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Thinking about buying an MS290? Now hear this.....

Post in 'The Gear' started by MasterMech, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. MasterMech

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    Reliable sources (;)) in the field have reported that the MS290 is limited to available inventory only. So when they're gone, they're gone.

    I have not heard about anything being introduced to fill that $399 price point so that leaves the MS291, a decent saw for sure but a $100 price difference.

    I will post more if/when I hear more of the details.

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  2. What's a 261 going for?
  3. Gasifier

    Gasifier Minister of Fire

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    If you are checking on chainsaws at 03:35 am you have it bad MasterMech! ;lol Hey, I "saw" your Canyon in another thread about wood haulers. Looks nice with those larger wheels. Maybe a 2" suspension lift, nothing to much, would make those wheels look even cooler. Plus give you a little more ground clearance. I added a 3" front suspension lift on my Tundra Crewmax with 2" blocks in the rear.

    Oh, I own a Farm Boss 290. Love it.
  4. Beer Belly

    Beer Belly Minister of Fire

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    Does this mean my new MS290 will be a classic someday, and go up in value (lol)......love mine also, although the 20" bar is pushing it
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    Gasifier Minister of Fire

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    I have an 18" bar on mine. They were selling them with 16" bars on the ones they had displayed when I bought mine. I told them I needed an 18". No problem, it has enough power for that. Your saw will always be worth what someone is willing to pay for it. !!! ;lol
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    mecreature Minister of Fire

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    I just bought one about 2 weeks ago.
    I got 30 bucks off on an email thing from stihl.
    I got it with a 16 in bar and chain.

    I also had 200 buck in gift cards I needed to burn.
    349 out the door with a case. I did buy a 6 pk of oil.
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    I'm going to head right out and buy everyone I can lay my hands on! (not) :p
  8. Danno77

    Danno77 Minister of Fire

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    I've postulated that the MS290 is Stihl's more modern version of the 028 in the sense that they sold a ton of them, they are good and reliable homeowner saws, and they'll start becoming family heirlooms like we so often see with 028s
  9. ridemgis

    ridemgis Burning Hunk

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    So MasterMech how do you feel about the 271? I've been looking at my options and thinking either the 290 or 271 for a reasonably priced, do most anything, homeowner firewood saw.
    PJ
  10. MasterMech

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    $560 IIRC with a 16", add a few bucks ($10?) for every jump up in bar size. Less than a $100 difference from the MS291 and if it's my money, it's going to be a MS261 for sure. ==c

    You'll notice most of my posts are made in the wee hours of the AM on weekdays. I work 3rd shift. ;) The more posts, the slower the night was for me. ;lol

    I've thought about it, if it would cure the slight (and I mean slight...) rub on the splash guards, then I'd be even more motivated to do it. I kinda like how well they fill the wheel-wells tho.
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    I've thought about it, if it would cure the slight (and I mean slight...) rub on the splash guards, then I'd be even more motivated to do it. I kinda like how well they fill the wheel-wells tho.

    I am not sure how much more clearance there will be, but a garage who does lift kit installations could tell you. You could probably find someplace on the net that could tell you. I know mind provided mordant clearance so I could go with a slightly larger tire. I went to a 33", the originals were 32". So that also gets you another 1/2" of clearance. I don't like the looks of too much lift. But I think a 2-3 inches on your truck would look great.
  12. TreePointer

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    Ya'll buy the remainder of those new 290's. I'll buy the used 361's.
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    Keep your hands off of my 361... fair warning.:mad:
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    I plan on being buried with my 361, like God intended.
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    Hey, if you don't lock your garage, it's not my fault. :)
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  16. bioman

    bioman Burning Hunk

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    Just buy a Dolmar & don't worry about what stihls doing !
  17. MasterMech

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    Tell me, does the sand get in your nose when your head's buried like that? [​IMG]

    :p

    Does Dolmar have a MS290 equivalent? 3.8 hp/57cc for under $400?
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    No idea on that one. Why were the seazing? Too little oil in the mix or running lean?
  21. MasterMech

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    IIRC they were tuned lean from the factory, too lean for US fuel in fact. Only a few dealers were wise enough to catch it before the saw kicked the bucket.
  22. EatenByLimestone

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    My 290 was running a bit lean from the factory too.

    Matt
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    That's also what I recall.
  24. Freakingstang

    Freakingstang Feeling the Heat

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    They were set too lean by dealers. The rev limiters were new and most dealers set by ear... Can do that with a rev limited saw as the limiter sounds almost identical to four stroking.

    I bought a brand new one, actually one of the first ones one AS when then came out.. Never had an issue.. Awesome saw, but doesn't hold a candle to the 550xp...


    Plenty of 029/290's have schit the bed wide awake from lean settings or bad mix
  25. DexterDay

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    Thought you were stuck on the "1" series saws??

    Selling a 460 to get a 461?

    Why buy a Plastic whale of a 290?

    Guess people love that name! "Farm Boss" really means something?

    Don't sell a Pro saw to get a Homeowners saw.... :(

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