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    Time for a bigger Stihl??

    Well, I'm getting ready to finally pull the trigger on a clearing job. After putting a beating on my 3320 and grapple, I decided it was time to call in the big boys to finish the job. The plan is to use a dozer and excavator with thumb to finish the job.

    Here's my question... Currently I have a Stihl with a 16" bar. I'm going to have trees stacked up everywhere after this job. Do you think I need a bigger saw?? Here are some pics of the trees.
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    If you are going to drop these yourself get a bigger saw. You don't say which Stihl you have but the 16" bar indicates that it is a smaller one. I have and like the 460 and have a 28" bar as well as an 026 running a 20" for smaller stuff. You might be good with the 361/362 but it is hard to tell the exact diameter of the trees. You will rarely regret having a bigger saw unless the weight gets to you.
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    A lot of the trees in the pics could be handled with a 16 inch, but I personally like an 18 inch for bucking stuff on the ground to reduce backpain. It's funny, but the extra 2 inches does make a difference. Now, depending on the model of your saw maybe you can just buy an 18 inch bar and chains. This would be a bad move if you don't have an adjustable oiler that you can crank up for the extra length. However, it sounds like you expect a lot of trees down at once so will you chip everything under 8 inches? Limbing smaller stuff gets to be a drag real quick. Any real hardwoods( oak and hickory etc. ) if allowed to dry off the stump will be tougher cutting and harder on chain life. For that reason, I would look for the saw with an adjustable oiler and chose a chain that is semi-chisel(RM) it stays sharper longer in dry,dirty wood than a full-chisel (RS). I currently have 3 saws MS362 w/20 and 25 inch, MS280 W/18 inch and a MS250 w/16 inch that I converted to PICCO chain and corresponding bar.
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    Thanks for the comments guys. Your info is very helpful.

    I'll be moving to this property as soon as the house is done (probably the fall). There are some trees on the property that are huge oak trees I can't wrap my arms around. I'm leaving those up for now and planning on taking down about 500 by 100 feet of what you see in the picture. The plan is to have the dozer and excavator push these trees over and then stack them up. I'll start cutting and chipping after that. I just got home and snapped a picture of my current saw. It's a MS 250C.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Furu View Post
    Nice looking dog. GSD?
    Thank you. He is a GSD who just turned 4. He's a great pal who has taken over the passenger seat in my truck

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    I have the same saw, Stihl MS250C and it has the 18" bar so I know you can replace the bar and chain. Not sure but I think you can get a 20" bar and chain. I went with the 18" the 20" seemed to ba a lot of bar for the saw to handle.

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    I have the same saw and 18" bar as well. Its a great little saw and handles the 18" just fine. My saw has the EZ start system .
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    Thanks guys. I didn't even consider an 18" bar for mine. That might just do the trick!

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    Anybody have a Stihl Farm Boss? Looks like a pretty nice saw. With the 20" bar, it's about $400.

    Also, if any GTT members are near southeast Michigan, I'll load you up with all the firewood you can hall at no charge

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    I have a farm boss w/ an 18" bar, it cuts well, but I am no logger....for dealing w/ big oaks you might want something bigger still???
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