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Purchasing MS362 on Saturday (Chain Type?)

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by fwfa, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. fwfa

    fwfa ArboristSite Lurker

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    I will search the forum but, I am picking up a new MS362 on Saturday with a 20" bar. Does anyone have a suggestion as to what type of chain I should get? :newbie:

    Plan on using it to cut down pines and oaks then milling some of it for projects. Tree size ranges from 12-16" Dia.

    Is there a good all purpose type?

    Can't wait for Saturday:greenchainsaw:
     
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    No question. 3/8 RSC, unless you're cutting really dirty wood.
     
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    Now that you have said milling, IMO .325 pitch, type of chain I would use
    Stihl RM. Then if you want cut a little faster use RS chain, but not for milling.



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    ask for 46RSLF should run good on that saw.
     
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    If you really want to mill with it you can do as I have done.
    You can turn down early style 034/036 clutch drum and run
    .050 3/8 Picco chain. You can still buy a Stihl .050 Picco bar (3003 mount)
    The Picco chain takes less power to pull. I use Picco on saws
    from 026 to 066/660 milling. I have one 026 that wears Picco chain always.

    If you think you want to try the Picco PM me and I can fill you in.
    But for now I would get the saw broke in and keep your eye out
    for a used bigger saw to mill with.

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    Sorry, I missed the milling part. If milling, simply regrind the chisel chain at 10° instead of 30°.
     
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    I do like milling small wood with small saws.
    Milling small wood with big saw you have to push saw fast
    as not to over rev it. Two things bad happens IMO you will
    put undo wear on bar because of all the pressure is in one
    small part of the bar also the cut will be rougher.

    This is an 026 milling dead White Oak using Picco chain.
    Up to 10" it does a good job in green wood it will do better.

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    I liked that. that makes a lot of sense. rep coming.
     
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    Good input

    Lots of good input. Obviously I am just a newbie with a lot to learn. I am now concerned that I am getting the wrong saw for some basic milling. I really get tired of cutting trees down for firewood only and then having to buy basic lumber.

    I am going to have to study this milling thing a little more. I planned on picking up an Alaskan Mill for short bars and start slow however if you think it will put undue strain on my new saw :( scary.

    Not sure about the modding yet. I will take your advice and run the new saw for a while and get the feel of where I am at...good info...
     
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    What type of mill is that in the video???
     
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    For a firewood saw you have picked a very good saw.
    Get it and use it, take your time on the milling stuff.
    Have you checked out the milling forum here on AS.
    If not don't do anything about milling stuff until you
    have checked it out.

    I know most run 3/8 chain on 60cc saw, I run both 3/8 and .325
    on 60cc saws and like both. When running .325 on you saw
    you run a 9 tooth sprocket. 9-T .325 is about same dia as 8-T 3/8 sprocket.
    I like .325 better for limning, if Stihl didn't think .325 was a good choice
    on 60cc they wouldn't offer it. Always remember a bunch of us here
    on AS think we know more than we do sometimes :)

    Don't worry about it life is to short to worry about what chain to run.
     
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    Not if milling is involved! :popcorn::popcorn:

    Apart from that, RSC for clean wood, RMC for dirty.
     
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    Logosol, Wood Workers Mill


    I can pick it up, walk around with it or load it in pickup by myself.
    Most times I move it on a little trailer I pull with ATV.


    If I wanted to get my feet wet Milling I would buy a Mini Mill
    I bought mine from Baileys. They have a link at top of page.

    Picture is from a thread on Mimi Mill, on the Milling side of the house.
    http://www.arboristsite.com/showthread.php?t=59452

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