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MS361 is any 60cc saw better in stock form? Opinions

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  1. Orangeinthebarn

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    I’ve ran a lot of stock saws and I don’t think anything gets much better than a 361 talking stock 60cc. I do have a ported 2159 that runs amazingly strong but in stock form every time a run a stock 361 I’m impressed. Would anything currently produced in 60cc come close? I’ve yet to run the newer 362 lighter version or the 562xp but the 562 feels noticeable heavier
     
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    I can’t say my 361 stock was very impressive. It was a very low hour saw too. No 036/360 I have run has impressed me much stock.

    I’ve had a 2017 362v2 and that had power...more torque than the 361. I’ve had a 6100 that was pretty impressive stock too, but I thought it was pretty large for the displacement. BUT the hottest stock 60cc I’ve owned was a 562xp. That was the best performer of the bunch. Mine was a solid saw that gave me zero problems.

    That said, the only one I still own (besides a ported 034Super) is the 361. I loved the handling of the 361 and had it ported. That saw is a beast. I don’t miss any of the others to be honest.
     
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    The 362v2 is a very nice saw. It would be a great fire wood saw. I think it’s very under rated, but in my opinion it’s too close in size to the 462. The 462 is a far more powerful saw, but it should be with more ccs. That saw was the most impressive stock saw I’ve run.
     
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    If IRC the early 361's had better cylinders, I know they seemed to run a little stronger. The 361 I had was plenty strong for a 60cc saw. People dog the 362, but I had one of the first sold in the country and it was slightly stronger than the 361, but not quite as strong as the 562.
     
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    There just isn’t anything in the 60cc class right now that I could see myself going away from the 361 and ported 2159 I have in that C.C. right now. If I had to go buy a new 60 it would probably be the 562 just based off the reviews cause I haven’t had one in wood.
     
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    Do you know the year cutoff that had better cylinders
     
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    What’s considered early? Mine is a 2009. Removing the inside of the muffler and removing the limiters really improved the saw. They are so choked up stock
     
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    359,357,562,036 etc. etc....
     
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    The 6100 is pretty sweet, I don’t have much time on a stock one. But ported, it stuck vividly in my mind
     
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    The 6100 is deceiving like the 7900. It is so smooth that it feels “slower” than it really is.
     
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    If you have a good 50 and a good 70 there is no need for a 60 IMHO.
     
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    Yeah the muffler was really restrictive. Early would be 04/05 I had an 04. 09 or 10 was the last year for the 361, it had a short run here in the states.
     
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    Don't have a clue exactly what changed, my guess is the cylinder port timing and it seemed less compression. All likely for emissions, which is why they had to move to a new model.
     
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    I liked my 08' built 361. You could bury a 20" bar in hardwood and it would chug threw it no problem. It was box stock tho, And chain was dull in that video, but man she would run;)
     
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    My 2 say 0410 and 0408 on the handle. Is this August and October 2004? Or April 2008,2010?
     
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    Yes. DOM dates 2008 and 2010
     
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