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  1. TXScout

    TXScout ArboristSite Lurker

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    I guess I just wanted to take the time to make my first post and say hi. LOL

    I heat my house with a wood burning stove and cut 4-6 cords a year.

    My current saw battery:

    Stihl 180. (3-4 years old)
    Husqvarna 440. (7 years old)
    Husqvarna 445. (9 years old)

    I have a new addition to the family. I have been bugging my lovely wife for a bigger saw for a couple of years. After I cut down an Oak tree the beginning of this month that was 36in at the base with my trusty 445 Husqvarna, she agreed.

    So now I have a Stihl 391. I wanted the 362, or even better the 462, but they were out of my price range.

    I love the 391. I have had it for about 1 week and I have already put over 10 hours on it.
     
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    TXScout ArboristSite Lurker

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    I have some experance with a chain saw. I have well over 100 hours of use just with my 445. To be honest, I didn’t know if I was going to be ready for the 391. But after using it this last week, I am glade I took the plunge.

    Ok, so let’s get to the question.

    I am burying a 20in bar in Oak with the 391.

    As I have a 25 in bar that I purchased with the 391. The saw shop sold me a full chisel chain with the 25 in bar. Would I get better performance with a skip chain with the 391?
     
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    cus_deluxe Thats what she said.

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    welcome to the site!
     
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    FlyingDutchman Row Seatin'

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    Curious what others say on this. Your saw should be able to pull full comp just fine IMO.

    Welcome to the forum.
     
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    Welcome aboard! We have some really good folks here. Your 391 caught my eye because I just upgraded a non-running 290 to a 390 and saved it from the land fill. A Tree Service company handed it to me after running it to death. My only squawk is that this saw is a little heavy, but many can live with that. After rebuilding, it pulls a 20" bar and can occasionally take on a 25". Now they want to buy it back.

    Again, this forum is tops.
     
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  6. TXScout

    TXScout ArboristSite Lurker

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    I am not a “pro sawer”. The fact that I have run my little 445 as hard as I have for the last 9 years tells me my 391 will be fruitful for yeas. For most of what I do “I” don’t need the 25 in bar. But it is nice to have it when you need it.

    The wood I will manly be cutting is Bois-d-arc, Oak, hackberry, and pecan. Maybe the occasional elm.

    Also, any advice on a rip chain would be welcomed. A few of those rounds are over 40 in across. A bit much for my maul, LOl
     

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    TXScout ArboristSite Lurker

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    Ya, I was using the 25 in bar with the full chisel for ripping because that is what I had. LOL.

    I bet that setup would be a lot better under normal use.

    Still learning.

    Thanks for the responses so far!!
     
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    Noodle cut those in half, cutting with the grain of the wood. About any saw chain will do this, but I prefer semi-chisel. Sometimes I have to quarter them and occasionally go to sixths. I have even made noodle cutting supports:
    Noodle Cutting Supports.jpg
     
  9. TXScout

    TXScout ArboristSite Lurker

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    That is exactly what I am doing. The rounds are so large we have a hard time moving around the quarters. LOL
     
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    Totembear WoodAholic

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    That is slick!
     
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    Huskitoter ArboristSite Operative

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    You learn to shorten the big sticks when you get old. It seems like my heater likes them a little shorter every year.

    Welcome. Now that you're here, which husky are you going to port first?
     
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    TXScout ArboristSite Lurker

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    Funny you should say those things.

    1) I tried to order the 391 with an 18in bar. The dealer said they didn’t have one

    2) you evil thing. I have been thinking about that for a while.
     
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    Welcome Duane, pull up a stump and stay a while. Somewhere back there you mentioned ripping chain. I do a lot of milling and use out of the box Stihl RS chain, no ripping chain. I make Oak mantel pieces and the Stihl RS will cut smooth enough that I can run them through my planer 3 times and they are ready for finish. Skip tooth chain. If my saw can't pull a full comp chain, I don't try to make up for it with less teeth, I get a bigger saw. Some folks like skip so they don't have so many teeth to sharpen. I hand sharpen with just my hands, a pair of kevlar gloves, and no guide. (Thanks for the gloves Steve). I have many scars on the back of my fingers where a file slipped and ran a knuckle across a sharp tooth.

    Sorry Huskitoter, I measure every log with an 18" stick and if I have a 10" off cut at the end, it stays in the woods, or goes to the burn pit. I'm kind of OCD about nice even stacks of wood.
     
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    TXScout ArboristSite Lurker

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    Ok fish. I sharpened the chains this morning before I started and tried again.

    The 25in bar with a “sharp chain” cut like a different chain. I guess I should have sharpened it before I ever put it on.
     
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    TXScout ArboristSite Lurker

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    Oh ya, in regards to the ripping chain...

    I changed the angle I was cutting and it was on. He is one of the piles of saw dust.
     

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    We all call them noodles, great fire starter. Sawdust is the smaller chips from cross cutting, not that it matters, your saw is cutting fine.
     
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    I was noodle cutting down a whole bunch of large oak and ash rounds one day. A horse rancher saw what I was doing, stopped his truck and offered me $5 per 30-gal bag for them. He said his horses loved them in the stables. He filled up four bags of noodles packed tight, loaded them into his truck, flipped me a $20 bill and drove off.
     
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  18. Big Red Oaks 4 me

    Big Red Oaks 4 me Fun with flying wood chips

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    Howdy, Howdy! Welcome to the site!
     
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