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500i or 462
« on: January 10, 2022, 04:22:17 PM »
I can get a 3 month old 500i for $1135us or a used 462 for $838us, hmmmm which one to choose?

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Re: 500i or 462
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2022, 04:32:01 PM »
Both obviously 

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Re: 500i or 462
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2022, 04:54:00 PM »
They are both very impressive saws. That would be a tough choice. Since I just bought a 400, and love it, I would probably buy the 500 but what you should do, I dunno, lol.

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Re: 500i or 462
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2022, 05:22:46 PM »
I have a 500i and love it, so thatís the one I decided on. Gonna have twins.

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Re: 500i or 462
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2022, 05:14:45 PM »
I have both but don't have enough time on the 500i for a fair comparison.  I've had the 462 for almost a year and I've only had the 500i for a couple of weeks and don't even have 3 tanks through it.  Initial impressions is there isn't a huge difference between the 2 but the 500i isn't broken in yet and the 462 has a bark box on it and the 500i doesn't...not sure how much difference that really makes other than sound.

The 462 is a great saw.  It's head and shoulders above any 60cc class saw (which it should be) without any real increase in weight.  I ended up selling a 362c and 261c that I had because they were just too slow compared to the 462.  I don't do much limbing or cutting above my waist so a lighter saw like the 261c wasn't much of an advantage for me.

I'm currently running 25" bars on both the 500i and 462.

The bottom line is I don't think you can go wrong with either saw.  Did I need the 500i?  Not really.  Did I want the 500i?  You bet I did so I bought it.  ;D
Just a small time firewood cutter using a Stihl MS500i, MS400c and MS462c

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Re: 500i or 462
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2022, 07:35:11 PM »
Check out Exileís muffler covers on FB Marketplace, I bought a double barrel one, made in Ontario.

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Re: 500i or 462
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2022, 09:14:56 PM »
Check out Exileís muffler covers on FB Marketplace, I bought a double barrel one, made in Ontario.
I messaged them and they never answered. I've got a bark box on order for the 500i too. 
Just a small time firewood cutter using a Stihl MS500i, MS400c and MS462c

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Re: 500i or 462
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2022, 07:07:38 PM »
I'd have jumped on the 500i too I think. I'm a big fan of a standard old carb and needles I can tune, a machine I can diagnose/fix/repair myself. But I just got a 661c that is electronic (though not injected) and jeez it runs sweet... If it runs this well for the next ten years I'll be a convert

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Re: 500i or 462
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2022, 07:45:39 PM »
How do you like that 661. Is the C the non  m tronic one ? 

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Re: 500i or 462
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2022, 08:08:18 PM »
From my understanding they still offer the two models standard carb and m tronic 661

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Re: 500i or 462
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2022, 08:40:24 PM »
The c is m tronic

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Re: 500i or 462
« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2022, 09:53:53 PM »
I've got the 661c which is m-tronic. I must have 20 tanks through it by now and I seriously love it. But I'm coming from an old 038 so I suppose I would say that about anything modern, I feel less tired after a session on the 661c even though it is heavier/longer/more power, just because it is more comfortable. And it is just a snappy beast. Snap the trigger and it's on the limiter about as quick.

It doesn't like to be babied, if you hold WOT out of a cut or are making too light a cut it will four stroke, or I'm pretty sure the electronics intervene it's quite a pronounced rpm ceiling.

I have a rediscovered joy for chainsawing at the moment it's a bit of a novelty with how quick and easy everything is.

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Re: 500i or 462
« Reply #12 on: April 23, 2022, 12:40:26 PM »
I got a new 462 arctic late last fall and I'm still falling timber with it , Been cutting on the landing with a 500 and abit with the husky 592 . I just find the 462 is abit easier on my arms and shoulders than the 500 if I got to fall a bunch of trees that come out of the ground 3 or 4 off one stump , in red maple I get alot of that and lots of times each stem is about 3 feet in diameter so it's hard on the shoulders cutting 4 feet or so off the ground 

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Re: 500i or 462
« Reply #13 on: April 23, 2022, 01:13:54 PM »
I already had a 460 so it was a no brainer I got the 500I with a 32 in light bar and am very happy with it

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Re: 500i or 462
« Reply #14 on: April 23, 2022, 01:57:18 PM »
I had a 462 and hated it and sold it.  Very cranky to start sometimes if the weather conditions suddenly changed, or fuel grade was pump has, or anything else that would. A use it to get off its learned or programmed fuel map.  

I traded it for a 500i.  Love it.  8 presses of the primer bulb, 3 pulls, itís running, any fuel, any weather.  When itís warmed up, a half pull, itís running.

Just my personal experience, others may vary.  
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Take steps to save steps.

If it wonít roll, its not a log; itís still a tree.  Sawmills cut logs, not trees.

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Sawing is fun for the first couple hundred boards.

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Re: 500i or 462
« Reply #15 on: April 23, 2022, 02:06:55 PM »
How many cc are a 362, and 462?
Too many irons in the fire

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Re: 500i or 462
« Reply #16 on: April 23, 2022, 05:41:10 PM »
3.6 cu in  and 4.41 cu in

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Re: 500i or 462
« Reply #17 on: May 04, 2022, 12:43:13 PM »
anybody having any luck finding either a new 462 or 500 up here , Stihl Canada has ZERO of them any no idea on if any are coming

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Re: 500i or 462
« Reply #18 on: May 04, 2022, 03:16:16 PM »
Of the two you are looking at, I'd take the 462.
Better yet, I love the 461.

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Re: 500i or 462
« Reply #19 on: May 04, 2022, 05:10:55 PM »
I got 3 of the 500i and 5 of the 462's here but just looking for a new saw or 2 . My dealer phoned start to head office and we will not be seeing any saws for a while and there is a very good reason for that , take a guess where 50% of these saws are made and its not China


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