Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by Plasmech, Feb 12, 2009.
For example, 21" for an 880 Magnum? Huh? Are these really the optimal lengths?
I never understood that either...
Here's the chart where I think you're getting your info-- btw- I had the same thoughts about their recommended bar lengths. Seems screwy to me.
makes no sense really...
nope, sure doesn't but have any of you ever seen a 20" bar on a big saw like a 660 or 880 or Husky 395 or 3120, they look very small.
It seems obvious that the 880 is designed as a race saw, 21" bar, 15 pin sprocket................
To clear it up it is the recommended minimum without having such a chain spinning screamer that'll send those cutters up into your face faster than your corpsified body can twitch. I run an 18" on my 460 and a 28", the 28" gets used more often. I feel more safe with the way the saw handles plus its really comfortable limbing downed trees without a lot of bending over on the old back!. I use a 30" and a 48" on my 088 and I have a 455 rancher with a 20" bar for limbing the bigger stuff my 192t cannot handle when I am climbing. I was glad that when I bought the 460 the salesman talked me out of my original short bar consideration, 16". He said that could put me in the hospital real quick.
My 660 runs a 20" quite often. My 084 has a 25" bar on it most of the time. can never have to much power.
when I first got my 394 it had a 20 on it, that bar looked about 15 inches long and cut pretty good too.
To me it doesn't matter what it looks like, its how good it cuts.
you're right there but I now keep the 36" on it and it stays in the truck except for big trees.
Right now I have a 20" on a 460, and I like the power and the balance. Really just right.
The 009 wears a 12" and cuts like a dream, anything too long for that bar needs another saw.
Its a conspiracy! The chart is adjusted for the SawTroll.
My 3120's run a 16" from time to time for Norwegian big woods cutting and my 084's run 20's............................
Here's a good example of what your getting at.
Back a few years I bought the 026 because I knew it could accept a 24" bar.
I have some large pines in back that I expect to succumb to the wind eventually.
Of course I run it with a 16" bar and it does fine.
What I find interesting is that this link is one that shows 16"-24";
and yet links in the <i>earlier </i>stihl sites do not.
I agree that it may be a liability thing.
<i>I wonder who here has put the longest bar on the smallest saw?</i>
Would like to see some pictures!
I like the way they recommend a longer bar for the 441 than the 460, and a longer one for the 650 than the 660...
Or how they recommend a 21" on the 880 and a 20" on the 460 AND the 361... haha
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