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Old 12-28-2011, 11:15 PM   #1
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Default STIHL MS362 My New Toy

So far,amazing saw.
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Old 12-29-2011, 12:45 AM   #2
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Nice saw. What's the difference from older version MS361?
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Old 12-29-2011, 01:00 AM   #3
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Nice saw. What's the difference from older version MS361?
The 362 is slightly heavier, more expensive ($70-80), runs a different 59cc motor, has .2hp more, and is better on emissions because of the Strato motor.

I'd buy a NOS 361 if I was in the market for a saw that size.
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Old 12-29-2011, 01:59 AM   #4
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The 362 is slightly heavier, more expensive ($70-80), runs a different 59cc motor, has .2hp more, and is better on emissions because of the Strato motor.

I'd buy a NOS 361 if I was in the market for a saw that size.
its a great saw, never had hands on a 361.
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Old 12-29-2011, 04:16 AM   #5
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As mentioned, the 362 is a tad heavier but you get a little more grunt. I own the 361 and both are great saws.

In this displacement class, the new Husqvarna 562XP is also supposed to be very nice, but I haven't run one yet.
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Old 12-29-2011, 06:51 AM   #6
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What size bar is on that saw? Say for the average homeowner wanting a saw with a 20 inch bar, what stihl model would you guys get? That is a cool pic of it sitting on a log out in the woods.
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Old 12-29-2011, 10:08 AM   #7
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290 farm boss for the average home owner is the way to go. It will pull a 20 inch bar no problem. Very reasonably priced around $369 in WA. Can't go wrong.
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Old 12-29-2011, 10:16 AM   #8
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^^^ We've had a Farm Boss for about 3 yrs. Great saw - does what it's supposed to with no problems so far. 8 acres - lots of oaks to trim. I'd buy it again.
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Old 12-29-2011, 11:36 AM   #9
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That's a nice saw. The first Stihl saw I bought was an 036 Pro and loved it. Ended up buying other larger Stihl saws and various blowers and many other Stihl products.

A friend in Alaska says that not many people in his area use Stihls ,but instead use Husquvarna. He won't use a Stihl no matter what I say. Of course, I have yet to own a Husquvarna, but have tried one out.

I wonder if Stihl completely solved the problem with the Ethanol gas messing up the fuel caps? I know I've had to replace mine under the recall.
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Old 12-29-2011, 11:48 AM   #10
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There is the question of what a saw can do and what a saw is comfortable doing; and these days it's pretty much governed by displacement.

For the average homeowner, a good 50cc saw with a 16-18" bar will do fine. With a 20" bar, many 50cc saws will will struggle when buried in hardwoods. With that being said, the Stihl 261 is a great 50cc saw. There are also some nice offerings from Husqvarna and Dolmar if you're willing to use other brands.

If need to run a 20" bar most of the time, then a good ~60cc saw is what you want. Stihl S361/362, Husqvarna 562XP.

Smaller budget?

The Stihl MS290 FarmBoss and Husqvarna 455 Rancher are decent compromises. They are about 55cc's, have lower power-to-weight, and don't have the torque of a pro 60cc saw (noticeable when a 20" bar is buried and/or making stumps). The 290 also doesn't have modern anti-vibration technology. The new MS291 has many improvements, but you pay about $100 more for it. If you are interested in a used 290, there are plenty out there.

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What size bar is on that saw? Say for the average homeowner wanting a saw with a 20 inch bar, what stihl model would you guys get? That is a cool pic of it sitting on a log out in the woods.
034, 036, 361 or 362. The MS290 is a reliable saw but a pig in power to weight ration and not repair friendly. Do yourself a favor and get a professional vs homeowner saw.
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Old 12-29-2011, 11:56 AM   #12
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034, 036, 361 or 362. The MS290 is a reliable saw but a pig in power to weight ration and not repair friendly. Do yourself a favor and get a professional vs homeowner saw.
Agree.

And if you ever get a 290/455, don't ever run a pro saw. You'll kick youself.
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Old 12-29-2011, 11:57 AM   #13
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So far,amazing saw.
Congrats!!

My advice is to go over to arboristsite.com and put in a request for the full Stihl shop manual in their "beg for manuals" thread.

It's very nice to have the full manual vs. the watered down owner's manual.

Be safe!!!!!
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Old 12-29-2011, 12:08 PM   #14
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So, what brand is most DIY repair friendly? Pretty sure it's not Stihl - they don't let us mere mortals have their manuals.
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Old 12-29-2011, 12:28 PM   #15
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So, what brand is most DIY repair friendly? Pretty sure it's not Stihl - they don't let us mere mortals have their manuals.
The Stihl pro saws are very "DIY Repair Friendly". You can do a complete top end overhaul with only a couple tools and do it on the tailgate of your truck while in the field.

This is not the case with their homeowner saws.

None of the manufacturers make their Shop Manuals readily avail. to the general public. That's why the arboristsite "beg for manuals" thread is worth it's weight in gold. (Stihl's shop manuals are excellent!!)
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Old 12-29-2011, 01:06 PM   #16
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Whats the difference between a pro saw vs. homeowner line? Would the farm boss be a homeowner? Im new to stihl saws and am interested in learning about them for buying one. I just have a little 14 inch echo. My parents just bought a new house with 6.5 acres and we are going to be doing some clearing and would like to get something bigger. They seem to have many different model numbers, what do the model numbers depict? Engine size or a pro version?
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Old 12-29-2011, 01:28 PM   #17
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Whats the difference between a pro saw vs. homeowner line? Would the farm boss be a homeowner?
Go to the Stihl website and they have it broken down by use.

I buy Pro models as I was raised with them being easer to work on and meant for repair in the field.

I've run about 25 cords through my MS361 in the past two years. It's fine with a 16-20", but I wish I would have bought bigger. I run a 24 or 25" bar on it most of the time. I'm keeping my eyes open of an older 90cc or larger saw, I have an old gear drive one I need to fix though as well.
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Old 12-29-2011, 01:31 PM   #18
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nice toy !!!!!
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Old 12-29-2011, 01:41 PM   #19
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Whats the difference between a pro saw vs. homeowner line? Would the farm boss be a homeowner?
The way it was explained to me when I worked at a Stihl dealer --

A "homeowner" saw is for someone cutting maybe a cord of wood a year. Expected life out of them is somewhere around 55-60 hours of work.

A "farm-use" saw is for someone cutting a couple of cords a year, needing a more powerful saw. Expected life out of them is probably around 150 hours of work or so.

A "pro" saw is for someone cutting a couple times a month or 6-10+ cords a year. Expected life isn't an issue as they are meant to be rebuilt instead of thrown away. They also have better anti-vibration mounts, they are lighter, and have stuff like adjustable oilers, carb heat, etc.

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For a homeowner, there's nothing really "wrong" with a farm use saw like a MS290, they just don't have the features that the pro saws have.
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Whats the difference between a pro saw vs. homeowner line?
  • Better power to weight ratios
  • Better designed and built
  • Ease of repair/maintainance
  • Features like heated or full wrap handlebars
  • Many more sources of aftermarket and upgrade parts. (Baileys, Ebay, etc)
  • Generally more mod. friendly. (porting, mufflers, etc)
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