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Guide Bars

High-quality guide bars for your chainsaw

There’s a reason STIHL chainsaws have a long-standing reputation for...
There’s a reason STIHL chainsaws have a long-standing reputation for quality. It’s because we take very seriously the design and construction of critical components like our guide bars. We manufacture our guide bars with the same strict quality control standards as our chainsaws so they work hand in hand to deliver the power and performance you’ve come to expect from STIHL. All STIHL guide bars have induction heat-treated edges to give high wear resistance. The heat treating process hardens the rails while allowing the rest of the bar to remain flexible. This makes it less likely for the bar to have a permanent bend if it were flexed during use. Our guide bars are also symmetrical. Over time, they can be flipped over to spread out the wear, increasing the service life of the bar.

STIHL guide bars range from 10" (found on our tree-trimming pole pruners) to an incredible 59" (used in extreme felling operations). STIHL manufactures over eighty bar configurations to match the unique cutting requirements of our hardworking chainsaws. All are laser cut from tough, wear-resistant steel and feature our exclusive Ematic™ Bar Lubrication System. This technology ensures pinpoint lubrication where it’s needed most: the saw chain links and guide bar rails.

When used with STIHL OILOMATIC® saw chains, our guide bars provide maximum lubrication, longer wear and up to 50% less oil consumption than conventional chain lubrication methods. No matter how you look at it, our guide bars make the cut.

STIHL recommends using low-kickback, green-labeled chain and green-labeled reduced-kickback bars on all powerheads.

