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Stihl ms261c bar 18” or 20”

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  1. Dmunyon

    Dmunyon ArboristSite Member

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    does the 261c pull a “20 bar good , investing in a new Sugi bar . 18 or 20 can’t decide . Have 461 set up with a 24” to take bigger stuff .
     
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    I'd go with an 18" bar for a 261. I have a 16" on mine and it rips with power to spare. 18" should be fine. It may pull a 20" in soft woods, but an 18" would be my maximum.
     
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    Ya I was thinking staying with 18 “ saw deff rips for its size , light weight an love it
     
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    18" max for any type of production.
    I put a 20" full skip on mine for limbing and it did fine. It struggled in the cut though, even with the full skip.
     
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    18" or 16" since you already have the bigger saw.

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    16" and buy a 20" for the 461.
     
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    I have 20 that came with 461 , got the Tsumura light 24” for some big stuff . I like the 18” on my 261 but looking into the Sugi bar for little extra dress up an weight loss if much at all that is .
     
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    B433B651-922A-43CC-97DB-381F061D936D.png Have possibly considered this also , if anyone has tried these out an your thoughts
     
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    Cannon and sugihara are both top shelf bars. Tsumura is right there too, and a little cheaper. Honestly, even for professional use, you're gonna see very very little difference between these bars and a Stihl RS bar. If you want to dress your saw up though, go with whatever makes you the happiest. It's your machine, pick whatever color floats your boat and pull the trigger.
     
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    Piltz is a con man. You can try different sprockets and bars on your own for less.

    I prefer 18" on my 50cc saws, but 20" works fine too, the saw will be a bit nose heavy with the longer bar.
     
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    I've run both 16 and 18 in .325 and a 16 in 3/8 pitch on my stock 261.

    I switched back to 16 in .325. Smoother and faster, but the saw will pull an 18" in .325 just fine. 3/8 pitch in 16 is noticeably slower.
     
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    If you’re talking standard 3/8 chain, stick with a 16” bar. Even that has trouble in hardwood here. It’s what I use on a ported 261C and it’s great.

    With .325 chain, you could probably pull a 20, but it’s gonna be rough with 3/8.

    Can toss an 8 pin on your 461 with a 20 and produce a lot of wood.
     
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    B7D50C52-DDB7-413E-86A2-647E62D09F8B.jpeg Thanks for the advice , ended up putting cannon 18” an changed out sprocket ect to 3/8 setup .
     
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    18 is the best balance for a 261

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    That narrow kerf bar runs 3/8 chain?

    That saw looks great, how you get a black cover?
     
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    I have a 18" and a 20" for my 261C-M, I have been using the 20" more as of late but I haven't had it deep in anything I would consider extremely hard. If I had to pick one it would be a 18" bar/chain.
     
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    I painted it a camo pattern with a good paint an then 4 coats of flat clear coat . Have done other things an it holds up to serious abuse . I installed the piltz hotrod kit which yes I know tad over priced but got a good deal , just the drive sprocket , clutch cover an chain .
     
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    16 inch bar 325 chain
     
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    461 I also did . 631B013A-3311-4A2C-8689-490B9567556B.jpeg 08E4239F-F97D-47A6-95CB-E0442AED99B4.jpeg
     

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