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I just had a look at this thread and had some thoughts. A brand-new Stihl MS 880 goes for at least $2000. The mill set-up is at least a few hundred. But you can buy a basic bandsaw mill with a 10' track for less than$3000. Sure, the cheaper mills lack some of the features of the more expensive ones and take more effort to use. But they will outperform any chainsaw mill in speed, effort and net wood yield (1/8" kerf vs 3/8" kerf.) Not sure what the attraction is for a chainsaw mill.
Sure does. Still worthless if your not moving big logs. Most bands couldn't handle large slabs. I don't mill 2x anything but small slabs under 24". The stuff over 32" tends to be over 12' and three inches plus thick. Bar tops can go 30ft. Try that on a band saw with a 4'x25' log, enjoy.
Two different tools is my best answer for completely different jobs.
You apparently did not see what I wrote when I said........................Unless you are truly milling in the middle of the woods or slabbing..................but heck who cares. What works for you works for you and that is the great thing about options. We do not have to be clones.
I am a dedicated vintage saw guy but I will tell you a KB7 is the furthest you ever want to mill with. They are fun to play with but when work needs done WORK needs done.... As for a double ender there is an ole logger down in Missouri that runs a couple double ended Disstons at a show in September
While the KB7 does exceed your 100cc requirement by a mite, I don't think 3/4" chain is exactly narrow kerf, though I could be mistaken. Harvester chain is kinda hard on those old timers that used less aggressive chains such as scratcher. Though full chisel does make for a more impressive display. If you want useable brute power, a 090g, 797g, or 3100 are the tops in my book.