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Finally fired up the Stihl MS 290

Post in 'The Gear' started by Beer Belly, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. Beer Belly

    Beer Belly Minister of Fire

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    Now I know there are bigger and badder saws out there, but I'm used to my trusty little Craftsman 36cc, 16 inch bar saw.....but I gotta tell ya, you fire up this freakin' Farmboss, and you know you're in different territory. I put this thing into a log and geez, it just about dragged me forward.....starting to get used to the idea of how this thing cuts (using the spikes), it's a friggin beast compared to my Craftsman (which I still like).....absolutely love this new saw....it's like when you stand next to a muscle car thats idiling...a whole different sound....feel like a kid at Christmas (well, this is my early Christmas present):)
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  2. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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    Glad you like the bigger saw, the sickness has set in, you will be buying bigger saws in the future! ==c

    zap
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  3. Beer Belly

    Beer Belly Minister of Fire

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    Wife sez "NO !".....I tend to agree with you
  4. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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    No means YES! :eek:
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  5. swagler85

    swagler85 Minister of Fire

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    I did the same thing and fell in love with the new saw.
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  6. fox9988

    fox9988 Minister of Fire

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    I cut with a small Poulan for years, worked fine. Then I bought a 290:) then an Echo:) Now an 036:cool:. But I am done buying saws now, this time I mean it.
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  7. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    I cut for years with an old Homey 240 w/18" bar. That saw helped to heat my house for over 5 years. Absolutely nothing shameful about it. Then came the bigger saw and I asked myself WHY didn't I do this sooner.

    As a side note: the change from your Craftsman to the 290 is about equal to the change from a 290 to a 361/2. Just thought I would throw that out there to drive you crazy.:p
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  8. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    He appears to have stage 1 CAD.
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  9. MasterMech

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    I heard the vaccine for that is still in trials. :p
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  10. Beer Belly

    Beer Belly Minister of Fire

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    Thanks Jags:(.......
  11. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    Jags is such an enabler.
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  12. JoeyD

    JoeyD Minister of Fire

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    Your doomed. I really liked my ms 270. But I love my my new ms 362. Now I am looking around for a small limbing saw. It is sad that there is no cure for this disease. ;lol (I lie, it's not sad)
  13. amateur cutter

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    Ha, keep goin fellas, 290 to 360/361 to 046 to 064 to lookin for 066/660 to really wanting an 088 or better yet an 090 contra. Don't delude yourselves there's no end & no cure. I started out years ago with a 12" Homelight XL & Mac 605. You can't have enough saw, or make em cut fast enough. A C
  14. Beer Belly

    Beer Belly Minister of Fire

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    You guys are gonna get me divorced:p
  15. MasterMech

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    Once you get your big saw(s) fix, then you start pursuing the rare and unusual ones. Twin cylinders, two-mans, wankels, ....
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  16. amateur cutter

    amateur cutter Minister of Fire

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    Yea, I really want an old diesel saw too. A C
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  17. ikessky

    ikessky Minister of Fire

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    I bought a MS290 a few years ago and really like it. Then I got some semi-chisel chain and liked it even more. Then I muffler modded it and enjoyed it more than even. Now I'm looking for a 044/440 to re-build with a big bore kit.
  18. WhitePine

    WhitePine Feeling the Heat

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    Wankels? I've never seen one, but if they cut as fast as the C111 wearing the front tag in the photo, they must eat some wood. That car or its sister passed me on the autobahn in the early 70s. One second it was in my rear view mirror, the next it was disappearing over the hill in front of me. I was doing just under 100 in a Lotus at the time. I didn't bother trying to catch it.

    That's 100 mph, not kph.

    [​IMG]

    I'd love to own a wankel powered saw, even if it never saw any use. I wonder what they go for?
  19. DJS-1

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    Happy times! Love mine too. My only sadness - I've run out of wood to cut this year. [​IMG]
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  20. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    I felt the same when I moved up from a crappy Homelite to my 029. I felt it again when I put a chisel chain on the 029. I felt it again the first time I cut with my 036. I'm good for a while now.
  21. ikessky

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    Keep telling yourself that...... ;)
  22. jeepmedic

    jeepmedic Burning Hunk

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    The 290 is a gateway drug....before long you'll be hooked and will want to try bigger more potent saws......

    Gets even the best of us :)
  23. Beer Belly

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    I'm thinking you guys are right.....I was using it a lot today, and thinking about "how much better a bigger saw would cut". I don't have wedges, and had the saw get trapped a few times...used a small pry bar to loosen things up enough to keep cuttin'....and wouldn't you know, the pry bar drops on the running saw....think I might need to carry an extra chain, this one took a shot, but I think it'll be okay
  24. OldLumberKid

    OldLumberKid Feeling the Heat

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    Plenty of wood for the scrounging out here on Long Island, post-Sandy.
    Saw a sign the other morning, "Free Wood"
    It's been a long time since I worked in a lumber yard; gotta say it's a lot heavier in 14 and 16 inch diameter chunks than 8' x 4' sheets etc.
  25. MasterMech

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    You can always cut your own with the saw. And you might even convince the wife/Santa to get you a couple plastic wedges for xmas. They're cheap!
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