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33rs or 72LGX

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by toolmaker, Feb 13, 2020.

  1. toolmaker

    toolmaker ArboristSite Operative

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    Well, if any thread could start a fight I guess it could be this one!!
    No fight intended...............

    I'm no pro, but I do use full-comp, full chisel chain.

    I have been using Oregon LPX over 33RS chain for a long time because of three things:
    1) It's cheaper than Stihl chain
    2) It's easier to sharpen than Stihl chain
    3) It cuts well

    One can argue that the harder cutters on the Stihl chain wear better and stay sharp longer and that offsets the cost difference. But I disagree. It also wears files out faster which adds to the cost.

    Your thoughts?
     
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    cuinrearview Red saw lover

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    Have you tried EXL?
     
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  3. Ryan'smilling

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    I like them both. Actually, I have been liking the Archer full chisel full comp lately as well. For the $$ it's pretty tough to beat.
     
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  4. toolmaker

    toolmaker ArboristSite Operative

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    No, I have not.
    I have several loops of the LPX right now. When I burn those up I will try it.
    I also noticed that It is hard to find it in 84 drive links, this would be perfect for my new Cannon bar to try it out.
     
  5. toolmaker

    toolmaker ArboristSite Operative

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    Tell ya what.........................
    Since I'm dropping so much money on my addiction right now...........
    Port job on my MS460 and a Cannon superlite bar (which is being delivered today)

    I would be willing to accept a loop or two of the EXL chain to try out on my new build. LOL!!

    FYI............. the money I'm spending is all YOU GUYS' fault!!
     
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  6. cuinrearview

    cuinrearview Red saw lover

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    @dsell has some great pricing on EXL. Just ordered a couple 115dl loops from him.
     
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    I like an both, but prefer Oregon.
     
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    Per oregons website, EXL is replacing the LGX. Interested to compare them side by side. Dont look that different. Cant remember right off why they changed it.
     
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    Oregon says it has a reshaped cutter and proprietary grind technology. Whatever that means.
     
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  11. cuinrearview

    cuinrearview Red saw lover

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    All I noticed was less stretch and a little harder cutters. After the first touch up all of these new factory cutter profiles are gone.
     
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    Bucking Billy showed a vid the other day that showed Stihl cutters are longer, theoretically should last longer? I like Stihl but not enough to fight about
     
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    They put some grooves in the drive teeth, put a new raised section in the side straps, more blue color, file angle, and Oregon is blued on the cutter instead of stamped in the side strap. The rivets are harder to press out than other Oregon chains. Needs the rakers dropped a bit out of the box. I like it better than the H48 chain that came on my saw.

    lgx.jpg exl.jpg
     
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    toolmaker ArboristSite Operative

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    So I was pricing the exl compared to the lgx
    The exl is about 4 to 6 bucks more per loop
    Is there a 4 to 6 dollar improvement in the chain?
     
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    cuinrearview Red saw lover

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    I bet whatever price you were seeing, @dsell can beat. Last I knew his numbers were MUCH closer.
     
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    Blount owns Oregon, Chinesium!!!!

    I think they just rebadge Huskyvamint chains too.
     
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    Yes, Blount owns Oregon. Yes, most Husqvarna chain is made by Oregon. It's pretty obvious to anyone that knows Oregon's numbering system because their part number is printed on the Husqvarna box. However, most of the newest Husky chain is made in their own plants as far as I know. From the prices I've seen online, I don't think it's going to sell well. There is certainly a relationship between Blount, Husqvarna, and Stihl. I heard Oregon shipped their best chain machines from Portland over to China about a year ago and it really backfired on them. Most of the PX manufacturing went there. They concentrated on the EXL manufacturing at Portland. They got hit with some major tariffs. Hopefully, they will bring that production back to Portland. I've never had any of the Chinese made chain from Oregon. Most of the .325 chain I've had was made in Canada, and that's why I seldom have any.
     
  18. JimBear

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    Soooo... Is the Carlton/Oregon/Blount made in china or the US. I was of the impression it was made here but I could be all wet. I have been buying some Carlton 3/8” FC.

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  19. dsell

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    I couldn't say. The carlton i have left is old and was made here.
     
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    dsell told me he doesn't have any....................
     

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