Most of the guys that bought the PP7900's from Dan use 20" bars in the woods but I use 24" and a 32" bar for it. Most of the cutting is in hardwood here. Light and power to spare. Ask Dan to bring along a 372PP and 7900PP when he comes to visit you. My bet would be you'll like the 7900PP with the 28" bar, semi or full skip chain in the soft wood. The 7900 comes factory with the .58 chain set up and I had Dan set mine up for the .50 3/8" because the .50 is what most of the local shops carry and it is what I run on most of my saws.