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Author Topic: Does model MS261C have m-tronic?  (Read 3175 times)

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Offline 4lane

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Does model MS261C have m-tronic?
« on: February 07, 2018, 10:55:10 AM »
I'm looking at a used MS261C. How can I tell if it has M-Tronic or not? I saw somewhere that the 'C' designation means it has m-tronic, but I've also seen where there was a 'C' model and a more expensive 'C-M' model. Can anyone help to clarify or let me know how I can physically tell if it has M-Tronic?

I see it does have a single position switch, instead of the normal two. Could this be the key to knowing it's an m-tronic? Thanks!

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Re: Does model MS261C have m-tronic?
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2018, 01:46:17 PM »
If it has carb adjustment screws, itís manual


If it has no carb adjustment screws itís m-tronic

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Re: Does model MS261C have m-tronic?
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2018, 09:20:11 PM »
M-tronic.....

 

 

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Re: Does model MS261C have m-tronic?
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2018, 10:20:36 PM »
if top cover has holes in it so you can adjust the carb it should have a standard carb on it , no holes then it should be M tronic as long as its got the proper top cover on it

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Re: Does model MS261C have m-tronic?
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2018, 12:01:53 PM »
Simple, M-Tronic saws have a three position master control lever: Start, Run, and Stop. Non-M-tronic saws have the traditional Choke, Half-Choke, Run, and Stop. Stihl salesman pointed this out to me.  Scott B.
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Re: Does model MS261C have m-tronic?
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2018, 05:40:18 PM »
I really like the 3 stage master control switch on my MS261CM.
No fiddling with that fast idle 4th step.
The Husqvarna 550XP with AutoTune has that 4th fast idle mode. A real annoyance after getting used to the 261CM.
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Re: Does model MS261C have m-tronic?
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2018, 07:10:47 PM »
The M in the model # stands for m-tronic. As in 261 CM. A 261c should not be m-tronic.

Stihl's website explains it all.

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Re: Does model MS261C have m-tronic?
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2018, 10:59:36 PM »
The M in the model # stands for m-tronic. As in 261 CM. A 261c should not be m-tronic.

Stihl's website explains it all.

Ours is a 261C and is m-tronic......

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Re: Does model MS261C have m-tronic?
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2018, 11:21:06 PM »
Thats how my ms 362c is labeled and its m-tronic.
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Re: Does model MS261C have m-tronic?
« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2018, 10:03:53 AM »
Now I'm confused. If you go to Stihl's  website and click on pro saws, the last sentence in the first paragraph explains what the letters in the model number mean. It says m means m-tronic.

I'm sure Ed and Joe know what they have, leaving me confused.

Can anyone explain this.

Perhaps Stihl changed their lettering system at some point. ???

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Re: Does model MS261C have m-tronic?
« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2018, 11:43:15 AM »
On the side of the rewind housing it says 362c, on the powerhead plate/tag with the serial number it says 362 c-m. But when it was sitting on the shelf at the store the hand tag said it was just a 362 but it was miss labled and showed a cheaper price and a different size bar, so I ended up with $50 off the saw from a mistake.
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Re: Does model MS261C have m-tronic?
« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2018, 11:46:28 AM »
Now I'm confused. If you go to Stihl's  website and click on pro saws, the last sentence in the first paragraph explains what the letters in the model number mean. It says m means m-tronic.

I'm sure Ed and Joe know what they have, leaving me confused.

Can anyone explain this.

Perhaps Stihl changed their lettering system at some point. ???
I think the C on the saws rewind housing is just a shortened version for marketing and identification, plus save room.
Here's my MS261C with owner's manual that says MS 261 C-M.
 

  

 
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Re: Does model MS261C have m-tronic?
« Reply #12 on: February 09, 2018, 08:11:08 PM »
Thanks guys, I'm deconfused now.

What I get out of this is that the sticker on the starter doesn't mean much in regard to m-tronic.

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Re: Does model MS261C have m-tronic?
« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2018, 05:41:41 AM »
Yes, they are all labeled 261C on the recoil housing. Either pull the top cover and look for the wires or the lack of carb adjustment holes to indicate it is in all reality a C-M model. I have one and I'm pretty happy with it.
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