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Which chain ?

I have a Stihl 200T  top handle saw & I am about to buy a new HT-KM chainsaw attachment for the Kombi.  I read that both can use 1/4 or 3/8 chains.  Has anyone tried both to compare them ?

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  • would depend on what bar is fitted, usually the stihl bar itself will have printed on it specifications as to what chain it needs, number of drive links etc etc

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    I prefer the 1/4 as I find the 3/8 quite aggressive as it pulls into the cut causing the machine to bog down and slowing the cut. The 3/8 cut quicker with some omph behind it but didn't leave as clean a cut.

    • Yes I tried a 3/8 on my old KM & I agree.  I was just thinking of the benefits of running the same size on both machines.  I also want to get the Stihl 2 in 1 sharpener.  You have to order these for the chain size. It looks like you can just drop in different files but no one seems to be able to confirm it.

      • PRO

        You can't chop and change the files as the diameter of the files is different and it would be sloppy in one and too big for the other.

         

        • Yes I wondered about that. Can you put a 3/8 on a new HT-KM without any other modification ?  I really would prefer one size of chain & my 200T needs a 3/8 plus I only really want one sharpener.

          • I wouldn't worry too much about different files................... I've 3 different sizes and it really isn't a problem. 

            • I have no problem with lots of files but I fancied using the Stihl 2 in 1 & they are 50 each.

              • ... didn't know there was such a thing.... I can see why you'd only want one of them now at 50 each. 

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    Don’t forget the sprocket 

    https://www.chainsawbars.co.uk/sprocket-care/

     

     

    https://www.chainsawbars.co.uk/sprocket-care/
    • Now that's the strange thing because years ago I popped my old KM into a stihl dealer. He recommended a "bigger chain"  & gave me a 3/8 but the sprocket was never changed.

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