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Offline Greenhorn89

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Chain and bar selection
« on: January 05, 2019, 11:00:38 AM »
Okay guys my first post here. I have a husqvarna 440e chainsaw with its original 18 bar and chain. To my great excitement I was given an Alaskan MKIV saw mill for Christmas. With my 18 bar I can only mill about a 12 log. Now here is my question/s. I have heard that you can go to a full skip chain and run a longer bar because of the amount of cutting teeth or lack thereof. Is this true? I already understand I have a smaller saw and its a bit underpowered but its what I have for now. Does anyone have any suggestions or can point me in the right direction.

 

 

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Re: Chain and bar selection
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2019, 11:49:13 AM »
Welcome to the forum, you are in good hands here. Unfortunately the answer to your question is no as .325 chain is not available in skip tooth. That saw is more than a bit underpowered for what you want to do, try milling some small logs and see how it handles.
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Re: Chain and bar selection
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2019, 11:53:36 AM »
You can cross cut a log easier than milling it. One reason is that the sawdust/chips dont come out of the cut as easier so there is more friction. Plus I noticed on your photo that you possibly have the clamp on the tip of the saw to far forward. The sprocket on the tip of the bar may get the metal around it compressed and wear the sprocket and increase the drag. Also use very sharp chains. Since you have a smaller saw I would let it take a break after each cut so that it can cool down. 

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Re: Chain and bar selection
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2019, 12:32:52 PM »
Order a ripping chain from Granberg for your saw. They work well. You will find it is important to keep the chain sharp. Buy a file guide or a electric sharpener from them also. You have to keep the chain even and it is hard to do by free hand with a file. Ripping chain has a 10 deg. tooth angle, regular chain is 25 or 30 deg. 
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Re: Chain and bar selection
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2019, 09:18:17 PM »
Okay I bought an 18 Granberg today online. Ill keep my husqy its good for every day Farm stuf. Ive even cut down some sizeable trees with it. Ill eventually look into a larger saw......one day

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Re: Chain and bar selection
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2019, 11:23:24 AM »
Greenhorn89,welcome to the forum.
I have never seen a chainsaw mill ran. But good luck with your mill. What little I know about sawing,Go Big!!
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Re: Chain and bar selection
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2019, 05:54:05 AM »
your 440 is not going to like milling. with that size saw stick with small softwood.


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