We have an essential info section looking at how to ID chains – why not take a look by clicking here.

Chains are not measured by stretching them out on a bench and squinting down a tape measure – chains are identified by PITCH, GUAGE and NUMBER OF DRIVE LINKS [no – not the cutting teeth – drive links and you’ll know the difference by even a cursory look at the chain ID link above].

Bars likewise are not measured the same way – manufacturers give them a set ‘length’ which is generally the sticky out bit that comes out of the chainsaw [not including the mount unless in the case of large double ended milling bars which are the exception to the rule and measured end to end].

Chain sharpening is key – if you cannot use a chain and have it cutting well until the cutters are so small they end up getting knocked off – you have plenty to learn. Watch, research, rinse and repeat. Read our article on chain sharpening by clicking here – often people get caught up in different angles and techniques – but the principles are always the same.

If you are serious about correct maintenance of your bar and chain work your way through the Oregon manual [click here] and after that check out the Stihl equivalent [click here]. Using a chainsaw for 20 years [badly] does not qualify you as an experienced user – so be the change, make the difference and keep educating yourself about these valuable yet dangerous tools.

And finally – why buy a new bar and chain without checking/replacing the drive rim or drive sprocket? [again click here if unsure on what these refer to]. Would you change the oil on your car without changing the oil filter?


3689-26RM3 Stihl Micro Chisel .325 .063[1.6mm]

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Micro chisel chain. For universal use. Excellent control and high cutting performance. Relatively easy to sharpen. Uses include felling, bucking, limbing and all sawing work in agriculture, construction and forestry.

This is the ‘comfort’ version which gives smoother softer cutting performance.


Why use Micro Chisel chain – isn’t chisel chain faster? Yes chisel chain IS faster cutting BUT comes at a price – it will:

  • Dull faster due to the very small sharp working corner
  • It is harder to get exactly sharp as your sharpening technique has got to be good in order to replicate the precise corner geometry
  • Stay sharp time is reduced particularly in any gritty or very hard timer

Chisel chain is more designed for fast production cutting in softwoods – is that the work you are doing? If not then most of the time it is not for you.

If in doubt micro chisel chain or semi chisel chain is always the better bet – easier to sharpen, stays sharp for longer and modern micro chisel still cuts very rapidly.

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