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3/8 vs 404 chain?

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by fields_mj, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. fields_mj

    fields_mj AboristSite Guru

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    Can anyone enlighten me on the advantages and disadvantages of running 0.404 chain vs 0.375? I realise that with the 0.404 chain, I may have one or two fewer cutters in the wood at any given moment, and if I remember correctly the rakers are a little lower on a 0.404 chain, but I can lower them on a 0.375 chain quickly and easily. So, I'm wondering which one would be better for me.

    For reference, I'll be running this on an 064 with a 28" bar and I'll be cutting dead, but not seasoned oak, ash, locust, and hickory. I realise that my rim and the bar tip will need to be changed to match which ever chain I end up using. Just trying to decide which one.

    Thanks,
    Mark
     
  2. rxe

    rxe AboristSite Guru

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    .404 cuts a wider kerf, so the saw has to do more work to cut with .404. 660s and 640s come as standard with 3/8, I'd stick with that. The only thing that comes with .404 these days is an 880.
     
  3. MCW

    MCW Somebody's talking crap here & it ain't the tree!

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    With the right saw and good power .404" actually cuts very very well. It will also outwear 3/8" chain too. Issue is running two different chain pitches which can be painful.
    I have run both 3/8" and .404" and on my 119cc Husky 3120 .404" wins hands down for both speed and wear.
    .404" will also outcut 3/8" on a 20" bar on my modified Dolmar 7900's and Husky 390's.
     

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