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Stihl ms 461 vs 372xp/2172
« on: December 01, 2017, 09:27:30 PM »
Good evening guys.  I'm looking to get a bigger saw for bucking at the landing and cutting bigger wood.  I'm tossing up the 372/2172 or the Stihl 461.  The 461 seems to be significantly more expensive, but does have some more horsepower to offer.  The 372/2172's seem to take the cake in reliability and durability though.  What is you guys opinions on these saw and what would you prefer?

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Re: Stihl ms 461 vs 372xp/2172
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2017, 09:58:19 PM »
Which brand offers the best support in your area? Which one feels better in your hands? They are all top notch saws, it boils down to personal preference
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Re: Stihl ms 461 vs 372xp/2172
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2017, 07:14:44 AM »
I have both and they are both good saws. I still prefer the jonsered but if I ran stihls for 10 years it would probably be the other way around. Durability wise the 372/2172 is tough I've had awsome luck with them. Time will tell with the 461 I'll know in a couple years. Like sawguy says buy whatever has better dealer support
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Re: Stihl ms 461 vs 372xp/2172
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2017, 12:02:22 PM »
A friend of mine runs a 372 XP and it has been a good saw and when he bought it I thought it was a power house and it was. I bought a 461 just about four year ago it been ran a lot and I have had zero problems with it and it will out pull the 372 and both run a 24 inch bar. For a mid to bigger saw that 461 can't be beat. It not too heavy for the power it puts out. I fix my own stuff so dealer support isn't major as I have several saws and can use another if I am waiting on parts. I am not a Stihl only guy as I have several brands of saws around. We cut a lot of hard wood locust, hedge and the 461 is the go to saw. 

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Re: Stihl ms 461 vs 372xp/2172
« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2017, 10:13:16 PM »
I have just went totally through my 372. It's manufacture date is 2000. For a 71cc saw it is very tenacious so to speak. I would recommend the saw to anyone who makes a living in logs. That said, I have little experience with the 461, however I also own a 044av. A saw comparable to the 461. Anyway, if someone were to tell me I could only have one saw to use for the rest of my life I would choose the 044/ms440. Both the 372 and 461are a great saw. It really does come down to personal preferences.

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Re: Stihl ms 461 vs 372xp/2172
« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2017, 09:40:20 AM »
you live in Maine, do yourself a favor and buy a 461 arctic , best heated handles out there

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Re: Stihl ms 461 vs 372xp/2172
« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2017, 03:42:39 PM »
you live in Maine, do yourself a favor and buy a 461 arctic , best heated handles out there
Never had any issues with cold hands while running saw.  I wear cheap cloth gloves all winter without issues.  I am afraid the heated handles would melt the ice that usually coats the glove and create wet gloves.
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Re: Stihl ms 461 vs 372xp/2172
« Reply #7 on: December 26, 2017, 05:52:07 PM »
Heated handles will dry them gloves rite out, there is a switch on the side, you don't have to use them, but they are nice.

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Re: Stihl ms 461 vs 372xp/2172
« Reply #8 on: December 26, 2017, 10:28:56 PM »
I have a stihl 038 mag apx 4.4 cu in comparable to the ms 440 and a ms 460 any thing over 24 in I go with the 460  the  036 will limb about as fast the bigger saws little wood smaller saw bigger wood bring out the big saw 


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