Chainsaw Vs 461

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Stihl MS 391 Chainsaw vs. Stihl MS 461 Chainsaw Regardless if you are young or old, Stihl chainsaws will work for you. Stihl chainsaws are German-engineered and built in America. They are the only gasoline-powered chainsaw manufacturer that designs and manufactures its own chains and bars, creating a product that is the obvious choice for homeowners and professionals alike. But what saw do you need when there are 26 different choices for saws? To assist your decision making process I’m going to compare the MS 391 Farm and Ranch saw to the MS 461 Professional saw. Some things to take into consideration when purchasing a chainsaw are: amount of use, size of wood being cut, fuel capacity, power output, weight of product, and most importantly…show more content…
This should play the most major role in your decision making process. A general rule of the thumb is that the higher the amount of cubic centimeters displaced by the engine (cc) the more powerful the product is. The 391 operates at 64.1 cc whereas the 461 operates at 76.5 cc. The cc positively correlates to the engine power output commonly shown as kw. The MS391 has an output of 3.3 kw compared to the MS461 with an output of 4.5 kw. So far, the MS461 exceeds the MS391 in power. Another important factor to consider is the weight of the chainsaw, when being used. The MS391 weighs 6.2 kg (14.1 lbs.) and the MS461 weighs 6.6 kg (14.6 lbs), so they are relatively equal in weight and maneuverability. Another feature to look at is fuel and oil capacity. When you are deep in the woods you do not want to run out of fuel shortly after starting and have to take the trek back to the gas can. The MS391 has a fuel capacity of 20.3 oz and an oil capacity of 11.8 oz; while the MS461 has a fuel capacity of 27.1 oz and an oil capacity of 11.0 oz. Based on an engine 's limitations, a chain bar can only be as long as the engine can handle. The MS361 can have a bar that is 16”-20” long, which the thickness of the wood should not exceed. The MS461 has a much greater length option that has a range of 16”-32” long. Another point to wrestle with is price. The MS391 has an MSRP of $599.95 whereas the MS461 has an MSRP of…show more content…
Both chainsaws are equipped with a side access chain tensioner that is use to tension the chain. They both have the Intellicarb Compensating Carburetor that adjusts the fuel to air ratio depending upon the status of the air filter. If there is a blockage, there will be less fuel to the amount of air being sucked in. Other features that both saws have are anti-vibration technology and toolless fuel and oil caps. The MS461 has all the same feature as the MS391, but it also has some that its competitor does not. The MS461 has Elastostart, which is a starting grip with a built-in shock absorber that eases the crank startup. Also, the MS461 has a Decompression Valve that temporarily reduces the compression inside of the engine to help ease the
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