smaller chain on stihl ms 290

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by josh1981, Jan 14, 2007.

  1. josh1981

    josh1981 LawnSite Senior Member
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    hey all. I have a stihl MS 290 chainsaw. Works great! But I was wondering would a smaller chain be better for cutting smaller brush and stumps, etc? and if so why? I have an 18 inch on there now.

    Thanks
     
  2. Potchkins

    Potchkins LawnSite Senior Member
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    what's your delima... why do ask? tell us more about what your tring to do
     
  3. josh1981

    josh1981 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Well I have dug around stumps before to cut them and have hit the ground a little before. Figure a smaller chain will eliminate this problem. Dont want to dig too much around them, ruin the yard... And figure it would be better for small trimming.

    Basically an ms 180 saw with ms 290 size and power.
     
  4. probe1957

    probe1957 LawnSite Member
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    I have two Stihls. One with a 25 inch bar and one with a 14 inch bar. They both have their uses. To me, a saw with an 18 inch bar would be a good compromise. If it were me AND I was just going to have one saw, I would keep it at 18 inches and just be more careful.
     
  5. josh1981

    josh1981 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Sounds good. I think I am going to get a smaller saw and be more careful with the 290.
     
  6. probe1957

    probe1957 LawnSite Member
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    That is the way I would go, Josh. I recently bought my 14" Stihl for about $170. Handy as heck too.
     
  7. josh1981

    josh1981 LawnSite Senior Member
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    which model did you get? Im looking at the ms 170 and 180 c-b miniboss. Any thoughts on these?
     
  8. probe1957

    probe1957 LawnSite Member
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    I got the 170 because they had a promotion for it. For another $10, I got an extra chain, a carrying case and a hat.

    Now that I think about it, I am pretty sure you could get the extra deal on any Stihl saw, but the price was right on the 170.
     
  9. josh1981

    josh1981 LawnSite Senior Member
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    170 bucks- not bad not bad.

    Interesting. I got the carry case for free when I bought my ms 290 but no extra chain or a hat. Of course now I have 2 new chains.

    ANyway thanks for the help. Appreciate it.
     

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