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261 stihl #6990550
09/14/20 05:36 PM
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Did not need another saw but that has never stopped me. So I picked up a 261c today and really like it so far. Anybody have any experience with one?

Re: 261 stihl [Re: chicken1] #6990604
09/14/20 06:14 PM
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Im interested in the response you get. My 391 laid down on me again today and I had to drop down to the 250 for work that was a bit bidg for it. May be a new saw in my future.


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Re: 261 stihl [Re: chicken1] #6990610
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The 261 is a great saw, run it almost every day.

Re: 261 stihl [Re: chicken1] #6990641
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Bought 1 bout 4 years ago, best saw I ever have owned. Had prior Stihl 250, 360,361, best power to weight ratio they have.


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Re: 261 stihl [Re: chicken1] #6990652
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I got a 18 bar, its ok, if your not going cut big stuff , Id get a 16 bar.


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My body belongs to my work.
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Re: 261 stihl [Re: chicken1] #6990654
09/14/20 07:08 PM
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Bought one about 5 years ago....have not regretted it one bit. Small saw with a lot of torque. As you probably already know, it is one of their pro saws and I reckon it will last as long as I do.

Re: 261 stihl [Re: chicken1] #6990675
09/14/20 07:33 PM
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Best saw Ive ever owned, and Ive run it ALOT!! One of the most all around versatile saws out there.


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Re: 261 stihl [Re: chicken1] #6990684
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I put a 20 inch bar on it, chain started stretching, so I put the oiler adjustment on full still didn't help. Switched to Stihl Ultra chain/bar oil and it fixed problem, for a few extra bucks its worth it.

Re: 261 stihl [Re: chicken1] #6990686
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Its funny as I grew up I wanted bigger and bigger saws. The last few years they have been getting smaller. Did not want to back up into the saws that start with a 3 but was missing the speed. This 261 is kind of the perfect balance so far.

Re: 261 stihl [Re: chicken1] #6990690
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I put the longer bar on so that I don't have to reach or bend as far.

Re: 261 stihl [Re: chicken1] #6990727
09/14/20 08:24 PM
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I had a MS260 as my main saw 2007 to 2016 then as a backup after a rebuild till 2018 then I sold it for parts

good saw , I would run a 16 inch bar on it and I think you will be very happy with it.

mine came with a 20 inch bar I was mostly happy but in hindsight it was just a touch to much bar for the saw.

I had an uncle that ran a 260 tell me he loved it with a 16 inch bar running full chisel chain , I already owned the 20 inch bar at the time he told me that so I kept on with it.

I think with a 16 it would be a real screamer

the 20 was nice to not need to bend over as much

however when I started cutting a lot more logs where it was just 20 inches of bar in the wood cut after cut after cut till I ran out of gas then gas up and go again for half a day I felt like it was too much for the saw. got into that kinda wood in 2015 bought a bigger saw while I rebuilt that one in 2016 then would alternate saws and it made it 2 years that is when I bought another even bigger saw and sold that one for parts.

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Re: 261 stihl [Re: coalminer] #6990738
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Originally Posted by coalminer
best power to weight ratio they have.


That's why bought my 261 after doing a ton of research. I haven't been disappointed. Lot's of power in a lightweight package.

i don't like the new oil and gas caps, had trouble with the oil cap leaking. I have to make sure there is no debris on the o-ring or seat or it leaks bar oil all over the inside of my case.


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Re: 261 stihl [Re: chicken1] #6990908
09/15/20 03:52 AM
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My next saw.

Re: 261 stihl [Re: chicken1] #6990936
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I've got one with a 20" works great, bar shows some heat marks, may need the ultra bar as commented earlier. Dad loves his with 18" as well.

Re: 261 stihl [Re: chicken1] #6990945
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I have a similar model and run a 12 bar. It is great for limbing and cutting smaller stuff without the danger of a longer bar.

Re: 261 stihl [Re: run] #6990992
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Originally Posted by run
Not impressed with the Stihl 261. I run one. Feels gutless.

Then you got a problem with yours. One of the best power to weight ratios out there. I think they are 4 Hp from a 50cc saw. If it is still under warranty , take it in.

Re: 261 stihl [Re: chicken1] #6991309
09/15/20 01:40 PM
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I have an 026 and a 260. The 026 is older and I prefer it to the 260, though they're both good saws. My experience is if you put them away for winter or a period of time make sure you use gas that has a fuel stabilizer in it, or you could have starting problems when you go to use them.


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Re: 261 stihl [Re: chicken1] #6991412
09/15/20 04:26 PM
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I'm happy to see wood cutting enthusiasts on trapperman. I put a new air filter in the saw in 2013 and 2018. The 261 feels like a throwaway saw to me. I understand some of the older Stihls were pretty decent.


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Re: 261 stihl [Re: chicken1] #6991417
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261, 271, 291, all good saws.
I like my 291 with a long bar for limbing down trees and cutting brush, the longer bar makes it so you don't have to stoop so much, really does make a difference.


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Re: 261 stihl [Re: waggler] #6991444
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Took down 3 soft maples with the 261 today. Flushed the stump with the 462 but cut/limbed with the 261. Great saw!

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