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Stihl ms 880 bar size
« on: April 12, 2018, 09:21:08 AM »
 I am looking for a shorter bar for my 880. I have a 47in and a 60in and would like something shorter for bucking medium sized logs. What size bar balances well on this power head? 
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Re: Stihl ms 880 bar size
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2018, 12:54:09 PM »
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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2018, 05:28:58 PM »
28" - 32" b/c in .404 46RSF
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Re: Stihl ms 880 bar size
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2018, 05:24:22 PM »
I had a 36" bar on my 880 and it's a bit forward heavy. I agree 25"-32" will be the right balance. 


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Re: Stihl ms 880 bar size
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2018, 09:46:17 PM »
I had a 36" bar on my 880 and it's a bit forward heavy. I agree 25"-32" will be the right balance.
Thank you for the reply. I will probably go with the shorter side of reccomendations. 
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Re: Stihl ms 880 bar size
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2018, 09:48:45 PM »
Will an 880 running a 25" bar even know your cutting wood with it, or will it think its just being revved up ?
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Re: Stihl ms 880 bar size
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2018, 09:54:54 PM »
Will an 880 running a 25" bar even know your cutting wood with it, or will it think its just being revved up ?

Or another way to put it;  Its like having a 500 ci Caddy motor in a S-10 pickup. :D

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« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2018, 10:15:05 PM »
Will an 880 running a 25" bar even know your cutting wood with it, or will it think its just being revved up ?


Pretty sure it won't notice a 25in on it. It pulls a 47in pretty well. I have cut a few oaks that buried the bar and had to cut from the other side to finish the cut and it made short work of those.
Will an 880 running a 25" bar even know your cutting wood with it, or will it think its just being revved up ?

Or another way to put it;  Its like having a 500 ci Caddy motor in a S-10 pickup. :D

Sounds fun. I like overpowered equipment. 
Today I was researching places to send the 880 in for special treatment but I think I'm going to get a 395 and have that done up and leave the 880 stock.  I've always wanted a built up saw. I really don't need any more saws but I like them. I have a 450 rancher with 18in bar, a 455 rancher with 20in bar, ms 201tc with 14in and the ms 880 with a 47 and 60in. I'm thinking a hopped up 395 with a 36in bar could be fun. I have quite a few saws for a non professional guy who just likes to play with them.  Funny thing is that my wife gets it but my dad doesn't. He thought my 455 rancher cut plenty fast enough until he saw the 880 demolishing large oak logs.
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Re: Stihl ms 880 bar size
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2018, 10:36:31 PM »
If you go 25" make sure to keep a .404 chain on it. My favorite is the Stihl 46RSF on 25" and longer on those big cube saws.
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Re: Stihl ms 880 bar size
« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2018, 10:36:46 PM »
Have you looked into buying a ported 372xp ? It would easily replace your 455 and its not much heavier only a pound or 2 but alot more hp and ported its even more hp.
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Re: Stihl ms 880 bar size
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2018, 10:56:41 PM »
Have you looked into buying a ported 372xp ? It would easily replace your 455 and its not much heavier only a pound or 2 but alot more hp and ported its even more hp.
I have looked at them a little. I made a list of guys that do porting and other work and I was going to call around Monday and see what they had to say. I'll ask about the 372 as well. I have a friend that has a tree service and he runs all husky saws and I've borrowed his 395 a couple times and I always wanted one of my own. I really have no logical reasoning behind buying a 395
If you go 25" make sure to keep a .404 chain on it. My favorite is the Stihl 46RSF on 25" and longer on those big cube saws.


Will do. I have that chain on my 47in bar and have been really impressed with it.
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Re: Stihl ms 880 bar size
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2018, 07:55:49 PM »
I had a 36" bar on my 880 and it's a bit forward heavy. I agree 25"-32" will be the right balance.
I agree too. had the exact same setup.
With a 25" that thing is nasty.  Once i had a 18" 3/8 B/C on my 066, that was fun too!
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« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2018, 10:24:53 PM »
Being as you have that 088, I would think a 372 or maybe the new version of it would fit right in and fill the gapin your line up, that 455 is no comparison at all to a 372, not even close to the same league in my opinion.
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Re: Stihl ms 880 bar size
« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2018, 10:38:28 PM »



