saw fever is strong.
I even got my John Deere 55V going while waiting on my wife to get in gear to come stack wood (didn’t happen, stacked cut split 3 cords myself) but anyway that 55V hadnt been run in 10 years or more. I wish I had run it against the 361. I think it’s slow but torqy If i recall correct. I was given it gently used to start cutting wood for money when I was 14. Ran it long enough to buy a 036 pro.
I ordered a 28 today for the 2166 , don't get me wrong I love the 2166 and it will absolutely pull a 24 inch full comp chisel chain through sugar maple all day long day after day although it is kind of heavy for limbing . and I think it is an excellent saw , but if all I needed to do was make BTU for my stove the 2255 would be the most cost effective way to do this I could get enough wood to heat without needing the bigger saw I choose to get the bigger saw because I wanted one and have the trees I want to take downDidn’t you just put a 28” bar on a 2166 Trapper? The 2165 is one of the best all around firewood saws, it’ll pull a 20 or 24” bar in hardwoods all day long