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Offline T-Dozzer

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Re: Chain saw Mods?
« Reply #30 on: May 16, 2018, 08:33:01 PM »
I knew I would lose some bar length, but though it was closer to 2".
Great info, thank you.

I just went and measured mine, 36Ē bar on a 660 with spikes in place and I am at 28Ē cut width.

Alright Ill go with the 36" on the granberg.
I have a beat up 044 with a 36" bar as a back up saw. Still not sure if my 461 can pull off the 32" bar I have for it. What do you think? I planned on buying a 25" lightweight bar as well.
I ordered a chainguide dresser.

A buddy told me to look up a shop called  "westcoast saws" for any work. Not sure on their details.
Appreciate your feedback

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Re: Chain saw Mods?
« Reply #31 on: May 20, 2018, 01:25:16 PM »
We used an 046 with a 32Ē bar for years cutting cured yellow cedar and had no issues.  Keep the chain sharp and adjust your rate of cut so you can keep the saw pretty wound up. Make sure the Oiler is maxed as others have said. If you are needing to push hard to get it to cut then stop and try to figure out the issue, it should cut with no more than moderate pressure needed.

Milling chains are typically at least semi-skip, ground at ~5* across the cutter, and usually have a shallower raker depth (.045 vs .060 IIRC). They make more of a dust than a chip and produce a smoother plank without as much wastage, narrows your kerf by about 3/32Ē which adds up on the amount of sawdust and gains you a bit if you are trying to cut thin boards.

Use wedges on longer cuts to keep pressure of the back side teeth, not sure if it really matters but I have always done it anyway.

Best cutting I ever did was a 4Ē thick x maximum width (~25Ē) yellow cedar slab ~40í long. Iíll have to see if I can find the pictures.

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Re: Chain saw Mods?
« Reply #32 on: May 20, 2018, 08:06:53 PM »
Sounds like you have some experience under your belt. Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Chain saw Mods?
« Reply #33 on: May 20, 2018, 08:20:19 PM »
Scott was the guy at harpers in Roslyn, he retired. I havenít run one but putting a 460 coil on those 461ís is supposed to make a big difference. Also with those light bars when youíre bucking it is a lot harder to match up your cuts than with a standard Oregon bar, I donít know if you would have the same problem milling or not.

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Re: Chain saw Mods?
« Reply #34 on: May 20, 2018, 08:36:37 PM »
Scott was the guy at harpers in Roslyn, he retired. I havenít run one but putting a 460 coil on those 461ís is supposed to make a big difference. Also with those light bars when youíre bucking it is a lot harder to match up your cuts than with a standard Oregon bar, I donít know if you would have the same problem milling or not.

Spoke to a guy down at westcoast saws. He recommended only putting on a dual port muffler plate to reduce heat and not do anything else as it could increase heat in saw. Makes it easy for me.

 

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