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Offline mastercraftka

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My sthil ms250 just crapped out after only little over one year and considering this machine as replacement it comes with a 2 year warranty.  What do I need to know?
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The Dolmar 421 is a excellent chainsaw. It is 42cc and normally has a 16" bar with 3/8" low profile chain. It is sort of a hot rod for it is the largest displacement of that particular Dolmar chainsaw family.

$306 is a good price for that saw but the dealer is probably wanting you to give him your MS250?
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he hasn't said but I wont give it up, I plan on tearing it apart in the meantime and trying to rebuild myself.

Good information thanks! So you think it would be a good saw? I mostly use it around the ranch cutting fire wood and clearing brush.

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The Dolmar 421 is slightly smaller than your MS250 but it has good power and weighs less. You will like it to carry on the four wheeler and knock off a couple low hanging limbs on occasion.

It is the closest thing he has to your MS250
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I believe the 421 is rated about the same power as the 250, but is built much better. With the 63ps chains on it, I believe you  will like it.

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Just got one.  Haven't run it yet tho.  Pro built, magnesium crankcase.  Everybody I know that has one highly recommends it.  Did a MM on it the day after I got it.  I think I posted how to do a muffler mod the easy way not how I did it.  Took me about 2 1/2 hrs.  can be done in 30 min or less.  If I didn't post it I will. 
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I haven't made the purchase yet because stihl is looking at my MS 250 I am not holding out much hope but I will try, if they come back with nothing then I am going to buy the DOLMAR I am thinking of going with the one size bigger for 389 and it comes with a 18" bar I believe it is a 521??? not sure.

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I haven't made the purchase yet because stihl is looking at my MS 250 I am not holding out much hope but I will try, if they come back with nothing then I am going to buy the DOLMAR I am thinking of going with the one size bigger for 389 and it comes with a 18" bar I believe it is a 521??? not sure.
Not quite sure what you are talking about. The next size up is the 510 and 5105.

The 510 models(Farmer/SemiPro) are a little older design with a aluminium crank case. Very good quality, good power but heavier. I expect them to disappear from the line up quite soon. Power wise similar to a Stihl 270/271 or Husqvarna 450 but as mentioned above split metal crank case which many consider a definate plus.

The 5105 models(Pro) are the top of the line of the 50cc from Dolmar. A real strong bastard that will let you forget a lot of other in its class. Classic two stroke and has a easy start mechanism. Power wise very similar to the Stihl 261 or Husqvarna 346xp/550.

About the 420/421(updated version with 3hp compared to the 420 with only 2.7hp) it is one of the great saws on the market in my eyes! It only has 42cc but this little fellow always wants to play with the bigger boys! And it sure cut's that way! I put it in the same category as the pro line form Stihl 241 and Husqvarna 543 at 1/3 to 1/2 of the money! I run mine(420) in 325/1.3mm 14inch bar set up with a full chisel Stihl chain and it just rips! Noodling? It loves noodling! I also have a 5000 (predecessor to the 5105) and it is staying more and more at home.

I see the best setup for a homeowner/small grade farmer in a 40&60cc combo. And on that list would definately be the 421 and the new Dolmar 6100!

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I have a ps420 and like it. Not as fast cutting as my 346XP. I use both for felling and limbing. Switched the Dolmar to .325 chain and powermatch bar because the 3/8LP would break at he slightest pinch.

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7 sleeper .You said  you have a dolmar 5000.
How do you tune it : with a tach or in the wood-4 stroking and 2 troke in the cut?
What is the setting at the H jet(how maniy turns out?)
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