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Offline Bthomasb3

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Ripping chain and bar
« on: March 18, 2023, 07:15:40 PM »
 I'm buying a Alaskan mill and in looking for recommendations for a 42" bar,and chain, size brand and gauge . I want a smooth cut and i dont want it to walk should I stay with 3/8 0.63 or should I bump up to a .404 .I'm running it on a still ms 660 ported so I'm thinking the 404 would slow things down but I also not doing production just occasionally a couple logs for myself ,I want to go 42 because I have a 36 in pine 60 ft long and a 32 in cherry stump so a 36 in bar won't do it. What do you all think thanks

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Re: Ripping chain and bar
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2023, 07:46:21 PM »
Not sure about the bar. I'd suggest Stihl, but I think they go to .404 after 36". ⅜" will be fine for your purposes. I use semichisel chain. I had reprofiled it to ~5 on the top plate, but I didn't notice a big difference from the standard(30?) crosscut it came with, so I've moved back to that to simplify my chain inventory. It could be I'm not discerning enough  :shrugs:

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Re: Ripping chain and bar
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2023, 06:39:32 PM »
Iv got a 42 oregon bar .063 3/8 pitch and i too dont notice a cut quality or difference using a ripping vs. crosscut chain. I run mine on a stock 661. 
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