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Old 05-30-2014, 06:55 PM   #1
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I went to a garage sale early this morning and found a STIHL , MS , 261 model .
It sat for two years , full tank of fuel , chain oil , three bars ,(16" , 18" and a 22" .
Her husband had passed three months ago and she was moving with her daughter in Pittsburg . It was an estate deal , everything for sale , tools , furniture , etc. ! She had a price on the saw of $250 . No haggling , I gave the $250 .

What should I check and change considering it sat two years ?
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Old 05-30-2014, 07:00 PM   #2
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all i would do is drain the fuel and check the spark plug and try it out.but thats me others may have better suggestions.
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Drain the gas new gas and pull. You could take the carb apart and clean it, but I'd be willing to bet it will run just fine
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Pull the air filter, no telling when it was cleaned last. Spray a little carb cleaner into the carb. With the plug out a little carb cleaner or WD40 in the cylinder may not be a bad idea. Not a whole lot since it is a small engine. Right before starting maybe a quick shot of carb or starting fluid to make it easier to get going.

Make sure the chain is tensioned on the bar. If you can pull the chain all the way out of the channel it is too loose. Keep the chain sharpened.

Above all keep both hands on the saw. Got lucky when I learned the hard way. Granted mine was a small electric but still got lucky.
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From what I understand , the saw only has very few working hours on it . I talked to one of the neighbors and he claims it can't have more than 20 hours of running time on it and it looks brand new .

Sad story though , she was no doubt heart broken . Her daughter was running the show , I pray for them .

My mother passed in 1988 and my father , this past July . I deeply feel the loss .

Prayers sent !
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take it to a Stihl dealer and let him go through the entire fuel system. with gas that old being it in for that long, there is no telling how much damage has been done to the carb and fuel lines. the ethanol content in the gas breaks down and will do lots of damage to the fuel systems and can cause engine problems as well. it is money well spent.

MSRP of that model new is about $620. and about $30-35 per bar. and get rid of the 22" bar as that saw is designed for a 20" bar max for the powerhead. trying to run a longer bar and chain will over stress the motor and cause it to wear our prematurely.
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Like Axxe said , I would let the dealer tune it and dino it, it shouldn't cost that much
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Change the gas, clean the plug, and pull. And add some bar oil if needed. Maybe after you get it running add a little seafoam to the next tank full of gas.

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Like Axxe said , I would let the dealer tune it and dino it, it shouldn't cost that much
at the cost he paid and the difference in what they are going for brand new for that model, it would be a very small price to pay.

BTW Dango, that is the Professional Grade Stihl chainsaw. it's not a cheap saw by any means. the Professional Grades are the top of the line in the Stihl line-up. that is the grade the professional loggers use everyday to do their job.
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Change the gas clean the plug and pull. Maybe after you get it running add a little seafoam to the next tank full of gas.
sorry, but Stihl doesn't recommend any additives in the fuel systems of their equipment.
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