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How are your Sugihara bars holding up?

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It's been a few months now since the first lot came in and the second batch of pro silver bars will be here end of Feb....

 

 

I've had one on my 390 for the last 2 months and it's been used and to be fair - a bit abused as used on new Granberg mill alot, got pinched a few times, used Alaskan milling a couple of times to boot... on second chain now and finish on bar is starting to wear... but other than that showing very little real wear and only had to dress the rails once and even then not much....

 

 

 

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Also changed the bar over on the MS880 from the GB 50" bar that was on there to a 46" Sugihara....

 

 

The difference was instant (and ok it was 4" shorter) but far more rigid, pointed better (without flopping around so much) and felt good in the cut. Also (although only a small point) - it pulled out of the cut so much easier as the surface is much smoother and all the rivets ground back better.

 

 

There's a few been sold now so wandering what the feedback both good&bad is?

 

 

 

 

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Curious to know why they didn't just do a 48" 4ft bar for the 880 lol

 

 

That's a good point! The maximum length bar the factory can produce is 46". So that's what I had!

 

 

In fact these 46" Sugihara bars are the longest bars they have ever made to date...

 

 

The GB long bars are pretty good but are also expensive to buy with the exchange rate £250+. Cannon are now a lot of money for a 50" bar - around £300+ so these are not bad ar £185+ if you don't begrudge those couple of inches!

 

 

 

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Got a 36 for my 395. I usually use it just for milling but have a semi chisel chain for it too.

 

Milling wise I don't have much to compare it to.

 

Had it on for crosscutting bigger than bar length ash the other day. It has a lot of rigidity, making for smoother horizontal cut placement, and a nice weight to it.

 

The only thing I find (that might just be me) is that when combined with Granberg ripping chain, no matter what tension it's at, the chain seems a bit free of the rails, even if tensioned way beyond where it should be

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The only thing I find (that might just be me) is that when combined with Granberg ripping chain, no matter what tension it's at, the chain seems a bit free of the rails, even if tensioned way beyond where it should be

 

Thinking about it, it's usually when horizontal and in the mill so maybe caused by flex in the bar?

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Got a 20" for the 064, which gets used mostly for firewood but it's done some chogging too. No problems at all; slips out of a slight pinch more easily than other bars or am I just trying to justify it?

 

Jon

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Thinking about it, it's usually when horizontal and in the mill so maybe caused by flex in the bar?

 

 

Shouldn't be due to flex in the bar.... I take it it's on the back of the bar the chain looks like it's free of the rails?

 

 

If so then most likely cause is the wood is pinching down on the chain - do you wedge the cut as you mill so the plank you are cutting is held off the bar/chain?

 

 

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Not when cutting, just when warming up, running the chain.

 

But yes it's from the back of the bar. Maybe the bar is tapered a little too small before it hits the sprocket? Just thinking out loud...

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