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  1. Jkstihl

    Jkstihl Chainsaws make me fap.

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    Well yeah u carve spoons tho..lol
     
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    Jkstihl Chainsaws make me fap.

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    I tagged you in a bob the hedgecutter post so you can bag on his new boat anchor...hehe
     
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    Fantastic thanks! I’ll go give him a hard time!
     
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    MountainHigh Selective Tree whacker

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    I called a saw shop some years back well after I stopped working in the woods, and asked if they had any 346xp's in stock ... the reply was, "never heard of it" - lol - smallest saw they stocked was 70cc.

    This was/is BC logging country and only aging farts like me dared to hide a cute little 50cc saw in behind the truck seat :p. Putting a 20" bar on a 50cc saw would definitely get you a few odd smirks.

    Fortunately, my aging back is still strong and flexible and can handle a short bar easily. They say eating fish helps. :dancing:
     
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    farmer steve outstanding in my field, 5150

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    Do plenty of cutting with my 2 fractured vertebrae. And yes Stihl does say 16-20 " bars on the 261. I just like my 18". A little less wear on the clutch and motor. I'm not cuttin no softwood either . Mixed hard locust and hickory with the 261. 20200106_133510.jpg
     
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    .325 is the best chain for a 261 , I see no reason to use 3/8 on a 261 , the 325 will cut as fast if not faster
     
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    Jkstihl Chainsaws make me fap.

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    Yes the .325 is just as good i just prefer 3/8 on all my saws for the convenience.
     
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    Jkstihl Chainsaws make me fap.

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    Yes 18" is understandable.
     
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    outdoortype ArboristSite Guru

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    I know the 261 is rated at 4 hp but it's still a 50cc saw. I would stick to .325 . .325 is smaller and lighter and probably less wear on everything. I understand wanting the convenience of having one chain but you will get much more out of the 261 in hardwood with .325.
     
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    Other than less teeth to sharpen and staying sharp a little longer i see no up side with 3/8” on the 261. Everyone is different. I like 18” .325.
     
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    Hell yeah.... +++++1234
     
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    My helper runs a 20" on his 261 at home. I asked him yesterday if is too much - he said no issues at all (cutting hardwoods). I can't imagine the slight difference in thickness of 3/8 is going to make any difference. You also have fewer teeth - so kinda same idea as putting skip tooth on a long bar. That probably makes up for the wider kerf. Neither make a big difference...
     
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    3/8 makes a huge difference. It's not only a wider kerf but 3/8 x 7 is larger sprocket than .325 x 7. I haven't ran a 261 but this experiment has been done in the past with 50 cc saws. The rpms drop and the engine sounds like it's bogging. I'm sure I will get flack but there's a reason the mfg spec .325.
     
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    KiwiBro Hold my beer and film this...

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    24" skip picco.
     
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    Wouldn't the bigger sprocket give you more torque??

    I still see your point that they use .325 for a reason. A lot of research went into that torque/chain speed balance and changing sprocket diameter changes that.
     
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    No, larger drive sprocket always results in a torque decrease. Think of it like changing the front chain sprocket on a mountain bike...when you increase the size, it becomes harder to pedal.
     
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    Nice vid FC. Thanks for taking the time.
     
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    Not my video Steve, but this video is the reason i bought the 261 Picco kit but then got the 241 so never used it.
     
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    Looks like the saw did great with 3/8 and 3.25 .... I think whatever you have on the saw you will probably like it.
     
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