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Offline StuBC

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Bar pitch options on an alaskan
« on: December 05, 2005, 11:31:01 AM »
I am getting ready to out fit my Procut chainsaw mill with a saw.  I have bought a Husky 395 and I am looking at Baileys for a long bar.  Going to go with 42" becaseu that is the bar that the mill is based off of, I have one i am building off of and his 088 runs deadly with that big of a bar. 

Baileys offers a 0.375 and a 0.404 pitch 42" Oregon.  I dont know the difference in performance or matching chains, sharpening etc.  I would like an outfit that is easy(er?) to sharpen and somewhat flexible.  Does my bar pitch contribute to that?  I want to get one of those chain grinders to do the chain sharpening, and I read that rip chain cant be done with one of those.  Is this all tied to the bar and chain choice?

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Re: Bar pitch options on an alaskan
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2005, 11:55:05 AM »
If you run other saws what pitch are you running? What pitch is you're sprocket on th 395xp? I have smaller saws that I run .375 on, so when I bought a 3120xp I put a .375 sprocket on it. This way I can run all of my chains and all of my bars on any of my saws. Also the kerf is smaller on the 3.75 compared to the .404.

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Re: Bar pitch options on an alaskan
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2005, 12:09:14 PM »
I dont really know to be honest.  I have another chain saw, its a Stihl 360 for bucking and falling.  Stock bar and chain, what ever it came with.  This is really new to me.  I dont even know how to tell what pitch it is to look at it or find the markings, I guess I could take it apart to see etchings.  I guess if I make a decision on one set up over the other, I will buy a new sprocket to match it, then its all new and ready. 
My questions are below, this will help me get a better understanding

  • Is it sound logic that thin kerf 3.75 is better for milling? 
    Should I be outfitting to be using ripping chain? 
    Does that make me have one pitch over the other for ripping chain?
    Is ripping chain sharpenable with a grinder unit? 



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Re: Bar pitch options on an alaskan
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2005, 12:43:03 PM »
look on the mounting end of the bar. there are numbers there that will tell you the length in drive links, the gauge, and the pitch . you are probably running .375 pitch .050 gauge. and i'm sorry for the confusion, but the gauge is what determines the kerf not the pitch as I stated in my previous post. just needed to finish my coffee before my brain started working. ;D
yes a ripping chain cuts smother than oter chains because of the low angle.
either .375 pitch/.050 gauge or .404/.063 is all i've seen for ripping chains, but you can file any chain to 10 degrees or less and get the same effect.
sharpening  a rip chain is the same as sharpening any round chisel chain, just different angles.

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Re: Bar pitch options on an alaskan
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2005, 03:56:26 PM »
I run .365 50 on with my chainsaw mill. (logosol M7) with an 066, but I've never run a bar longer than 32 inch on it.   


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