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Next saw Stihl MS 271 or MS 261 C-M ?

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by Kel71, Nov 28, 2019.

  1. Kel71

    Kel71 ArboristSite Operative

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    I want to pick up a new saw. I have a 4 yr old Dolmar 5105.
    My 5105 is in good shape and I can trade in to a new 271 for $100 or less.
    Going up to a new 261 C-M would cost me about $275.
    Saw will be used about 10-12 hours a month + work around my place and any
    future storm damage.
     
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    Ms261cm no question in my mind
     
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    Why do you want to get rid of the Dolmar? No way I would trade a 5105 for a 271

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    Between the two. 261


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    A 5105 is far superior to the MS270 mate.


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    Thanks for the replies. I really like the 5105. It's just that it has more than a
    few hours on it and there are no dealers around here.
    I'm cutting less and was wondering about stepping down to a farm/ranch saw.
    I really like the 261. The extra $ over the 271 isn't that bad. I guess it's a case
    of buy once cry once. Anyway I really like the 261.
     
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    That Dolmar will last many many more years. 4 years old with 10-12 hours a month is nothing for that saw . If you like it, keep it. I wouldn't worry about a dealer, you can get anything you need for it online. If you really want a 261, then go get you one.

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    Depends on who's looking for me.....and why.
    The 261 all day long. :rock:
     
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    Dolmar has more than 10-12 hours a month on it. Probably
    more like 6-8 hours per week. It still looks good and I can
    easily get 300 maybe 350 for it.


    Future cutting hours on replacement is only a prediction.
    (Saw will be used about 10-12 hours a month + work around my
    place and any future storm damage.)
     
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    Between those two saws, 261 no question, I have both, they are dimensionally the same, and even share the same piston, but run them side by side and the 271 is a heavy slow slug of a thing. Never ran a Dolmar like yours, but if it still runs well I wouldn't be too concerned about continuing to use it, 6-8 hours a week is still nothing on a quality saw.
     
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    Obviously when it comes down to it, if you want to trade it in for a new saw then do it. What matters is that you are happy with the saw and get what you want because you’re the one that has to run it.

    I think everyone on here will agree the 261 will hands down be the one to get over the 271, without question. For the price difference it’s an investment in a higher quality saw that will take care of you.

    I don’t know anything about the Dolmar saws and don’t like them because to me they look funny :). But tons of guys love them so there’s that. But back to what I said first, if you want to trade it in for another saw then go for it...or keep it and get another saw you have a backup :)
     
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    The 261 is the best in its class, I don't think you will get anyone to argue with that.
     
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    I fail to see the point in selling off a perfectly good 5100/5105 to get either of those two saws, frankly.

    The 271 would be a step backward. The 261 would be a wash, functionally the same as what you have. If you want a new saw, fine, but don’t think for a minute you need a new one here.
     
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    Let's throw the number up... but I agree w/ the Dolmar boys

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    Is there an application to be able to do the side by side numbers or did you just input that in a spreadsheet??
     
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    I had a MS260 that I was never very happy with and considered both the MS271 and the MS261C-M for a replacement. The MS271 and MS260 have the same HP.

    I went with the 261C-M which has 1/2 more HP. The improved performance of my 261C-M verses my old MS260 is pretty substantial. The 261C-M is whole different level of saw.
     
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    Cool, 261 it is.
     
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    It’s a great saw, don’t think you’ll regret it
     
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