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Husqvarna Chain Quick Reference

Husqvarna chainsaw chains are great but the types and sizing take some getting used to. This post summarizes what you need to know about Husqvarna chainsaw chains: sizes, types and identification. Husqvarna chains (current) Chains in the current Husqvarna chainsaw chain lineup are listed in the table above by pitch and gauge. For more details […]

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Oregon Bars for Stihl

Oregon carries many Stihl-compatible guide bars with excellent price-performance ratio, but finding a compatible bar for your Stihl from Oregon’s massive selection can be difficult. Oregon’s bar finder does not have too many new Stihls, and the bar mount patterns in particular are a real jungle. I wrote this article to help you in this […]

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Stihl Chain Quick Reference

Selecting a Stihl chainsaw chain is made challenging by the sheer number chains you have to choose from: at least 19 types, 11 pitch–gauge combinations and more than 20 lengths are currently available. The model names are also heavy in Stihl-specific jargon like Rapid, Picco, Super and PMM3. This article explains the Stihl chain models, […]

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Stihl vs. Husqvarna Chainsaws: The Common Knowledge Isn’t True

The received wisdom holds that Stihl makes more powerful and cheaper chainsaws than Husqvarna, and that Stihl saws are more consumer-oriented and Huskies more professional. Always preferring hard numbers, I decided to do a bit of research on this, and found that these are not really true. In this article, we’ll take a look at […]

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Aspen – A Gasoline that Does not Smell

Ever heard of gasoline that does not smell? There is indeed such a thing: Aspen alkylate gasoline. Having been available in Europe for decades, Aspen launched their alkylate fuels in US just end of 2020. In this article, we’ll take a quick look at Aspen gasoline. In summary, Aspen alkylate gasoline is exceptionally refined gasoline […]

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Bar Oil Basics

Bar oil is one of the two oils your chainsaw needs to work (2-cycle engine oil is the other). Bar oils have a simple task and yet they are commonly not very well understood. What kind of oil is bar oil really? What is its viscosity or SAE grade? Do you have to use a […]

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Which Engine Oil for Chainsaw Bar & Chain?

In a previous article we explored alternatives for commercial bar oil products for lubricating the chainsaw guide bar and chain. One of them was engine oil: it’s commonly available, and though not cheap, it has excellent lubrication properties. But what kind of engine oils work as bar oil? Is a specific SAE grade (weight) needed […]

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Best Vegetable Oils for Bar & Chain

In a previous post, we discussed alternatives to bar oil. Vegetable oils were clearly the low-cost champion. But how to choose a vegetable oil for guide bar lubrication? Which of them work the best and why? And which you should not use? In this article, I rank the common vegetable oils for use as bar […]

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Bar Oil Alternatives

Have you ever wondered if you really need to use purpose-made “Bar Oil” from Stihl or Husqvarna in your chainsaw oiler? Couldn’t more common (and potentially cheaper) oils be used as bar oil instead? Whether you want to save money or just avoid an extra trip to the local home center, these are reasonable questions. […]

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New Husqvarna Chainsaws 585 and 592 XP – What to Expect?

Husqvarna has recently announced that they will be launching two new chainsaw models in 2022, both in the 90cc professional logging size range. Some specs and even short reviews: the 585 and 592 XP are already out, but we are still waiting to understand what they’ll bring. Where do the Husqvarna 585 and 592 XP […]