When buying a chainsaw, you’ll probably have a choice of bar length to go with the size power head you’ve chosen. Bar length is measured from cutting tip to where the chain enters the engine housing. Though the standard bar lengths on homeowner saws are fourteen inches, sixteen inches, eighteen inches, and twenty inches, bars can be as short as eight inches or as long as forty-two-inches (but leave anything exceeding twenty inches to the pros). The preference is to put a shorter bar on whatever power head size is needed. A shorter bar is lighter and easier to manipulate and less likely to reach beyond where you want it to, possibly contacting and object and kickback.
You may think that because you can cut from both sides of a log or tree trunk? A fourteen-inch-long bar can cut through a twenty-eight-inch diameter log. That may be, but there is something else to consider here. Is the engine powerful enough to cut through a twenty-eight-inch diameter log? And is it safe? What it takes is the correct combination of engine size and bar length to get the job done efficiently. For safest cutting, the bar should be two inches longer than the largest wood you intend to cut. The effective bar length is reduced when cutting harder wood and when running saw chain with less efficient cutter teeth.
GUIDE BAR LENGHT
|Task||Recommended bar lenght|
|Trimming/removing a hedge||No more than 16’’|
|Pruning trees||12’’ or less|
|Limbing||12’’ – 14’’|
|Small tree felling||12’’ – 14’’|
|Light firewood cutting (under 10’’ diameter)||14’’ – 16’’|
|Moderate size tree felling||16’’ – 18’’|
|Medium firewood cutting||16’’ – 18”|
|Large log cutting||18’’+|
The Victar chainsaw can be used for cross-cutting of logs with a diameter of 50 cm or 1 meter if you saw the log both ways.