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Offline Philbert

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Re: How to identify Oregon chain
« on: November 15, 2013, 12:03:45 am »
Some stores, like Home Depot and Lowes tend to only stock chains that fit some of the saws they currently sell.  Some better home centers, hardware stores, and farm stores carry a larger selection, which brings more people in, which lets them carry a larger selection, etc.  But they still are going to stick to mainstream types and common sizes.  Never going to stock much in the way of specialty chains, even the ones who are also STIHL or Husky dealers.

The letter codes are simple, and for people who are less picky about their chains - they just want something that fits.  I have made the analogy several times with tires. Each part of 'P185/65R14' means something, and that is before we get to tread wear and handling ratings.  Most people bring in their car and say ' I need new ones'.  When I see guys with blank stares and a used chain in their hands standing motionless in the OPE aisles I try to help.

Or they say, "I need a new chain, . . . for my Sears saw,  . . . 16 inch blade".  They are happy to pick a 'S56' chain, which is easy to remember. (Sometimes they are happy to give me their old S56 chain, which, since I know it fits several of my saws, means I have plenty of 'stumper' chains .  .  .  ).

Philbert


 

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