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I'm sure that the Echo CS-1201 is a fine saw, but I'm interested in a 3120.
 

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Did any year model 3120 have a fully adjustable carb? Are they prone to bottom end issues?
 

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I am currently putting in a new coil on my 3120....again, this is the 2nd one in a year.
All I can say about this beast is HOLD ON

I think a 272 coil can be fitted. Those are cheaper and abundant. The only thing is they’re unlimited. I doubt that’s an issue if you don’t have a High jet.
 

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I just chatted with someone in a forum, he has them available.
Gotta do something, this ain't no wall hanger.LOL thank you for the info.
 

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I've been thinking about buying a 3120 to use with my Granberg mill as a dedicated power source. I'm currently using a 395, and I like it for regular cutting but I can't when it's tied up on the mill. Also, the 395 chain tensioner is a real pain in the neck. It's bad enough when not in the mill, but when in the mill, it's just about impossible to get to. I understand that the 3120 has a tensioner on the outside of the bar making for easier access. I have other saws that are better suited for firewood, etc. and this would be more in the realm of toy/hobby than something I'm going to try to make money with.
I also like that the 3120 has an adjunct oiler.

I'm curious how the current production saws compare with the ones from years past. I've done quite a lot of reading and understand some of the changes that were made such as a limited coil, non-adjustable high jetting in the carb, etc., all of which can be remedied. I've seen a few older saws offered for sale here and there, but I'm somewhat nervous about getting such an expensive saw used. I'll roll the dice on the smaller saws I like, but even a cheap used 3120 is going to be $6-700 and I don't want to buy someone else's problems.

The other thing that's making me think now is a good time to get one is the fact that I keep hearing that they are going to discontinue this model, probably sooner than later, and if I ever want a new one, this is the time.

Before someone says it, I'm not interested in a Stihl 881. :)

I would be interested in other's opinions and experience with the 3120 new vs past models.

Thanks!

Here's a random photo I found on the internet:

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I had a 3120 sold it. I should have taken my Timber falling friends advice, and bought another 395. I wanted a saw to dedicate to a 50 inch bar. The 3120 is not very maneuverable. I know u said milling, but if I were you I'd buy another 395 keep the one on the mill. And have the other for a daily user. Cheaper cost and as u know mills just fine.
 

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I had a 3120 sold it. I should have taken my Timber falling friends advice, and bought another 395. I wanted a saw to dedicate to a 50 inch bar. The 3120 is not very maneuverable. I know u said milling, but if I were you I'd buy another 395 keep the one on the mill. And have the other for a daily user. Cheaper cost and as u know mills just fine.
If you consider a 395 the highly portable option, that says all I need to know about what a brick the 3120 is.
 

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If you consider a 395 the highly portable option, that says all I need to know about what a brick the 3120 is.

It’s more like a 320mm mortar. Heavy, awkward, difficult to position, special use, absolute destruction.
 

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I have no idea, never touched an 881. The specs look pretty good but it’s probably like most of the new stuff. Something like an ms700i would be cool.
 

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I've done years of milling with a 90 cc saw. They work ok in softwood, but fall flat on their face in hardwood using 3/8 ripping chain.

stihl 3/8 low profile pmx ripping chain, a gb 3/8 lp rim sprocket and a gb 3/8 low profile milling bar really helps the smaller powerheads chug through hardwood.

For a very versatile but easy to handle 90 cc set-up, the 27 inch alaskan mill frame will fit a 36" ripping bar. Then you wont have a bunch of rail hanging off the end of the mill.

Less kerf, more teeth using the pmx low-profile chain; rather than resorting to standard 3/8 skip. Your ripping chain will stay sharp.
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3120 is big. I mean it. The 394 on the right looks way smaller in comparison. A 3120 would make a 346 looks like a toy side by side.View attachment 398933
And heavy, I ran mine with a 36” .404 at Walt’s GTG, didn’t make it a tank full before I put it down to grab the 395.

L-R 390XP, 395XP, 3120XP.

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I'm currently using a 395, and I like it for regular cutting but I can't when it's tied up on the mill. Also, the 395 chain tensioner is a real pain in the neck. It's bad enough when not in the mill, but when in the mill, it's just about impossible to get to.
Front tensioners aren't a problem. Think outside the scrench........
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I had a 3120 sold it. I should have taken my Timber falling friends advice, and bought another 395. I wanted a saw to dedicate to a 50 inch bar. The 3120 is not very maneuverable. I know u said milling, but if I were you I'd buy another 395 keep the one on the mill. And have the other for a daily user. Cheaper cost and as u know mills just fine.
I run a 50” on the 3120.
8 tooth 404 full comp, square chisel chain mostly, it’s an amazing machine !2020-01-05 16.35.31.jpeg
 
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