I picked up a 2511P for limb work. Ive read the stock chain (Oregon 91PXL045X) is pretty bad on this saw. Anyone here got one thats still running the stock 3/8 .050 gauge bar? There a better chain out there to use?
Not sure about the 2511, but I use a 12" 0.043 Makita guide bar with the Stihl super narrow kerf 0.043 chain on my Echo 280T. The Makita guide bars fits right on to it with no modification, not too expensive either.
Cuts nice and smooth with it, not like the jig jig jig jig jiggle 0.050 chain...
I would not recommend the 0.043 chain at 14" unless you have a guide bar with a proper curved top and bottom cutting edge and not the simplified straight line cutting edges, because it will derail easily and it will mess up the chain completely when it does.
You have absolutely right, its a 10":Was that the E-00066 bar? I see they make a 10in bar as well.
Do you happen to have a link to the chain you run on yours?
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Makita make a 10in 3/8 .043 bar. But I don't think anyone makes a full chisel chain in 10inI went with a 12" Stihl bar and 45dl of .043 which seems to be perfect for this saw. I got the Stihl safety chain, but am going to try Baileys 3/8 low pro non-safety chain to see how that goes. I have a Makita 36v tophandle I'm am going to set up the same way.
What I found and it must have been 5 or more years ago is that 3/8lp in 0.043" from Baileys branded woodland pro is essentially Carlton n4c which has the same cutters as n1c but thinner drive links. Some if not all of the economy brands may be this way as well. If you want cutters matched like the Oregon 90 or Stihl 61 or the stuff that came on my Husqvarna battery top handle t536i you may be dissapointed. On the other hand some folks detest the little cutters and the other choices will please them not having to buy another bar in 0.050 for a while. The Makita 36 volt saws come with Oregon 90 chain, well the 18 volt one as well just shorter.I went with a 12" Stihl bar and 45dl of .043 which seems to be perfect for this saw. I got the Stihl safety chain, but am going to try Baileys 3/8 low pro non-safety chain to see how that goes. I have a Makita 36v tophandle I'm am going to set up the same way.
I'm mostly cutting/climbing softwoods with this saw...if I've got a big hardwood removal to do, I'll often just use my 201tcm. The longer bars are really useful for the larger conifers around here. The stock 12" bar was only good for limbing and taking out a small top.That is certainly a long guide bar on a small saw !
I like WoodlandPro too, I have 20" and 24" standard Timbermax bars for my 70cc saws. Not tried the new lightweight bars.
I picked up the Makita 12in 3/8 .043 bar and chain to try in mine. I read the "Lite" bars really arent worth it at shorter lengths, and that appears to hold true as the WoodlandPro Lite 12in bar is the same weight as the Makita i just got in.I'm running the narrow-kerf non-safety 3/8lp bar/chain from Bailey's on my 2511t...it's the Woodland Pro Arbormax lite. It cuts quite well and has allowed be to run a 16" bar on it.
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