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#1 Bob IN OFFLINE  

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Posted January 18, 2014 - 09:12 PM

I have seen lots of chainsaws with a bow set up. What is it for? Like vs a normal bar setup.


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Posted January 18, 2014 - 09:19 PM

The Stihl bow bar is an alternative cutting bar that loops the chain in a bow shape instead of the standard straight bar installed on most chainsaws. The bow bar allows the chainsaw operator to cut logs from a standing, upright attack angle instead of needing to bend over the keep a traditional straight bar horizontal to the ground. Additionally, the bow bar is equipped with a metal thumb that jambs against a log while cutting, providing a safe, stable cut

Read more: http://www.ehow.com/...l#ixzz2qo4wLKGK

 

A friend of mine said he used his for cutting small trees on a lake dam....put the small tree in the metal thumb and cut away.

 

The problem with the bow blade is....The blade extends downward much lower than a regular chain saw blade. Therefore the moving chain will contact your leg/knee much quicker.

My friend said 3 different people got cut with the same bow blade saw.

 

I would have thrown it away after the 1st fellow got cut!


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Posted January 18, 2014 - 10:00 PM

They are fascinating to watch in action.  They are not necessarily more dangerous than straight bar, but harder to use.  If you are cutting a log bigger than the bow, you can pinch it without having any warning.  Or so I was told.

 

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Posted January 19, 2014 - 01:48 AM

There is a reason you do not see them being sold anymore. 

 

Kick back is a big risk on these types of bars. 



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Posted January 19, 2014 - 08:44 AM

I had a Homelite SXL with a bow set up back in the early 80's when I was cutting and selling firewood. It worked great bucking logs to length for splitting. Up to 18"- 20" rounds. Wish I still had it, sold it to a friend when I stopped selling wood.

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Posted January 19, 2014 - 11:08 AM

My buddy told me the Bow Blade was better because It DIDN"T pinch as easy as a regular chain saw blade.

I don't know because I never used one.



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Posted January 19, 2014 - 11:55 AM

My buddy told me the Bow Blade was better because It DIDN"T pinch as easy as a regular chain saw blade.
I don't know because I never used one.


That is the truth. They can get stuck, but a lot less likely then with a regular bar.
Since I read this thread this am, I looked for bow saw bars on eBay for my saw. Didn't see one that would fit.
I'm still using Homelite SXLs. I sold the bow saw bar but kept the saw. Bought it new in 1982 I believe. Still going strong.




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