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Stihl versus Husqvarna replacement chains

September 1 2017 at 5:20 PM
John Ross  (Login jdr63)

My primary carving tool is a Stihl with a 12" carving bar.
I've been buying Stihl chains at $40 apiece.
I see Husqvarna makes a chain the same size for $20.
I bought one, used it once, and it seems to work OK so far.

Are there any real differences in the two chains?

Is the Stihl chain worth double the money?


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Steve backus
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September 1 2017, 9:36 PM 

Or rather,"NEIN"

and remember carve or starve...

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Chain cost

September 6 2017, 9:56 AM 

40.00 seems pretty high to begin with for the Stihl chain. I run a 12 in bar with a .43 picco chain and bought a replacement for 24.00 at ACE hardware. What gauge are you running? I know a guy with .50 gauge that might sell some lengths of Stihl chain. He had about 100 feet of it and was thinking about selling it. I don't want all of it but would take half if someone else was interested in .50 gauge 1/4 inch Stihl. I wish he had .43 but no luck. He had some other pitch and gauge also. I would have to check and make sure he still has it available.

Sorry to not answer your question John... I do not have much experience with the Husqvarna chains.

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Re: Stihl versus Husqvarna replacement chains

September 13 2017, 12:22 PM 

John, last I knew there was only 2 chain manufacturers, Oregon is the biggest, there are several brands, Oregon makes most of them, but there is a chinese one too. not sure who there making chains for, if you go on line you should be able to get your chains for about 12-15 each. a local saw dealer will be close to that too, don't buy at a hardware or box store there going to be high.

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