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Time for a bigger Stihl??

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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.
Nice looking dog. GSD?

You think the 362 with 20" bar would be a good choice? It looks like a nice saw. Can it handle the occasional extra large oak?
I think the 362 would be a great choice for you. It is not too big but has adequate power above the smaller ones. It can run up to a 25" bar if you find that you need something bigger than the 20". It will do wonders with the 20" bar. It is a "pro saw" which despite all the arguments that ensue when that term is used means that it is composed of higher quality components and will last longer as well as having some features that make using it all day longer easier on you.
Being a bit bigger it will handle dropping a larger tree much better than the smaller saws. I know you said that you were going to have the Cat's push them over for now, but you don't know what the future will have you doing.
You will like the saw for certain.
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