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I'm in Virginia and that $1,395 is tax included with a gallon of bar oil, 6 pack hp ultra 2 gallon mix, the 2 sides sharpener and 12 files for the sharpener
With some sort of bar and chain as well?
around here there is a better than $100 difference between regular handle/standard 28” bar vs wrap handle/lite bar.
 
yes but I got the 25 inch bar and chain because I already had a 36 inch combo and I don't see needing a 32 inch or 28 inch. I do also have a 20 inch bar and chain for it but that's as small as I want to go.
 
yes but I got the 25 inch bar and chain because I already had a 36 inch combo and I don't see needing a 32 inch or 28 inch. I do also have a 20 inch bar and chain for it but that's as small as I want to go.
I just cut firewood, so I use a 25" bar 99% of the time. I have a 25" bar also but I rarely need it.
 
I need a larger saw, maybe it’s just a want.
I have a Stihl MS 261 CM and a MS 400 CM and I am looking for something a little bigger. I am disappointed in the 400.
Does it cut? Yes and it runs great but it's not head over heels more powerful than the 261.

A little background,
Firewood is poor quality in North Texas and the price is outrageous.
I cut 6 cords each year for me and immediate family.
My cousin and I like to take one or two weekends and cut all our wood and haul it a family members house where he spits all the wood for us. Basically we want to done quickly and efficiently because it costs money to take off from work.

I want something that will run a 24" bar. Main use is for firewood (all hardwood) a few weekends a year, and then a few days of use for storm clean up per year.
Tree size around here that I cut is usually 24"-40" and it's mainly Oak and Pecan. I have only had to cut two trees over 40" due to a storm so that's the only exception.

I want to upgrade to a saw that will cut faster and more efficient, so I was looking at the MS 462 CM and the MS 500i. I want something that will run a 24" chain without struggling.

From what I gathered from my research is;
The 462 costs less, has more vibration, has better air filter, and uses less fuel than the 500i.
The 500i is more powerful, has an air filter that easily clogs, drinks fuel, and everyone, including people that haven't used either saw just scream buy the 500i.

The cost between the two isn't a concern to me, neither does the amount of fuel it uses.
I would prefer the less weight of the 462 and less vibration but I am concerned that it won't be much more powerful than my 400. Then, I will say I wished I would have went with the 500i.
Has any upgrade been done or design changes to the 500i to fix the air filter problems?
Is the 500i proven yet?

How is the 462 going to compare to the 400? More powerful? how much more power? 5cc's doesn't seem like much difference.
Go with the 500i, or will a 24" bar matter on those big saws?
Which one overall between the 462 and 500 is the nicer saw and easier to use?
Saws will remain stock, with no mods.
I do like the m-tronics.
We only have a Stihl dealer around so that is what I will be sticking with.

Any input with an explanation or reason of what chainsaw would be best for me, would be helpful and appreciated.
Thanks,
Ryan
 
Hi can't. Help regarding 500i but I have a 660 and 661c.....both great saws 661 is definitely stronger .....I'd recommend one if you can handle it .....I haven't come across it can't handle with ease .
 
I'm retired so I don't do much cutting anymore.Pacific Gas and Electric Co. ( I have a akronym for them) dropped 11 of my Ponderosa pines between last year and this year. My son and grandson were doing the duty, but with a number of issues with an old stihl that was a slower rpm saw,I didn't catch the model, I was working on other things.
At my old place in Redding CA, I used to buck with a Dayton 4Z252, logger chain 24" bar up to 48" digger pine ( we had 32 of them fell by a logger who took the prime parts for payment, except the big boy by the shop that,when it fell, the crap fell of the shelves!) :) :chainsaw: Link to: https://www.thisoldchainsaw.com/4z252 I do not have the saw anymore.

I just got two chainsaws (one is made in china,Neo-Tec 105cc,36" bar, for testing purposes) and a McCullough CP125, 42" vintage homelite roller bar, Stihl skip 0.404 0.063 early semichisel chain, for fun.

FYI:Yes I know this is an old thread. :)
 

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Get the 500I and don't worry about the filter, they are OK ! I have one myself, and it's nice, the filter thing is overblown.
Its not overblown but the fix is simple: double up the foam gasket where the knob screws in. Thats where the fines pass through when using just 1 gasket/o-ring.
 
I run the Black Max Flow Cover on the 661 & 500i with the Stock filter and use 2 ,1/16" or a 1/8" thick black Nylon washer under the foam washer piece.

Never had an issue with chips or fines getting past.


Mad3400
 
I would say the 462 is more forgiving due to its weight and lower vibration. It's a good saw, no doubt. But if pure power was your priority, the 500i would make a noticeable difference in larger hardwoods.
 
I have 3-500i’s. Just for kicks I picked up a used 462 this fall and I really like it too. Never run a 400 yet.
last week I was felling some 20” +- frozen hard maple with the 500i and a ported jred2171 with a 24” skip chain. In that size wood I honestly couldn’t tell the difference. Bucking all three of these saws are very close. However once into the 26” and over realm the 500i starts to show why its boss.
i figure in 5 more years when I hit 60 that Stihl will have a 400 size and weight saw with the fuelie, I’ll sell a couple 500’s for that and live happily ever after.
 
I have 3-500i’s. Just for kicks I picked up a used 462 this fall and I really like it too. Never run a 400 yet.
last week I was felling some 20” +- frozen hard maple with the 500i and a ported jred2171 with a 24” skip chain. In that size wood I honestly couldn’t tell the difference. Bucking all three of these saws are very close. However once into the 26” and over realm the 500i starts to show why its boss.
i figure in 5 more years when I hit 60 that Stihl will have a 400 size and weight saw with the fuelie, I’ll sell a couple 500’s for that and live happily ever after.
Don't hold your breath for that. The 500i shares its engine with a cut off saw before it hit the chain saw market. There's nothing to suggest stihl is going to do the same with a smaller platform.
 
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