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least expensive 20" Stihl

Post in 'The Gear' started by mikedengineer, Dec 12, 2005.

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  1. mikedengineer

    mikedengineer New Member

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    I'm looking to buy a new 20" stihl. I currently have a 16" (021 or 023 I forget) stihl that I love. I just need a few more inches... no comments please. :p

    Yeah. Anyway, so what model or models would be good. I don't need anything fancy for options like the quick knobs or easy start. Just a 20" stihl.

    I didn't think I could put a 20" bar on mine because I figured it wouldn't have enough power, but would that work?

    -Mike

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  2. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    If it is an 023 then it is a 3.3 HP saw and should handle a 20 inch bar just fine. In fact the recommeded bars for the saw were 13 to 20 inches.
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    Get a .325 pitch bar and chain. It's narrower than 3/8-pitch chain so it draws less power, but should cut just as fast. Keep it sharp, and you should be OK.
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    mikedengineer New Member

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    Thanks! I'll try that.


    -Mike
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    mikedengineer New Member

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    I looked, it's a O21. Think it's still worth a try? I'm wondering if there is enough HP to do the cutting.

    Maybe if I buy that special chain and keep her sharp it'll be OK.

    I'll buy that bar and chain for next years cutting unless someone has other advice for me.

    -Mike
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