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Re: Bow Bars Good For Firewood?
« Reply #30 on: January 28, 2015, 02:21:46 pm »
At one time this company sold bow bars and may have some guards or stops?

http://www.boweninc.net/home

I just called this company and he said that all the sources he dealt with have gone out of business and it has been four years since he has had any bow bar parts.
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Re: Bow Bars Good For Firewood?
« Reply #31 on: January 28, 2015, 02:23:24 pm »
SRCarr, a member here can rebuild your bar hard face areas or re-make the mount area to fit your saw?

He can straighten and also build up and redress the chain slots.
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Re: Bow Bars Good For Firewood?
« Reply #32 on: January 28, 2015, 02:31:27 pm »
My guards are made from 16 gauge aluminum but there's no reason guards could not be made up from 20 gauge galvanized tin from the local heating / air conditioning dealer?

To bend them up would take a sheet metal break heavy enough for the gauge steel or aluminum you are bending.

The bends in the guards could be a little simpler if you used nuts for spacers to get the inside edge of the guard away from the bar enough to allow clearance for the chain teeth?

Likewise, with spacers to get the bar stop away from the teeth, you could easily make up a spur/stop assembly with steel from Tractor Supply or the hardware store.

My stop was manufactured with bends to space it out away from the chain.
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Re: Bow Bars Good For Firewood?
« Reply #33 on: January 28, 2015, 02:48:01 pm »
Thats the only one I found.  Then it says we dont manufacturer bow bars only repair.
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Re: Bow Bars Good For Firewood?
« Reply #34 on: January 28, 2015, 02:49:05 pm »


I just called this company and he said that all the sources he dealt with have gone out of business and it has been four years since he has had any bow bar parts.

Thats what I figured was happening. No market and ??
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Re: Bow Bars Good For Firewood?
« Reply #35 on: January 28, 2015, 02:56:46 pm »
Chainbar makes the Christmas tree felling bars I understand, but the prices are rather expensive compared to regular bars.

There's a lot of old bars out there and the most sophisticated repair is dressing out the slot. The mount is just 1/4" plate.

The 1/16" oil hole from the slot down to the hole to match the oil groove on your saw is somewhat delicate if you are not used to doing that work?

Those old Homelite bare bars with the cast clamp assemblies are a good candidate as you can throw away the clamp assembly and weld in a piece of 1/4" plate for your mount?
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Re: Bow Bars Are Perfect For Firewood!
« Reply #36 on: January 28, 2015, 08:07:13 pm »
I have seen the bow bars on eBay and always thought they were a little pricey.   But thanks for the heads up on the ones that are all painted up.
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Re: Bow Bars Are Perfect For Firewood!
« Reply #37 on: January 28, 2015, 09:59:34 pm »
The fact about an old skinned up half rusty bow bar is that there cannot be any lies. It is what it is.

A painted up one may cover up some problems? May not? How do you tell? It may have been full of rust pits that are full of Bondo and smoothed over? Maybe the hard face is worn off the rails at the stop location?
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Re: Bow Bars Are Perfect For Firewood!
« Reply #38 on: January 28, 2015, 11:21:07 pm »
Here is a Ebay Poulan 4200 with what looks, at first, like a pretty nice bow bar. But if you click on the picture and go to Photo Bucket and then look at the full bigger picture with the "+". . .

It sure gives me the impression that the hard face is worn off within 4" of the stop? It may be the angle or the light but I can not see the shiny hard face on the rim of the bar close to the stop? Makes me wonder? In this case, maybe the bar could be turned over? There's the other more direct picture of that area and you can not see the hard face in that picture either.



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Re: Bow Bars Are Perfect For Firewood!
« Reply #39 on: January 28, 2015, 11:39:05 pm »
I saw that saw on eBay but did not notice the bar being worn.   I think it has already become to expensive for me.
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