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A look at the Panther Mini Chain, rebranded version of Stihl Picco Micro 3

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Nice to see some technique, looks like a useful piece of kit too.  I couldn't keep my stihl chain cool when I used a dime tip Sugi bar, lots of black oil spraying over the carving.  You run the saw slower and with a looser chain than I did, but I think I was too aggressive in the cut and threw the chain off a few times so then I tightened the chain up a little, though I still ran it loose, which didn't help with the heat.  I also haven't knocked the heals off the cutters, would you suggest I do that with a stihl carving chain?

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In short yes, it's good practice to nip a bit off the back of the cutters. But then so is general saw maintenance, make sure oil is getting to the chain sufficiently, dressing the bar, checking depth gauges and keeping the cutters sharp etc all ensure things are working properly

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