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Dolmar PS-401 Chain Recommendations

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by foche911, Nov 16, 2010.

  1. foche911

    foche911 ArboristSite Operative

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    What is best chain for this saw? Hardwood. I plan to Mod it and heavy clutch. Love it already :)
     
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    Assuming it is set up with 3/8" lo-pro, the first chain I would try is 63PM, (not PM1 or PMC3).

    I believe Oregon has developed a good alternative as well, but my memory slips regarding the exact model name.....
     
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    Yes 3/8 LoPro....would .325 be better?
     
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    Not really sure about that, I believe the 411 is the same saw with .325, hopefully narrow kerf.
     
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    I have my sisters 411 here (it came for a service and never left :laugh:) and it sports .325 chain.

    I have a fresh Carlton K2 (semi-chisel) chain to go on it, the original Oregon/Dolmar bumper link chain (21BP ?) only has a few more sharpenings in it.
     
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    If I had a PS-401

    I would probably leave original 3/8 LP setup & run Carlton N1C-BL; it is
    anti-kickback but still cuts well. Sawtroll was probably referring to
    Oregon 91VX, it has longer cutter too, but no safety features.
    .325 NK would be another good choice for a saw this size, but I
    think they came with 3/8 LP.

    Dolmar seems to have dropped PS-401 from USA lineup, it doesn't show
    on their website anymore.
     
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    91 vxl
     
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    The 401 I had came with 3/8 lo pro. I switched it to .325. The .325 was a little better but I don't think it was worth the cost!
    One member on here said quarter inch chain was better than 3/8 lo pro. He remarked about the shorter links turning easier around the small sprockets resulting in less stretch and wear.
    However, I have no experience with quarter inch stuff!
     
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    No. Too much chain for that small of a saw. I like WoodlandPro 30LP, LINK.
     

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