Carving bars come in a range of shapes, sizes and colours. The new red label Sugihara carving bars are thicker and stronger than their lightweight counterparts [but of course also a little heavier]. Cannon also make a good strong carving bar with an excellent reputation. Which is the best? It depends on who you ask;) Sugihara mounts tend to be either BN6A [stronger tough carver] – which is a multi mount that will fit on any small chainsaws under 40cc or dedicated Stihl mount which starts SL2. BN6C is a multi mount carving bar but the light type rather than solid.Cannon mounts all tend to be multi mount C1 for the smaller length bars [though in future there may be dedicated bars starting S5 or H5]
R7 tips 7mm radius
The smallest nosed bars are known as R7 tips [the tip radius of these is 7mm]. They are for the most delicate detail work and only run the smallest of chains Stihl 3670-71PM3 or Panther PMC 1/4 .043. Only use these on small low powered saws for detailing work only. You can break the tips on these easily if you try and overwork them.
Dime tips 9-10mm radius
Next size up is the Dime tips – these typically have a radius of 9mm and only run 1/4 .050 chain. This really only gives you x2 options with the Oregon 25F full feature chain [continuous cutters for a more planing style action or Stihl 3661-13RMS which has smaller cutters to give a more frictionless action on the nose.
Quarter tips 12-13mm radius
Then there are the Quarter tip bars. These are radius 12.5mm and you can run either 3/8 lo pro .050 OR 1/4 .050. The tip is large enough for the longer 3/8 lo pro chain to travel around but some carvers like the finer action and feel of 1/4 .050 chain. Our selector will pull in the correct 3/8 lo pro chains for you but for the 1/4 chain options you’ll have to go to the custom chain selector here and put in your drive link count https://www.chainsawbars.co.uk/custom-chain-loop/
Toonie tips 18-22mm radius
Finally you then have the Toonie tips – these are much larger at 20mm radius and are only currently available in 18″ lengths on a Light Type Sugihara [Cannon are on their way May 2020]. These give longer reach and may be run with either 3/8 lo pro or .325 .050. Same as for the Q tip bars the selector will pull in the correct .325 .050 chain but if you want a 3/8 .050 lo pro you’ll have to buy off the custom chain selector https://www.chainsawbars.co.uk/custom-chain-loop/
Chainsaw carving and the proper use of carving equipment is an art in itself. If you are venturing into carving for the first time go online and do some research. A good place to start click here.
Click here for a somewhat basic video made a few years ago – the range has increased since then.
Simon O Rourke has also made some cracking videos and carvings and has to rank as one of the best (with awards to prove) – a couple of his videos can be found here and also a review on the Sugihara 18″ Toonie tip here.
And to finish off here’s a recent video by Nick Speakman using a 16″[40cm] Sugihara Quarter Tip Tough Carver. You can find Nick’s work and website clicking here.