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Chainsaw upgrade

Discussion in 'Woodturning Discussion Forum' started by Zach LaPerriere, Mar 2, 2020.

  1. Zach LaPerriere

    Zach LaPerriere

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    The recent discussion on chainsaw suppliers got me to thinking about one my favorite chainsaw accessories. It's the MaxFlo air filter for larger Stihl saws that allows more air filtration capacity for dirt, dust, and grit.

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    Normal chainsaw filters need cleaned A LOT. Multiple times a day in some cases. And finer particles go right through a lot of chainsaw air filters.

    The kit is $50-60 bucks, but I've had the same filter for five years, and it's still clean. I took the saw apart with my Stihl mechanic recently and the piston is spotless after 20 years of hard use, first by a timber faller, then a commercial firewood guy, then an arborist, and in recent years: me for both bowl stock and chainsawmilling.

    I recently ordered a new filter and spare, and talked with the co-owner of the company. Great people, great service. UPS shipping was $85 bucks to Alaska, but when I called, she shipped a couple filters out for 9 bucks via USPS Priority Mail. I couldn't be happier.
     
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  2. Daniel Warren

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    I couldn’t agree more! The oiled filter element trapped all the fines from coming through. I let that one go a little longer than normal but nothing got past it. The stock hd2 filter had fines getting past with almost no use. The filtration system has been a weak point to some of the Stihl models.
     

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  3. Emiliano Achaval

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    Too bad they have it for the Huskies.
     
  4. Paul M. Kaplowitz

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    I have had my two Stihl chainsaws for many years (Ms 361, Mag 440). After a day of cutting I take off the cover, bar and filter and blow them out (also the saw body) with 125psi compressed air. Never had a problem. Maintenance has always been the key to keeping anything in good shape.
     
  5. Karl Loeblein

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    Husqvarna's "air injection" system keeps the air filters cleaner much better than many older Stihl models (i.e. 440). This was eventually copied by Stihl on new models (i.e. 441).

    Reference: https://www.stihl.com/chain-saws-functional-principle.aspx
    Chain saws - long-life air filtration system
    The STIHL MS 261, MS 271, MS 291 and MS 441 professional saws also have a new type of long-life air filtration system with pre-separation that perceptibly relieves the downstream filter components.
     
  6. Karl Loeblein

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    Zach, Seems the oem type filters did a decent job over most of the saws life unless both previous owners were also using a MaxFlo filter, no?

    What Stihl model is your saw? Just wondering if it's the older or newer air filtration design (see above).
     
  7. Daniel Warren

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    @Karl Loeblein even the new m-tronic saws currently on market 261, 362, 462, and 661 that have the newer twist on filter is somewhat questionable in sealing around the air intake plenum. Unfortunately there are no Maxi's available for the latest gen Stihls. I've seen people use a small amount of oil/grease at the base of the filter to assist in sealing the system.
     
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    Zach, Thanks for the tip. I can't seem to get in the habit of cleaning the filters on a regular basis.
    I'm going to get one of those. The only thing that I've done to my Stihl is port the exhaust. It made a significant boost in the power and allowed me to go to a longer bar. There are several youtube videos on doing this and readjusting the carb. It makes the saw louder but.....
     
  9. Zach LaPerriere

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    Karl, I should have been more clear. The MaxFlo has been on my 066 since Day 1, so it would have been the older set-up. Timber fallers love em. Some say the MaxFlo gives a small increase in horse power...but I don't know one way or the other. The ability to cut all day without cleaning a filter is sure handy. And for a 20 year old saw, it's impressive, though the 066s were definitely built stout and the MaxFlo is only one part of that success.

    I'm familiar with the newer saws, and the filtration has definitely improved, but I still think the MaxFlo is the best out there.
     
  10. Zach LaPerriere

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    Wow! I have never seen a filter like that. Impressive. A buddy on firecrew says everyone runs the fine filters to keep all the charcoal dust out, which is especially bad on saws apparently.
     

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