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George Butler

Stihl ms261 diy

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Hi everyone.

I’ve had my ms261 for nearly 2 years, hasn’t had a service yet. Gets occasional use with work and fire wood chopping, nothing extreme.

 

What do I need to do to give it a little service?

And how do I go about that?

Reluctant to take it to a dealer if it’s something I can do myself with a bit of instruction.

 

Thanks all

 

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Replace air filter (if needed), change spark plug, replace fuel filter (in tank) clean down inside of cooling fins etc on saw properly. Clean spark arrestor on exhaust ( if your saw has one). Check and replace drive sprocket if worn. Check the brake band for wear on the chain brake. Check starter cord for wear (mainly both ends) normally worth replacing if you've taken it apart to check properly. I'm sure people will add more to my list. Good luck

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Not certain on the newer 261 but on mine air filter is washable so you don't need to replace it. Soapy water, rinse thoroughly, dry on radiator.

If you're a bit mechanical you'll be fine, it's really about cleaning and checking as 2 years occasional isn't much work for a saw really.

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Replace air filter (if needed), change spark plug, replace fuel filter (in tank) clean down inside of cooling fins etc on saw properly. Clean spark arrestor on exhaust ( if your saw has one). Check and replace drive sprocket if worn. Check the brake band for wear on the chain brake. Check starter cord for wear (mainly both ends) normally worth replacing if you've taken it apart to check properly. I'm sure people will add more to my list. Good luck

As above,
Clean air filter in hot soapy water and dry overnight.
If you're flush, get a new spark plug,
Using a "non flammable solvent"
Or chain oil 50/50 with diesel and flush out the oil tank. Run the saw with fresh 50/50 to clean out the oil pipes.
Check the controls are free from chip and dust, as a blocked earth connection means you can't turn your saw off.
Pop the e clip off the clutch housing,
Take off the clutch drum and needle bearings, check for wear and play on the crank and bearings.
Grease needle drum liberally.

Check your bar for irregularities,
File off burrs, clean out grooves.
Clean oil holes.

A paint brush and a bamboo chopstick are my preferred weapon of choice against the ever present attack of the gummy oily sawdust.
(The bamboo won't scratch paint or metal.)
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