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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 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.
  1. 4 years ago
    Get the upgrade...
    Most of the saws a person will buy will have the Rollomatic E standard guide bar. This is the standard bar that comes on Stihl chainsaws (unless you buy a professional grade). Having said that, the ES allows the user to plunge cut often without worrying about the nose sprocket bearings going out. And if the bearings do go out, you can get a new nose assembly and not have to plunk down the dollars for a new bar. I would definitely recommend this product to the individual who wants a little ... read more durability in a bar. And even if you're not plunge cutting often, the novice user has the option-if they ever wear the tip out-to replace a smaller/more inexpensive part.
  2. 2 years ago
    Quality Durability and Dependable
    These bars appear to be tough!! I was looking for a tough 32” bar for the MS661 R C-M to fit between the 25” & 36” Rollomatic ES Light. The quality is outstanding and you can immediately see the difference between this and the laminated “green” bars. These somehow feel more solid and are machines from a solid bar (not tack welded together). Maybe it’s my interpretation but it looks like these can really take abuse and keep going. They are a bit heavy when stacked up against the ES Light but ... read more “WHAT A TANK!!” On the MS661 the 32” feels a bit nose heavy but not too bad. The price is a bit less than the ES Light bar and a bit more weight. If I were to use it all day I’d absolutely go with the ES Light, but for basic work, the price is right for the quality on the ES Rollomatic.
  3. 2 years ago
    ES Bars
    As a novice, read non-professional, I have an older 460 that came with a 25" ES bar. It's usually more than I need, but I'd like to have a bar with 20" of EFFECTIVE cutting. Unfortunately this puts me in a tough spot since a 20" ES bar may give 18.5" or so of actual cutting. I'd rather use a green bar to be safe, but it's a shame there are no options for a super bar between 20-25" (in green). PS - What happened to the days when I could look up bars & chains by Stihl PN on the site?
  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. 6 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
    Perfect For Top Handle Saws
    Have 14 inch E Light bar on my 020T. Its perfect for these saws. Lightweight but strong. Balances well. I'm sure these light bars would be great on any small saw. I recommend for the MS 170, 180 saws that benefit from chain upgrade to .050 guage from the anemic .043 ga. standard.
  2. 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.
  3. 3 years ago
    Excellent Guide Bar
    This is a really great guide bar ! Any one who owns an arbor saw needs one of these
  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. 1 year 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. 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
  2. 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!
  3. 2 years ago
    The standard in bars
    A great bar that holds up to medium to heavy use well. The standard to measure other manufacturers products. Been using these for years with no issues. None.
  1. 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.
  2. 3 years ago
    Lightest and strongest
    I fall timber for a living and ran several types of bars especially the light weights on steep ground and the Stihl light bars are the best they last they are not floppy and throw chains when your limbing fast or back baring your face cut and I think they feel lighter then the other brands in the same bar length it's the best of both worlds the strength and ridgedness of the regular bars without the weight
  3. 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 066 Magnum was ready to be retired, so I replaced it with a new MS-661 R-CM. I viewed the Rollomatic ES 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 066 Magnum! I'm turning wicked chain speed with that sprocket set-up, too. It screams! This bar ... read more has superior hardened steel for longevity. I decided to buy a lighter saw, as well, rather than pack a heavier saw around all day long. So, I bought an MS-362 C-EM and outfitted it with a 20" Rollomatic ES Light. When you pick it up, it is perfectly balanced fore-and-aft at the handle! Double the pleasure; double the fun!
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