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It’s been touched on already in this thread I think but does anyone else’s 390 run hot? Only saw I’ve set wood on fire with.
Sharp chain, oiling, clean and maintained.
Still love how smooth this saw
 

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It’s been touched on already in this thread I think but does anyone else’s 390 run hot? Only saw I’ve set wood on fire with.
Sharp chain, oiling, clean and maintained.
Still love how smooth this saw
You're supposed to keep the muffler away from the bark/moss, lol
 

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i have started fires with my 372 and 046, but not my 2188/390
 

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Well my 2159 had a cat in muffler, I was just curious if 390’s had a similar set up on the exhaust.
The one I lit up was a punky old maple so I wasn’t surprised, just curious is all
 

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It’s been touched on already in this thread I think but does anyone else’s 390 run hot? Only saw I’ve set wood on fire with.
Sharp chain, oiling, clean and maintained.
Still love how smooth this saw

My 385 has smoldered many a log. The muffler has 3 ports. Both sides and the top, all with screens. Definitely the most fire prone saw I have. It’s always been hot blooded.
 

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My 2188 is ported fast, dual "binos" straight pipe muffler angled mostly fwd, I've run it on dead oak in the 90s and no wood smoke

maybe the muff is so open it gets the heat out quick
 

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My 2188 is ported fast, dual "binos" straight pipe muffler angled mostly fwd, I've run it on dead oak in the 90s and no wood smoke

maybe the muff is so open it gets the heat out quick
Hey man! Yall flooding down there? It's dumping here, but the south has been getting the brunt of these last few storms.
 

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i havent ran my 2188 enough to start any fires. it was just a project saw for adding a bigger saw to my collection. i cut some pretty decent size fir and maple for only a couple of days in the rain. no fire.
 

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The first job I used my 2188 (390) on was a big oak. The other guy bought or rented a 660. Stock, they seemed to cut around the same speed, but it seemed like I could cut twice the wood before refilling. Some of that may have been my chain maintenance skills at the time, which weren't nearly as good as now.

I'd like another new one. Not sure how I'd port it. If it had a little more low end torque it could chug through hardwood quickly, but getting it's peak power above the stock 9500rpm point might achieve the same goal better.
My 660mag is hard on fuel, 592 heaps better.
 

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Haven't run one yet, but held a couple. Really like the feel.
The 592 is the nicest and most ergonomic saw i’ve held/used since 1985/6 luv this saw, even carrying old injuries it makes the day so much easier, if i were to have to carry the ms660 under the same conditions it aint gunna happen easy or it aint gunna happen at all. I ain't big or tall or anywhere near as strong these days either. And its the easiest starting saw of the twenty odd i own. Smokes my 660.
 
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Well my 2159 had a cat in muffler, I was just curious if 390’s had a similar set up on the exhaust.
The one I lit up was a punky old maple so I wasn’t surprised, just curious is all
Non cat muffler on the 390. Muffler mod, exit out the front is a good fire starter..
 

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Non cat muffler on the 390. Muffler mod, exit out the front is a good fire starter..
If ya want to choke it run the gauze! I never run in a new saw with the spark arrester in, mind you, if it ain’t a requirement on tbe job it wont be there either! As for the fire starter pipe, i ain't never seen it look like happening in four decades yet🤣
And a 592 runs better without it, and that muffler is gutted factory👌
 

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It’s been touched on already in this thread I think but does anyone else’s 390 run hot? Only saw I’ve set wood on fire with.
Sharp chain, oiling, clean and maintained.
Still love how smooth this saw
Can’t say I’ve had a problem with that. But I’m mostly cutting firewood, so ain’t spending long in a cut either. Not long enough I’d see smoke for sure!

My biggest thing is a bark tube like that makes hearing protection absolutely necessary… 🙉 But it does seem to breathe well!
 

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