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Offline HolmenTree

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I've been getting a few e-mails of guys who tried the .325 on their top handle saws and are saying the only complaint is the chain stalls in the cut easily.
Well I can admit when I first switched over to .325 I was so used to pushing on the former 3/8 LoPro,that now with the dogs set with the .325 's aggressive bite I had the same problem.
Of course with guys who "one hand" a top handle saw use the dogs. But get used to the new aggressive bite of the .325, let the chain do the cutting.

For the guys who "properly" use these saws with 2 hands ,get rid of the dogs.
People have to realize that running a top handle saw aloft doing aerial work, the bar /chain is usually inches away from your face and upper body.
 Another reason why Stihl put all the safety links on the new aggressive Picco chisel sawchain, knowing alot of climbers cut 1 handed.
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Never heard of a narrow kerf bar with a standard 240- 660 Stihl mount, in fact never saw a Stihl narrow kerf .325 chain.
 
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Good to know ,thanks.
wonder why Stihl don't make their own?
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Wish you hadn't posted that link. Now I want to sell the brand new 16" 3/8 bar for my 026 and get the 18" .325 NK bar. I always like more reach.

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I run a 20" arbor pro nk bar with 20nk chain on my 350 and it works well. I believe the 260 would like it as well.

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So what is narrow about this narrow kerf business .Is the bar itself a tad thinner?

As far as that's concerned I have a 12" .043 bar for the 200T which is a tad faster than the standard 3/8".050 low profile semi chisel chain but it isn't faster than the newly out low pro chisel .That itty little .043 is a tad bit skinier than .050 so by definition the kerf is less .

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Oregon calls it 'Micro-lite', Husqvarna calls it 'Pixel'

http://www.oregonproducts.com/pro/products/bars/microlite.htm

Simply means that a smaller bite takes less power.  Or a saw with the same power will feel like it has a little more.  It came on my Husq 353 and I have been happy with it.  Oregon 95, Husq H30.  Baileys NK.

These are all .325 pitch, .050 gauge, but there may be other combinations, now that we are seeing more of the 1/4" pitch and .043 chains with the battery powered saws.

Thinner bar flexes a bit more, and thinner chain means that it is not as robust (not recommended for larger saws or bars).  NK chain should be run with a NK bar, and vice-versa.

Similar to the narrow kerf circular saw blades that they began selling for table saws many years ago.

Philbert

 

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