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Post in 'The Gear' started by thewoodlands, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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    Those are the bar sizes I have used so far and I have the 36 for milling if the mill ever gets in. Looking for something bigger then the 20 for bucking when using the 660, what would be a nice size bar be for some of the old maples we have that will come down sometime.




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  2. lukem

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    24 is a good size. You have to get into some big stuff before it is too small, but is still a manageable size for normal use. I've used one a couple times and might get one for my saw too.
  3. thewoodlands

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    Just saw on ebay a 660 with a twenty five inch bar, 24 or 25 sounds good.






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  4. Thistle

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    One thing to remember is that with the alaskan mill you lose some capacity once its clamped on the bar.36" bar & mill size means max is 32" logs.

    I'd suggest 28" or 30" bars for possible future use on those bigger trees you mentioned.My Poulan 475 & recently purchased used Husky 288XP have the same mount pattern,so I use 24" or 36" on either powerhead,depending on my needs at the time.Gonna order 30" b/c combo in a few weeks,if finances allow it.
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    I really like the 28" on my 7900. I leave it on all the time. It's a bit nose heavy, but it saves a lot of bending.
    I went to buy a RSC chain for my 270 yesterday, but the dealer didn't have an 18" chain. I was thinking about switching to a 16" anyway, so he sold me a b&c for 'his cost', which was $45 and change with tax. Don't know if that's good or not, it was my first visit to a Stihl dealer. I'll see how I like it Monday.
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    I have a 14,20,28,32,41.....My Favorite it the 28. Think I have a 16 to.
  7. thewoodlands

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    Dropped the 310 off this morning and picked up the 28 inch bar with two chains for the 660.




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  8. maxed_out

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    Hey zap, keep in mind if you ever need to borrow a 42 inch bar+chain I'd be glad to send it up to yah. Its set for 3/8 chain-I'd suspect it would fit on your 660.
  9. thewoodlands

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    Thanks for the offer maxed_out, most trees that big on our property would be pine and maybe a few old maples.






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  10. smokinj

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    Ahhh I remember mine looking that good wished I would have took a pic! Those es bar do really hold up even the paint....... :cheese:
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    I cut most of a cord the other day with the new Stihl bar on my 270, and it does still look like new. I think the paint started wearing off after a couple of cuts with both my Oregon and Carlton bars.
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    zap, I have a 25 inch for cutting on the 660, it is a geat size. 28 should be nice too. 36 is saved mainly for milling with me too. You could have just bought that mill straight from Granberg and had it in a couple of days.
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    That should give a nice balance for the 660 power head. I would think that the 25" was also a good contender. Its a bit nose heavy on the 361, but you have a little more weight that would have balanced it out nicely. Awesome setup, Zap.
  14. maxed_out

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    Hey Zap nothin wrong with a nice slab of adk pine. 42 inches would make a nice island or bartop. I'd take a piece if you ever got one like that.
  15. thewoodlands

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    We have some big ones still standing so I will take the tape back in and see how big.




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  16. thewoodlands

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    maxed_out, looks like 32 inches wide is the biggest I can go with the 36 inch bar.




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  17. Bigg_Redd

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    I put a 25 on my new saw. I don't recommend it, per se, but I don't not recommend it either

    I am here to help

    You are welcome
  18. maxed_out

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    zap, Yeah I guess you lose a little for the mounting setup. Still not too shabby. Have you started milling anything yet?
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    Not yet, I'm waiting for the aux. oiler and mini mill which should be in next Friday or the following week.




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