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At present just have two saws. A 346XP with a 15" bar and MS460 with stock 25" bar. A lot of my work is ringing up timber thats too big to go through the processor of say 14"-24". Is there a way to put a narrower bar on the 460 and if not whats the biggest saw that can use a narrower chain?

 

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I once bought a Husky 385 from Canada and it had a 30" bar and chain set up that was .050 gauge so you can get them but not sure over here . Best ask Rob D .

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To my knowledge we are one of very few companies looking at putting narrower kerf bars on larger saws.

 

And also narrow kerf bars for smaller saws.

 

We have a full range of GB bars (OK you will need a spacer for Husky saws but we have those as well) inc 20", 24",30", 36", 42", 48" that will take 3/8" Lo Pro chain.

 

But this is mainly for chainsaw milling - as bear in mind there is a compromise in using a narrow kerf bar.

 

 

  • Bar is physically thinner and so floppier
  • Chain is lo pro and IMO does not have the same stay sharp qualities as larger chain
  • You will get more chain stretch and it will happen more often
  • Chain does not seem to oil quite as well (This is just an impression I have personally but it may not be the case).

 

 

We also have 12" to 18" bars that take 3/8 .043 - even thinner chain than 3/8 .050.

 

 

The 30" bar Stubby is talking about would be 3/8 (standard) .050 - in the US instead of having 3/8 .063 for Stihl and 3/8 .058 for Husky they all seem to like 3/8 .050 bars.

 

 

 

 

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To my knowledge we are one of very few companies looking at putting narrower kerf bars on larger saws.

 

And also narrow kerf bars for smaller saws.

 

We have a full range of GB bars (OK you will need a spacer for Husky saws but we have those as well) inc 20", 24",30", 36", 42", 48" that will take 3/8" Lo Pro chain.

 

But this is mainly for chainsaw milling - as bear in mind there is a compromise in using a narrow kerf bar.

 

 

  • Bar is physically thinner and so floppier
  • Chain is lo pro and IMO does not have the same stay sharp qualities as larger chain
  • You will get more chain stretch and it will happen more often
  • Chain does not seem to oil quite as well (This is just an impression I have personally but it may not be the case).

 

 

We also have 12" to 18" bars that take 3/8 .043 - even thinner chain than 3/8 .050.

 

 

The 30" bar Stubby is talking about would be 3/8 (standard) .050 - in the US instead of having 3/8 .063 for Stihl and 3/8 .058 for Husky they all seem to like 3/8 .050 bars.

 

 

 

 

:001_smile:

 

Thanks Rob

 

Had thought in terms of a larger saw but an 18" bar with a narrow chain would probably do 90% of whats needed. What saws would that be suitable for?

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Hmmm thinking more carefully I have a whole roll of .325" chain so maybe best to get the gutsiest saw that would use this maybe with a 20" bar?

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Hmmm thinking more carefully I have a whole roll of .325" chain so maybe best to get the gutsiest saw that would use this maybe with a 20" bar?

 

3120xp with a 208RNDD009 bar

 

Swap the nose sprocket for a .325" pitch

 

Swap the clutch for a standard drive spline and a 9 by 325" rim.:lol:

 

 

Realistically you're only going to find a small mount Husky(K095) bar in 325 pitch and 58 guage.The largest UK husky is the 560xp(the US 562xp is 3/8) However you may be able to get larger dolly to take this bar.

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3120xp with a 208RNDD009 bar

 

Swap the nose sprocket for a .325" pitch

 

Swap the clutch for a standard drive spline and a 9 by 325" rim.:lol:

 

 

Realistically you're only going to find a small mount Husky(K095) bar in 325 pitch and 58 guage.The largest UK husky is the 560xp(the US 562xp is 3/8) However you may be able to get larger dolly to take this bar.

 

Was just reading up on the 560xp. Presume they would be more than happy with a 20" bar? It would fill the gap between my other two saws nicely.

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My 560 is on a 325 narrow kerf 16" bar and goes like a demented thing .

It is ported , but even so it's impressive and I reckon a 20" would be fine.

 

Sent from my SM-G900F using Arbtalk mobile app

 

Good to hear

 

Reading up it seems many have had trouble with the 560. Has yours proved reliable?

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Hello Beau , Rob D has the 24" in the k095 mount which fits the 560 and 6100 but if you didn't want to go that big the 20" is a good alternative if needed to fit between the saws you have in your arsenal

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