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Stihl 261 c-m
« on: March 11, 2019, 07:05:05 PM »
Been running this saw for 3 weeks now and gotta say this *DanG thing screams! I know my 346xp(50cc) is older but it wonít hold a candle to this saw. Maybe it cause itís new but Iím loving this saw. Donít reach for any of the 461ís unless I really need it. Hoping their isnít a flaw with these I havenít found yet. Running 18Ē sugi bar with Oregon lpx. Anyone else loving this little saw or have any negative on it?

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Re: Stihl 261 c-m
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2019, 07:41:36 PM »
Amazingly - it will only get better.. hang on for a while longer and wait to be pleased even more as most of us have!
 

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Re: Stihl 261 c-m
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2019, 07:49:38 PM »
Iíve been told that several times lol, it really get that much better?

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Re: Stihl 261 c-m
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2019, 12:59:35 AM »
Been running this saw for 3 weeks now and gotta say this *DanG thing screams! I know my 346xp(50cc) is older but it won’t hold a candle to this saw. Maybe it cause it’s new but I’m loving this saw. Don’t reach for any of the 461’s unless I really need it. Hoping their isn’t a flaw with these I haven’t found yet. Running 18” sugi bar with Oregon lpx. Anyone else loving this little saw or have any negative on it?


Must have a weak 346 if don't run with your 261.  I have both saws and mine run about dead even.  Looks like your new, so welcome to the forum!

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Re: Stihl 261 c-m
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2019, 06:19:51 AM »
One day i'll give that saw a chance, especially seeing that it out cuts the new 550xp mark II.
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Re: Stihl 261 c-m
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2019, 06:27:14 AM »
Love my 260c
Not the same league but it was the 1 I chose if I could have just 1
Glad you're happy mate
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Re: Stihl 261 c-m
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2019, 05:31:07 PM »
I too just bought a new M261C. I have 2-3 tanks for fuel burnt so far and I am very impressed. I have a Husqvarna 357xp and a Stihl MS290 as well. The 261C will outperform both, and is about 3.5lbs lighter.  So far, the carb compensater works great. No complaints here.

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Re: Stihl 261 c-m
« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2019, 06:28:50 PM »
I too just bought a new M261C. I have 2-3 tanks for fuel burnt so far and I am very impressed. I have a Husqvarna 357xp and a Stihl MS290 as well. The 261C will outperform both, and is about 3.5lbs lighter.  So far, the carb compensater works great. No complaints here.
Good for you, I take it they are still selling carburettor type saws, this makes me wonder how this saw keeps within the epa limits, given Mtronic is not used, does it have a catalytic converter in the muffler, if not then the strato charging must be doing a good job, so why did they invent Mtronic, me puzzled. 

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Re: Stihl 261 c-m
« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2019, 01:22:54 PM »
I'm assuming that since this thread was started referencing the C-M variant - that comments in it apply basically  to the M-Tronic controlled version as per the earlier comments..
I'm thinking KWood255 is just mistakenly calling the M-Tronic bits the 'carb compensator' in error and means the electronic controlling capabilities instead. 
I haven't seen any brochures (US or Canada) that makes reference to the carb'd version still available - but that doesn't take into account the probably hundreds if not thousands, of that type that may still reside in dealer stock and haven't yet been sold off in both countries obviously.

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Re: Stihl 261 c-m
« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2019, 01:34:48 PM »
Another wrinkle maybe:  Iíve got a 362cm that says 362c on the outside. Maybe there are some 261cís like that too.

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Re: Stihl 261 c-m
« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2019, 02:15:23 PM »
I believe any that have the "C" on the cover are cm. Regular carb units will just have the main number.

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Re: Stihl 261 c-m
« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2019, 06:03:30 AM »
 
 Why all the hype, over on youtube the ms261c runs about the same as other good 50 cc saws.  Steve
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Re: Stihl 261 c-m
« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2019, 09:20:41 PM »
I may have been mistaken here guys. I understood the 261c-m had a type of compensator on the carb....somewhat like an EFI setup. Mine does have the M-tronic which I'm not familiar with it's purpose. Either way, I'm pleased with the saw.

I ran all 3 saws today, 357xp, MS290 and the new 261CM. It's quickly becoming my favourite.

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Re: Stihl 261 c-m
« Reply #13 on: April 11, 2019, 10:06:54 PM »
Like mine but it is an early,  non-mtronic version.   Bought it in 2012.
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Re: Stihl 261 c-m
« Reply #14 on: April 11, 2019, 11:45:15 PM »
I may have been mistaken here guys. I understood the 261c-m had a type of compensator on the carb....somewhat like an EFI setup. Mine does have the M-tronic which I'm not familiar with it's purpose. Either way, I'm pleased with the saw.

I ran all 3 saws today, 357xp, MS290 and the new 261CM. It's quickly becoming my favourite.
The M Tronic has a replaceable solenoid on the carb that opens and closes like a valve controlling the amount of fuel. A signal from the ignition module tells the solenoid how much fuel to pass. There is no adjustment on the MTronic carburetor.


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