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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. 1 year 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. 6 years ago
    one of the best bars made
    I have always bought the es bars with my saws unless they already had them, I prefer the widenose 6 rivet sprockets for extra plunge cutting durability.
  3. 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.
  1. 11 months 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.
  2. 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!
  1. 1 year 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!
  2. 1 year 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!
  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. 1 year 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!
  2. 3 years ago
    Once you go LIGHT, you might say "A'IGHT!"
    I will seriously never buy another standard bar again!!! While the LIGHT is more expensive, it IS 100% worth the price!!! I was running my 661 with a standard 28" Bar and it never really felt heavy to me... until the end of the day when the 97° heat and costal Southeast humidity caught up with me. Now, I'm running my 661 with a 28" ES LIGHT. Man, what a difference! It feels like I'm only running a 20" bar! I'm kind of mad I didn't switch a few years sooner!
  3. 4 years ago
    Makes limbing and bucking alot easier
    Started using this 32" .50 gauge bar on a 461 falling mainly fire killed trees in the Central Sierra Nevada forests. I was a bit skeptical at how flexible this bar was thinking it would bend easy but have found it is holding up well for all the falling, bucking and limbing work I have put it through. Have a few thousand trees into it so far and have alot more to go but I like the lighter weight on the bar tip which makes limbing easier. I will likely change over all my bars over here soon.
  1. 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
  2. 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!!
  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. 5 years ago
    Good bar but has its limits.
    I use this bar on my 044 for cutting tall stumps down for my grinding operation. I have the oil turned all the way up to keep the bar lubricated but it still seems to get hot and it likes to track sideways even with a new chain.
  3. 4 years ago
    Best laminated bar built in The USA .
    Top quilaty beats brand O hands down. Been using this 18" .325 bar on a MS 250 and it cuts very straight in Oak and Loctus. Cut a couple of truck loads of fire wood. Haven't even skuffed the paint on the bar . Or smeered the logo. You will have to seriously blunder to creese this bar. Wish I could run them on my other brand saws.
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