290 chain test and tune.

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  1. smokinj

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    Ran a 290 last night with a 20in. bar full chisel no skip on the saw buck last night.(cold night for sure) Friend of mine had to have this saw running good for today. Tune it sharpen the 3 chains and made some cookies. This is the 2nd 290 I have done in the last 2 weeks with this set up. imo this is a very good saw with carb adjustment always thought they would be under powered for a 20 in. bar there not. Running strong on the saw buck! and this one was a 3/8 set up.Its a lot funnier to get someone else ready to go out in sub weather than myself.lol
     
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    Thats my set up. Had it for 7 years and it runs great. Just came in from a full day of cuttin.

    What's your prefered setup for felling big ol trees and such?
     
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    I run my 029 with a 20" bar and full comp chisel. Might not be the fastest saw, but I have never noticed a lack of power.
     
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    ms 460 28in. bar and 3/8 full chiesl in clean and skip in dirty
     
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    I was only in 12-14 in. on saw buck but at that size felt pretty strong.
     
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    It still feels pretty strong in 20"+ too.
    I forgot to add that it is .325 chain. Any advantage to running 3/8? I would have to replace the bar as well to change right? What about the sprocket?
     
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    advantage would be the bit or chip you are taking its a little bigger and more aggressive and that is also the dis advantage. On the 290 I dont think you have to change the sprocket its more like a metal spindle. Muffler modd and retune gives that saw enough to pull the 3/8 pretty well..
     
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    I don't want to mess with mufflers and tuning and I am pretty happy with it as it is anyway. That may be because I don't know any better. I've never run a saw any bigger or more powerful than my 029. Probably better that way as I might find myself "needing" a bigger saw if I did.
     
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    yep I would stick wear your at .325 less kerf there fore easier to pull but dont think you will gain much and your .325 is paid for.
     
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    My MS 290 is 20 inch bar .325 I don't remember 7 or 8 pin... Does bog out in big wood a little.... The muffler mod made a BIG difference!!!!!!! My FIL is a logger with lots of good chains laying around all 20 inch and 3/8 and he gets bent because I won't convert the 290...It out cuts his 310 3/8 set up so I see no reason..... Besides I got the 038 and 064 lol.............
     
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    Drill a hole the size of a dime in the center of the muffler cover and through the back plate, reinstall the screen.....richen the H a bit.
     
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