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372xp Bar size ?

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by nickg, Sep 19, 2008.

  1. nickg

    nickg ArboristSite Member

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    After all you guys help, i decided on a 372xp,, went to my husky/stihl dealer and did as you guys suggested. i held both stihl and husqvarna and decided that i felt more comfortable with the 372 (tad bit heavy).. they offer 18, 20 , 24 inch bar sizes, any recommendations on the size of the bar? My use is 10% falling ,90% bucking / cutting firewood. Thanks in advance..!
     
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    I do like a 24" bar for bucking.
    Easier on my back than a shorter bar.
     
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    20 should be plenty

    Unless you're into big wood, then go 24. Remember it's also the cost of the chains and the time it takes to sharpen them. 20 inch is much handier for trimming out and though I'm not an expert will balance out better with that weight power head.

    My 372 came with a 20 inch B&C, and though admittedly I don't have a lot of time on it, it feels right to me.

    Take Care
     
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    I use a 32" with a 8tooth sprocket on mine with semi skip chain. Although, it is not your normal 372xpw either.:monkey:
     
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    Same here
     
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    just a thought

    do some math if you can buy the saw with a longer bar for a few doller's more,,it may be cheaper to buy a smaller bar later on if you fill the need for it

    my saw wear's a 20" most of the time but have bigger if needed ..........it really depends on what YOU CUT as how big of bar you need
     
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    I like a 20" bar on my 372xp but if your cutting larger trees you might want a longer bar also.
    If a 372xp was my "big" saw I would run a 20" bar with a full comp chain most of the time and a 28" bar with skip chain on big stuff. :cheers:
     
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    The company that I work for has 4 or 5 372xps and we normally run 20"- a logger friend that I worked with recommended 20" bars and that advice was 30 years ago- like the others, keep a longer bar for the occasional big logs. Currently we are logging a small tract that has about 80 4' plus diameter trees and we are using 372xps with 20" bars.
     
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    :agree2: :agree2: :agree2:

    of course it depends on your height and build.
     
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    20", the old loggers standard.
     
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    18" and 24"

    My 372xp came with 24" bar. I bought an Oregon Powermatch 18" bar from Bailey's for $39.99. I run this 18" with pro chain and it's a freakin BEAST! I'm very happy with this set-up and find it to be much more productive than running the 24" bar. Also my 55 Rancher with 18" bar has same pitch and gauge , so I rotate 10 loops between the two saws, just makes things easier with compatible chains:chainsaw: :chainsaw: :chainsaw:
     
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    20 inch on my saw, but will get a larger spare bar and chain when the next order to Bailey's is submitted. Along with the round and flat files, etc. :chainsaw:
     
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    Like them with a3/8"x 20" the best. Good balance and nice power, nimble setup.
     
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    Depends on where you're loggin'...

    28" or 32" out here...

    372XP will pull them both great with full skip chain in the PNW softwoods.

    Gary
     
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    They balance best with a 20" bar.
    Longer bars are not as agile but handy to have avail. if the need arises.

    Al.
     
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    24"


    anyone runnin a 372 w/ 20" bar should have bought a smaller saw
     
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    I have an 18" on my 7900! seems hard to bog it lol
     
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    Get a 20" for best balance/handling, and then a longer one in addition if you find out that you want/need one.
     
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    No, it is a perfect balanse......:cheers:
     
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    lol...if balance was the deciding factor, a 357 / 20 would be better
     

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