Stihl MS 400C Review
- April 25, 2023
- 4 comment
- Engine Displacement: 66.8 cc
- Power Output: Approximately 4.4 kW (5.9 horsepower)
- Bar Length: Available in various lengths, commonly 16 to 25 inches (40 to 63 cm)
- Weight: Approximately 13.2 pounds (6 kg) without fuel, bar, and chain
- Fuel Tank Capacity: Approximately 24.5 fluid ounces (725 ml)
- Chain Pitch: 3/8 inch or 0.404 inch
- Chain Gauge: 0.050 inches or 0.063 inch
- Max Chain Speed: Varies based on bar and chain combination
- Oil Tank Capacity: Approximately 10.5 fluid ounces (310 ml)
- Vibration Damping: Yes, featuring Stihl’s anti-vibration system
- Chain Brake: Yes, with an inertia-activated mechanism for safety
- Starting System: Stihl Easy2Start™ system for effortless starting
- Air Filtration: Stihl HD2 air filter with pre-separation technology for extended filter life
Stihl MS 400 C TEST
Starting from May of this year, we have been conducting rigorous testing on the Stihl MS 400 C with our primary testers. They have been thoroughly examining the chainsaw in a variety of situations, such as thin and dense forests, gardens, windblown areas, and felling both simple and challenging trees. Their comprehensive testing has given us a reliable assessment of the saw’s capabilities.
All our test operators have noted that the MS 400 C is a chainsaw that is specifically designed for professional applications and falls within the mid-range category of saws. It is a versatile tool that professionals can depend on for both felling and delimbing tasks. This means that the Stihl MS 400 C is always readily available for use and sees frequent use by its users.
Average sized saw
The Stihl MS 400 C is contending with other prominent players in the mid-size professional chainsaw category, such as the Husqvarna 560 XP and Stihl MS 362. Based on its weight, it’s classified as a 60 cc-saw; however, if we were to evaluate it solely on displacement, it would be categorized as a 70 cc-saw due to its 66.8 cc displacement.
MS 400C – Pros and Cons
The Stihl factory in Waiblingen, Germany is renowned for producing meticulously engineered chainsaws that are of exceptional quality. The saw we tested functioned with utmost precision and smoothness. It is easy to start, and once operational, it can effortlessly cut through wood.
When compared to the MS 362, the MS 400 C is 200 grams heavier, but it is also 100 grams lighter than the Husqvarna 560 XP. Initially, the test team was caught off guard as the MS 400 C appeared slightly heavier than the 560 XP. However, it is possible that this perception may have arisen because the Stihl MS 400 C’s body is slightly wider than the Husqvarna when viewed from the top.
Upon measurement, the weight difference between the two chainsaws is evident. Once both saws are put to use, the difference in weight becomes even more apparent. While some may believe that the larger form of the Stihl MS 400 C could pose challenges in delimbing tasks, the testing team did not encounter any difficulties in this regard.
The amount of fuel the MS 400 C uses is a topic of interest in tests like this. Based on the test results, the MS 400 C appears to consume more fuel than the MS 362 and the Husqvarna 560 XP. However, it also generates more power and wood output per unit of time, so it might not be so bad after all.
According to the KWF tests, at maximum power, the Stihl MS 400 C requires 2.4 liters of fuel per hour and 2.2 liters of fuel per hour at maximum torque. In comparison, the Stihl MS 362 uses 2.3 liters of fuel per hour at maximum power and 1.9 liters of fuel per hour at maximum torque. The Husqvarna 560 XP, on the other hand, uses 2.1 liters of fuel per hour at maximum power and 1.7 liters of fuel per hour at maximum torque.
No heated handles
It’s regrettable that the MS 400 C lacks an option for heated handles. This feature would have been highly beneficial, especially in colder areas, as heated handles offer comfort during winter months. It’s certainly a disadvantage for a chainsaw aimed at professional users.
The MS 400 C exhibits remarkable performance. Its sound isn’t as crisp as the MS 462, but in truth, they shouldn’t be compared directly. Interestingly, the MS 400 C boasts exceptional torque across the entire spectrum, offering a substantial benefit. It’s possible that the magnesium piston plays a role in achieving this outcome?
MS 400C Parts
During the evaluation process, several combinations of chains, sprockets, and saw bars were examined. The results of these experiments can be observed in the accompanying video.
Conclusion of the Stihl MS 400 C
Stihl has once again succeeded in launching an outstanding chainsaw, incorporating innovative features such as the magnesium piston that contributes to the saw’s strength and speed.
If you’re presently using a Stihl MS 362 or a Husqvarna 560 XP and are in the market for a new chainsaw, the Stihl MS 400 C is definitely worth considering. It’s an excellent alternative, particularly with respect to the power-to-weight ratio, despite the absence of heated handles.
Our team anticipates that the MS 400 C will gain popularity among professionals as a versatile all-around saw.
I've been a logger for 38 years and loyal Stihl customer. Fix some of your current problems. Like the 462. They're about useless in the summer. Can't hardly get them restarted if you let them set for 10 minutes
Randy BassettMay 3, 2023 11:51 pm
How much is husqvarna 400 series is costing and were can i buy.
Lemeck mwabaMay 3, 2023 12:59 pm
Stihl MS400C, wonderful machine, I plan to buy one for my sawmill industry from Kenya.
Charles WachiraApril 26, 2023 4:26 am
I feel that Stihl had to many options for my liking.Dont get me wrong I love Stihl saws .But I think they should concentrate on making more improvements on the products they already have.
Kevin MusiakApril 25, 2023 11:05 pm
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