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    How much variance can there be in left and right chain cutters

    Looks like a home-made version of this: https://www.arboristsite.com/community/threads/introducing-the-new-chainmeister.239225/ https://www.treestuff.com/chainmeister-filing-device/ Philbert
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    How much variance can there be in left and right chain cutters

    I adjusted the scales on my 511A to make them more accurate / consistent. The depth of grind, and the cutter length, can vary if the vise is not centered as the wheel wears. https://www.arboristsite.com/community/threads/511a-grinder-improvements-tweaks.197073/ Some of these adjustments are not...
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    Chain won't spin after tightening the nut

    (Metamorphosis) Philbert
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    Scrounging firewood

    'NOS' took me a long time to figure out. 'PHO' is also in the name of half the new restaurants opening up near me! Philbert
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    Scrounging firewood

    'PHO' - power head only. 'P&C' - piston and cylinder ( or 'plug and jug'). 'NOS' - new, old stock. 'OEM' - original equipment manufacturer. Others? Philbert
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    skip VS full house

    As I recall, the chain I mentioned cut very smooth, but not very fast. Philbert
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    How much variance can there be in left and right chain cutters

    Most of the chains that I get asked to sharpen have been hand filed by people who are not very good at it. Or they have hit rocks. So I use the grinder to 'even things up', including the cutters and the depth gauges. Like starting over with a fresh chain. If they were happy with their...
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    Just pulled the trigger on this.

    They may try to make it look like like that for that reason. Philbert
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    Scrounging firewood

    Joe Cox - 1952! Philbert
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    Bar and chain compatibility

    It can happen from both. Sprockets, bars, and chains are all 'consumables'. Philbert
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    skip VS full house

    @jmester made a full-sized, 3/8 pitch, full-house chain for another member on another site site, as I recall. Seems like a good project for the times that we are currently living in . . . . Philbert
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    skip VS full house

    I don't have historical documentation to submit as evidence, but I recall seeing it in the Bailey's catalog more than 10 years ago? Mostly sold in 1/4" pitch for carving. Someone posted some ads in Japanese (!) of 3/8" low profile Oregon chain sold in Asia for cutting bamboo, that does not seem...
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    Just pulled the trigger on this.

    Similar appearance, but tip looks different. Philbert
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    Scrounging firewood

    BTW, this 'stay in your home' stuff makes me really glad that I have battery operated chainsaws! Philbert
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    Scrounging firewood

    I have mine sorted into 2-pound coffee cans, or smaller, by type (sheet metal screws, lag bolts, nuts, etc.). So I never have to dump out more than that onto a cookie sheet, etc. Really helpful when the hardware store is closed. Or sometimes, just to verify a thread (e.g. take a sample to the...
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    How much variance can there be in left and right chain cutters

    One limitation of your grinder is the wheel that it uses. Some only come with one wheel thickness, even though you might use 3 different diameter files for different pitch chains. Try your chains and see how they cut. If you are satisfied, then you are set. If you are not, then you might want...
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    How much variance can there be in left and right chain cutters

    Keeping the cutters the same length is a simpler way to maintain an even chain, using basic sharpening techniques and tools. It is what the chain manufacturers recommend. Uniform cutters also produce a smoother cut, since the height and side offset ('set') are the same. Philbert
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    How much variance can there be in left and right chain cutters

    'Depth gauges' are often called 'rakers'. The raised part that pairs with the depth gauge is a low kickback bumper (not on all chains). They may not be flush on new chains, but the low kickback bumper should be filed along with the depth gauge when it gets to that level. Oregon and STIHL...
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    How much variance can there be in left and right chain cutters

    Those are reduced kickback bumpers on the drive links. They both have to be adjusted for the chain to cut properly. Note the wear indicator line in his second photo. STIHL thinks that this is as low as you will need to adjust the height over the life of the chain. Philbert
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    How much variance can there be in left and right chain cutters

    Welcome to A.S.! Generally, the chain manufacturers (STIHL, Oregon, etc.) recommend maintaining cutter the same length. A micrometer might be overkill. I sharpen all the cutters on one side; do a 'test' cutter on the other side; then hold them back-to-back for a visual comparison. Make any...
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