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Husky bar length, I am perplexed.
« on: February 17, 2019, 02:26:20 PM »
This is embarrassing that I haven't figured this out yet: A co-worker has a 455 farm boss Rancher or whatever they call it. and changed to a shorter bar from his 20", said it was too long. I wanted to put a 20"bar on my straight 450 so I gave him $20 for it and shoved in the saw box. I bought a 20lpx 78 DL chain for it. Today I tried to put it on and it (the chain) is too short for the bar, or the bar is too long. I am missing something, obviously. Here are the facts:
My original 18" bar takes is .325 x .050 with 72 DL
The 'new bar' is also .325 x .050 and SHOULD take 78 DL according to all the references. Both are husky bars. The 20" says "Farm Tough" on it, whatever that means. When I measure the two bars, the overall length of the 20" is 2-3/4" longer then the 18" original. What am I missing? The mounts are the same on both. What am I missing here? Does Husky make a 21" bar?
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Re: Husky bar length, I am perplexed.
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2019, 02:32:55 PM »
The bar will be stamped with the number of drive links. That will tell the story. 
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« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2019, 02:55:17 PM »
Duh! The paint was chipped and I never looked hard enough. You are correct, this bar says "80 DL". There is my folly, BUT I don't understand why when I looked up the chain for a 20" Husky bar, they all say "78DL". That will remain a mystery to me, for now. Until somebody else drops in here with further information I lacked the skill to find. I still feel embarrassed :-[ :-[.
 Thanks Dave. This just shows how often I change bar lengths.
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Re: Husky bar length, I am perplexed.
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2019, 03:23:06 PM »
78 DL is standard for an Oregon bar in 20" .325. The Husky branded "farm tough" bar must be a little fatter and/or a little longer.
As Dave said, the data needed SHOULD always be on the bar-.325 .050 80DL. 
16", 18", 20" are just approximate lengths measured from oil tank case to bar sprocket - basically = usable length. Total bar length is 2.5-30" longer than "labeled" length.
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Re: Husky bar length, I am perplexed.
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2019, 03:38:10 PM »
Husky has two different mounts for their bars, my guess is when you looked up the DL for the 20" bar your search resulted in the other mount style size.
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« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2019, 03:57:06 PM »
That was my first hunch, but they are the same mount.
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« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2019, 04:25:55 PM »
Now I learn that the 20lpx080g is harder to find that the 78DL. I was hoping to place my first order with Stahl, but they don't carry it, neither does Baily's. :( My 'locla' logging supplier has it, but I either have to drive 45 minutes to fetch it, or have it shipped for 10 bucks. I can't believe I am going to do this, but the most local for me at the best price is from home depot. Guess I will order it for pickup at the local store.
 Anybody here use the 20lpx078 chain or want to try out a full chisel round ground for a change? It's brand new and i have no way to use it.
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« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2019, 04:35:37 PM »
You can get a pocket breaker for <$20 on amazon. Shorten the chain to fit your shorter bar(?). If I can do it, anyone can. I'm only buying reels for my little saws anymore, and as soon as I find a deal on Stihl 3/8, I'll get a reel for my big saws.

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« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2019, 04:37:50 PM »
I never thought of that! Thanks! Let me look into the tools I'll need. I guess I need a river spinner to? This was not on my radar, so I will have to do some reading up.
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« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2019, 04:43:47 PM »
I use a pocket breaker to break the chain, then just whack it with a ball peen hammer to set a new preset. I guess you'll need a pack of presets too, unless you can save the old one. My method doesn't give the prettiest results, but I haven't had a failure yet.


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« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2019, 05:15:49 PM »
Re-using presets is not recommended by the manufacturer and they don't like the 'whack it with a ball peen' method too much either. ;D :D ;D
 The right tools for this get a little pricey for a guy like me. But your idea is sound, so I will ask around and see if I can find a buddy or shop that has the tools. I will have to also buy the presets.
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« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2019, 05:25:56 PM »
Of course they don't like the ball peen hammer repair, but I have done plenty of 3/4" harvester and power saw chain repair with an angle grinder, replacement links, and a hammer. Never have had one fail yet. 
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« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2019, 06:57:03 PM »
I found somebody with the tools locally, now I just need to find a couple of presets and tie links. Hate to buy a bag of each for just one chain. I wouldn't mind having them, just in case, but I KNOW by the time I need them again. I won't be able to find them.
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Re: Husky bar length, I am perplexed.
« Reply #13 on: February 18, 2019, 05:16:01 AM »
You can get a pocket breaker for <$20 on amazon. Shorten the chain to fit your shorter bar(?). If I can do it, anyone can. I'm only buying reels for my little saws anymore, and as soon as I find a deal on Stihl 3/8, I'll get a reel for my big saws.
You can carefully grind the pins down to release the outside plate to shorten a chain. Over here the supply shop will sell you joining links to fill the gap.
This is where the ball pein comes in to round off the pins and keep the outside plate on once you have got the desired amount of links.
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« Reply #14 on: February 18, 2019, 08:29:53 PM »
I don't like going at something like this half-arsed when I have the correct tools available as stated above. I am just waiting to see if my buddy also has some .325 presets laying around or if I have to buy them. Either way, I'll get the chain over to him OR give him a visit one Sunday and we'll get this fixed. I am still embarrassed I could not figure it out, so let's just let this thread die the death it deserves. :)
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« Reply #15 on: February 18, 2019, 09:13:11 PM »
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« Reply #16 on: February 19, 2019, 10:31:33 AM »
...and as soon as I find a deal on Stihl 3/8, I'll get a reel for my big saws.
Well, I reluctantly ordered a 100' of RM2 off of ebay. Been watching it awhile, but didn't particularly want green chain. Too hard to pass up @ $235 shipped though. If nothing else, it'll make a good quality beater chain for bucking up dirty wood. Still gonna keep my eyes open for 25' of yellow chain.

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« Reply #17 on: February 19, 2019, 11:47:46 AM »
 am still embarrassed I could not figure it out, so let's just let this thread die the death it deserves. :)
No chance of that now.  :D
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« Reply #18 on: February 19, 2019, 09:07:03 PM »
I thought you needed to lengthen the chain, not shorten it?
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« Reply #19 on: February 19, 2019, 09:23:33 PM »
I thought you needed to lengthen the chain, not shorten it?
Actually, either will work, I can make it longer to fit the 20" bar, or shorter to fit the 18". I would have to get more cutters to lengthen it, so it is easier and cheaper to shorten it.
(this thread is never going to fade away, is it? :-[)
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