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Deciphering Stihl Guide Bar Numbers

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by RacerX, Jun 20, 2010.

  1. RacerX

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    Can someone explain the Stihl guide bar numbering system? I've been carefully perusing this chart; http://www.stihllibrary.com/pdf/catalog/SawChainSelectionID.pdf and I'm trying to better understand how to purchase the correct Stihl guide bar. Will any bar work that has the correct pitch and gauge? Or is there more to it than that?
     
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    bartlanz ArboristSite Operative

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    You have an extra ] on your link...

    and i know the first four #'s are the bar mount style ie 3003... past that... other people?
     
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    Fixed it.
     
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    3002 large mount, 3003 fits most stihls 260-660 026-066, 3005 small mount
     
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    The pitch must match the sprocket and the mount must match the saw. the gauge is up to you and what is easiest for you to find/already have.
     
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    Thanks for all of the information. So I currently have a bar that's listed as:
    16"
    .063
    .325
    (3003-002-7013)

    If I keep my existing sprocket I can now use any bar that begins with 3003 and is also .063/.325. Sounds correct?
     
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    Yes, but you don't have to stick with .063 gauge if you don't want to.
     
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    the gauge is unimportant to the sprocket or the saw. It is a personal preference usually based on availability. If you have a .325 sprocket you can put any gauge bar with the right mount and pitch on there, the sprocket only determines the pitch (.325 in your case)
     
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    The gauge of the chain and the gauge of the bar should probably match. One other thing to watch for is too much bar for too little saw. Can't really go bad the other way - too much saw for too little bar. That just makes for real quick cuts and some imprssive pictures. Picture an 090 with a 16" bar going through a 12" cant.

    You should be able to ask your dealer for a bar with the gauge, length and pitch (if it is a sprocket tipped bar) and they can match your need to the part number.

    Hal
     
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    the first 4 digits is the mounting. 3003, 3005, 3002 the most common

    middle three digits the country of origin. 000- Ger. 008-US

    end four digits is the prt number like 8822 etc.
     
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    Thanks for the information. Up until recently I didn't need to know that much about it since my friend had a Stihl dealership. I would just bring the "toys" in and he would do the rest. Now the shop is gone and he's moved on. So now it's about time that I learned this stuff for myself. I'm currently working on a 028 AV Super that I picked up on E-bay so all of the advice is well appreciated. :clap:
     

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