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    New Chainsaw Question - What Blade Length?

    So, My trusty old 16" 1970's Montgomery Wards (not JC Penney like I said before) saw is getting on my nerves. Having trouble getting a blade the right length.

    Oh I'll get it fixed up eventually, but I'm thinking of picking up a new chainsaw tomorrow and thought I'd ask a question about blade length.

    All I'll really use it for is a bit of cleanup around the property and occaisonal chopping of logs into firewood size.

    But lets just say that maybe I really want to get into bowl turning and stuff and hunt down fresh logs and stuff for turning , What size chainsaw do you think I should get?

    Any brands to avoid?
    Last edited by Brent Dowell; 04-27-2010 at 01:58 AM. Reason: brand of saw needed changing...
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    I think you will be really amazed at how much nicer modern chainsaws are to use

    The best brand, well that is a Ford vs Chevy thing..... or is that Chevy vs Ford....

    My advice on the best chainsaw to get is to find a good dealer, one that has a shop to work on the saws, and then see which brand they sell. You should get the best service and advice from a good dealer, yes, you may pay less from a big box or such, but, you usually get little service, down the road. Sometimes the dealer will have good deals on reconditioned saws, these can really be a good thing, but I don't know if you will find this kind of thing in your neck of the desert

    For blade length, well the kind of work you do I would imagine an 18" blade would be lots, and with an 18" blade you can cut 36" (cut from both sides) but if you find you REALLY need a second longer blade and chain, they are not that expensive down the road to buy.

    For what you are planing to do, I'd not get too big a saw, you will most likely not use it anyway, and you can get a lot of cutting from a smaller saw, just make sure you have a sharp chain.

    I hope this helped
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    Stu, Thanks for the reply, Gave me some good things to think about!
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    http://www.stihlusa.com/chainsaws/
    Pick one
    At one point I had a super 38 with a 20" bar for felling and a super 28 with a 16" bar for limning and small stuff. I still have the 28 and find that all I need is a 16" bar.
    One thing to keep in mind is that to small a cc saw will run a bigger bar ut not as good. It's that more power thing
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    Stihl user here. (I even have my Stihl hat on as I type.) Would look at 16 or 18 inch bars and all the motor you can afford.

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    another stihl user for 30 yrs, and i too say more motor to run the bar, 16" or 20" the 026 is a great small saw and the 440 is a good 20" saw.
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    I'm a Stihl fan all the way. Last year bought a model with the easy start feature. Wish this had been invented a half century ago.
    For what you describe, I believe the 16" bar is very versatile.
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    Well, hate to disappoint the Stihl fans out there, but I went with an 18" 42cc Poulan... The price was right...

    And to top it all off, I apparently didn't kill the old Montgomery Wards (not JcPenney as I said before) chain saw when I cleaned it with simple green and a hose. Darn thing fired right up today! Just have to go find a new 54 drive tooth chain and then I'll have 2 chain saws.

    I figure I'll use the New one for general use, and the old wards for when I'm cutting stumps close to the ground and the rocks...
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    I don't see a new chainsaw ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Kosmowski View Post
    I don't see a new chainsaw ...
    That's cause it never happened
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