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Time for a Chainsaw need Rx

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by DoctaGlockta, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. MofoG23


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    Sep 19, 2003
    Pittsburgh, PA

    if you plan to use a 24-30" bar, a Stihl 361 would be the smallest saw I'd recommend. A 460 would be better suited for that application.

    Any saw in the 60-70cc range should be your baseline for a bar of that size.

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  2. Black Smoke Trail

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    24 -30 inch bars is getting into the big hp range of saws if you are truly going to use all of that bar length. You will also need a LOT more hp to drive the chisel head tooth chain used on a bar of this size.

    Based on the use I have put my O-66 to, I would not go with anything less than the Stihl MS 441 or its variants the MS 460 would be more to my liking. Unless you have a very specific application or are cutting some REALLY big trees, I would not go much longer than a 24 inch bar unless you like sharpening saw chains alot as it is MUCH more difficult to keep enough cutting pressure on the bar to prevent burning the edge on the cutter heads and sticking the chain into the ground.

    You can always keep a 30 inch bar and chain on the shelf for those times you really need it but for most use, the 24 inch bar is plenty. I have cut 3 to 4 ft. diameter black walnut and oak trees with a 24 inch bar without much problem, even larger diameters on trees that were hollowed out.

    For that size bar, I would recommend the MS 460 or MS 660.