Chainsaws - Is bigger better?

Hoytman

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Jan 6, 2020
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Ohio
Larger saws are better for larger diameter trees and smaller saws are better for smaller diameter trees. I dont use the larger saw for cutting smaller wood and don't use a small saw for cutting large wood. I use the saw that is most appropriate for the cutting to be done. I don't use a larger saw for smaller wood because there's no reason to be carrying the extra weight all that time. If you have a good saw and a sharp chain and your cutting techniques are good and your not cutting more than the saws designed to cut.. its should cut pretty fast..
Very good advice if you can afford more than one saw and cut often enough to warrant another saw.

Over 40 years ago my dad and I had access to a lot of cut tree tops thanks to a neighbor who was a logger. This gave us access to lots of other wood as well. Maple, ash, oaks, plenty of dead elm then, as well as plenty of hedge and locust. That elm, dead from the blight for many years was hard as concrete it seemed. Sparks would fly when you cut into it and it went through sharp chains by the dozen each day of cutting.

Dad could only afford one saw, an 041 Farm Boss that he out a 16” bar on. Obviously, a lot of saw for such a short bar. As one member already mentioned, that set-up back then was an attention getter to be sure easily tackling 30” wood although having to make two quick cuts. Again, we cut mostly large tree tops. Back then there were a lot of oaks around here with mighty big limbs.

So, yes. The idea of a small bar on a bigger saw can be an advantage without buying a saw way too big. More power, less fatigue. Speed and torque are two different things.
 

salecker

Minister of Fire
Aug 22, 2010
1,253
Northern Canada
Speed is how fast you hit the wall...
Torque is how far you take the wall with you.
 
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oilstinks

Minister of Fire
Jan 25, 2008
501
western NC
I love my Stihl 460. I get frustrated when cutting yellow locust with my husq 55 after using the stihl. It has been tuned with a dual port muffler cover. Next I my try timing advance. My father in law's 361 is no slouch either. Night and day difference when you have a "pro" saw. Next one I'd like to add is a 372xp.
 
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Deets

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Sep 7, 2020
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Northern IL
I love my Stihl 460. I get frustrated when cutting yellow locust with my husq 55 after using the stihl. It has been tuned with a dual port muffler cover. Next I my try timing advance. My father in law's 361 is no slouch either. Night and day difference when you have a "pro" saw. Next one I'd like to add is a 372xp.
You’d probly be better off with a better limbing saw instead of that 55. A 346, 550, or 261 are some pretty sweet little saws
 

oilstinks

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Jan 25, 2008
501
western NC
I do have a MS210 in the mix.
 

qwee

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Jan 17, 2013
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I’d like to drink beer and watch someone else tell me which saw is the best
Stihl 461. This one seems pretty good - only a couple of pounds heavier than a farmboss/rancher with twice the horsepower.
 

Nealm66

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Sep 25, 2020
597
Western Washington
Well, I can tell you that sometimes I would sub for another contractor if in between jobs and perception of unknown guys when they throw they’re crap in the crew bus and they see a bunch of tape wrapped around things it can raise a few eye lids. Luckily I had no other issues but it did raise some questions sometimes. Nothing worse than that dam thing popping apart and giving half throttle till you take it apart and fix it. Those days are over but I still dink around with some resi work on the side and I still tape it up when brand new and it still gets some weird looks ha ha