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Which raker depth gauge do you recommend?

johnsayen

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Hello,

Running a .325 chain on an ms261, had always used a stihl 2-in-1 that handled the rakers but recently switched to a timberline which seems to do a much better job. Unfortunately it doesn't handle the rakers.

I see that oregon sells depth gauges but they have different versions, not sure how to select the proper one?

Running the 26RM series.

thank you.
 
deye223

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Any flat straight edge will do I use piece of channel aluminium about 4 inches long 5 inches long Cheap as Chips works perfect
 
stihl86

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Just a suggestion. Try the new Stihl tool. It sharpens and adjusts the gauges at the same time.
And it works. No BS. Little $$$$$$ but saves time and does a nice job.
Check YOUTUBE.
 
trains

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Get the stihl fl3 raker guide, its progressive, so correctly sets the height as the tooth wears back from sharpening.

see post 104 here


edited to add, i am very pleased with how it works on my .325 RM chain.
was using the basic one that comes in the tool roll with basic round file/ guide for said file, and flat file with handles.
 

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Every few sharpenings i take one of them flat carpenters pencil and lay it across the top of 3 of the cutters with the chain on the bar .

Then check the gap between the top of the cutter (what the pencil is laying on) and the depth gauge by sliding feeler gauges between the pencil and top of the gauge.


Sent while firmly grasping my redline lubed RAM
 
Mad Professor

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I use the Oregon tool, 0.030 and 0.025". If rakers are way too big I'll just touch the tops with an angle grinder first, then finish with a quality flat file. Flat file also profiles the leading edge of the raker.
 
TnShooter

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I run .025 Hardwood.
I never run .030 softwood.
The largest saw I have is a Husky 460 with 24” bar.
I don’t own a Pro saw, so I figured .025 would be easier on the saw.
 
Ted Jenkins

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I am a hand filer and happy about it. As a chain wears the rakers need to be filed to some what match. With a flat file the rakers get filed leaving a short flat spot. It is easy to notice how long or wide the flat spot is. So as long as the width of the rakers are close to each other the OP is good to go. What else is there to know. Thanks
 
Philbert

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Here’s a whole thread with information and recommendations:


Philbert
 
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