You've had good luck but that is probably a testament to the user as much as the saw.That’s the beauty of a stihl pro saw you don’t need parts. It’s a tax for folks who screw them up! I bought somewhere between 20 and 30 new stihl saws (036, 360, 361, 440) from 1998 to 2008, never had a failure, never had to put one in the shop, never changed a spark plug even. I have a 440 that made over 400 cords in stock form. The only parts it ever saw were air filter, needle bearing clutch rides on (actually that may have been after 400), lots of rim sprokets, a couple of the clips that hold rim sprokets on, 1 pull rope and a set of starter pawls (right after 400). Compression got down to 120 so I put a meteor piston in it and did some mods. Honest to God the carburetor had never been touched. Heck I never even knew how to tune a carb until I slowed down and quit trading saws all the time. I used to put a couple 100 cords on them and sellem and buy a new replacement. They we’re always less than a year old and brought good money. This one fell off the flatbed and broke the rear handle and beat up the plastic so I never sold it since it worked and wouldn’t bring good money. Used it for years with the handle broke, bought a huztl handle this year since the gas tank started dripping on me.
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You know how much money this thing has made me? It’s never even been cussed at because it wouldn’t work. I think I bought it in 07 maybe. Now it’s revamped and ready for round 2. It’s in rotation with a couple other lower hour saws including the husky 288.
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I almost never have fuel delivery issues with equipment I have used long term (except for weed wackers). However most of the stuff that I work on for people is due to carb problems, bad gas etc.