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  1. Redbull661

    Redbull661 661 hoarder (BlueBallz)

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    threw down the gauntlet on 3/8 404 chain challenge

     
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    Wilhelm Pinnacle OPE Member

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    I agree that 3/8" chisel will come to a sudden stop when it hits any kind of dirt.
    I buck skidded firewood turkey oak logs (very thick and deep bark) and my chains get dull all the time.

    But when sharp I prefer 3/8" over the one single .404" setup I have, which is round tooth.
    My .404" will just keep on cutting even when visibly dull, but the round tooth is too slow for my liking.

    My .404" setup also seems to demand much more power from the saw than 3/8" does.

    Round tooth is all I got in .404" and I know it doesn't compare to chisel tooth - no need to tell me that.

    I got the .404" just to give it a try, I guess I should look into getting a loop of chisel tooth to get a proper idea of .404".

    My .404" B&C setup is 20", as are my main 3/8" B&C setups.
    I run .404" on my (stock) Dolmar PS-7900.

    Cool video, thank You. :beer-toast1:
     
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  3. huskyboy

    huskyboy Sorta a Husqvarna guy.

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    The chainspeed is higher on 8 pin .404 than 3/8 8 pin (7 pin .404 is the almost the same size as 3/8 8 pin). So the .404 was actually getting more wear from the increased chainspeed over 3/8 8 pin.
     
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  4. friendlywithbears

    friendlywithbears a tree falling in the woods

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    Ha! Of course you're on here. Your videos started coming up for me when I was looking into the 462, love your and Scott's stuff my man.
     
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  5. Deets066

    Deets066 AKA Deetsey

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    Only if the saw is spinning the chain faster in the wood.
    My guess is rpm was higher with the 3/8-8
     
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    ferris Pinnacle OPE Member

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    Nice Video :)
    Im a big fan of 404, yes it takes more power to pull it. An the first cuts are slower than 3/8 on a 70cc saw.
    But you can cut almost forever with it.
    I recently used a half chisel 404 chain for 8 tanks and I it still cuts like it was new. On tank 9 I hit a big piece of metal :(
     
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  7. RI Chevy

    RI Chevy DollyKitaStihlvarna Runner

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    Cool test Julian. Thanks again for doing this and sharing with us.

    Just curious if 404 is made in .050? I remember a thread on it but can't seem to find it.

    Be cool to see a 404 chain shootout.
     
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  8. CR888

    CR888 Pinnacle OPE Member

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    .404 used to be made in 050, but I don't think anyone has made it for years maybe decades. A few ol timers have some if you really wanted to find it but its fairly rare. I run 063 .404 and 063 3/8 so I can swap nose sprockets around between bars if I need too. Speed isn't everything, I like .404 on my 80 & 90cc saws, in Ozzy hardwoods it cuts for ages with chipper or semi chisel chain. Also get a lot of production/sharpenings out of the big long cutters.
     
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  9. RI Chevy

    RI Chevy DollyKitaStihlvarna Runner

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    Yessir. I have everything in .050. I was hoping to just be able to take one of my bars and grab a new tip. Looks like I'd have to buy a whole new bar. TY
     
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  10. Wilhelm

    Wilhelm Pinnacle OPE Member

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    I have 4 loops in .404" .050" round tooth, running it on a hard nose bar. ;)
     
  11. RI Chevy

    RI Chevy DollyKitaStihlvarna Runner

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    Is it still available? What brand Wilhelm?
     
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    friendlywithbears a tree falling in the woods

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    When are they going to invent a chain that cuts 10x as fast and never dulls?
     
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  13. Dub11

    Dub11 Some body poisoned the watering hole!

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    Never, ain't no money to be made.
     
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  14. friendlywithbears

    friendlywithbears a tree falling in the woods

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    Well that's easy, monthly subscription based service. Who wouldn't pay a "reasonable" monthly fee for the use of such super chains!

    Once again engineering woefully lagging behind the brilliance of the sales and marketing department.
     
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    Deets066 AKA Deetsey

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    High toof ftw
     
  16. Wilhelm

    Wilhelm Pinnacle OPE Member

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    No idea on availability, I got the setup from the US.
    @psuiewalsh

    It is Oregon chain.
     
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    Stump Shot Old *pretty boy dipstick of Quality

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    How does one know when purchasing .404, if the toofs is high or not?
     
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    Deets066 AKA Deetsey

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    Gotta look rik dis
    :bandit:
     
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    junkman Crush it

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    If order skip square stihl it has the taller teeth
     

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