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Going from MS291 to MS261
« on: July 14, 2019, 07:46:29 PM »
I think I知 gonna make the plunge.  I致e been fairly happy with my 291, but I think I知 gonna sell the 291 and step up to the 261.  My friend wants my 291, so it shouldn稚 be hard to sell.  Does the 261 come with the same 20 bar as the 291?  Same chain.....325?
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Re: Going from MS291 to MS261
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2019, 08:58:16 PM »
The chain is the same IIRC the bar is the same mount. You are really going to appreciate the difference in weight.
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Re: Going from MS291 to MS261
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2019, 09:19:06 PM »
I've been happy with my 261 with a 16" bar, I would consider an 18" but the 16" feels really good and when I need bigger I grab a bigger saw (044) with 20 or 24" bar.
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Re: Going from MS291 to MS261
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2019, 09:49:16 PM »
Yep - I did exactly the same as you are considering and I've never looked back.  Not that I didn't enjoy the 291 I had or how reliable it was or how easily it worked for my purposes - but the 261 seemed like a no-brainer when it came to the extra power and less weight, and it truly has turned out to be a bigger difference than I expected!
I don't really see a whole lot more cutting time per tankful, but I do consider for that duration I do seem to get a lot more accomplished - so I guess it works out better in the long run either way..
I always used a 20" bar and .325 RS chain previously on the 291 and whatever chains I had are still usable on the new 261 now since I also opt'd for a 20" this time around.  
Some told me I would find it unbalanced for doing so, but it isn't as bad as I expected - or maybe because I just got used to a 20"er on the 291 that it feels even better on this one now.
If you are not shy for dollars - you might consider a Stihl Light bar - that would end up being a nice set up for sure..
I think you'll love you new saw choice - just expect to have some fun restarting it if you let it run out of fuel - ask me how I know..

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Re: Going from MS291 to MS261
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2019, 11:23:05 PM »
You will really like the 261, and thats coming from a husqvarna guy.
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Re: Going from MS291 to MS261
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2019, 12:03:46 AM »
I really like my 261cm, and it's wearing a 16" bar. I've always ran 18 and 20" bars on my small saws, I decided to try the 16 since the saw was set up with it at the dealer. I've never wanted for the extra length, and if I did I'd just get out the bigger saw.
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Re: Going from MS291 to MS261
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2019, 06:14:49 AM »
The 261 is a professional saw, 291 is a farm/homeowner saw. Professional mag case vs plastic clamshell. The 261 is lighter, more powerful, better handling and easily rebuildable. You will be very happy with the 261!
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Re: Going from MS291 to MS261
« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2019, 08:29:57 AM »
It will be good to stay with the .325 bar and chain so I can keep my spare chains.  I will be running a 20 bar.  I have my old 025 with an 18 bar for smaller stuff.  I might consider putting a smaller bar on it.

Run out of fuel?  Who would ever do that?
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Re: Going from MS291 to MS261
« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2019, 01:38:14 PM »
Do you have a larger saw or do you not have the trees big enough to need something to run a +24" bar ?
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Re: Going from MS291 to MS261
« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2019, 02:39:58 PM »
There are bigger trees, but I don稚 feel the need to have something big enough to cut thru in one cut.  I did well enough for a long time with just an 18 saw.  20 is going to be my big saw, at least for now.
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Re: Going from MS291 to MS261
« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2019, 08:30:38 AM »
What痴 the feeling on the MS362?  There痴 a few of those used for sale in the area?  A little heavier and more power.  Any other notable differences between the two?
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Re: Going from MS291 to MS261
« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2019, 08:37:41 AM »
Can't compare the two, but I really like my 362. Gives you the option of a 25" bar.

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Re: Going from MS291 to MS261
« Reply #12 on: July 16, 2019, 09:31:42 AM »
The MS362 is a little bit heavier, but not by much.  It has good weight and balance and it's very comfortable.  I had been using the 026 - which is the previous generation of the 261 - when I bought the 362.  I like the extra power from the bigger saw and it's only a little heavier.  I guess it comes down to what you want and what you'll be doing with it.  It's nice having both, but that is kind of a waste.  I added a MS170 for a lightweight and the combo of the 362 and 170 is a good team.  

They are both good saws and it comes down to preference and what you're doing.  You can't go wrong either way.

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Re: Going from MS291 to MS261
« Reply #13 on: July 16, 2019, 09:39:49 AM »
One thing with the 362s... You probably want to get a newer one with the pleated air filter. I heard ghe older style was a little problematicc. My stolen saw was the older style, but I didn't have enough time on it to know if the filter was an issue.

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Re: Going from MS291 to MS261
« Reply #14 on: July 16, 2019, 09:53:26 AM »
What's the price and condition on those used 362's?  

A bigger saw - even 10cc bigger - makes bucking firewood go faster.  I used to have an 044 that I used for bucking.  It was pretty near worn out but still doing it's thing.  It suffered a catastrophic accident somehow while riding in the loader bucket and wasn't worth fixing.  I got by on the 026 for 2 or 3 years and really didn't suffer too bad.  I'm not cutting a huge amount of firewood, so it was no big deal. 
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Re: Going from MS291 to MS261
« Reply #15 on: July 16, 2019, 02:38:06 PM »
Well, I致e had my 025 for 20 years and that thing still runs strong.  When I got my sawmill I decided I wanted a little bigger saw as a second saw, so I got the 291 with 20 bar.  I致e been happy with it, but thought I might be even happier with a pro saw.  Looking at the specs, the 362 weighs the same as the 291.  So, I could get the 362 and not have a change in weight.  There is a 362 and a 362C available used.  One at 450 and one at 500.  One has a cracked part and makes me worry about that.  I like the idea of being able to add a 25 bar down the road.
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« Reply #16 on: July 16, 2019, 05:52:11 PM »
Sounds like you池e headed towards the 362. The 25 bar is nice for trimming. It痴 a good saw and it sounds like the weight is already factored in.

Pro is always gonna be better tool as long as the cost works out. I think over the long run you save money with the pro saws.

Not sure the used saw is worth saving $250 on. Just depends on condition of course. Never know when you池e buying someone else痴 problems.

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« Reply #17 on: July 16, 2019, 06:19:17 PM »
Another nice thing about buying the pro saws is you池e not forced to buy a certain bar and chain even if you plan to put something different on it. I got the 362cm with the 25 rollomatic bar and an rs loop all for the basic price. I planned to get a 20 bar later but so far I致e been happy just keeping the 25 on it.
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Re: Going from MS291 to MS261
« Reply #18 on: July 16, 2019, 06:28:41 PM »
Just me, but I wouldn't buy a used saw I intended make a workhorse. I don't trust other people to care for machines, and I don't enjoy mechanical work. I want the saw to be factory correct when I get it. Saws are cheap enough compared to my disposable income, and including projected lifespan, I can take that position.

For a one-off special duty saw, I'd consider used. I was looking for one as an office saw, but the one craigslist flake I contacted didn't get back to me. Ended up with a brand new poulanpro from a pawn shop

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Re: Going from MS291 to MS261
« Reply #19 on: July 16, 2019, 06:47:43 PM »
When I picked up my 362 c-m it came with a 18" bar on it, great balance with it and cuts so much faster then my old 026. You can get a 9 pin rim sprocket to run your .325 chain, you can even get a 16" 3/8p bar in the 3003 mount for it too.
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