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Low compression on my new Stihl MS362

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by James Sawyer, Mar 21, 2019.

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  1. Derrick Sawyer

    Derrick Sawyer ArboristSite Operative

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    You ordered a 362 due to this thread just to see for yourself? This thread would lean me to get a 462, which can cut well out of the box and is a beast once broken in. The only issue is its pushing 1200 bucks after tax
     
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    Derrick Sawyer ArboristSite Operative

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    Please no more compression tests either on these 10mm saws either, too much drama, if I was half nuts I'd be tempted to drill it out and retap for bpmr7a to bypass the adapter
     
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    farmer steve outstanding in my field, 5150

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    Well, I ordered a 362 because I got a really good deal on one. But I am curious to see how it runs and what the compression reading would be. I got another call from the seller and they found another 362 at another location so I may still get one. I'm sure the 462 is a beast but it is expensive! And, I already have an 064 and an 066.
     
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    Jftr. My older model MS362 is a Cadillac of a 60cc saw. It is very nice to run with excellent power characteristics and smoooth :bowdown:

    This thread sheds bad light on the 362. They are a proven saw that is quite popular among pros in western Canada for a limbing and smallish timber-falling saw. I don’t know wtf is wrong with James Sawyer’s saw, but that problem is entirely uncharacteristic of MS362’s of only a couple of short years ago..maybe this newest model incarnation is different, idk :dizzy:
     
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    True that you could get two barely used 362s for one new 462,
     
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    Yes...but its only few 11 oz more then 362.
     
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    I think I could find 20 - 30 fairly easily.
    Mityvac makes a compression test kit that has the 10 mm hose with the schrader valve in the very end like needed, they are designed for two stroke engines. Check out Mityvac 5530
     
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    Well I’m VERY happy to hear this.

    You’ve certainly tried to get it sorted out. Let “Uncle Andreas” solve it...

    Keep us posted...,
     
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    Man I feel bad for this guy,he may be stuck with a saw he can’t use & has good enough character not to pass on problem to someone else. I am just curious about not pulling muffler l mean if you are careful and don’t tear gasket around outer cover how would dealer even know? Usually on a new saw I tighten all screws a little or at least check them. I had to laugh at former post about Uncle Andreas as my Argentine friends use this same phrase for Adolph.
     
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    This thread'll do that to ya...
     
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    You just need the right tester!
     
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    I got up at 3:30 this morning & read this whole thread, I believe the O P could sell this saw to a few guys on here who just want the challenge of getting to root of the problem & fixing it lol.
     
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    Apparently they were able to find another 362 at another location so I now have a brand new MS 362 C-M in my hand. I haven't even put gas in it yet. I wasn't able to find an M10 adapter for my compression tester. It was on back order. So all I can say right now is that the compression feels fine when pulling the cord, but that doesn't mean much.
     
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    So have u cut with the new saw yet this morning?
     
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    What's up Moto!? I should have known that you were on this forum with all the milling you have been doing. :) This is PGK from weldingweb, I may have to pick your brain on possibly getting into some small scale milling, didn't mean to hijack this thread. I hope James gets his 362 figured out..

    Pete
     
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    Today a friend told me his older style MS362 Mtronic was sick - had no power and he asked me to run it. Sure enough any pressure and the motor would lug and the chain would stop. It had a fresh sharp chain. Cranked, idled and ran fine if you kept a slight lift. Left on its own or with any pressure it would quit. He didn’t want to try to recalibrate; he is going to the dealer on Monday. I will report back.

    That has been my experience. I have a 036Pro and a 361. Until recently, I also had two non-M 362s. The 362s definitely had more torque. Also got great fuel usage. The 036 and 361 were very similar and seem to have a higher cutting speed though I have little time on the 361 in stock trim. I had the 361 ported by Terry Landrum. It came back a new animal and is now my go to small saw. I sold the two 362s as I had planned to buy a 462. Holding out for a 500i now. Kept the 036 only because it has been trouble free from day one many years ago - like an old friend.

    Ron
     
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    I don't know if this helps the OP. But this is how my new Stihl MS 362 C-M performs after only two tanks of gas.



     
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    Looks like that one is performing great!
     
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