Review: Stihl MT2 and Timber Tuff Universal Chainsaw Tool

Stihl MT2 and Timber Tuff Universal Chainsaw Tool

 

Ah Christmas, sweet Christmas.  Santa came and dropped a small piece of Stihl branded Chrome-Vanadium steel and plastic goodness in the form of a Stihl MT2 into my humble stocking this year.  I don’t know about you, dear readers, but anytime I am gifted with some chainsaw tool related piece of awesome, my heart flutters the dance of joy.  Unfortunately, the joy would come with the asterisk of disappointment.

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The Stihl MT2 is looking good with quality EU construction.

First off, the Stihl MT2 comes equipped with a 19 mm (3/4″) and a 16 mm socket. The MT2 also has a T27 driver, a 7 mm slotted screw driver, in addition to a 3.5 mm slotted driver for carb adjustment. Let us accentuate the positives: Like most Stihl branded tools, the MT2 is made of high quality materials, as well as a high degree of finish to the parts.  This little tool should withstand years of use.  For a pocket tool, the MT2 is pretty huge: measuring 5 3/4″ x 1 3/8″.  Bigger is better, but maybe not in a pocket tool.  Although quite large, the Stihl MT2 is relatively light- weighing in at a lean and mean 228 grams (8 oz).

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Stihl MS 193 C Carving Conversion

Stihl MS 193 C Carving Conversion

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A.J. Kilpatrick

 

After a busy summer season of home renovation projects, the beck and call of my chainsaw obsession led me down the road into the savage art form that is chainsaw carving.  As the leaves turned and fell, I finally took the plunge and ordered the parts to convert my Stihl MS 193-C into a dedicated detail carver.  The MS 193 is probably the most popular saw for detail carving in the Stihl line-up as it is a light-weight and nimble 30 CC saw that is more robust than its more consumer targeted cousin the MS 170, but less pricey than its professional cousin the MS 201 or MS 150. It’s lower torque and power also makes it more dime-bar friendly than the MS 200.

The Best chainsaw blog reviews the MS 193-C carver.

The MS 193-C converted to a dedicated detail carver and looking pretty with a 12″ .043″ gauge carving bar.

In order to convert the MS 193-C into a dedicated detail carver, I decided to mount a specialized Stihl carving bar known as a dime-tip to the saw.  Mounting a bar with such a small tip radius involves more than just changing the bar.  In order to make the most out of this specialized bar, you also need to change the drive sprocket from the stock 3/8″ pitch to a 1/4″ spur drive sprocket.  On this model, that also involves changing the worm gear for the oiler (which greatly increases the oil output- a necessity for such a narrow tipped bar).  Stihl offers a specialized carving chain for use on their .050 gauge bars, but I opted for the newer .043 gauge carving bar which gives the finest cuts, but uses the 1/4″ chain usually used on power pruning bars.  There was a two week wait on the newer narrow gauge bar, and I paid the extra thirty dollars to have the tech do the swapping of parts in order to save me some stress (plus, I was unaware that the new clutch assembly comes with the specialized tool to lock the piston-apparently the pistons in these newer small saws are delicate and do not appreciate the standard rope/dower in the piston chamber trick.)  The grand total for the conversion in my area was around $220.00.  Don’t forget to get a small 1/8″ round file for sharpening the new 1/4″ chain.

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