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Discussion in 'Chainsaws and Power Equipment' started by JW IN VA, Feb 14, 2020.

  1. JW IN VA

    JW IN VA

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    I should know this ,but.
    Will going from an 18" ar to a 16" bar make any difference when you are only cutting 12"-14" diameter or less?
    Seems like it shouldn't matter.
     
  2. Eric VW

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    Just have to bend 2” further. :hair:
    Good reason to go with a 20” bar :yes:
    (Depending on the saw, of course)....
     
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    JW IN VA

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    Thanks. That's what I thought but I wanted to be sure.I'd run a 20" if I could get one.Oregon only goes to 18" for my model.

    .325 pitch and.063 groove
     
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    You’ll sharpen the 16” a tad bit faster
     
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    What saw are you putting this on?
     
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    Going from an 18" to a 16" will gain a little bit of oomph due to the chain dragging on the bar and it will oil a bit better.
     
  7. Dumf

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    Go with shorter bar JW. Now that you're into 4 score plus years, shorter means less strain, easier sharpening.
    Forget the " 2" bending" with a longer bar. Use a log hook or other tool to raise the log for bucking anyhow.
    Besides, there is a loss of torque and power with longer bars. Learn to bore or plunge cut safely for trunks thicker than the bar.
    It's fun to plunge that sharp chain ( need sharp for this ) straight into a trunk on both sides. Many videos and experienced users around to show you how.
     
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