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Offline Mark M

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Skip, Semi-Skip vs. Full Comp?
« on: March 07, 2004, 11:45:53 am »
Any guidelines or recommendations as to when you should use a skip or semi-skip chain instead of a full comp?

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Re: Skip, Semi-Skip vs. Full Comp?
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2004, 12:11:32 pm »
Usually on long bars in large wood.

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Re: Skip, Semi-Skip vs. Full Comp?
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2004, 01:43:06 pm »
Generally I would use full skip on bars 28"+  although I dont know the industry standard for these types of chain I do know that they are easier on the saw because the full skip chain has fewer cutters on it requiring less Hp to pull it.
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Re: Skip, Semi-Skip vs. Full Comp?
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2004, 01:54:40 pm »
I run full skip,3/8",square tooth chain on my saws, all 20". The Stihl full skip has the depth gauge moved out more to the side, producing a smoother cut. When you get it filed about halfway back you flat file the sides of the depth gauges along with the tops. Also, you switch over to a 5/32" round file. I've been running this chain since 1994 and haven't had a problem.

When I bought a new saw a year or so ago it came with a full complement chain. It cut well but not as smooth as a full skip. I have not found a difference in the speed of cutting between the two chains, only smoothness.
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Re: Skip, Semi-Skip vs. Full Comp?
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2004, 02:20:39 pm »
It is like Kevin said, big bars in big trees/logs.  Skip or Semi-skip is more often used on the longest bar recommendations for a particular saw.

I am of the o***ion that full comp cuts the fastest, and size my bars appropriately so I know my saw can handle all of the cutters engaged at once.

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Re: Skip, Semi-Skip vs. Full Comp?
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2004, 07:45:46 pm »
Mark, I think the full ship is good on big stuff. don't think the HP. of the saw has much to do with it. the Big trees need a skip to pull the chips out of the kerf.  take a 090G all the power ya want, and on full comp 7' trees it will plug the kerf , skip removes the chips for better cutting, so there fore I use skip on long bars and Big trees, run a 090G 52" bar skip 404 round chizel chain 063. seams to work good, small saws 36" and under, I use full comp.3/8 round chizel 050. round chizel will take more dirt then square and stay sharper longer. if you want to hot rod do the other stuff.  Duh---Duane
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Re: Skip, Semi-Skip vs. Full Comp?
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2004, 09:13:28 am »
Here's a link to the opinion of somebody who knows more about it than I do.

http://www.chainsawsforsawmills.com/sawchains.htm
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