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Re: MS 400
« Reply #80 on: October 17, 2021, 08:06:51 PM »
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I have a 261 and just recently a 500i which I have put a couple tanks through with a 20Ē Stihl light bar on the 500. I donít think Iíll be reaching for the 261 very much anymore for firewood. I do admit that the 500 gets heavy as I am not a big guy but it sure cuts the wood like butter. My question is do you think the 400 will be able to run hard and fast with the 20 light like the 500? Would I be able to lean into it without bogging it, or should I save my money and keep running the 500? I must have a disorder because I love my two saws and canít stop thinking about the 400. 

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Re: MS 400
« Reply #81 on: October 17, 2021, 09:11:05 PM »
The 400 will not cut with the 500 but using a 20 inch bar setup the 400 is not a long ways behind and the 400 is alot easier on your hands and shoulders , the 400 is alot like your 261 just with quite abit more power . The 400 is one of if not the nicest saw out there to run, good power and super light and real nice on your body  

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Re: MS 400
« Reply #82 on: October 30, 2021, 04:03:38 PM »
Ehp you convinced me. Now I need to decide what bar to run on her. Move the 20Ē light from the 500 to the 400 and let the 500 wear the 25 light? Or rub a 20 standard on the 400? Seems silly to run a standard when I have a light. Maybe get a second 20 light for the 400. 

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Re: MS 400
« Reply #83 on: October 30, 2021, 08:28:59 PM »
20 inch light weight bar and put it to work  on the 400

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Re: MS 400
« Reply #84 on: October 30, 2021, 08:29:54 PM »
first thing your going to see is the 400 cuts alot more trees per gallon of fuel compared to the 500i

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Re: MS 400
« Reply #85 on: November 05, 2021, 07:22:38 PM »
Dealer has a 400 set aside for me. I have been cutting pine with my ever trustted 461s but look forward to running it! Thanks for the inspiration Ed! Any tips?

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Re: MS 400
« Reply #86 on: November 05, 2021, 07:26:01 PM »
Keep the chain sharp! From what I hear, they donít like a dull chain AT ALL. Keep in mind, Iíve never run one, so thatís 2nd hand information to ME.
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Re: MS 400
« Reply #87 on: November 05, 2021, 11:50:59 PM »
Well I'm sure that advice will hold true- I haven't had a saw yet that likes a dull chain😊 Even the big Husky 390 slows right down from just touching the dirt, which I seem particularly gifted at😁
Too many irons in the fire

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Re: MS 400
« Reply #88 on: November 06, 2021, 06:29:05 AM »
Run it like you stole it . Make the motor work 
  The 400 is a very good saw and make sure you turn the bar oil pump to wide open which still uses very little bar oil

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Re: MS 400
« Reply #89 on: November 19, 2021, 05:14:01 PM »
So I went to my dealer and held the 400. To be honest and I feel a bit foolish I thought it was a 400i. It is not. I did not buy it.  after running the 500i I am sold on the tech. I thought the 400 was the 500i  little bro. I dont know where it got in my head that there is a 400i. Dont think it even exists. Confused my dealer haha. Im on the list for a 500i. 
Ive been running ms 461 for my whole career. Ready for a change.  Really had my heart set on the imaginary 400i...  stupid_smiley stupid_smiley dancing-jack

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Re: MS 400
« Reply #90 on: November 19, 2021, 09:49:14 PM »
@chep was it mtronic orÖ?
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Re: MS 400
« Reply #91 on: November 19, 2021, 10:22:03 PM »
Yes 400 m tronic. Just wishing for big power in smaller weight. But i may try the 400 after all we shall see. I know ehp cuts big hardwood all day. Im not always in wood like his. But I do cut most of the oversize for a mechanical crew and would say i cut big timber for our area. Central VT.  The 461s have just done me so well i am scared to stray. 

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Re: MS 400
« Reply #92 on: November 20, 2021, 07:05:28 AM »
you can still buy 461's new here at the dealers , the 400 is not going to have the same power as a 461 but is alot lighter and far nicer to cut with, the 462 is alot closer to the 461 in power 

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Re: MS 400
« Reply #93 on: November 20, 2021, 07:07:39 AM »
Like I said before , for me I run a 20 inch bar setup on the 400 . If I got to use a 24 inch setup or bigger I go to a bigger saw

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Re: MS 400
« Reply #94 on: November 20, 2021, 06:49:17 PM »
I've been running my MS400 with 20" light bar for a couple of weeks now and it hasn't had me missing my MS462, it has become my back up saw.  I fall and buck dead ash for firewood anywhere from 8 to 20 inches (occasionally a little bigger or smaller).  It almost seems to have a second gear when you get about half way through the bigger stuff.  Once the heavy load is off it revs right up and finishes strong.
Just a small time firewood cutter using a Stihl MS261c and MS462c

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Re: MS 400
« Reply #95 on: November 21, 2021, 06:07:21 PM »
Iím excited to fire up my 400 and get it into wood 

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Re: MS 400
« Reply #96 on: November 21, 2021, 09:14:58 PM »
I have been running my 400 the last 4 or 5 days falling timber . I'm cutting about 75% pine right now but the hardwood is mostly 25 to about 40 inch diameter and I do fine with the 400 but if I'm cutting mainly hardwood I will take the 500i , right now I donot even carry a 462 in the truck they are all sitting at home where its nice a warm and dry , right now I got 1 400 and 3  500i in the truck for work

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Re: MS 400
« Reply #97 on: November 22, 2021, 05:50:33 PM »
So I went to my dealer and held the 400. To be honest and I feel a bit foolish I thought it was a 400i. It is not. I did not buy it.  after running the 500i I am sold on the tech. I thought the 400 was the 500i  little bro. I dont know where it got in my head that there is a 400i. Dont think it even exists. Confused my dealer haha. Im on the list for a 500i.
Ive been running ms 461 for my whole career. Ready for a change.  Really had my heart set on the imaginary 400i...  stupid_smiley stupid_smiley dancing-jack
Hey Chep, Iím waiting for the 400i as well. Until then itís, 500i on the big stuff and 2152/59/65&71 from there on down.

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Re: MS 400
« Reply #98 on: November 29, 2021, 09:56:26 AM »
I see alot of dealers here now have a single 500i in stock but no light weight bars that are to be sold with the saw and no one has any ms 400 in stock here 

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Re: MS 400
« Reply #99 on: November 29, 2021, 07:49:27 PM »
Ehp you convinced me. Now I need to decide what bar to run on her. Move the 20Ē light from the 500 to the 400 and let the 500 wear the 25 light? Or rub a 20 standard on the 400? Seems silly to run a standard when I have a light. Maybe get a second 20 light for the 400.
Put the 20Ē on the 400 and get a cannon 28Ē duralite on the 500! Man would that be a sexy setup! 


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