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Brand new here, but I saw a post back in 2020, where the collective here were able to find a guy a new old stock MS 241 CM.

Obviously two years on, the odds are much lower now.

But, if you’ve got any leads, I’d love to pick one up for my father in law.

Might also consider low mileage used, but I definitely prefer new. Even inquiring with retailers in the UK. Seems like that might be unreasonably expensive though. Can’t really justify 261 price or more for a 241.
 
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Brand new here, but I saw a post back in 2020, where the collective here were able to find a guy a new old stock MS 241 CM.

Obviously two years on, the odds are much lower now.

But, if you’ve got any leads, I’d love to pick one up for my father in law.

Might also consider low mileage used, but I definitely prefer new. Even inquiring with retailers in the UK. Seems like that might be unreasonably expensive though. Can’t really justify 261 price or more for a 241.
Check your title it asks about “MS140C-M” not 241. Might get more replies 😁
 

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Never know what small shop might have one or two gathering dust that they’ll sell for MSRP or less!

I'm not going to say it's impossible, but it surely would be the exception to the rule, if you found one, like that.

Sure there might be one hiding at a dealer. How many hours are you willing to spend calling around trying to find one, what's your time valued at? If you do find one not with in driving range, are you will to pony up the money to have it shipped, phone a friend and pay for his services, to get it in your hands. Most stihl dealers will not ship saws. Cash & carry and only in person sales, according to stihl rules.

Most shops around me here in CO, have saws marked up over MSRP right now, because saws are so hard to get due to supply issues. The ones that used to wheel & deal on MSRP, will no longer do so.

I have not seen a new 241 at a dealer in 3 plus years. They were never a common stocked saw in most places, since they were with in a few dollars of a 261, 241's were never big sellers.

A lot of dealers I know did not even know stihl made them, until I ordered a few. They would look them up in the database, and say "oh look there stihl does make them never knew about them, they are only $15 less then a 261, why do you want one"....
 

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I'm not going to say it's impossible, but it surely would be the exception to the rule, if you found one, like that.

Sure there might be one hiding at a dealer. How many hours are you willing to spend calling around trying to find one, what's your time valued at? If you do find one not with in driving range, are you will to pony up the money to have it shipped, phone a friend and pay for his services, to get it in your hands. Most stihl dealers will not ship saws. Cash & carry and only in person sales, according to stihl rules.

Most shops around me here in CO, have saws marked up over MSRP right now, because saws are so hard to get due to supply issues. The ones that used to wheel & deal on MSRP, will no longer do so.

I have not seen a new 241 at a dealer in 3 plus years. They were never a common stocked saw in most places, since they were with in a few dollars of a 261, 241's were never big sellers.

A lot of dealers I know did not even know stihl made them, until I ordered a few. They would look them up in the database, and say "oh look there stihl does make them never knew about them, they are only $15 less then a 261, why do you want one"....
I have both the MS241 and 261. They’re very different, and I use them for different applications. The 241 is an awesome little saw that came standard with the same 16”, 3/8 pico bar that comes on the 201TC. The MS241C is a great travel saw for RV’s, and fits nicely in the orange chainsaw case that Stihl sells.
 

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I have both the MS241 and 261. They’re very different, and I use them for different applications. The 241 is an awesome little saw that came standard with the same 16”, 3/8 pico bar that comes on the 201TC. The MS241C is a great travel saw for RV’s, and fits nicely in the orange chainsaw case that Stihl sells.

I agree, I've owned several of each, 241 & 261. I wasn't debating that in my post.

I just trying to get the point across, most dealers I've come across, did not even know of 241's, until I brought it to there attention.
 

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You can still buy a new 241 over here and in Europe. Might be expensive to import - although the currency exchange rate is in your favour at the moment. Maybe an American member with positive experience of importing saws from the UK or Europe will comment.

Here is an example. Many other sellers have them.


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The MS241 is still available in Norway and is close to $800 with a 35cm/14" B&C.
That price includes 25% Norwegian sales tax, most of which could be claimed when taking the saw out of the country.
 

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Absolutely, you can buy it from the other side of the pond, but it will be an expensive treat.
It's a quite expensive saw to begin with, and you might ending up needing to pay the local sales tax, shipment and your own area sales/import tax in addition. It's gonna be a high price to pay, but I'd say its still worth it...
 

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Brand new here, but I saw a post back in 2020, where the collective here were able to find a guy a new old stock MS 241 CM.

Obviously two years on, the odds are much lower now.

But, if you’ve got any leads, I’d love to pick one up for my father in law.

Might also consider low mileage used, but I definitely prefer new. Even inquiring with retailers in the UK. Seems like that might be unreasonably expensive though. Can’t really justify 261 price or more for a 241.
If low weight and easy handling is important and if he will be satisfied with a 14" guide bar you could consider the MS201 rear handle.
I had an Echo CS-390SX that is in the same weight class as the MS241, it sure was sweet and it even had a proper aluminum front handle as well, but I thought the rear handle felt a little flimsy - I guess it's just me though.
Then you have the Husky/Japan made 543XP, but I never had the pleasure of fumble with that one.

At 4,5kg empty weight without B/C and in such a compact package and at that power, there is just not a lot of alternatives though.
 

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Absolutely, you can buy it from the other side of the pond, but it will be an expensive treat.
It's a quite expensive saw to begin with, and you might ending up needing to pay the local sales tax, shipment and your own area sales/import tax in addition. It's gonna be a high price to pay, but I'd say its still worth it...


Well, I pulled the trigger on one from the UK.

Decided to just get the power head. I’m not sure yet if I want to run picco or .325. Maybe there’s a topic for another post- see what everyone talks me into!
 

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Well, I pulled the trigger on one from the UK.

Decided to just get the power head. I’m not sure yet if I want to run picco or .325. Maybe there’s a topic for another post- see what everyone talks me into!

All I will say, is I'm not a fan of spur sprockets, I like rims.

Picco spur VS .325 spur - picco will the win a race, if that is what you are after.

It's a 42cc saw after all, picco will not suck the power out of it as much, so spur vs spur picco will win.

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Rim sprockets on a 241, Picco rim vs 325 rim, I favor the .325 better.

1 - .325 rim is smaller and has noticeable difference in torque, over the picco rim.

2 - .325 will hold it's edge longer, over picco, keep you cutting longer, between sharpening of the chain.

3 - the picco rim is large enough, over the picco spur, that you will need to add a link to picco chains. Instead of buying off the shelf 55dl picco chain for a spur, you will need 56dl loops, if you want to run the picco rim.

It depends what you are after? What worked for me, might not work for you.

For me, I always preferred my 241's with .325 rims, for working.

Your opinions maybe different.

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The input above regarding what the saw will be used for is key.
If you want light weight and power enough for an 18" bar, the MS241 is likely the "best-in-class".
If a 14" bar is enough, @link 's comment above about the rear-handle MS201 is very relevant. It is available locally and is only a tiny compromise on the MS241 when running a 14" b&c power/performance-wise, and it is even lighter, and is cheaper. Some of us even think the rear-handle MS201 (MS200) even has a better balance...
The MS201 can handle a 16" bar, but in larger rounds of hardwood, one shouldn't expect it to keep up with the MS241.
The hassle and cost for sourcing a MS241 from Europe to the USA may be substantial.
Pls continue to keep us updated with your evaluations, hassles, and costs, (and results), as it is an interesting topic and you can see how several members are already engaged.
 

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