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Ripping chain question- re different manufacturers

Discussion in 'Milling & Saw Mills' started by Rosss, Nov 14, 2017.

  1. Rosss

    Rosss ArboristSite Lurker

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    I was watchign a video on yoru tube and the guy was millign with a gandberg mill. He had been milling with a standard chain ground to ripping specs and he was trying out a grandberg ripping chain.
    He said that the grandberg was takign 3/16 less wood out per cut compared to the the regualr chain he had been using.
    This was based on measuring each chain's width/profile.

    My question is there much difference in ripping chains based on the brand? I see chain for a 36 inch bar in forester brand for $25 and Oregeon is more expensive, as is Grandberg.

    Anyone done a comparison or have experience with the different brands of ripping chain?

    I want to run a 36 inch bar on an alaska mill with a Jonsered 2095. I have the saw and mill, just about to order bar and chain but thought I would check in here first.

    I am planning to run .058 3/8 chain as that is what is on the saw already.

    Thanks :)
     
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  2. Brian72

    Brian72 ArboristSite Operative

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    I've had good results with standard chain and ripping chain. I used Stihl rapid super and Woodland pro ripping from Bailey's online. Both work well and reasonably priced. No experience with the Granberg. I bought a loop but haven't used it yet.

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    Brian72 ArboristSite Operative

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    I would suggest getting several loops if possible. Milling is rough on chains. I find it easier to swap them out when cutting then sharpen them later.

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    Not used for milling only for cutting logs length ways so no concern on the amount of wood lost as chips/noodles I 've tried most brands of chain except Grandberg & to me the best bang for the buck is Stihl RS
     
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    Measuring the chain can be misleading - it's much better to measure the real kerf size using a long thin wedge.
    From the limited measurements I have made real kerf differences between chain brands is minimal.
    Even the real kerf difference between 404 and 3/8 is tricky to measure and it took repeated measurements to determine it is only10%.
    The only differences I could clearly see during my testing was between 3/8 regular and 3/8 Lo-Pro where the difference was ~15%
     
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