* The actual listed guide bar length can vary from the effective cutting length depending upon which powerhead it is installed.
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  1. 2 years ago
    The "OLD FAITHFUL" of Chainsaw Bars
    I have run this bar in 24" & 28" lengths since 1981 on 041 AVES & 066 Magnum saws up until this year. NONE of the bars I ever ran failed due to lack of quality or workmanship! I wasn't the kindest sawyer either as I dished out a lot of abuse & they came back for more. I flipped 'em & dressed 'em until the groove was about gone. I've cut softwood & hardwood, clean wood & dirty wood, live wood & dead wood...including roots! The replaceable tips last as long as the solid tips do, as long as you ... read more take care of them. These bars have outlasted me. I'll turn 65 in a month so this senior has opted for the ROLLOMATIC ES Light on his new MS 661 R-CM & MS 362 C-M. It is my initial impression that the ES & ES Light are both TOUGH AS NAILS!
  2. 4 years ago
    Excellent - Wish more sizes were available and longer bars were less expensive
    I've been running Stihl Rollomatic ES bars for years. They wear great and are extremely durable. I do, however, wish Stihl offered more sizes in the larger bars. I like running 3/8" chain on everything, and have had great luck running it on long bars. Stihl only offers 3/8" pitch Rollomatic bars up to 36", and doesn't even offer a 47" .404 bar anymore. Also, the pricing on the longer bars has gotten a bit ridiculous. Those issues aside, I will continue to run ES bars for all of my saws in the ... read more sizes that fit my needs.
  3. 2 years ago
    I’m a believer
    I’ve run my 661CM hard with this bar (25 in). This bar can take a lot of punishment. Coupled with a STIHL chain, it makes the most of your powerhead. They aren’t cheap but very few quality products are. This is a great bar.
  1. 5 years ago
    Best bar I have ever used.
    The Stihl Duramatic E . Proving it's durability, this bar has been through a lot of cutting in the amount of time spent using this, it's really shown that it can handle whatever is thrown at in the past few years. I have cut everything from small limbs to felling, to bucking, to flush cutting 40 inch stumps, this bar has stood up to the punishment. Proving itself and outlasting any other bar 3 to 1. This is my bar of choice!
  2. 2 years ago
    BEST Choice for Demanding Conditions & Plunge Cutting
    I opted for this Bar in a 41" length on my MS-880 R "BAKERIZED" Hi-Performance/Timbersports Custom Pro Chainsaw. This saw's aftermarket engine modification is cranking-out unreal power. I prefer to stay away from roller tips when cutting dirty logs or close to the ground, such as flush-cutting stumps. However, I also recommend a solid tip whenever plunge cutting. Since I have boosted horsepower, I also opted for an 8-Tooth Sprocket and the resulting higher Chain speed. I'm running .404/.063 ... read more RSF Chain. The increased arc over the length of the Duromatic E Bar helps keep your cuts straighter than those using the Rollomatic-series Bars. This Bar does not flex as much as the Rollomatic-series, so it should be the obvious choice when opting for an extra-long Bar. The newer Duromatic E Bars do have the angular Oil Delivery Holes. However, I have not run into any problems with adequate Oil delivery to the Chain on my 41" Bar. The Oil Delivery Holes on the longer Bars are of larger diameter. My MS-880's Oil Pump is set at the nominal factory "E" setting & my 41" Bar is plenty wet as it should be.
  1. 2 years ago
    Small enough for delicate work, but tough too
    The Rollomatic E Mini has been in my like pruner for a few years now and it has held up perfectly. I’ve run it cutting stringy palm branch stems and it seems to not clog up at all. I use it now in North Carolina and pinched it in cuts, side loaded it while cutting fallen tree hung up in another tree and it keeps coming back for more! It’s small enough to get into right areas and make a delicate cut, but tough enough to take down some serious branches too. I run Stihl Platinum Bar and Chain Oil ... read more in it and it still looks new! Pretty tough piece of equipment!!
  2. 7 years ago
    MS180 C-BE
    I bought my first chain saw this spring, Stihl MS180 C-BE and I love it. I can use it for limbing branches to bucking 22-40" logs I was amazed the saw cut thru Oak that was 22" and made it look easy. I've just got to the end of the break in period of my new saw and the power is under estimated it cuts like a big 3-4 hp saw with a bigger bar and chain would. Also the easystart is an amazing thing to have, my buddy pulled out his poulin pro when I got my new Stihl MS180 C-BE and I got the pull ... read more cord to 3/4 then with fingers, then the last 1/4 pulls is what starts the saw, no need to pull hard at all. My buddys poulin pro took 5 minutes to start and his arm hurt once it started. It's CHAINSAW TIME! Love my Stihl
  1. 2 years ago
    20” Rollomatic on MS661 Pro Saw
    So in the description it lists this bar for small to medium machines. I’m running it on the 2nd to the biggest saw STIHL makes with no issues. I bought a 20” Rollomatic E Standard in order to spare the miles on my ES Light and RSK chains for break in and for dirty cutting and clean up to keep the cost down and more availability. I’m very impressed with the bar especially for the cost! I’ve cut all day breaking in the 91cc saw and not even the paint is smudged! I’m running Stihl Platinum Bar ... read more and Chain Lubricant through it and it still looks new!! Looks like this one is a winner. It is heavier then the Light Weight ES bar but the cost is much lower as well. Great Value for the money!
  2. 6 years ago
    Never have heard a complaint from anyone.
    Stihl® bars are built to handle all the abuse you can give them. Quality of materials is top notch. Never see premature wear on them.
  3. 3 years ago
    Thumbs up
    Good bar. No real complaints about it especially for a it comes with the saw bar. I will be upgrading to ES bar eventually though because why not get the upgrade
  1. 3 months ago
    Amazing
    I bought a 36" for my ms660 because I have some extreme bucking on some very large trees I recently dropped and @ 65 raising a heavy saw repeatedly is tiring. It made a huge difference. Don't think for a minute think light means flexible. The bar is still tuff. It is more expensive than I thought it should be. But very well made.
  2. 4 years ago
    A must have for the serious wood cutter
    I bought a 28 inch ES Light bar for my Ms 460, It would usually be wearing a 20 inch b / c for most of my cutting. In working some recent storm damaged trees that were all tangled up, I wanted some more reach to keep my distance, but also wanted to keep the saw well balanced. The 28 inch bar made the work so much easier, great balance, increased reach without leaning over, durable, somewhat rigid, no flexing with added bar length. Typical Stihl quality is evident through out, metal, welds, ... read more paint are all top notch. A little pricey, but if not abused, the bar should last a long, time and offset the up front extra cost.
  3. 7 years ago
    the 044 with rollomatic es lite bar
    i have been a timber cutter in northwest washington for 20 years . i run a hopped up 044 with a 32'' es light bar . i love the power of my saw . and the relieability is hands down over outher makes . the reason that i run this combination is that i have had two back surgerys on my low back . wich makes working even harder . so weight plays a very large part .
  1. 2 years ago
    Rollomatic E Light -Upgrade for Smaller Saws -MS170
    I bought a new MS170 on the dealer days sale and like it for the light work, HOWEVER! The chain was really small and the sprocket hammered the drive links so badly it threw the chain off a dozen times before even the first tank of gas was through it. I made the decision to upgrade from the 3/8 PMM chain to the 3/8 PM chain and install a Rollomatic E Light bar to be able to run a wider kerf and stronger drive links. I’m only using it to cut smaller stuff so weight was a consideration for carrying ... read more it around and maneuvering it to cut branches and brush. I didn’t want to get “bogged down” with weight after buying a saw for its light total weight benefits. This bar was perfect for the upgrade and functions perfectly while running the stronger and wider chain. I kept the 16” bar length that the saw was originally equipped with and went with a heavier duty bar/chain without increasing the total weight of the saw. The quality is great and it’s a German Made part, so the highest standards of build quality. It’s not the cheapest bar for he saw, but the benefits of this bar outweigh the cost penelty. Upgrades done to MS170 16” Rollomatic E Light 63PM-55 Chain Stihl MS181 Bumper Spikes Stihl MS250 Side Tensioner Swap The Rollomatic E Light bar is the perfect easily upgradable part for an already good small saw to make it a real performer that can take a beating with beating you up! Highly recommended upgrade!
  2. 2 years ago
    The BEST chainsaw bar on the market, BAR none!
    After many years of timber falling, the old bones deserved a break. Stihl delivered! My old MS 066 Magnum was ready to be retired, so I replaced it with a new MS 661 R-CM. I viewed the Rollomatic E Light bar skeptically, but decided to take a chance. I outfitted this saw with an 8-tooth sprocket and chose the 32" bar length. The balance of this saw is better, even though I had a 28" bar on the old MS 066! I'm turning wicked chain speed with that sprocket set-up, too. It screams! This bar has ... read more superior hardened steel for longevity. I decided to buy a lighter saw, as well, rather than pack a heavier saw around all day long. I bought an MS 362 C E-M & outfitted it with a 20" Rollomatic E Light. When you pick it up, it is perfectly balanced fore-and-aft at the handle! Double the pleasure; double the fun!
  3. 2 years ago
    Older you get the lighter the better
    I had this bar on my 200 and it was a nice setup. When climbing with a saw you tend to want something light you won't get fatigued with using so I think a light bar is a safe way to lighten a saw.
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