9 questions from our users
My ms 381 run about 10 minutes then dies
Start does not stay ...it start but it stop now n then...why?
Ms381 has a clogging sound when the chain is locked. And the machine idles extremely high . sometimes won't start if chain is locked. Overall locking the chain causes a chocking sound and eventually chainsaw cuts off. Any ideas on the cause?
How much the MS-381 cost?
How can I get a chain(blade) for this saw? Pliz help me
Around $1895 nz dollars will get you a new one however you can pick up 381 second hand for $1200 and under. They come with chain and bar generally unless you only buy the powerhead. Chains can be picked up from your stihl dealer $64 nz dollars to fit a 20inch bar. Oregon make a good cheaper option in bars and chains and are just as good, hope this helps ☺
You can pick one up in mint condition for $500-$650,probably with a case etc.
Its a bit on the hefty side but is an excellent bucking / firewood saw with massive torque.
Any Stihl dealer can sell you a bar & chain.
Recommend .063 3/8th, semi or full chisel will depend on what your using it for. Semi will need sharpening less often and is more tolerant of dirty bark etc.
20 inch is a good all rounder, 25 for larger cuts.
What size file would I use to sharpen the chain of a stihl 381?
I am looking at buying this saw and wondered if anyone had issues with starting or flooding when cold starting?
I haven't had any issues with starting or flooding when cold starting in the years I've owned Stihl MS381 Chainsaws. As long as you read & understand the manual. If you follow the manual's correct starting techniques. You should be right.
No problems with hot/cold starting or flooding for me with the Stihl 381, choke and pull till it fires flick lever up to run position and one good pull and you are away. All and all a really reliable solid saw.
On MS381 what are the sizes for a guidebar and chain length?
The guide bar is a 20 inch bar on mine. I think you can get 18' and 25' as well. Chain length is ??? but it has 72 links and is 33RS72 according to the "Stihl chain selection and identification" pdf.
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