I will never sell my remaining 026 PRO. I should never have sold its backup twin a month ago. These saws are truly marvelous and look what is costs to replace them with a new MS261 today. Gasp!The 026/260 are the 261's predecessor. Not quite 261 power level stock but still stronger than an 025 by a good margin, and magnesium crank case pro saw construction.
Personally I like the balancing and handling of the 026 better than the 261. I have both. I always grab the 026 first. Ported .the 026 can be a very mean little guy.
The 026 comes in 026 and 026 Pro versions. The differences between the two are small. Decomp valve on the Pro, adjustable oiler, and the oiler is clutch driven rather than crank driven. 260's did come with a 44.7mm bore on later saws rather than the 44mm of the earlier saws. The 44mm is actually a better candidate for porting.
Both will run very well stock.
So my new chain and curiosity ended up costing me $500.
Yes. Build quality is the same, and many 261 saws are m-tronic with the new BS. Factory rated power 261: 3.8 BHP. Factory rated power original 026: 3.5 BHP. Not quite the same, but a good 026 can be had for way less money.Are they the same power and build quality of the MS261?
I will never sell my remaining 026 PRO. I should never have sold its backup twin a month ago. These saws are truly marvelous and look what is costs to replace them with a new MS261 today. Gasp!
Stihl 26RS is full chisel chain and cuts fastest in CLEAN wood. Gets dull faster in DIRTY wood... Your wood may not be as clean as you think!... or you may hit the ground more than you realize! :-( May also require a lot of material removal to sharpen (won't last as long).Windthrown thanks for the info! I found an older 025 muffler to use on my MS250, figure $15 ain't bad to play with. Will plan on having it tuned after the mod. But for now I am very happy with how the saw performs with the 26RS chain. I really don't use it enough to invest in the Picco setup, so for now I will concentrate my efforts on proper sharpening.
Listen buddy!! My wood is the cleanest around, just ask my neighbors wife!Your wood may not be as clean as you think!
Next chain will be the 26 RM! Thanks for the tips guysThis is very important. If you are hitting dirty wood regularly you want to run a semi chain. The last two times I went for wood I hit something with the chain on the ported 026 within 5 minutes of taking it out of the truck. Not fun I tell you RM would have held up better in those situations.
It can be done by ear if you know what you are doing. If not, a tach would come in handy. First thing that you have to do is to disengage the current "H" limiter cap by pulling it out about 1/8". With a new/clean air filter tune it a bit on the rich side. Move the limiter cap ONLY full CCW if it isn't already there. Push the limiter cap back in and now tune the saw by turning the limiter cap CW (leaner) until the tune is correct.So when I throw the 025 muffler I got onto my MS250, it sounds like I will need to tune the carb. Do I need to have the RPM's read to accurately tune the carb, or can it be done by ear?