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Round file size for Oregon 90PX chain?
« on: November 19, 2017, 08:49:36 AM »
My brother got an electric chainsaw that uses Oregon 90PX chain (3/8" pitch, Narrow Kerf). We've been looking up the spec for the round file to use when sharpening, and are finding conflicting reports.

In one place, we found Oregon specs saying 4.5mm (= 0.177"), but in other places we're seeing 3/16" (0.187", probably close enough to 4.5mm to ignore the difference?). Both of these seem too big for the chain. We've found other places saying to use 5/32".

I thought that 91PX was the same cutter, just in a 0.050" gauge (as apposed to the 90PX 0.043" gauge). Everything we see for the 91PX says to use 5/32".

I have an email in to Oregon just to check if their literature saying 4.5mm is a typo, but don't expect to hear back from them for a while. If any of you use this chain, what size file are you using?
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Re: Round file size for Oregon 90PX chain?
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2017, 09:44:26 AM »
Thanks, Lee. I found that, but it does not mention 90PX. Is it the same cutter as 90S or 90SG? I thought it was the same cutter as the 91PX.
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Re: Round file size for Oregon 90PX chain?
« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2017, 09:51:05 AM »
I have no idea. I was looking for something else and saw this and thought it might help you.
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Re: Round file size for Oregon 90PX chain?
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2017, 09:55:26 AM »
I think a 3/16 would do fine. It would be 4.75 mm
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Re: Round file size for Oregon 90PX chain?
« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2017, 09:57:48 AM »
Well, at least that makes 2 official Oregon places I've seen 4.5mm for something in the 90-series, so maybe it's not a typo. Baileys is one of the places saying 90PX uses a 5/32" file.

We'll try the 3/16 and see how it goes. It just seems big for such a small cutting tooth.
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Re: Round file size for Oregon 90PX chain?
« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2017, 10:04:55 AM »
5/32 would be 4 mm. 3/16 is closer to 4.5 mm at 4.75 mm.
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Re: Round file size for Oregon 90PX chain?
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2017, 09:37:57 PM »
5/32 would be 4 mm. 3/16 is closer to 4.5 mm at 4.75 mm.

What I'm trying to figure out is why Oregon says 4.5mm for 90px, but 5/32 for 91px. I thought they were both the same cutters, just different gauge.
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Re: Round file size for Oregon 90PX chain?
« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2017, 11:22:17 PM »
According to them the 90px has a 30x 0 file angle and the 91px has a 30 10 angle. Looks the 90px just uses the 11/64 or 4.5mm file to compensate for the lack of 10,  just makes it easier for people to file who don't know how and so they don't file into the tie straps.
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Re: Round file size for Oregon 90PX chain?
« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2017, 11:22:25 PM »
According to them the 90px has a 30x 0 file angle and the 91px has a 30 10 angle. Looks the 90px just uses the 11/64 or 4.5mm file to compensate for the lack of 10,  just makes it easier for people to file who don't know how and so they don't file into the tie straps.
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Re: Round file size for Oregon 90PX chain?
« Reply #10 on: November 20, 2017, 12:01:50 AM »
Just use your intuition. If it looks to big it probably is, so long as your not filing the links and the file is a bit higher than the tooth your filing ok, just my 3cents worth because 2cents dont buy much anymore these days.
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