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  1. Semotony

    Semotony Pinnacle OPE Member

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    +1 oils better more tunable to the wood IMHO
     
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    3/8” .063 oils better than .404 .063? Not saying it doesn’t but just wondering why it would. I know the 3/8” takes smaller kerf and I might run some on my big saw to see how it go’s. The .404 I have has smaller cutters hight wise than the other
     
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    Wood depend on oil pump. The 3/8 has more ports than 404, but the size of the groove is the same, with fewer dl's on 404 with bigger ports. I was considering .050, .058 in a general way.
     
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    lehman live edge slab Pinnacle OPE Member

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    Meant to say the ripping .404 that I have has smaller cutters than the stihl .404 I have. Ripping is Carlton chain, I was assuming the .404 chain speed would help on the low rpm saws of course I could change sprockets to gear up.
     
  5. mdavlee

    mdavlee Hillbilly grinder

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    The 3/8” doesn’t oil any better than 404. A lot of people like to run .050” chain and it works but doesn’t seem to oil as good and the bar groove stops up faster in my experience when you get past 24” of bar milling.
     
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    24" diameter is the limit on most of the band mills around here. My interest in logs usually starts around 28" logs unless the length is a challenge that I'd like to gather for post & beam framing.
     
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    i modified the stud slot on a 42" bar to fit my 084
     

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    Stihl Potlicker Well-Known OPE Member

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    i run auxiliary oiler on the end of my bars, i notice a big difference, in that it cuts better
     

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    mdavlee Hillbilly grinder

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    I usually did after 34” of bar. The 394/5 and 084/88s didn’t need it til 50”
     
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    My 090 oils well at 41”
     
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    yes we will need to do that as well :cool1:
     
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    krustysurfer Well-Known OPE Member

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    So we have the 48" mill :p need the aux oiler- Here comes the Question

    [1]Are better off using 42" inch Oregon Powermatch bar and chain combo (very inexpensive- like ridiculously inexpensive) however we will only be able to slab 36" max width between brackets because you lose 5-6" after saw is mounted properly?

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    [2] should we consider a Cannon bar (for almost 3 times the price) in the 50" configuration and buy a spool of Rt skip chain and leave excess bar tip hanging out in space (after fashioning a new tip guard) to maximize slabbing width 42" on the 48" mill?

    Thanks for all your time fellaz and Happy New Year to everyone :star2:
     
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    mdavlee Hillbilly grinder

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    To max the 48” out you need a 54” bar. Not a common size to find. If you have stuff that needs the 48” mill maxed out at 45” then get a 50” plus. I’d recommend 2 mills. 30-36” and then the great big 48-56”. That’s what I did and sold the 56” after I milked the real wide stuff. Still got the 30” and can mill 27” wide stuff
     
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    mdavlee thanks for the advice ;) duly noted HNY2019
     
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    Get both. No need to run a longer bar than necessary but I love my 50" Cannon. Very sturdy bar once you get over the sticker shock. I run 28, 36 and 50" on my 48" Granberg. I just swap bars and adjust the mill accordingly to what I need. Chains at these lengths get expensive so no need to run more than is required.

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