Cool!-Snip- I upgraded to the 462 with 28 inch bar, aftermarket dogs and bark box! This thing is nasty! Have not had much chance to use it yet as i want to have a safety spotter with these bigger trees! I have already noticed more deer bedding around the fallen canopy’s as it has provided more sun hitting the forest floor so green briar is coming up better and the down fall really breaks up how far you can see! Got a lot of work to do over the next few years!
Awesome information my man thank you! I will certainly keep a close eye on it! I set the oiler wide open off the bat but honestly have not ran it enough to notice it! I did read an article about guys milling having that issue!Cool!
I've had an MS460 for some years and did similar dog and muffler mods.
One additional thing you might consider if you have a problem with chain stretching is adding the Stihl H.O. Oil pump assembly (I assume they have one for the 462?).
I noticed that when I went to longer bars, including the 28 inch bar, I had a problem with chain stretching, even when running the oiler wide open.
The Stihl H.O. Oil pump increased the bar oil enough that I stopped having this problem.
This probably won't help you, but I often had trouble like you describe, when it ran fine the last time I used it, then after not using it for an extended time it wouldn't start.Well, went to fire mine up for the first time in a while....no go.
So now I'm chasing fuel, spark, carb, etc.
I have a love / hate relationship with chainsaws
What ever you decide to buy, just go ahead and buy an extra chain, round file, flat file, handles and the guides you need to learn how to sharpen your own chain and a little stump vise. May as well learn it, there won't be a better time than when it is brand new. Every time you put fuel in or hit the dirt, touch it up a little bit. If it is loose at all, tighten up the chain before you sharpen it.Stihl. Full stop. Buy once cry once.
I know they dont make them like they used to, but I've got one I inherited from my dad. Its so old the bar is stamped "Made in West Germany." Still runs like nobody's business.
I've heard Husqs are OK, though not as durable. You would probably be OK with one of those if you are just going to do occasional cuts/trims after this batch.
Storage and choice of fuel is key here. Seriously. Running pump gas and just hanging it in the shed when done never works well.One caveat to that. ONLY buy Stihl professional grade. (more expensive orange and white) I have a neighbor that bought into the "Stihl is always great" and bought several of their cheap consumer grade all white equipment. It all suffers from the same poor quality parts that big box store equipment like Troy Bilt does; works great the first year, after that, good luck getting it started and running reliably.
For my Stihl MS460, I use only non-ethanol gasoline (E0) with the Stihl oil in the silver container mixed in.
Don't use alcohol gas. Use a quality pre-mix and don't worry about it. It will start in 3 months just like it started yesterday.