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Author Topic: Alaskan lll and Husky 395 xp ?  (Read 8651 times)

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Alaskan lll and Husky 395 xp ?
« on: July 02, 2001, 06:34:55 AM »
I have a 395xp and am thinking of using it on an Alaskan Mark lll. I will most likely be using it on my own. I'm wondering how it will handle a 36 inch mill or would it be better to get a smaller mill, say maybe 30 inch or 24. If anyone has any suggestions I would be very appreciative.Thanks in advance.

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Re: Alaskan lll and Husky 395 xp ?
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2001, 01:17:53 PM »
Aussie;
The 395 is a nice saw, the only downside being is it doesn`t have side chain tension which is handy with the Alaskan.
I can cut a 20" log with a 24" bar and 24" Alaskan so you can decide from that what you might require depending on the size of the logs you`ll be working with.
Most of my cedar is well under that and with the mini mill I can cut a larger log down to 20" , so we`re talking 20" at the small end of the log and that`s a lot of log!

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Re: Alaskan lll and Husky 395 xp ?
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2001, 04:55:08 PM »
Just one more thing ...
With a 24" bar and a 24" mill your mill will clamp directly over the nose sprocket rivets so it makes sense to go with a longer bar and clamp your mill further back to get away from the nose sprocket.
A 28" or 30" bar is better.
Here`s a good picture of Charlie`s set up.


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« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2001, 09:39:25 PM »
G'day Aussie,

Welcome to the group.  Not many of us here from down under.
At 90 odd cc's, the 395 has good power to run the MKIII.  As Kevin mentioned, depending on the size of the timber you will be milling, you can decide what size mill to get.  Having said that, theres nothing to stop you buying a 36" mill and mounting it on a smaller bar.  You just have to deal with the surplus rails sticking out the end.  Then when you see a 30" log you think would look nice as a breakfast bar, whack on your 36" bar and rip it!!  Some of those knarly Aussie hardwoods may slow down the saw a bit, but if in the softer woods, you should be fine.
Using that saw and a 36" bar/mill will be a breeze for an average sized man.
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Charlie.
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Re: Alaskan lll and Husky 395 xp ?
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2001, 06:08:01 AM »
G,Day

As seen in the photo from Kevin, the clamp is directly over the rivets in the sprocket nose. This lets
me have max use from a 24" bar and I have no problems from pinching. The only problem with longer bars is you give up power. Note the speed wrenches, this makes changeing cut depth much faster,
I just spot welded them on.  

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« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2001, 10:26:26 AM »
Charlie J,
What bar groove are you  using on the 066, .050" or .063"?

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« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2001, 08:37:54 PM »
G'day CharlieJ,

Great idea with the speed wrenches!  Did a double-take when I first saw the picture!
You must have a bit of Kiwi in you somewhere!  Kiwis are known for their "kiwi-ingenuity", and do things like that to make life easier for themselves!
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« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2001, 09:13:49 PM »
I`d really like to see a set of cam levers on there replacing the U bolt nuts.
Now that would make my milling life just a little bit easier!

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Re: Alaskan lll and Husky 395 xp ?
« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2001, 07:55:26 AM »
Aussie,
The saw will work fine. I've been using my 394 with a 36" Alaskan for a couple of years. I generally run it on my 28" bar and the extra rail sticking out is no problem, and sure is handy to be able to stretch it out for the bigger logs.
I'll agree with the previous post, it would be nice to have a quicker mechanism for tightening.
Make sure you've got the right chain. So far I've always ground my own from standard chain, to varying degrees of success. The chain makes a HUGE difference in speed and quality of cut.
Be warned and beware though, my little experiment has gotten me to the point were I ordered a portable mill last week! ::)
Steve

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« Reply #9 on: September 09, 2001, 08:47:56 AM »
Eggsander, welcome to the board.
Which mill did you buy, if you don`t mind me asking?

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« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2001, 07:57:16 AM »
Kevin,
I'm getting a Peterson Mill. From everything I studied it should suit my needs real well. The only thing it will lack is the ability to mill very large cross section beams, which I can still do with the Alaskan.
Now I just have to sit and wait for the boat from New Zealand   ::). But hopefully by mid October the sawdust will be flyin' (and hopefully the snow will hold off a while!)
Steve

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« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2001, 08:05:22 AM »
I hope you can get us some action photos when you fire it up, how will you get the logs to the mill?

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Re: Alaskan lll and Husky 395 xp ?
« Reply #12 on: September 10, 2001, 08:52:50 AM »
Eggsander, send a note to KiwiCharlie and tell him to go over to the Peterson Manufacturing Plant and tell them to put the hustle on and send that mill to you pronto. ;D ;D
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Re: Alaskan lll and Husky 395 xp ?
« Reply #13 on: September 11, 2001, 06:15:04 PM »
Kevin,
I should be able to get some pictures up once I get things going. One of the great things about these mills is that you don't have to get the logs to the mill you can take the mill to the logs ;D
Charlie,
If all goes according to plan the mill is going on the boat tomorrow!  8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)
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