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Hard vs sprocket bar for milling

Discussion in 'Milling & Saw Mills' started by Ripturner, Sep 8, 2019.

  1. Ripturner

    Ripturner ArboristSite Lurker

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    I am looking for advice on the best choice for a new bar and the pros and cons. Sprocket nose or hard nose bar? I plan to run a 36 inch Alaskan mill with an 090. Where are you guys getting the best deals on bars. Thanks for helping a rookie.
     
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    imo, you want a sprocket or roller nose bar to keep tension on the chain for less drag on the saw and a smoother cut. I'm running a roller nose on 36" bar with a Mcculloch sp125c. If you're cutting soft wood, hard nose may work ok.
     
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    When I started milling I used a hard tip bar as that was what I had. I have long since switched to sprocket or rollers(helper handle) with zero issues. I would not buy a hard tip bar for milling, just make sure if you buy a sprocket tip that replacement tips are available.

    Cannot help on best place to buy, have no idea who sell what anymore.
     
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    I have used a 42"a hardnose that came with a Chin 070 that I no longer use. I used an auxiliary oiler and kept a lot of canola on the tip. Had no problems.

    You get an extra inch or two on a hardnose because you can clamp it into the mill closer to the tip. But I wouldn't choose one today. My saw's health is more important than an extra inch or two.
     
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    Like Buzz, I use an older saw, 70's vintage Homelite Super 1050 with a hard nose. I had a roller nose but liked the hard nose for the extra length. Used it with a 36" bar. A few years ago I bought a new 660 with a 36" roller. I see little difference between the saws. Mill mostly Red and Chestnut Oak.
     
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    Thank you everyone for your replies to my question. I ended up buying a roller tip bar from Stihl. I got a 41 inch bar which should allow me to utilize a 36-inch bar with the mill. I am very much looking forward to trying out this large beast of a saw!
     
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