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Offline notsams

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chainsaw chain
« on: November 27, 2018, 06:16:42 PM »
   Has anyone ever tried a carbide chainsaw chain. A guy from work said he has cut over 20 cord of wood and never sharpened his saw, it is still sharp and throwing big chips. I'm considering it but for $100 I want more info.

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Re: chainsaw chain
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2018, 06:59:06 PM »
I've never heard of that good of results. 20 cords w/o sharpening?

another question would be how tough are carbide to sharpen?

let me know how it works if you get one. $100 would buy a few of regular chains
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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2018, 07:04:24 AM »
I've done quiet lots of chainsaw work, and use carbide tip chain in the fire service. It's tough chain and last a while however if you don't have a chain grinder with a special abrasive wheel you're not going to sharpen it. Files skate across carbide. The average wood cutter can do just as well with a regular chain its a matter of getting the right chain and keeping it off dirty wood and out of the ground. I keep three loops sharp all the time when I cut wood, I have a stihl 661 magnum with 28 inch bar I run a LP skip tooth chain on, a Stihl ms362 running a 20" bar with a full comp chain, and a stihl TH 191 with a 14" bar full comp chain. I also sharpen all my loops with a Oregon bench grinder before I go to the woods. I keep a round file and a raker file for field touch ups. My chains last just as long as carbide does mainly because my saws come with the operator me. You can ask Splittoe or any of the other guys I'm very particular about my saws and all my climbing ropes as well as bull rope for tree persuasion. There are several main keys as mentioned earlier keep out of dirt, be careful of trees around old homesteads (nails and/or metals in the wood) keep the chains sharp at the correct angle and let the saw do the work. This subject can go on forever, but if you have a $100 bucks to waste buy up several carbide loops and happy cutting.
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Re: chainsaw chain
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2018, 07:13:02 AM »
I found the latest talk about this type chain on the Arborist Site, Feb 2018.

https://www.arboristsite.com/community/threads/carbide-chain.318371/


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Re: chainsaw chain
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2018, 03:19:52 PM »
+1 to metalmans post above.
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Re: chainsaw chain
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2018, 06:58:26 PM »
Thanks Metalman for the great info. I too have done lots of chainsaw work but, I have about 2 cord of oak laying in bulldozed piles around my food plot I would like to get for the wood stove. My chain is dull in a matter of minutes because of the dirt in the bark. Another friend of mine says it would not hurt a carbide chain at all. I bought a standard chain yesterday for $18 so I'll leave the oak.

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Re: chainsaw chain
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2018, 06:01:48 AM »
Hopefully the info helped some, if the oak is good wood the carbide will take the dirt better go for it. Hate to see good wood wasted it's getting harder to come by. If you be sure and clean the bar groove and the sprocket often that dirt will ruin a bar. You can pick up a small bar conditioner from baileys supply to keep it at 90 degree and flat.
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Re: chainsaw chain
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2018, 11:50:35 AM »
Notsams - Metalman uses only the best and we (hunt club members) have come to respect his decisions when it comes to how to lay down a tree....we still need to take down a few trees around camp and when Metalman decides to lay on it down....he has the tool and equipment to do it right!!!
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Re: chainsaw chain
« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2018, 01:19:00 PM »
Bo is right!  Metalman is our tree expert.  The last time one of our club members tried to cut a tree down (NOT mentioning any names here !   @--0--0118
They almost died!  ???   

So now Metalman is our treeman!   He know more about felling a tree than we do.  We are just the tree pullers, wood toter's and the cleanup crew!     
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Re: chainsaw chain
« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2018, 01:54:06 PM »
Thanks for the good info guys. I burn about 15+ cords of wood every winter but hoping to move to a smaller place this spring and then will cut only a small amount of wood every year. 

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Re: chainsaw chain
« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2018, 06:31:52 AM »
I've found this thread pretty interreting.  I dont use my saws much but when I need them it always seems like its in the worst, dirty conditions.  Around the house and cabin I ended up buying a cheap elec saw as it seemed lime I was continually removing shrubs, trees etc that involved getting into the dirt and grit.  I figured if I destroy a $40 saw I wouldnt be as upset. Ironically the elec saw is still going strong despte having destroyed many many chains cutting up roots and stuff.
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Re: chainsaw chain
« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2018, 07:19:22 AM »
Bo is right!  Metalman is our tree expert.  The last time one of our club members tried to cut a tree down (NOT mentioning any names here !   @--0--0118
They almost died!  ???   

So now Metalman is our treeman!   He know more about felling a tree than we do.  We are just the tree pullers, wood toter's and the cleanup crew!   
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Re: chainsaw chain
« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2018, 05:56:43 AM »
MI - Yes, we have a couple of those electric chain saws, because of my wife. She saw the price and could not resist. Many times it takes longer to get the long chord out and get it set up to saw a limb or two off and then it's done....then you got the clean up process to deal with, but like others have a Stihl 16" (2 cycle gas/oil mix powered) that I use for just about everything in the yard, down at the hunt club....but yes we have a Craftsman (which came form Dad's garage) and a Poulan that my wife bought when I was hunting many years ago. I have 3 back-up blades for the Stihl and none surprisingly for the elec saws.....Still when I am around no matter which one elec she uses, I will jump up and do whatever she wants to be done...think most wives are not good around electrical or mechanical equipment, they are some exceptions....



   
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Re: chainsaw chain
« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2018, 12:16:15 PM »
I've found this thread pretty interreting.  I dont use my saws much but when I need them it always seems like its in the worst, dirty conditions.  Around the house and cabin I ended up buying a cheap elec saw as it seemed lime I was continually removing shrubs, trees etc that involved getting into the dirt and grit.  I figured if I destroy a $40 saw I wouldnt be as upset. Ironically the elec saw is still going strong despte having destroyed many many chains cutting up roots and stuff.
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