Sounds fun. I like overpowered equipment.
Today I was researching places to send the 880 in for special treatment but I think I'm going to get a 395 and have that done up and leave the 880 stock.  I've always wanted a built up saw. I really don't need any more saws but I like them. I have a 450 rancher with 18in bar, a 455 rancher with 20in bar, ms 201tc with 14in and the ms 880 with a 47 and 60in. I'm thinking a hopped up 395 with a 36in bar could be fun. I have quite a few saws for a non professional guy who just likes to play with them.  Funny thing is that my wife gets it but my dad doesn't. He thought my 455 rancher cut plenty fast enough until he saw the 880 demolishing large oak logs.
My hopped up 395 will pull a 60 in fir buried without the extra weight of the 090, 088, 3120, or Mac 125.

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Re: Stihl ms 880 bar size
« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2018, 11:25:14 PM »
I had a 36" bar on my 880 and it's a bit forward heavy. I agree 25"-32" will be the right balance.
I agree too. had the exact same setup.
With a 25" that thing is nasty.  Once i had a 18" 3/8 B/C on my 066, that was fun too!(Image hidden from quote, click to view.)


I really want to throw a 25" or 28" on it . Not really practical but sounds like fun .
Being as you have that 088, I would think a 372 or maybe the new version of it would fit right in and fill the gapin your line up, that 455 is no comparison at all to a 372, not even close to the same league in my opinion.


The 455 was my first saw. Not sure when I bought it but it must of been about 12 to 15 years ago now. I bought it to cut firewood to heat my old house. It has been a great, trouble free saw and it has cut a ton of firewood. I agree with you though that it is weak in comparison to the pro level saws. What is the new version of the 372? 372xpg ?



Sounds fun. I like overpowered equipment.
Today I was researching places to send the 880 in for special treatment but I think I'm going to get a 395 and have that done up and leave the 880 stock.  I've always wanted a built up saw. I really don't need any more saws but I like them. I have a 450 rancher with 18in bar, a 455 rancher with 20in bar, ms 201tc with 14in and the ms 880 with a 47 and 60in. I'm thinking a hopped up 395 with a 36in bar could be fun. I have quite a few saws for a non professional guy who just likes to play with them.  Funny thing is that my wife gets it but my dad doesn't. He thought my 455 rancher cut plenty fast enough until he saw the 880 demolishing large oak logs.
My hopped up 395 will pull a 60 in fir buried without the extra weight of the 090, 088, 3120, or Mac 125.


I believe it. I have done a lot of reading on modded 395s and that seems to be what I've been seeing.  
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Re: Stihl ms 880 bar size
« Reply #15 on: April 14, 2018, 11:30:29 PM »
I want to say the new version coming out is 572, but others will know more than I. I think the XPG designation meant heated handles, I want to say the last 372 was extratorque  or some such thing.
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« Reply #16 on: April 15, 2018, 03:26:43 AM »
I want to say the new version coming out is 572, but others will know more than I. I think the XPG designation meant heated handles, I want to say the last 372 was extratorque  or some such thing.

Yes Starmac, You are correct.  Husky 572 is newest 72cc class Husky coming out.  The current X-Torq, has a bit more "low end" than the standard 1st edition 372.  Guess that's why they call it X-Torq.  The "G" stands for generator on the heated handle saws.  Hopefully Husky will solve the main bearing issues with the X-Torq on the new 572's.

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Re: Stihl ms 880 bar size
« Reply #17 on: April 15, 2018, 09:25:57 AM »
as you put shorter bars on the 880 you can start increasing the sprocket size. you have the horsepower to run in a higher gear. I have two saws that get sprocket changes with bar changes. I haven't run an 880 so I cant recommend a sprocket bar ratio for you.

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Re: Stihl ms 880 bar size
« Reply #18 on: April 15, 2018, 09:27:45 AM »
Wicked Work Saws out of Tennessee does great custom porting work and sells new saws ported to your liking. 
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Re: Stihl ms 880 bar size
« Reply #19 on: April 15, 2018, 02:06:31 PM »
Easy to swap out different rim sprockets on the 088 inboard clutch drum. 
With a 25" -28" .404 b/c a 8 tooth .404 rim would be perfect. 
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