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Offline hardgear69

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Chainsaw Spark
« on: July 24, 2020, 11:11:47 AM »
I have a Stihl MS361 Chainsaw that wasn't getting any spark, OEM coil is like $200 for this model. I have bought 3 aftermarket coils and they lasted about one or two runs. Is their another reason for this. Have checked grounding issues and their are none. Is this a usual problem with aftermarket coils.

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Re: Chainsaw Spark
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2020, 11:36:48 AM »
They vary greatly in quality, most are made in Asia by unskilled workers and quality assurance is non existent. Buy oem and cry once.
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Re: Chainsaw Spark
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2020, 06:06:54 AM »
That coil should be the same on many stihl saws.

Your dealer probably has a pile of dead saws that could be donors.

I don't have a 361 IPL to look it up.

Chances are it's the 0000 400 1300 "universal" coil

P.S. avoid chi-com junk!

Edit:  I got a hold of a 361 IPL, turns out the 361 coil is an odd bird.  It is similar to 088/880 coils which are "limited" coils.  Some people use 361 coils on 088/880 to get around the limited coil.

That said,  I'd look for a good used 361 coil, if new Stihl is too expensive.

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