Regardless, mow on, Frankie.....well, as soon as the grass grows enough anyway...........
Altho it doesn't sound like much size difference, a 16" .325 chain has 69 links, and is a heavier guage (.068") and a 16" .375 chain has 55 links and a .050" gauge. so you need to match chain, bar and sprocket.
Practicing at practical wood working
Picked up a Stihl MS290 Farm Boss today.... I like it alot! Looking forward to hacking down a bunch of dead trees and cleaning up the live trees. I was tossing around the 280 or 260, but finally decided on the 290. I trimmed up a couple apple trees tonight, and wow, very nice! Got it for $340.00 out the door!
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The MS290 should serve him well. Do please look into an extra chain or two for it. Having just one chain is a pain when it needs to be sharpened and you're in the middle of a cutting project.
if the budget would allow i would also suggest an extra bar to go along with an extra chain, simply because if you ever get the saw bound up you can just unbolt the bar and leave it in the wood and use the spare to cut it out.
but as woussko said do atleast get a 2nd chain you will need it.
I have two Stihl's have lot's a maple to cut through... I first bought the 270 about a year ago. What a nice saw... powerful and easy to handle (I am about 200lbs) 25 inch bar and I think this may be the perfect saw for me... enough power to cut anything, and the bar is pretty close to all I need. No problems... I just replaced the chain... the original stretched beyond the limit of the adjuster... I think I might have been cutting it too fast or something... but it is a great saw otherwise.
This year I bought a 390 because I have some BIG maples to get through that have been down for about 6 months so they are drying... the saw is just starting to break in and come into its own. I like it but it is a bit of an ordeal packing it around all day. Lot'sa power but not happy with the chain on it... it has the conventional adjusters and that is fine but the saw has always cut to the right... I have sharpened it and have corrected most of it but it is still there... It must have had a problem in the original sharpening process. I think I am going to replace the chain and go from there...
No problems with either saw yet, other that very minor oil leak from the chain oil cap on the 270 and the 390 was a bit doggy at first (longer bar + BIGGer trees) but getting a lot better lately. I wouldn't buy anything else now... I also have a Stihl weed whacker, it is great too.