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Old January 26th, 2015, 03:36 PM   #1
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My mom and I are looking to get my dad a Stihl MS391 for his birthday in February.

Found a good deal on one, but I would rather give somebody on here my business if possible.

If anybody on here knows who is a good dealer to go through, any information will be appreciated!

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Edit: After looking at the saws on Sloans website, I believe I will get him the MS362. Looks like the entry saw for the Stihl pro series of saws. I believe it's 5cc's less than the 391, but it's horsepower is a little higher. It can also accommodate up to a 25" bar. My dad won't need a bar that big, but it's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. I also read that the 362 is an easier saw to work on and all of the regular maintenance pieces (air filter, spark plug, etc.) are easier to get to. Apparently the 362 has a vertically split case which will make any possible rebuilding much easier.

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Old January 26th, 2015, 03:49 PM   #2
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Sloans in Linden is a good family owned business. They are a Stihl Dealer and have very good customer service in my experience. They always under promise and over deliver, it's nice to get the call that your shit is done a few days before you were expecting it.
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Old January 26th, 2015, 03:57 PM   #3
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Thanks Chad. I will be sure to give them a call.
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Ive done business with Sloans a few times myself. Real good people. Theyve actually led me to buying a handful more Stihl products because I liked dealing with them so much.
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Boulion sales in dexter on north territorial rd hands down the best customer service I've ever received.
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Glad to hear good things about Sloans. I'm sure I'll be making a trip up there soon
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Boulion sales in dexter on north territorial rd hands down the best customer service I've ever received.
Only time I go on North Territorial Rd is when I'm on the bike. I think I could strap a Stihl on my back

Thanks for the info. Another place I'll have to check out
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both sloans and boulions are great places to deal with.
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I have purchased over 30 pieces of equipment from Sloans they are nice to deal with. as far as pricing goes on steel equipment they're all relatively close from dealer to dealer I don't even shop around anymore I just go to Sloans

they do get behind in the spring but I think every shop does due to the spring rush on service. but I think two weeks out on service in the spring is normal.
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Peters true value on highland rd and hickory ridge. Last week I stopped in to order a wrist pin bearing and some seals for a 30 year old 038, they had what I needed in stock and priced right with online vendors. They have the same selection of equipment as weingartz but don't try so shoo away people that keep equipment longer than a couple years.
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Old January 27th, 2015, 11:00 AM   #13
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disregard, that looks like a pretty solid choice. Not as big as I originally thought it was.
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I think I'm missing something here... lol did you ninja edit?
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I did. I was curious why you wanted such a "big saw" and to an extent I still am.

I have an 18" bar on my ms290, and I heat 100% with wood, and I cut a lot of wood, I don't cut to commercial levels, but my wood pile is 6 rows wide, 5 ft tall 100+ ft long.

I thought the saw you referenced was a LOT bigger than it is just based on the model number. I still think it might be a bit more than the average homeowner who heats with wood may need....but he may have a different intended use.
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Oh okay. Yea it really isn't that much bigger than the 290 (291). We have 20 acres up north and the trees range in size. I figure with the extra 5"s of bar length on the 362, it will give us a bigger range. Granted he will probably never have anything bigger than a 20" on it, from what I've read the pro saws are more user friendly when it comes to maintenance or rebuilds. Identically (specs) they are the same saw. I'm sure you saw that when comparing the two though.
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It doesn't weigh much more if any than my 290 in comparison. Just seemed big at first glance when looking at 290 vs 362....

In the end it's a good saw and not nearly as overkill as i first thought.
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I used an 026 for 25 years until recently, I picked up an 036 PRO and use it 90% of the time. The 026 is good for the smaller, higher stuff.
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