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Old 14-05-17   #1 (permalink)
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Looking to get into carving

Hi,

I am looking to get into carving but not sure how to go about it, just would like some tips?
I'm not going into it majorly serious but just looking to try and make some fairly respectable pieces that may be worth a few quid. (obviously not straight away but we have to start somewhere)

the saws i have are stihl MS201t, MS230, MS361,

Any advice greatly appreciated.

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Re: Looking to get into carving

I'd get a 12 or 14" 1/4 pitch carving bar and appropriate sprocket for the 230. Cannon bars are tough, sugi also seem popular.

Just mess about have fun, watch some vids on youtoooobe

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Re: Looking to get into carving

Chainsawbars.Co.UK is a good place to start

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Thank you very much!!
I will check chainsawbars out!
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Re: Looking to get into carving

may have a 1/4 sprocket that'll fit ms230 knocking about. unused/barely used can have for cheap if you want
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Re: Looking to get into carving

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may have a 1/4 sprocket that'll fit ms230 knocking about. unused/barely used can have for cheap if you want
BN6C-0X30-A Sugihara Light Type Dime Tip 12" 1/4 .050 68 drive links - Chainsawbars

25F Oregon Carving Full Feature 1/4 .050 - Chainsawbars

Are these what i need, and would work with your 1/4 sprocket?
How much do you want for it? , PM if you prefer. Just trying to add up all the costs.

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Re: Looking to get into carving

Never used that full feature chain, prob worth just ringing rob at chainsawbars.Co.UK about it.

10er plus postage for the sprocket. Just found it I used it on an ms170 for maybe a tank at some point. It's a stihl 8t.

I'm fairly sure this will fit a ms230, as a quick search looks like they share the same 3/8 sprockets.

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Re: Looking to get into carving

I'd start by carving some mushrooms and some stools etc. Then move on from there it's a good idea to watch some vids.
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Re: Looking to get into carving

Go with the 25ap chain from Oregon rather than the 25ff. Far more versatile and a LOT easier to sharpen. And enjoy the experience.
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Re: Looking to get into carving

full feature chains are a bit like marmite.. (brown a sticky... or..some like em, some dont.. ) i dont get on with them, too many teth to sharpen for the minimal speed increase in my opinion. just get std 1/4 pitch chain. the carvign chains may have the heals of the teeth already ground off. if not, you willneed to do it yourself. youtube videos are a good start for basics like that. this explains it nicely. Carving information from Mick Burns, Chainsaw Carver
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