Stihl MS261C - 3 Month Review

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Using stihl's old numbering system, even numbers were the pro saws. So the 026 036 044 were the pro models. Odd number saws were the homeowner model 017 021 029. Don't know how well it holds true with the new numbering system but the 026 became the 261 or 262
Yea the new numbering system changed things. The 026 became the 260 then became the 261
 
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stihlfan05

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Using stihl's old numbering system, even numbers were the pro saws. So the 026 036 044 were the pro models. Odd number saws were the homeowner model 017 021 029. Don't know how well it holds true with the new numbering system but the 026 became the 261 or 262
Still holds true with the new saws. It’s just if the middle number is even or odd, not the ending number
 

brydan

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The saw starts up really easy, 2 pulls and it roars to life. The old 026 was a bit harder, and the 346 is also 2 pulls. I could take or leave the decompression valve, don’t really need it on a saw of this size.

I haven't kept up with the chainsaw market but at this point the 026 has probably been discontinued for the better part of 20 yrs by now. :D Not surprised the new generations of saws are running circles around them.
 
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stihlfan05

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Mine slings lots of oil off a 20” .325 bar. My 462 didn’t oil enough so I put a HO oiler on it. I also use a thin bar oil, so that could be why I have no issues
 
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stihlfan05

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Out of curiosity. How far open does stihl set the oilers at the factory?
Not very much. On my 462, there was a pin I needed to punch in to get the max oil flow. I don’t think the 261 has that pin
 
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