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Re: Stihl chain saw chain adjusting

To: Ron Horwitz <>,
Subject: Re: Stihl chain saw chain adjusting
From: Steve Dillen <>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2005 10:59:48 -0700
I have two Stihl saws, one with the quick adjust (018, my "camping saw") 
the other with regular adjust (260, my "firewood saw").  Really, either 
adjusting system works well and I wouldn't consider that feature to be a 
make/break factor in your decision. 

The easy start option is the "easy2start" feature as opposed to 
"elastistart", right?  I don't really see much value in the easy2start 
feature since both of my saws have always started with 3-5 pulls on 
"choke" followed by 1-2 pulls on "fast idle".  The "elastistart" handle 
is probably useful in the 460 and up saws...a different league.  I just 
took a look at the video of easy2start at stihl and while it looks cool, 
I don't know that I'd pay extra for it on a saw.  On a trimmer that my 
wife might use I'd certainly consider it, but on a saw it seems that 
pulling the starter is the easiest bit of work you'll be doing.


Ron Horwitz wrote:

>I am getting ready to purchase a Stihl chain saw. 
>There are two offerings at the same power/bar level. 
>One is a regular start, tool adjusted chain tension,
>the other is an "easy start" with a tool free chain
>adjuster.  The prices are roughly $240 vs. $290.  I
>only plan light use, primarily cutting already fallen
>trees into more bite size pieces, rather than felling
>a forest.  I don't think that I can justify the extra
>expense, unless some wise chain saw user tells me that
>the ability to adjust the chain by turning a
>thumbwheel will make my life so much easier.

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