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    I had some guys asking for a review on the 3 point dogs from WCS. Ive had them on the 390XP for a couple weeks now so this is my initial review. Ive felled and bucked approximately 30 trees with this setup so far. The saw is a stock 390XPW with a 32" full weight Oregon bar and full skip, square ground chain.

    #1 They are big. Really big. It cuts the useable bar length down to 29". They do help balance the saw when its sitting. It tipped forward with the stock dogs and the 32 but now it will sit flat and balanced.

    #2 . Performance wise, they are fantastic. They take a great bite even in thick barked shaggy hickory, white oak and other trees that would at times make it a pain in the arse to dawg in and keep the saw from slipping and sliding and making sloppy cuts. I like to cut a Humboldt most of the time and having the ability to keep the saw dogged in tight when cutting the face is a huge advantage.

    # 3. The middle tine/point lines up perfectly with the teeth on the chain. That point is a straight line right down the exact kerf cut. It's nice to be able to sight that point and know where your backcut is in relation to hinge width if that makes sense.

    So far Ive found them to be an improvement over the stock dogs. They sell the same set for a 372/385 and 390. Personally i would find them to big on a 372 since thats a saw I would mainly run a 24" or shorter bar on and these would eat up the bar length quickly. They are overkill on most thinner barked or smaller diameter trees, but if you want or need a big set of dawgs i find these better than any stocker or pro safety that i have used.
     

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    Falling a nice little poplar with the current setup. 24" DBH and 123' tall. The WCS 3 points worked great on putting in that face cut.


     
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    I been felling Doug fir with the 3 pt spikes on my 395, love them! Hands down the best spike design ever made
     
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    Thank you for the review. I've been considering getting 2 sets. For my MS 262 and 036. I'm hoping they are sized a bit shorter for that sized chassis.
     
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    They are sized to the saw chassis as far as I know. I think i know a guy with a set on a 362 let me see if i can find a picture
     
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    Maybe I need another 390.
     
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    Hey great honest review. Nice to know you can still purchase an item for its intended purpose and it works!
     
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    They look right at home on that 390xp.
     
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