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stihl 201tc chainsaw review

Discussion in 'Commercial Tree Care and Climbing' started by porkrinds, Oct 23, 2016.

  1. porkrinds

    porkrinds ArboristSite Lurker

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    Is the Stihl 201TC chainsaw reliable?
     
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    I love mine. Been using it several times a week for removals, deadwooding and pruning.
    I personally use a 14 inch bar becuase I like the balance but it can pull a 16 no problem. Just make sure to set the Saw's electronic carb when you get it. ( cutting through a log with the whole bar buried at full throttle 5 times I believe)
     
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    Thanks for the opinion and advice, nice to know how to set the carburetor, I have made up my mind now to get the Stihl 201TC instead of the Husky T540, I found out that you have to almost disassemble the whole chainsaw to get the muffler off. Do you think you will ever do any modifications to your Stihl 201TC?
     
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    I like my 201tc. Sadly it's going in to get the kill switch fixed. Can't even choke the thing to kill it. Thankfully I'll be doing a few pruning jobs and some smaller takedowns for a few days. The older 201 will have to suffice for those
     
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    Yes after the warranty is up. I'll do a muffler mod
     
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    Yeah little things like that can happen. Honestly though I've never had a problem with mine after it's been fully adjusted property. Plus I love the cold weather feature. It's already 50 degrees max out here and I still have a good flow of work
     
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    I did some port work on a 201TC last week. I was very impressed with the power it made after the mods.
     
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    And this guy's a total beginner at modding saws. If he can get good results, that must be a good saw.






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    Exactly. If I can get gains then anyone can. Get out you hoof rasps and get to work.
     
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    Ok, sounds good, but nobody is more of a beginner than me, that said, what is a hoof rasp? The only porting work I have seen on the internet was using something like a die grinder on the inside of the cylinder and those tools or VERY EXPENSIVE. I also read that the 201TC does not rely respond well to a timing advance. I am in no hurry to do anything because I also won't do anything to my Stihl until the warranty is up but I have an old poulan which I would like to experiment on.
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    I would not do any mod of any kind on a MS200TC,,,period,,
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    So far so good with mine. Had it for a month. More power than the 201 and much better than the husky t540
    I still have rebuilt 200t's though just in case.
     
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    Been running ours since spring of this year not a single issue we run a 16" bar pulls it like a champ wish we had 18 inches sometimes....

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    Seems like we get this question every month here- do a search. My 2 cents, most powerful top handle saw out there but mtronic can be finicky, like needing to be throttled to start when hot.
     
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    Mine is stock (did remove the spark-arrester screen) with a 16" bar and has operated flawlessly since buying it new in July '15.
     
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    201tc is $650 at my local dealer. Is that about the normal price?
     
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    Pretty sure one of our dealers here is 569 then the other one is 620

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    How were you able to measure the gains, timed cuts? Is there any real world gains? Like saving minutes on a big removal?
    Or is it more like putting loud exhaust on your truck, just louder and more fun?
     
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    They're about $700 here. I recently done a muffler mod and timing advance on my 201 tc. I really like it now. Didn't before. Didn't have time to time any cuts but definitely more responsive and powerful. Still like my older saws better though.
     
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    Yes, the 201tc is the best top handle saw that you can buy nowadays.
     

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