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Used Stihl 260 for $200, good deal?

Post in 'The Gear' started by JRP3, Jul 13, 2008.

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  1. JRP3

    JRP3 Member

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    I just saw a local ad for a slightly used Stihl 260 for $200, does that sound like a decent deal? What's the standard bar on these? I really want an 18".

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  2. cmonSTART

    cmonSTART Minister of Fire

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    I don't remember what the standard bar is but the 260 is a great saw. It's a pro saw, so its pretty good quality. If it's in good shape I say go for it. Does it run?
  3. JRP3

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    The ad says "nice saw, little use" and he doesn't need two of them. I assume it runs, I'll contact him and find out. Do you think a 260 could run an 18 inch bar?
  4. davidsparks

    davidsparks New Member

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    Yes a 260 can run a 18in bar. But, if your cutting hard wood, 16 is better.
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    correct me if I am wrong, but it shouldn't be to old.....don't think it was that long ago that the model numbers changed to this format instead of starting with a zero..........a 260 instead of a 026
  6. JRP3

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    Is there a way to tell if it's the "pro" version of the 260? I saw a mention somewhere of a non pro 260.
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    Yes and it's real easy. The pro model has a pressure release for easier starting than the MS 260 non pro, otherwise they are exactly the same saw. Frankly you don't really need it as that size saw starts easy without it, but in my 460 I love that feature.
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    That's a very good deal if in good running order & lightly used.

    I just bought a Dolmar 5100s for just a tad more than that. Didn't really need it as I have a 260, but could not walk away from that sort of good deal.

    The 260 will handle a 16" bar in hardwoods up to 14" reasonably well. But really in hickory, Osage or oaks of more than 10" there are better options. Don't get me wrong the MS 260 saw will work through a 20" round of Hickory or Osage, but will take it a while.
  9. Adios Pantalones

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    I have the 260pro- it's basically the same saw as stated above. I don't even normally bother with the valve- it's an easy start. $200 is a bargain if in good shape. I run an 18" bar on oak- it is slow going when you get to the big stuff, but keep it sharp and it will handle an 18" bar well.
  10. JRP3

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    Sold :-S Guess I should have gone and looked at it instead of asking questions here. Ah well, next time. I need to price out a bunch of similar saws new so I know what I'm looking at. I'd like a $400 dollar saw but I'd rather pay $200 for it :coolgrin:
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    Backroads Feeling the Heat

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    The PRO260 is going to run you around $500+ Tax new with a 16" bar and about $475+ for a MS260. For a Stihl you going to be looking at the MS270, MS290, or maybe the MS310 if you want to stay around $400, but none are Pro saws so you are going to get the added weight of the bigger saw. It all depends on what you are more comfortable with. A guy I cut with picked up as PRO260 for $100 from his nephew when he moved and I like it for limbing. Good Luck finding one you like.
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    I'd jump on it...................
  13. JRP3

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    Great, now I feel even worse about missing this one. :ahhh: So I guess I want a $500 saw for $200. Live and learn.
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