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Old 06-29-2020, 07:09 PM   #1
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Default Chainsaw chains - again...

What do you look for when buying a new bar and chain? I assume the bar doesn't matter as much?

But for the chain I want a more aggressive chain. They list so many numbers... And it's the low kick back chains that are not aggressive right?

Someone school me real quick.
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Old 06-29-2020, 07:21 PM   #2
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Low kickback chains suck.

Get a "chisel chain" or at the very least a semi chisel


Get a quality bar. I've always bought OEM Echo bars, and had excellent service from them. I flip my bar from time to time to keep the wear even, and get as much life out of it as possible.


I also swap back and forth between a 14" and a 16" bar. The 14" spins faster, and that is worth it to me. I don't want to haul around more than I need.


I like Stihl chains, and Oregon. Had excellent luck with both.


I bought my own chainsaw sharpener a few years ago, it's helped me keep going and saves between trips to the saw shop.
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Old 06-29-2020, 07:24 PM   #3
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Get you a chain with carbide tips. Will last longer between sharpening. Been using one to cut cedars at the ranch.
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Old 06-29-2020, 07:54 PM   #4
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Do NOT get a chisel chain if you don't have much experience with a chainsaw, it sounds like you don't since you are asking. 'Low kickback' chains are fine for random use. It's easy to sharpen chains. It's a one beer job
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Old 06-29-2020, 08:19 PM   #5
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Get you a chain with carbide tips. Will last longer between sharpening. Been using one to cut cedars at the ranch.
Can they sharpen carbide chains? I was wondering if they could since they are so hard.
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Old 06-29-2020, 08:23 PM   #6
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Can they sharpen carbide chains? I was wondering if they could since they are so hard.
The shop by me does, but cost a few bucks more. In the long run ,still cheaper because i can run alot longer with it.
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Old 06-29-2020, 08:25 PM   #7
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Chisel chain is a good way to get one in your thigh. The regular hardware store chains are fine, and as mentioned, it takes about 5 minutes to sharpen one.

I wouldn’t over think it.
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Old 06-29-2020, 08:26 PM   #8
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I have some dead , dried liveoak logs that need to be cut so that I can move them. I am thinking the carbide might be the answer. Conventional blades don't last long. Thanks, DUKFVR.
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Old 06-29-2020, 08:39 PM   #9
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I read that a pixel chain is the best
95vp pixel saw chain
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Old 06-29-2020, 09:48 PM   #10
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So are the options low kickback, chisel, and semi-chisel? 3 options?

How long does the bar last? Mine are bound to be bad as I've used the crap out of them for 3 years.
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Old 06-29-2020, 11:05 PM   #11
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I made my living running a chainsaw full time for over 20 years and still run one quite often. I run only Oregon chains and bars and never have had a complaint with either. My choice of chain is a full chisel "skip" chain. The "skip" chain uses half as many cutters as a regular chain - it cuts the same or faster and takes half the time to sharpen. I keep the rakers filed down pretty good because I need an aggressive cut to properly fell trees. I hand sharpen often as a dull chain is dangerous and causes fatigue much quicker then a sharp one. A quality bar will last years with proper maintenance. I run bars with replaceable tips-the kind that take grease- I never grease them-it's not necessary. As mentioned, turn it over occasionally. While you have it off clean the chain groove and oiling hole and file off the ridge that develops on the edges of the bar. That is what works for me.
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Old 06-30-2020, 06:22 AM   #12
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^ what he said. You can buy any chain you want and take a flat file to the drags or every other and it'll cut like a beast. Just hold on tight.
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Old 06-30-2020, 05:34 PM   #13
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Anyone try this brand? Seems to cheap to be true. Bar and 5 chains for $40 I was trying to find an Oregon bar/chain but all combos are low kickback.

https://www.amazon.com/Replacement-S...-garden&sr=1-3
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Old 06-30-2020, 05:47 PM   #14
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If the above is not worth the gamble I will buy this bar below and chain.. These good ones?

https://www.amazon.com/Oregon-160SDE...TN76ER95V8PPY#

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016TQGI72...ing=UTF8&psc=1
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Just make sure that bar fits your specific saw.

Oregon is just fine. I have had no bad experiences with them


I tend to keep 3-5 chains of each size sharp, and in my case for any cutting chore.
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Old 06-30-2020, 06:27 PM   #16
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I use Oregon and have never had an issue with either.
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Old 06-30-2020, 08:51 PM   #17
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Anyone try this brand? Seems to cheap to be true. Bar and 5 chains for $40 I was trying to find an Oregon bar/chain but all combos are low kickback.

https://www.amazon.com/Replacement-S...-garden&sr=1-3
It doesn't really matter which Oregon chain you get. The low kickback chains just have taller drags. Buy any chain and flat file some of the drags. It doesn't take much and don't do them all or your saw will bog in a big cut. And hold on tight
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Old 06-30-2020, 09:03 PM   #18
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That first link isn't Oregon. It's a brand I've never heard of..But super cheap. 5 chains and a bar for $40
(including shipping).
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Old 06-30-2020, 09:22 PM   #19
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I always stick to Oregon or Stihl chains. Cheap stuff scares me spinning at that speed and would hate to see one come apart. Just make sure the sprocket on the saw matches what you are getting. If. It getting many chains, a dealer can cut you one and has different varieties on stock so you can get a few styles.


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Old 06-30-2020, 10:07 PM   #20
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This is from myself that sells this stuff for a living.

1. If you don’t know your way around a saw pretty well; then stay away from aggressive chains. They don’t play around, and cutting a little slower is cheaper than an ER run.
2. Buy a few chains so you can rotate them and keep sharp ones on hand, it’s easy enough to drop one or two dull ones off to be sharpened.
3. If you look into carbide Chains, they will stay sharp a lot longer. They also cost 2-3 times more. Be sure someone in your area can sharpen them. Where I am at there is nobody within 60 miles to sharpen one. We have the machine; but the stone to use for carbide is $500. A lot of areas don’t have the demand.
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