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.050 or .058 for a 550xp

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by Joseph W Santora, Nov 30, 2019.

  1. Joseph W Santora

    Joseph W Santora ArboristSite Lurker

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    Hi Guys;
    I'm getting myself a 550xp mkII for Christmas probably from chainsawsdirect and they give the option of a 18in 325 in either .050 or .058. Any thoughts on one vs the other?

    Joe
     
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    I would go with what ever is more popular in your area. Here its .050. Just makes buying chains locally more convenient. One is no better than the other in my opinion. I don't even know why they offer both. It's only 8 thousandths of an inch difference.

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    Doesn't mater . I run .058 because that's what I've always run. 550xp is a dam n good saw!
     
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    Doesn't matter with a saw that seize and bar that length. In fact I have a 32" .050" bar and haven't had any problems running .050" chain.

    Let us know how you like that 550 MK II
     
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    Ran .325” & 3/8” 050” ga for many decades. But my dealer sold me .058” ga recently are they phasing out .050” ga? I wonder if someday all you will have is .063” ga? Maybe in 50 years?

    What bars are available in .050” ga? Years ago I ran .325” .050ga. LG. I think my new 353 when I purchased it came with .325” .058” ga chain.
     
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    huskyespañol ArboristSite Lurker

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    .050 más ligero a igual longitud (inapreciable) yo he usado siempre .058
     
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    Here, the only quick access to chains that I have is Stihl dealer. Everything they have on the rack is .050". I can order .058", but it takes a few days, and I have to pay extra for shipping. So, I'm going to wear my bar out, then get an oregon or cannon .050" bar and go with that on my husky 365.
     
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    I bought a 550xp a few years ago, came with a 16” .325 .058 66DL bar and chain.
    Trying to find a Tsumura or Sugi-Hara light bar for it now, can find plenty of places selling .050 gauge bars in this size but zero selling the size I want.
    I say go with .050 gauge.
     
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    buttercup Major General Fool

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    My national chainsaw pusher (web shop) that is the main source of milling equipment here, 99% of what he stocks is .050.
     
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    .050 is pretty universal. Especially in .325.
    .058 is a Husqvarna thing. Especially in 3/8.
    .063 is a Stihl thing. Especially in 3/8.
     
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    All my saws are Huskys, and all run .058.

    You'll love that 550 Mk ll. I don't want to run anything else since I got mine!
     
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  13. Joseph W Santora

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    Thanks guys. I'll go with the 18-325-.050.
     
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    Odd pretty much all Stihl 3/8 around here is .050" only one good old school shop has any .058" I was told Stihl was phasing out .063"?
     
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    It’s also a regional thing. I haven’t heard anything about Stihl phasing it out. My guess is some dealers may not want to stock different gauge chain, and are trying to convince their customer base to converge on a common size with “rumors.”
     
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    Lo pro / Picco top handles, pole saws get 050. The rest get 063 whether is Husky, Stihl, .325/ 3/8/ .404 or even 1/2". You can swap bar noses and turn 3/8 bars into .404 etc. Good oiling, less drive tang maintenance/damage and virtually eliminates hard chips getting jammed in bar rails or seizing up nose sprockets. I have a few 050 3/8 bars I bought out of the US and soon realised why all Aussie delivered saws are sold with 063. Every day I'd be scraping out jammed wood from within the rails. With 063 compressed air will remove everything. But 'your' conditions dictate what works best and if I was cutting soft species 050 would likely be OK. Many use it successfully without any issues what so ever. It just depends. The only bars sold here by dealers in 050 are for Picco, you could go to every Stihl dealer (430+) across the country and find not one full size 3/8 050 bar. Only place you can source them is online from independent traders even then they are few to find. So gauge does have its performance difference, question is does it matter to 'you' or not.
     
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    All the local shops carry .058 for huskys around my place so that's what I run. The Oregon chains are dirt cheap locally too, there's no point in me buying them online, even the cheap china chains cost as much as them.
     
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    The largest shop around here has Husky & Stihl. Stocks .058 & .063 Stihl chain, any config you could want. Very little or no .050. I bought from them for years, but order Oregon .058 now.
     
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    Hey @Joseph W Santora , you seeing a theme yet? Opinions is like chain gauge is like oil brand is like azzholes, everyone has one. The gague won't affect performance, the only thing it will affect is availability of replacement.
     
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    I always thought every body started with .050 until bar got sloppy then to 058 and finally 063. After three sizes likely will have to rebuild saw completely. Or you could really get sick of saw by then and chuck it into scrap pile. I have only had to do that a couple of times. Thanks
     

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