STHIL MS290 Chain Advice

Discussion in 'Tree Service Equipment' started by Stars & Stripes Landscaping, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. Stars & Stripes Landscaping

    Stars & Stripes Landscaping LawnSite Member
    from CT
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    I'm looking to replace the chain on my 16" MS290, I've never done it before but I can tell it's dull by how crappy it's cutting. How do I go about picking the right one? Thanks folks!
     
  2. nashlawn01

    nashlawn01 LawnSite Senior Member
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    It's on the bar gauge pitch and number of links. Example .058 3/8 72L
     
  3. nismothunder

    nismothunder LawnSite Member
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    I'm going too assume that you know that you can sharpen the chains. You don't get a new one everytime there dull.

    IMO, I'd get a none Safety chain. Get a semi/full chisel chain. Your Local Stihl dealer will be the place too buy one. They cut so much faster compaired too safety chains.
     
  4. Stars & Stripes Landscaping

    Stars & Stripes Landscaping LawnSite Member
    from CT
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    I'm a complete rookie in the chain saw world, no I do not know how to sharpen a chain saw chain so I ended up purchasing a new one. I went to the local STIHL Dealer with the bar and they matched me up with one. I believe it was a low-kickback one. Unfortunately my father used it when I was over his house helping to cut up some wood, well he failed epically and drilled it into the dirt. It now burns the wood rather then cut... I'm assuming it's because it is super dull and needs to be sharpened up.
     
  5. nismothunder

    nismothunder LawnSite Member
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  6. 20/20

    20/20 LawnSite Member
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    Please learn more about your saw before getting hurt. I'm not trying to be a jerk, these machines can be very dangerous/deadly especially when it comes to the inexperienced. Your local dealer should be able to show you some tips on sharpening and probably even give pointers on safety.
     
  7. Tizzy

    Tizzy LawnSite Senior Member
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    i'll drop some knowledge on you.

    this is a low kickback semi chisel chain (will have 1 green link on the chain)
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    low kickback full chisel chain
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    notice how both the above have what looks like 2 rakers per cutter. this prevents kickback. the top one also has a round edge on the side of the teeth that makes it a semi chisel. the second has a square edge that is full chisel.

    this is a Standard Full Chisel Chain (notice the yellow link, this means it is not low kickback)
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    this chart shows the cutter spacing

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    hope that helps you with chain identifications.

    also you should learn how to sharpen the chain properly. you can get a lot of life out of the chain. also it is a lot better for the saw and bar to keep the chain sharp. also without experience chainsawing i would not recommend getting the standard chains stay with low kickback.
     
  8. Stars & Stripes Landscaping

    Stars & Stripes Landscaping LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Posts: 246

    Thank you both, I am as safe as I possibly can be. Ear and eye protection at all times, I also wear a pair of STIHL Chaps and steel toe boots. I've used a saw all my life, just never went through the process of sharpening, I've always just wasted money buying a new one.
     
  9. 20/20

    20/20 LawnSite Member
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    Not sure how long your life has been but heck for me that would break the bank in one summer. It's not that hard once you learn, then the secret is to stay on top of it. I sharpen every fuel fill if not sooner. Tizzy brings up a good point about how sharpening will make the bar last a lot longer.
     
  10. Tizzy

    Tizzy LawnSite Senior Member
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    yeah on a 290 you wont really notice a big loss in money on chains especially when you aren't doing a ton of tree work.

    when you start doing a lot of tree cutting if you don't sharpen you can burn through 2 chains a day easy and when your dealing with 25" or larger bars those chains add up quick.

    I usually touch up the chain every time I refuel the saw. takes 2 minutes. you can probably find videos on youtube that show how to do it properly.
     

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