Why are Stihl's so big and heavy?

Poncho

Member
Mar 5, 2012
75
88
18
Lacrosse WI
I've got my buddies MS290 over here to do some maintenance and grind the chain for him. Since it was on the bench I was astonished at just how heavy and big this beast is. It weights a good 2# more than my 028 Super which is almost 25 years old. You would think that Stihl would make saws lighter/smaller rather than bulkier and heavier with modern technology.


Just look at the relative size,







Now to the scale:

MS290 comes in at 17 1/4 #'s



25 year old 028 Super comes in at 15 #'s 4oz.



This isn't fair to compare, but it needs to be said. 346XP 14#s, 4ozs. (Must have been full of fuel and oil)



Just for the haters, 562XP, weighs in exactly the same as the MS290. Let me think, Oh yeah, that's quite a bit bigger saw.



All is not lost Stihl boys, I rummaged around and was able to find something heavier, but even this was not bulkier.

 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 person

jacob j.

When I let my hair down, my friends call me Dick C
Jan 9, 2012
8,421
68,757
113
Stihls are made from dead puppies, that's why they're so heavy.
 
  • Like
Reactions: 4 people

young

Sup dawg. Mah yooza tytle iz cussum, son.
Jan 10, 2012
1,015
1,756
0
kentucky
be more informative if they all had the same bar and chain or just power head. but hey what do i know. :rolleyes::rolleyes:
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 person

Poncho

Member
Mar 5, 2012
75
88
18
Lacrosse WI
be more informative if they all had the same bar and chain or just power head. but hey what do i know. :rolleyes::rolleyes:

Hey, now, let's not start comparing apples to apples. Don't bother me with facts when I have already made up my mind. Gee it never occured to me that a an 18" 3/8ths bar and chain would weigh more than a 16" .325.:rofl:
 
  • Like
Reactions: 1 person

BloodOnTheIce

~Ice Gangsta~
Jan 10, 2012
2,043
2,087
113
Parts Unknown
And one very important fact. That 028 that sold in the late 70's to mid 80's
cost around 350$ brand new (I've seen receipts to back this up) and that MS290 cost 389$ today.
That will affect your power to weight ratio.
 

Poncho

Member
Mar 5, 2012
75
88
18
Lacrosse WI
And one very important fact. That 028 that sold in the late 70's to mid 80's
cost around 350$ brand new (I've seen receipts to back this up) and that MS290 cost 389$ today.
That will affect your power to weight ratio.

I think it was about 1992 when I bought the 028 new. You are real close it was over $300 and probably close to $350 with a couple chains.
 

Spike60

Well-Known Member
Jan 12, 2012
261
519
93
Chased too many air leaks, bad coils, stripped threads, and NLA parts
on those models. I tell most people with those saws if they're not running put them on a
shelf and buy a new saw. I'm in the business to make a living, I don't have time to resurrect
relics.


But resurrecting relics is fun....................at home................when the clock isn't ticking.

But the same project on a customer's saw in the shop is usually a losing proposition for all concerned. For the dealer if you don't watch the clock, and for the customer if you do.
 
  • Like
Reactions: 2 people
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
O Stihl 046 coil ? Site Info, Tech Support, & Suggestion Box 4
B Stihl 090 (in any condition) Wanted 6
J STIHL 015av REPAIR The Razorback Lounge 35
cat-face timber CFT Stihl saws build thread Chainsawz 14
cat-face timber Are stihl bars any better than any others Chainsawz 40
trx250r180 Stihl usg round chain grinder For Sale 9
bigbadbob Stihl MS441 Parts For Sale 8
bigbadbob Stihl MS361 Wanted 14
Brad2185 WTB Stihl ms291 jug and piston Wanted 4
mnmdad Stihl 075 Av Muffler Wanted 10
cat-face timber Roberte Since This Is You.. How Do You Like Stihl Gloves Chainsawz 11
mortalitool Stihl Bar Stud-threaded Insert Chainsawz 9
M Ht 75 Stihl Pole Saw. Runs And I Deal No Power Chainsawz 6
BloodOnTheIce For Sale EHP Stihl MS261 PHO For Sale 0
bigbadbob Stihl 024 Knock Knock Knock Hawgz Garage 6
A STIHL HSA 65 BATTERY/CONTROL MODULE MISSING For Sale 5
Paincow Stihl MS390 appreciation thread Chainsawz 6
stihl sawing Stihl MS 250 with modified bar For Sale 157
N 5 Stihl OEM 066 pistons with rings , no pins . Sell as lot only For Sale 12
N Life isn't fair , my friend and former Tech.Manager at Stihl has cancer . Chainsawz 15
DefinitiveDave Stihl 090G muffler needed Wanted 2
DefinitiveDave Stihl S-10 rear handle parts Wanted 0
2 stihl contra lightning parts Wanted 1
heimannm Lamp for Stihl inspection light/magnifier Chainsawz 7
Majorpayne Stihl FG2 file guide For Sale 9
BloodOnTheIce Tillotson Zama Walbro Stihl manuals For Sale 2
thomas1 Stihl fg2 For Sale 14
hseII Stihl 044 #3- 10mm Wrap For Sale 6
Red97 stihl 200t For Sale 2
D Stihl Rollomatic ES Guide Bar - 28" Wide Nose? Chainsawz 8
Emiles Stihl P840 water pump Wanted 1
O New Walbro Carb for Stihl MS660 Magnum For Sale 1
Jordan3605 Stihl MS 361 For Sale 0
H 2 H Question about Stihl part Chainsawz 3
SKEETER McCLUSKEY Stihl MS440 For Sale 27
SKEETER McCLUSKEY Stihl MS260 Pro For Sale 3
N Stihl IPL's for most models Chainsawz 5
A Stihl Carb Adjustment Screwdrivers $1 each For Sale 94
Emiles Stihl 046 rear handle/gas tank needed Wanted 9
A Stihl Page on Instagram Chainsawz 21
BloodOnTheIce NOS Stihl Parts For Sale 7
thomas1 Finest Stihl chainsaw ever made. For Sale 86
Bigfun27 ISO Stihl MS-280 Parts Wanted 0
R Wanted : good used/new OEM Stihl 056 magnum II piston-56mm Wanted 0
sawjunky23 Stihl 044 Cylinder Wanted 0
B Stihl MS440 For Sale 2
B Stihl MS660 For Sale 1
sawjunky23 Stihl 026 Trade for a Jonsered 2150 For Sale 9
mortalitool Stihl MS461 IPL Chainsawz 0
greendohn Stihl MS290/FREE!! Chainsawz 35

Similar threads