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Author Topic: Bigger bar for Mcculloch 895 saw for alaskan mill  (Read 569 times)

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Bigger bar for Mcculloch 895 saw for alaskan mill
« on: December 18, 2017, 02:33:01 AM »
I curretly have a 34" bar on my old Mac 895. Would like to step up to a 72" bar for it. But would be happy even with 48". Not anything on ebay right now. It would be a 404 chain size. Can I convert/ adapt a Stihl bar to work on the Mac? What alternatives are there? Open to ideas or if you have a bar that will work I would be interested. Thanks!
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Re: Bigger bar for Mcculloch 895 saw for alaskan mill
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2017, 08:43:45 AM »
When I was pricing out building a slabber last year it seems Left Coast Supplies had some pretty good prices on bars, chain and skip chain.
I think they carried Oregon and GB, but am not positive of that.

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Re: Bigger bar for Mcculloch 895 saw for alaskan mill
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2017, 12:35:27 PM »
You would be asking a lot of that poor old saw. A 72" will be a double ender for two powerheads, even a 48" is a stretch. Nobody makes bars for those old beasts any more, you would need to modify a more modern one.
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Re: Bigger bar for Mcculloch 895 saw for alaskan mill
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2017, 01:41:49 PM »
She cuts great 895 is the gear reduction saw and it does not slow down. I have milled 20+ large logs already. Treat it good it treats me back. Thats what I am thinking of modding a new bar to fit.
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Re: Bigger bar for Mcculloch 895 saw for alaskan mill
« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2017, 07:32:03 PM »
I have a 797 which is probably the direct drive version, it is a beast to pack around. I have not tried to run it yet.
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Re: Bigger bar for Mcculloch 895 saw for alaskan mill
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2017, 09:44:34 PM »
Those big McCullochs went out of favor because  they were heavy, not due to lack of power or reliability.   Golddredger, if you havenít already you should probably ask your bar question over on the chainsaw section.
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« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2017, 01:50:43 AM »
I will ask over there have not yet in the chainsaw section.
Yes she is a heavy heavy old beast. But has compression realease and starts second pull cold and 1 pull warmed up no matter what. Also these saws run a cast iron sleeved cylinder. Not just a chomed or aluminum block cylinder. But a real steel cylinder that will last. I always let it idle for a bit after a full pass to let temps stabilize out before shutting it off. Keep oil in the gearbox/ bar oiler. And a sharp chain. She rips through wood like crazy even with its warn bar. I dont get the smoothest cuts. They tend to have a pattern to them of waves but it cuts flat and a full 32" I can mill with a 34" bar. Great saws.
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