Sachs-Dolmar 105 & 108 -
Who uses what, and why?
What do you use? File, grinder?
Dolmar (Oregon) 092 chains, 3/8" Low Profile, .050", 14" 52DL, round tooth round filed, safety/low kickback chain.
That chain came with the saw and I never thought of changing it. These loops are being filed only, mostly free hand.
I have a Oregon PowerSharp kit for these saws wanting to see what the fuss is all about.
I also recently purchased a carbide tipped loop (Stihl Duro3 I think) out of curiosity and because I am nuts.
I am eager to try out both the PowerSharp and Duro3 chains as they are sitting in their boxes waiting for some decent wood to cut.
Dolmar PS-6400 & PS-7900 -
Dolmar (Oregon) 099 chains, 3/8", .058", 20" 72DL, chisel tooth round filed. I also have two Carlton A2LM loops (chisel), but they haven't tasted any wood yet.
Again, these Dolmar 099 chain came with the saws and I think they actually cut great - so, again I never thought of switching to something else!
These loops get round filed, mostly free hand, sometimes with a simple file guide to even the teeth lengths and angles. I do have a cheapo grinder, but I don't like it much so it gets used extremely rarely (I am thinking of selling the grinder).
For these saws I too purchased a carbide tipped loop of Stihl Duro3 just for the fun of it, and again I have no wood to cut to give it a try.
Yes, I am somewhat coo-coo!
All that said, I am wanting to source a chisel or at least semi chisel loop in 3/8" LowProfile to try on my 40cc's, and also some semi chisel loops to try on my 64 & 79 cc.
Additionally I am becoming curious regarding how a "FULL HOUSE" loop would behave on a/my PS-7900 combined with a "short" 20" bar!
That makes for at least three more chain types to look for!