I bought a new 361 a couple weeks ago and here why.
I have been using a 028 for years a heck of a saw, using a .325 chain on a 18 inch bar. I have cut hundreds of cords of firewood with it. Then in 98 we had a wind storm with 135mph winds that knocked dowd 40% of my 26 acer woods.
Blowdowns like this have weird tension and I was pinching the saw at times and was dealing with larger trees. With bucking and felling I felt I needed a new saw one for the landing, and one for felling and using the backup saw to free pinches. So I picked up a 036 pro with a 18 inch bar and a 3/8 chain.
Over time the 028 got used less and less, I like the 036 that much.
Well now that I have a mill on order, and will be doing more bigger log cutting and felling. Wanted a saw with a 24inch bar. I stopped at my local Stihl dealer to see about getting a longer bar for the 036, he is telling me that the max bar lenght for the 036 is 20inches as the oil pump is not strong enough for the 24 inch bar. The powerhead is strong enough to pull it. Just weak in the oiling department.
He suggested I get the 361, so I picked one up with 25 inch bar, along with a 20 inch bar for the 036.
Now the 361 does feel bar heavy with the 25 inch bar, but wow does it cut. Its first test was a 44 inch boxeldder. I am impressed.
With new bars and chains on all 3 saw we were cutting a 20 hard maple for fire wood, (no logs in it) the 028 was only slightly slower than the 2 biggers saws. I don't know if the smaller chain size has any thing to do with it, or if it is just that good of a saw. (all stock saws).
Now both the 028 and 036 only have sparkarrestors in the muffler. Where as I am sure that the 361 is all baffled up.
I see in past post that several of ya'll have both the 036 and 361 I would like to hear your thoughts.
Oh I also have a Husy 359 on the way, that comes with the mill. Heck of a deal. a 32k chainsaw and the throw a free band mill in