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Author Topic: Chain going dull practically instantly.. How Come?  (Read 38176 times)

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Offline Rgoedhart

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Re: Chain going dull practically instantly.. How Come?
« Reply #20 on: October 02, 2017, 04:08:23 PM »
Alright.    Lots of good information given in this thread.     Thank you guys!

I'm going to try the suggestions, and check some things.    If information was requested, i'll get to that as soon as I break out the saw again. 

thank you very much

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Re: Chain going dull practically instantly.. How Come?
« Reply #21 on: October 02, 2017, 05:10:17 PM »
Oh one other thing, you also could have gotten a chain that just isn't hardened or hardened enough. While it will take an edge, it just can't hold it cause its too soft.
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Re: Chain going dull practically instantly.. How Come?
« Reply #22 on: October 02, 2017, 09:12:11 PM »
Is the bar rails worn evenly? With the chain out, both rails flat and even with each other? This will make the chain tip sideways and you may be tring to cut in an arc which doesn't work with a bar and give it a feeling of no longer cutting when its just the bar is bound up?

One of the symptoms of this is that it cuts fine as you are just starting the cut, but by the time the back edge of the bar gets in the wood, the saw seems to stop cutting.
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Re: Chain going dull practically instantly.. How Come?
« Reply #23 on: October 05, 2017, 05:22:08 AM »
I would repeat the point raised by Al.
Are you running a 0.50 chain or a 0.58 bar? If you do that the cutters will sway in the cut without really cutting,

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Re: Chain going dull practically instantly.. How Come?
« Reply #24 on: October 05, 2017, 07:46:18 AM »
That walking hither and yon dulls the "working corner " of the cutter tooth .It doesn't take much before it's about like the chain was on backwards .---and yes among other things I have done that .People who don't make mistakes  usually don't do much . ;)

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Re: Chain going dull practically instantly.. How Come?
« Reply #25 on: October 05, 2017, 09:39:12 AM »
People who don't make mistakes  usually don't do much . ;)

This would explain why I'm so tired all the time.  :D
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« Reply #26 on: October 05, 2017, 08:29:19 PM »
I was losing my mind trying to fell a big hickory with a hidden dirtpile in the center.  Chain smoking dull every 10 seconds.
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« Reply #27 on: October 06, 2017, 06:22:02 AM »
 :D It's amazing what a little dirt can do in a very short time to a chainsaw chain .

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« Reply #28 on: October 10, 2017, 10:20:45 PM »
For most of my cutting, I use a chisel chain. This chain has a sharp point that does the main part of the cutting. It will cut right through the wood. But let it hit just a little dirt and it will be almost instantly dull

There are many times that the wood is not all that clean. Use a chisel chain and you will be spending a lot of time sharpening the chain. When cutting dirty wood (or dirt), I use a semi chisel chain. This chain does not have a sharp point on it. The corner that does the cutting is rounded. As a result, it does not cut as fast. But when it hits the dirt, it will keep on cutting. Well the dirt will dull it some but not near as fast as the chisel chain.

I use this chain when cutting small trees and brush off even with the ground. I may have to stop and dig the dirt out but clean it up and it will keep on cutting. I use the chisel on a Husky 372XP and the semi chisel on a Husky 357XP. 

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« Reply #29 on: October 13, 2017, 04:02:36 PM »
On the subject with regard to the wrong chain I finally got around to using the correct one on the 024 .Makes a world of difference .Some style of Oregon round chisel non guard .Fastest cutting for a new chain I've ever seen .I should have paid attention to the numbers for future reference .
As far as stumpers and dirt I use a chain with about one more filing left on it,chisel .If I trash it it didn't have much life left in it any way so I'm out about nothing .The only semi and chippers I have are on the antiques .Who cares how fast they cut because just to get and keep a 50-60  year old saw running is a feat within itself .

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Re: Chain going dull practically instantly.. How Come?
« Reply #30 on: October 13, 2017, 11:39:49 PM »
Hi all,

I have a Remington Rodeo (18") 51cc Gas Chain Saw chainsaw.
I use the following chains:
- Oregon 18-Inch Pro-Guard Chain Saw Chain Fits Craftsman, Echo, Homelite, McCulloch, Poulan H72
- Oregon 20BPX072G Micro-Chisel Saw Chain .325-Inch Pitch .050-Inch Gauge 72 Drive Link Count


My problem is as follows.

The chain goes dull WAY fast.   Without exaggerating, when I put a brand new chain on the saw, I can saw maybe one or two  20 inch diameter PINE trees, before the before the saw stops auto-feeding, and cutting properly.

Earlier today I put the "Oregon Pro-Guard" chain on my saw, validated the chainsaw had enough bar and chain-oil and tried cutting a 16-inch diameter Red Oak.   It did not even make it through one cut until it just stopped making any sawing progress.

After it stopped progressing on the oak, I tried to cut some pine branches (5-6 inch thick).  It barely managed. 


This is consistent for the past 3-4 chains I have replaced.  I tried filing them. I tried brand new chains.     they go dull before I can make any good progress.


I'm trying to understand why this happens.       What could contribute to this extreme dulling?

Thank you in advance.
Welcome to Forestry Forum R goedhart
When I think of pine like you're  cutting in I think of sand.

Pine naturally likes to grow in sandy rocky ground.
Sand does tend to be present in these tree's bark so expect more touchups with the file.
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