Longer chainsaw bar

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Can a longer bar be put on the 16" chainsaw? Need about a 20"
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I would imagine any bar with the same mounting points would fit, though I have not verified a longer bar exists that will.  Remember that the bar is only half the story... a matching chain would need to be sourced as well, and I'm not sure whether narrow kerf blades are available that long?

You would have to temper your expectations if you put a 20" bar on a 16" saw of any kind, especially if it's thicker than the factory chain/bar combination.  Increasing the cut length by 25% will put proportionally more load on the saw, requiring much more patience while cutting.  A razor sharp blade should be a priority, and impeccable technique/support as well to keep the log from pinching the chain and bar.
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An unapproved bar and chain would be a warranty breaker...:(

The extra chain length might be enough to lead to an early failure of the drive gear...:(
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Good point about the warranty. I don’t think the saw internals would care about the chain length as you can overload the saw with the 16” bar just by pushing too hard. Overload protection is built in to keep the motor and drive gear safe.
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This is an interesting topic... I also wonder "how" to get to this. The EGO bar/chain is a bit narrower than "normal" (though it seems to become a more common size lately...).

On the other hand, I had to cut a fairly sizable tree this summer with my EGO 16in. It was a "dual" pine (two trunk joined at the base). Each trunk were about 16in at the junction point, so I was able to deal with them fairly easily. Both were about 40-45 feet tall, however, the junction was at about 4 feet above ground and the size below that was roughly oval (due to the dual trunk), about 20in on one axis and about 28-30in on the other. On both axis, the chain saw was not "exiting through". 

Guys around were laughing, saying a battery powered chainsaw will never be able to get this done. But it did. I just circled the cut all around. I recorded it to prove the fact :) Everybody laughing was surprised and impressed... and not laughing anymore... 

Theoretically, the 16in can nearly cut 32in... (more less, you do have to maneuver as you cut...). Starts to be a quite significant size... so going to a 20in bar/chain is interesting, but it means you have one heck of a tree to put down... I am impressed with how capable this chain saw is, but I still think there is a size limit from which you need to start thinking about a more "heavy duty" saw...     
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Great report Simon.  Glad to hear the saw is working so well for you.
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Good job, Simon!

The biggest tree I dropped with my Ego 16” was about 17-18” around... not too big but big enough that I had to go at it from both sides to get the notch cut. That was a cedar, guessing about 50’ tall or so:

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Yes we have been very happy with all of our Ego products. We have the same issue Simon. Most of our trees were easily doable but we have a couple that are dual trunked because they weren't trimmed properly and we are trying to clean them up as they are becoming a fall hazard. We get a lot of comments too about a battery chainsaw not being able to do the work of a gas. Frankly it does just as good if not better. My husband said he thinks it cuts much better than his gas Stihl. There are a few times when we need a larger bar mostly because it is so tall and our drop space is limited (we don't want to drop it on the fence or into the crops or the house or other trees - surrounded by obtacles) he wants to be up there as short of time as possible. Otherwise, this thing is great! 
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