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Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by Hambone, Jul 10, 2019.

  1. Hambone

    Hambone Ain’t she pittyful

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    I will agree with you about the vintage stuff. My first 50cc stihl was a 028 wood boss. Still got it, thankfully my father decided to let it leave the stables for good. He gifted it to me years ago but would never let it leave long term. Last time I checked out his garage he had an 011av, 180 mini boss he got from me, and a 271 farm boss.

    As far as the new saws go, I like the idea that someday they’ll be vintage like the ones I grew up with. Someone somewhere will hunt down an old school 461 because they want to tinker with it. Hoping to make it new again.
     
  2. Levi of the North

    Levi of the North ArboristSite Lurker

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    I can cut him a little slack because it's a tractor dealership and Stihl is a short line for them - stuff they do on the side (pretty much every tractor dealership here is either a Stihl/Husky/Echo dealership). Also, I can reasonably assume that 95% of the people who call in looking for a chainsaw are homeowners who have no idea what they want, and are looking for something worth far less than a month's rent.

    Hell, I don't even own a home, I cut trees down on my family's property. I'm just a chainsaw nut.
     
  3. Hambone

    Hambone Ain’t she pittyful

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    Levi, how do you like your 261?
     
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    Levi of the North ArboristSite Lurker

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    Very happy with it so far. I haven't been able to put it through an intensive test on ~16" hardwood yet, but I can tell that it's got a lot of torque for a smaller saw. It's zipped through anything I've tried to cut so far quickly. Engine is... snorty, like a pig that wants to pick a fight. Another member on here recommended me a 261/461 combo as an ideal do-all setup, and I'm thinking that there's a lot of sense to that theory. The 261 is very portable, and the 461 (assuming it works like my old man's 460) should handle any bigger stuff with ease.

    And if I run into anything real big? Well... I can always try justify an 880 somehow.
     
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    Hambone Ain’t she pittyful

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    I’ve heard it’s a good combo as well. It’d be my first m-tronic saw. Hopefully before the year is up I’ve got a 193T and a 261.
     
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    Levi of the North ArboristSite Lurker

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    I was able to find a non-M-Tronic 261, and apparently they're far harder to find in Canada than they are in the US. Was about to have a place in Detroit ship me one across the border before I found this one. You could probably hunt one down with a few phone calls.
     
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    Daniel W ArboristSite Lurker

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    Is this the 461 picture thread now?
     

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  8. Hambone

    Hambone Ain’t she pittyful

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    All are welcome of course
     
  9. Hambone

    Hambone Ain’t she pittyful

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    Got any advice on break in?
     
  10. cuinrearview

    cuinrearview Red saw lover

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    I tune the H down a couple hundred RPM, and cut as I always do. A lot of guys just use it without any adjustment.
     
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    mogulmasher ArboristSite Operative

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    I'm just gonna run the way dealer set it up for first half dozen tanks. Then I'll be pulling limiters and tuning it myself.
     
  12. Hambone

    Hambone Ain’t she pittyful

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    I’m in the process of getting a tach for tuning. So far I’ve got 1 1/2 tanks through her. Haven’t run at full throttle yet. I did notice it’s idling higher than the beginning of the first tank.
     
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    Hambone Ain’t she pittyful

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    I’m in the process of getting a tach for tuning. So far I’ve got 1 1/2 tanks through her. Haven’t run at full throttle yet. I did notice it’s idling higher than the beginning of the first tank.
     
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    cuinrearview Red saw lover

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    Never use a chainsaw at part throttle. They are designed to run at idle or WOT only.
     
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    Hambone Ain’t she pittyful

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    Good to know, guess I should have asked that when I got it.
     
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    MontanaResident A Stihl Fanatic

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    I had to show my "dealer" kid how to find the part number for my 41" bar, before he could look up the price for me.
     
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    catbuster Catskinner. And buster.

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    Run it WFO. Preferably long, uninterrupted cuts. A little rich doesn’t hurt for break in either. Part throttle, with break-in in particular does nothing to seat your piston rings or get oil down in your crankcase.
     
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    Hambone Ain’t she pittyful

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    Sounds like a trip to the farm will be required this weekend.
     
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    My first big test for the 461 today bucking up some big white and red oak. Saw performed awesome! This is when you really appreciate a big pro saw.

    You can cut small wood with a big saw, but you can't cut big wood with a small saw! 20190726_140754.jpg
     
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