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dead wood harder on saw chains?

Post in 'The Gear' started by jpl1nh, Jun 12, 2007.

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  1. jpl1nh

    jpl1nh Minister of Fire

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    Is it just me or does dead wood dull a chain faster than live. I've been cutting a lot of dead black locust and it seems that it dulls my chain really quickly. I also cut a lot of dead red oak and have the same experience. When I cut into something live I'm throwin lots of chips, but the dead stuff seems to throw a lot more saw dust.

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  2. computeruser

    computeruser Feeling the Heat

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    Yup, the harder stuff (whether owing to being a harder species or a drier log) tends to wear chains faster and to produce smaller chips. Hardwood that is dead, standing, bark-less, and sunbaked...bad news.
  3. restorer

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    When I read the title I thought, if it's pine it's easier, no resin to drag it down, but if it's like BL oops, should have gotten after it sooner. Get a couple spare chains and a good fast sharpener, and remember green is really easier.
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    DiscoInferno Minister of Fire

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    I think others have reported that black locust in particular is hard on chains. All of my locust was pre-cut, so I can't say either way.

    Me, I'd love to get more wood without bark. Dirty and/or sandy bark will dull a chain quick, and I seem to get a lot of that.
  5. ourhouse

    ourhouse Minister of Fire

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    I find Locust and dead Elm are hard on chains. I find my self sharping my saws at work a lot more at work when cutting them.
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    I own a small chipper, when chipping dead dry branches I must sharpen my knives much quicker.
    I never really noticed a difference when cutting with the chainsaw. The chipper only has two knives so its making contact with the wood more often than the teeth of the chainsaw.
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