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  1. Hambone

    Hambone Ain’t she pittyful

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    As good of a deal as it may be I think I’m going to pass. The saw I just ran was bone stock and had plenty of power to cover what I’ll need. In the future if I feel I need the increase in power I’ll pay to have the work done. I will however take your advice and get a 461. You were right, the extra weight wasn’t even noticeable. I worked harder running the 028 than the 461. I’ll be stopping by my local pro shop this weekend. Thank you very much for talking me off the ledge the other day.
     
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    Hambone Ain’t she pittyful

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    Now here’s my next big question. My friend advised to get the 461 with a 25” and down the line get a 32” bar. The saw I’m looking at is already setup with a light weight 32”. The price difference from the shop is like $30 from 25-32. To me it sounds cheaper to purchase the saw with a 32” and spend $150 for 25” b&c later. Am I looking at this incorrectly?
     
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    canamkayaker ArboristSite Lurker

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    No you’re right except that 32” bar will be a lot of work for the stock 461. And the oiler might struggle to keep the chain lubricated for all the time cutting


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    canamkayaker ArboristSite Lurker

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    My 461 loves the 25” bar![​IMG]


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  5. Hambone

    Hambone Ain’t she pittyful

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    I will be purchasing the 25” b&c almost immediately. I don’t want to swing a 32” all the time. Just trying to find out the best way to save a couple dollars.
     
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    Matt93eg ArboristSite Operative

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    I can relate to that. That’s how it felt when I got my 390XP. Until I bought it the biggest saw I had used was a 61cc non pro saw. I lit that 390 into a big piece of white oak after I got it and man what a smile I had. Good luck with your saw.
     
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    Tinman204 ArboristSite Operative

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    Im glad you have seen the light.

    Just got home from doing some cutting with a buddy..

    A local out his way had a HUGE pile of large maple that nobody could deal with. I had 2 saws in my truck and my gear so we decided to go over to his neighbors.

    We went there today with a 372xp, 381xp, stihl 044 and a 562xp.

    We blocked, split (with the saws) and filled my truck in about 15 mins.

    Its incredible how much work you can do with a real saw!!!
     
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    Hambone Ain’t she pittyful

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    I screwed up today, I fondled a 462cm with 25” b&c. The way that saw felt vs the 461 was very interesting. The 1.5lbs less had me thinking it’d make for a very nice back saver. So I said screw it, I’m going m-tronic. If it doesn’t workout I’ll run down a used 461. It’s a leap of faith but the balance was VERY nice. Plus knowing all the power of a 461 was packed into that thing, I couldn’t resist.

    I spoke with a few techs at the pro shop. They said all the solenoid issues had been remedied. Also, any glitches would be backed by Stihl. I just hope I made the right decision. Time will tell if I should have stuck to my roots.

    P.S. I know I was hell bent on staying strictly non electronic when I first started. A very close friend of mine who’s an arborist and the conversations with the techs basically sealed the deal. It also helps I had good support on AS.
     
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    Tinman204 ArboristSite Operative

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    I was all "m-tronic and autotune saws are crap" .

    Then I ran one for a bit and i was so wrong. I run a 562xp a lot now which is a modern wizzbang auto tune saw.

    Im going to convert my standard carbed 576xp to autotune probably tomorrow as i got my oarts today..

    I really like autotune saws even though I have no problem tuning by ear..

    Theu just run so well.
     
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    Hambone Ain’t she pittyful

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    68279D05-7826-4A3E-B12B-4CBCDBAB980C.jpeg Well gentlemen, here she is. My first tree with her wasn’t big, but it Stihl counts.

    461 with 30” b&c
     
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    Tinman204 ArboristSite Operative

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    And to think you were going to buy an overweight underpowered ms391. :) :)
     
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    Hambone Ain’t she pittyful

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    What can I say, I’m VERY glad I went the direction I did. I shouldn’t ever have to worry if my saw can handle a job.

    Thanks to everyone who gave me advice along the way. It definitely helped me pinpoint the saw I wanted. And a thanks goes out to my girlfriend. I had a 462 on hold. She knows how I am and she put that money towards my 461. Then she proceeded to buy out the rest of the saw for me. After feeling this saw run I don’t think I would’ve like the balance of the 462 with a larger than 25” bar.
     
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    Hambone Ain’t she pittyful

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    By the way, her name is Jane Ann, after my god mother.
     
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    Spectre468 ArboristSiteNoob

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    I TOLD YOU NOT TO MESS WITH THE 462!!! Hahaha! Welcome to the wonderful world of M-Tronic saws...

    Just saw the other post. So you did go with the 461?
     
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    Capitalist ArboristSite Guru

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    Personally I think the best all around saw ever made is a husqvarna 372xp.

    Its a good mid size for me.
    I am sure it is a powerhouse huge saw to some though I ran its ancestor the 272 in my early teens.

    I ran stihl for years. Right up until I was introduced to the 395 xp and I immediately ran it over with a 1900 series international. To my suprise it did not break anything! So I ran it over with a skid steer... Still didnt break!

    Having crushed a 044 stihl and jerked the rear handle off an 046 magnum, I was very intrigued by this heavy ass saw that would not break. So I ran it a decade and realized it wasn't so heavy anymore.
     
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    Hambone Ain’t she pittyful

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    My thinking is this, the m-tronic system will be out for years to come. I purchased the very last 461 at my dealer. I will be getting a 261 18” in the near future to complement my 461. Hell, I might become addicted to this stuff and get the whole collection.
     
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    cuinrearview Red saw lover

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    Fixed;)
     
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    Hambone Ain’t she pittyful

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    Hambone Ain’t she pittyful

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    Just out of curiosity, not that I would ever consider it, does Husqvarna make a top handle saw. I really liked my 009L I gave to my future father in law. However, he’d been eyeballing it from day one as a parts saw. I’d like to replace it with a 193T. It’d only be used for limbing and clearing for deer stands.
     
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    Ah Oh.

    This guy’s got it already...
     
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