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Drilling

How to Drill Stainless Steel: Pro Tips

Stainless steel is hard to drill because of its toughness and work-hardening (explanations here). Many homeowners and DIYers end up frustrated, the stainless hardly dented and the drill bit destroyed. This article will tell you how to drill stainless right. In short, stainless steel is best drilled using a drill press, low RPM and high […]

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Measuring and marking

Feeler Gauge Sizes & Types

Feeler gauges are a mechanical instrument for measuring the width of narrow gaps. These gauges have a sizing system and come in many different types, which is a common source of confusion. This article explains feeler gauges sizes and types for each application. Feeler gauges come in sets of 12 to 32 blades and span […]

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Woodworking Woodworking saws

Ripping vs. Cross-Cutting Explained

“You rip a board along the length, and you cross-cut it to length.” This rule gets you straight most of the time. But is exactly true? How do ripping and cross-cuts really differ? Can you do both with the same saws? This article tells what you need to know about ripping and cross-cutting. Ripping means […]

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Chainsaws

Oregon Bars for Echo

Oregon offers a good selection of guide bars for Echo chainsaws, just like for so many other brands. Oregon’s Echo-compatible selection is actually wider than Echo’s own. This post guides you through Oregon’s bar offering for Echo. The tables below should help you find the right bar for your Echo saw. Be sure to check […]

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Chainsaws

Echo Bar Sizes and Compatibility

Echo offers a decent selection of original guide bars for all Echo chainsaw models. The Echo bar lineup is narrower (and clearer) than that of Husqvarna or Stihl, but may still appear confusing. The pitch&gauge combinations are relatively few, but the tail mounts situation is much more complicated. I wrote this article to guide you […]

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Chainsaws

Tsumura Bars for Stihl

Tsumura offers a number of guide bar models for Stihl chainsaws in the Medium (3003) and Large (3002) Stihl bar mounts. Although fewer than those for Husqvarna, the Tsumura models are a valuable addition to the extensive original Stihl bar selection. Tsumura bars are equal or higher quality than Stihl originals (depending on the model) […]

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Chainsaws

Tsumura Bars for Husqvarna

Tsumura is a premium aftermarket guide bar manufacturer and offers a decent selection of bars for Husqvarna chainsaws. Tsumura bars are known for high quality: they are all solid construction, use higher-grade steel and are mostly replaceable-nose for long life. Tsumura bars are not cheap, but will probably outlast most original bars. This post lists […]

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Chainsaws

Husqvarna vs. Stihl Chainsaws – A Matter of Taste

In an earlier post, I compared Stihl and Husqvarna chainsaws in terms of performance specs: power, power-to-weight, and price-to-power. The conclusion: no meaningful difference. But performance and price are not everything. In this article we will look at how Husqvarna and Stihl chainsaws differ for the user in general: performance&price, fuel economy, vibrations, bar selection […]

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Chainsaws

Solid vs. Laminate Bars

Chainsaw guide bars come in two constructions: solid and laminate. Both laminate and solid guide bar models are available from all major manufacturers like Husqvarna, Oregon, Stihl, Sugihara and Tsumura. What difference does this make and which should you choose? In this article, I will compare solid and laminate guide bars and help you choose. […]

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Chainsaws

Oregon Bars for Husqvarna

Oregon offers a very wide selection of quality aftermarket guide bars for Husqvarna chainsaws. Getting a hold of the Husqvarna-compatible Oregon offering is quite a challenge, mainly due to the tail mounts mix. This article gives you an overview of the Oregon bars for Husqvarna in the form of handy tables. To make things real […]