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Ms390 ms460 ms650 and ms660
« on: February 23, 2019, 01:04:35 PM »
Hi all Iím new here! I just purchased the saws in the subject of this thread..I do not cut for a living..I live in upstate ny and I bought some land that has a a lot of firewood that I can harvest for my parents. I know I donít need these saws but I bought them because it was a package deal. They are used pretty good. But I want to make them as nice and bad ass as possible. Iím looking for recommendations...I want the muffler mod on all of then..Iíve read nothing bad about doing that..thereís just so many options when I search for dual port. Also Iím thinking of new covers or maybe repainting the existing ones.
So far I have cleaned the saws really well, put new air filters on and spark plugs. I put a new 25Ē stihl es bar and chisel chain on the 650 and a 20Ē stihl e bar on the 390. Iím thinking 20Ē es bars for the 660 and 460. The 460 rubber pull chord handle hangs down the side of the saw a few inches so Iíd like to fix that. 

The saws are probably rarely going to be used but I want them in the best condition they can be in sitting there looking good if nothing else haha.

Thank you guys so much Iíll post pics soon! 

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Re: Ms390 ms460 ms650 and ms660
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2019, 11:42:08 AM »
Welcome to the forum Sraponi.  Nice variety of saws.  First off I would adopt a 3-saw plan. Unless you just want back-ups, I would get rid of the 390 and 1 of the 660's.  Get a 40-50cc limbing saw.  Then you would cover most all sizes of trees you might encounter.  Muffler mods can come later.  You would need to learn first how to sharpen chains and adjust the carbs.  Neither is hard to do with good instruction.  And there is pluenty of that on these saw sites with people who are willing to help.  Start with the basics and take your time.  And foremost, get you some good PPE and - - - WEAR it!  Don't be like many of us (me included) who needs a hearing aid.  :D

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Re: Ms390 ms460 ms650 and ms660
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2019, 12:04:14 PM »
Very good advice on the PPE, from steel toes to hearing protection.
If you're not planning on use them very often, use the Stihl MotoMix fuel. If regular gas station fuel stays in the tank for more than a few months, it'll degrade and start to rot out the carburetor. Impossible to start and run when that happens.
'Nother thing, the 660 can easily handle a 36" bar, all depends on the size of your trees. . .
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Re: Ms390 ms460 ms650 and ms660
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2019, 02:50:18 PM »
Thank you! I shoot guns so I have nice electronic ear muffs that work awesome and are comfortable !! Also is there a different tool for the 3 carb adjustments?

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« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2019, 03:14:05 PM »
On the models you listed just a flat tipped screwdriver is all you should need for all of them.  Riching the carb mixture (counter clockwise) will be needed after muffler modding.  But I highly recommend you learn how to do it first.  You can buy a "bolt-on" duel port muffler for the ms660.  The homeowner 390 will likely be up to you to mod.  I have done a few of them and are not to bad.  Just don't to go to big with grinding the port, around 60% of the total exhaust port diam is the norm.   Saws will be louder so use your ear protection.

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Re: Ms390 ms460 ms650 and ms660
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2019, 04:49:13 PM »
Ok, thank you! 

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Re: Ms390 ms460 ms650 and ms660
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2019, 09:18:03 PM »
Hea Sraponi, Before you do anything you regret, go to the Madsen's web page & study there carb adjustment page.  Just tweaking one Hi side screw does not do the whole job, in fact, about 1/3 of the fuel given to the engine at max rpm comes from the low speed circuit.  This is one of the best sources out there about learning to adjust a carb on a chainsaw.  Good luck. ;)

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« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2019, 12:25:00 PM »
I appreciate that. You guys are great!!


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