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Great info, appreciate all the advice!!

Not a fan of the electric saw, I'm not too worried about being quite in the deer woods since most of my work will be done before May. 

Will pick something up over the next month or so. 

 

 

 

 

 

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I have a few Stihl saws and they get my vote. Just thought I’d add I prefer the smallest bar a particular saw runs. For example I have an MS 360. My 24 inch bar almost never gets used anymore because the 20 inch rips much better. I’ve been thinking of picking up an 18 inch bar.
1) I don’t want to deal with 20-24 inch diameter logs anymore.
2) give me the torque of a small bar any day.


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4 minutes ago, Farmshine said:

I have a few Stihl saws and they get my vote. Just thought I’d add I prefer the smallest bar a particular saw runs. For example I have an MS 360. My 24 inch bar almost never gets used anymore because the 20 inch rips much better. I’ve been thinking of picking up an 18 inch bar.
1) I don’t want to deal with 20-24 inch diameter logs anymore.
2) give me the torque of a small bar any day.


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My MS362 can cut 36" tree with 18" bar.   It covers a lot of needs. And as others have noted the porting in the commercial models are just "different", giving way more torque, at a lighter weight. Weight makes a huge difference when you cut all day - especially on the elbow and wrist

 

 

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I have a Stihl ms170 its there cheapest saw its only a 16" Bar. I am not an arbor I use it for hunting and if I need some bon fire wood. I do use it pretty often. I use the echo red premix gas from Home depot. Its a good saw Its not for cutting down big trees. 

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23 hours ago, JerseyJaysTaxidermy said:

16-18" is plenty of blade

 

19 hours ago, Nanuk said:

 Buy a few chains and keep it outta the dirt. 

Yes and Yes.  You are more likely to hit dirt with a longer bar,  as soon as you do your chain is dull.  The best saw in the world is useless if your chain is dull.  

I have the same saw as Jack and like him I replaced the 24" bar with an 18".  

 

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my favorite job ever was working for a tree service. i was in the best shape of my life. i was in the tree service when sandy hit:shock: we were renting light towers to cut trees off houses at night. non stop work with alot of pizza breaks. 

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