New Panther + chain [patent pending]. The + stands for additional line markings on the top plate of the tooth which helps give a visual guide to the angle you are sharpening at but more importantly it helps you judge the tooth length in relation to the other teeth on the chain. One of the hardest things to do with a chainsaw chain [without a guide] is to ensure each tooth is the same length and the same angle as all it’s brothers. If not cutting becomes inconsistent, vibration increases, the teeth that are longer take big bites of the wood and dull faster.
Specialised ripping chain this Hyper Skip chain has x10 extra gaps between each pair of teeth. This helps keep chain speed higher when using a longer bar with a longer saw. This gives a smooth even feel to milling timber. The timber itself can have a slightly rougher texture. But it really helps to keep chain speed up on very long bars.
- P stands for Panther
- + stands for Panther Precision sharpening system [or lines on the top plate!]
- 404 = self explanatory – it is 404 chain
- 063 = gauge of chain is .063[1.6mm] – we don’t write this as all .404 chains are .063[1.6mm]
- R = Ripping [as in Ripping Chain]
‘A skip chain has fewer cutting teeth than a conventional chain which means it won’t be dragging as many teeth through the wood you’re cutting. Less drag on the chain means less power is needed to cut through the log. That means the motor on your saw runs faster which keeps it in a more efficient power curve. It’s the same principle you use when downshifting a transmission in your truck to go up a steep grade. You get more power by increasing the engine speed. ‘ Steven Gregersen USA
Madsens have some great info on chains so check the differences by clicking here.
- Milling is smoother and much more forgiving
- Longer bars can be used with smaller powerheads as the strain on the powerhead is reduced
- Less teeth to sharpen [Only around 1/3 of the 27R teeth]
- There are fewer teeth but correct sharpening procedure becomes much more important
‘Which is the best ripping chain – the Granberg? The Stihl RCX? or the….’
Horses for courses – there is no ‘best’ same as there is no ‘best’ car, or ‘best’ golf ball etc etc. There is only what’s best for you! So if in doubt – buy different brand chains and different makes and find out what works best for yourself.
Or why not buy a reel of chain [click here] and our breaker and mender package [click here]