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    Quote Originally Posted by wmonroe View Post
    Thanks for all the replies. I was looking at the MS261 as it is about the same horsepower as the MS290 but weighs just over a pound less but it is also almost $200 more than the 290 and I'm not sure for the amount that I cut that the extra cost is worth it.
    I also think it is $200 well spent.

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    I've always liked the Stihl product. I ordered this one this past week to do a little work around our property.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4shorts View Post
    I've always liked the Stihl product. I ordered this one this past week to do a little work around our property.

    MS 251 C-BE - New compact chain saw with Easy2Start<sup>TM</sup> and Quick Chain Adjuster
    That will be nice to use with your chipper.

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    Default Re: Which Stihl for me?

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    That will be nice to use with your chipper.
    Oh man now we're starting to think alike. Frightening
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    Default Re: Which Stihl for me?

    If you have a Dolmar dealer, look at their 5000 series saw and see if it isn't less than the Sthil for a more than comparable cutter. I believe they are running in the $500 range. For a partial user who wants quality, you do not necessarily always have to opt for a pro saw but they do seem to be less troublesome. A pro saw for an intermittent user should last a life time especially true if you are close to 80 years old and if you are, anything you get should last a life time.. (just tryin in my dumb *** way of putting things in perspective)

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    Default Re: Which Stihl for me?

    I just bought a ms290 after my 1 year old ms290 decided to commit suicide by brush hog ! I too couldn't justify the 200 dollar upcharge for the 261. Dolmar makes some nice saws too

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    Default Re: Which Stihl for me?

    I think the 290 would serve you well...but as others have said, the 261 is a great choice. I have a 260 (the261's predecessor) and love it...it is rare that I pick up a bigger saw. They are $200 more...you will have to weigh that.

    Will

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    I will have to go look at the saws and do some more research. Definitely want to get one that is going to last a while, being 30 years old I have a few years of cutting firewood left.
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    Default Re: Which Stihl for me?

    I have a 290 with an 18 inch bar and it has handled everything I have thrown at it over the last 5 years. I use it for the big stuff and a Stihl Mini Boss witha 16 inch bar for limbing and smaller trees. The 290 does tend to get a bit heavy after awhile, and gets criticized as a result. Just cut up a good size ash on Sunday, and the 290 made short work of it. I suspect you will be pleased either way you go. Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xyz123 View Post
    If it's got to be a stihl. I would move up from the plastic made saws IMO. Get a pro grade magnesium cased MS261.
    Is it just the outer case that is made of plastic, I thought I saw somewhere you said the crankcase is made of plastic? I have a friend that has two old Husky saws with plastic cases and they have held up very well, they are probably 25 - 30 years old.
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