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Chainsaw bar length
« on: August 27, 2021, 10:31:07 PM »
Hey guys! It's been awhile since I posted. I want to get a new bar, and I'm pretty sure as to what brand I want to get, I just want opinions on bar length. I run a Jonsered 2071 Turbo, so it could run up to (technically) a 36 incher. Not really interested in something that big. I'm going to be cutting smaller limbs some, not much as I have smaller saws that are easier on the back for that. Mostly 12-20 inch logs with an occasional 26-30 incher. I don't really know what size I should do, so any opinions would be appreciated.

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Re: Chainsaw bar length
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2021, 10:54:47 PM »
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Re: Chainsaw bar length
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2021, 11:08:25 PM »
That would be a good choice, the saw is nicely balanced and has the power to handle it. Cut the larger logs from both sides when necessary. Yes, a 36" will fit but there is no point.
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Re: Chainsaw bar length
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2021, 12:25:51 AM »
20 to 24 sounds good.  I run a 25 on my 046 mag.  I have a 20 and 36 I rarely use on it.  I run a 20 on my 261.  
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Re: Chainsaw bar length
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2021, 05:37:51 AM »
I too put a 20" bar on my 261..
Makes it easier on my back to reach down for grounded logs when cutting up firewood and as much as many say "20" is too big for that saw" it works quite well..
I like most, seldom ever bury the entire length of any bar completely in wood anyway - and even if I did the 261 has the power to pull a 20 easily from my past experiences with hard maple..  
I personally consider any longer bar a bit safer when it comes to kickback as well, verses how quick a shorter bar could 'turn' on you..

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Re: Chainsaw bar length
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2021, 08:32:47 AM »
Back when I was much younger and could bend over without any discomfort, I ran 16" and 18" bars
went to 20" about 20 yrs ago, much better on the back and handles everything I cut but I rarely cut anything over 20" diameter
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Re: Chainsaw bar length
« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2021, 10:43:34 AM »
Ok. Sounds like 24 is the answer. I'll post pics of the new bar at some point.

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Re: Chainsaw bar length
« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2021, 11:06:22 AM »
On my smaller Sthil 211 i run a 16 inch bar&chain on my larger Sthil 261 i run a 18 inch bar&chain.

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Re: Chainsaw bar length
« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2021, 12:55:41 PM »
I run a 20" or 24" on my 2171, either one works quite nicely.
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Re: Chainsaw bar length
« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2021, 01:53:18 PM »
     For a long time I kept my bar lengths short, appropriate to the power and general use of each size saw.  For instance, a 16 b&c on the 261CM and my 036Pro was bought with a 16 b&c.  I'd like to put an 18 or 20 inch set on the 261CM, a 20 inch light set on the 036Pro.  I am coming to realize it's about reach, not as much as the size of the wood being cut.  I do more work cutting field edges back and thinning removing smaller stems from the wood lot than cutting logs.  I seldom need my 462CM 25", but it is handy with large blown down or just fallen down trees. I just "had" to have it!
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