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Author Topic: Newbie Question Re Granberg 36" Chainsaw Mill  (Read 266 times)

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Offline mredden

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Newbie Question Re Granberg 36" Chainsaw Mill
« on: October 08, 2018, 02:33:33 PM »
Hello Guys:

I want to buy a Granberg 36" Chainsaw Mill. However, the FAQs on Granberg's site have this little nugget:

" Why can’t I use 3/8 chain on Large Mill Packages?
The larger mill packages (36” and up) use slightly thicker steel to accommodate the additional length needed to make big cuts. 3/8 chain does not leave enough of a kerf (distance between the “top” and “bottom” of the cut) to allow the thicker bar to pass through. If you have a 3/8 saw and want to use the larger mill kits, you will have to swap out the 3/8 drive sprocket for a .404 drive sprocket. Keep in mind though, that smaller saws may not have enough power to run larger mills packages."

Is this still true or is it an old FAQ that no longer applies? After viewing every on-line pic I can find for the 36" mill, I simply see no "bar" on the mill that passes through the kerf.

I run a 3/8 pitch on my Husqy 372xp and, of course, all my bars and sprocket are set up for 3/8. I really don't want to put on a .404 sprocket just for running the chainsaw mill and then have change out for cross cutting with my other bars.

If .404 minimum is still true, does the same rule apply to the chinese clone mills?

Thanks for looking.

A Noob

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Re: Newbie Question Re Granberg 36" Chainsaw Mill
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2018, 03:16:12 PM »
i was running an older version of the 372, then bought a jones red 2166, then a still ms661, all of which are running and 3/8 chain, sprocket. i bought the 36" mill 2 yrs ago and used all the above saws on it with NO issues, cutting cedar, red oak, pecan and some other stupidly heavy pink wooded hardwood. i didn't HAVE to use wedges, but chose to, to keep the back cut slab from possibly getting chewed up from being pushed down from the wt. of the saw, mill and the remaining section of slab. 

i can't say 100% my situation will differ from your's, or anyone else's experience. i am only speak for MY experience.
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Re: Newbie Question Re Granberg 36" Chainsaw Mill
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2018, 04:58:05 PM »
I run a 36” alaskan and run 3/8” chain on my 395xp. Never had an issue. I do wedge the cuts out of habit but smaller boards I really don’t need to.
Pretty sure some guys were experimenting with narrow kerf chain too ( not necessarily on 36” bars) and don’t believe it was an issue.
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Re: Newbie Question Re Granberg 36" Chainsaw Mill
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2018, 05:06:24 PM »


42 inch bar with3/8 chain been runing it of and on 3 years now with no trouble hope this helps wife don't like helping.

The saw is a 2188 jred and I wedge the cut behind the saw.
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Re: Newbie Question Re Granberg 36" Chainsaw Mill
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2018, 11:23:31 AM »
Thanks guys, I feel comfortable purchasing now. 8)

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