Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by Lowhog, Feb 7, 2020.
Well yeah u carve spoons tho..lol
I tagged you in a bob the hedgecutter post so you can bag on his new boat anchor...hehe
Fantastic thanks! I’ll go give him a hard time!
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 . 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.
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.
.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
Yes the .325 is just as good i just prefer 3/8 on all my saws for the convenience.
Yes 18" is understandable.
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.
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.
Hell yeah.... +++++1234
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...
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.
24" skip picco.
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.
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.
Nice vid FC. Thanks for taking the time.
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.
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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