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Husky 395 Chain choice
« on: July 31, 2021, 12:20:53 PM »
Hello all. I just recently purchased a Husky 395 with a 36" bar.  It came with what appears to be a skip tooth chain.  The bar is a Husqvarna bar.  The chain that I have with it is Huskvarna p/n 5018468-15.   Type is H83 115G.  Is there a better chain that I can run on this?  I really do not know anything about chain?

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Re: Husky 395 Chain choice
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2021, 12:44:28 PM »
What are you doing with the saw? 36 is normally the shortest length Ill run on the 395s even then its full comp or semi skip depending on what Im doing that day.

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Re: Husky 395 Chain choice
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2021, 12:50:52 PM »
I dont think theres much wood in the east that a stock 395 wont pull a full comp chisel cutter through. 
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Re: Husky 395 Chain choice
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2021, 02:54:31 PM »
I will be cutting mostly pine and cottonwoods.  I have a cottonwood that I need to take down that has a 6 foot base.

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Re: Husky 395 Chain choice
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2021, 03:09:35 PM »
Are you not happy with the performance? I am not familiar with Husqvarna chain but Stihl makes 36RSLF that will fit, their cutters seem to hold an edge better than most. Skip tooth works well with long bars, it does a better job of clearing the chips.
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Re: Husky 395 Chain choice
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2021, 03:25:23 PM »
It just seems like it could cut faster.  This chain appears to be a 3/8  x .063.  What other chain will this saw be compatible with? Will I need to change out the sprocket ring? 

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Re: Husky 395 Chain choice
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2021, 03:56:06 PM »
Are you getting nice sized chips or sawdust? Maybe the chain needs to be properly sharpened. Is the saw properly tuned? It should be rich enough that it just starts to hunt or four cycle at wide open throttle no load. If the carb is adjustable start fat and slowly lean it out, if you go too far you risk burning it out.
If nothing else works you could try .404 chain which means changing the rim and bar tip. However it is getting scarce and expensive, the Oregon distributor I worked for gave the last of it away as it wasn't moving.
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Re: Husky 395 Chain choice
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2021, 04:15:59 PM »
Definitely sharp as the chain is brand new. Getting small chips and it seems like the saw could definitely go with a more aggressive cut.

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Re: Husky 395 Chain choice
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2021, 04:24:52 PM »
What sharpener should I use to sharpen this chain?

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Re: Husky 395 Chain choice
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2021, 04:27:07 PM »
Check the height of the depth gauges. Even a new chain can have an occasional issue. Maybe it was sharpened at the factory at 4:55 on a Friday. :-\   Make sure its sharp and the depth gauges are correct.

What are you comparing it to?  Maybe you cutting a dirty log or something right out of the gate. Its pretty easy to make s chain go from sharp to dull in a short time. 

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Re: Husky 395 Chain choice
« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2021, 04:34:45 PM »
in all fairness the wood is really wet.

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Re: Husky 395 Chain choice
« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2021, 05:54:58 PM »
Ill be willing to bet its cutting slow because of the skip chain with a 7 tooth sprocket. If youre running a 7 tooth sprocket try a full comp chain before swapping anything else the saw has the power even with low depth gauges to pull the chain with ease. On my personal 395s Ive ran up to a 60 bar with skip chain.

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Re: Husky 395 Chain choice
« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2021, 08:56:27 PM »
So that is where my confusion lies.  What is the chain designation that I should be shopping for?

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Re: Husky 395 Chain choice
« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2021, 09:03:03 PM »
What chain are you wanting to use? You can do as Skeans suggests or even try an 8 tooth sprocket for more chain speed. There is no magic bullet, you will have to experiment to find what works best for you. Are you buying from a local dealer or online?
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Re: Husky 395 Chain choice
« Reply #14 on: July 31, 2021, 09:16:15 PM »
I have local dealers but I was just going to order online.  I think I may have found one that will work.  Oregon PowerCut  P/N 75EXJ115G.  

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Re: Husky 395 Chain choice
« Reply #15 on: July 31, 2021, 09:17:52 PM »
Is that a good choice for chain for this saw?

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Re: Husky 395 Chain choice
« Reply #16 on: July 31, 2021, 10:07:54 PM »
It is very similar to what you have.
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Re: Husky 395 Chain choice
« Reply #17 on: July 31, 2021, 10:17:20 PM »
I certainly appreciate the great answers. Another dumb question.  If I switch out to a 28" bar with a .058 gage, will I have to change out my sprocket?

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Re: Husky 395 Chain choice
« Reply #18 on: July 31, 2021, 10:40:55 PM »
You can keep the drive sprocket.

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Re: Husky 395 Chain choice
« Reply #19 on: July 31, 2021, 10:56:34 PM »
Is there some point that I would have to change it out?


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