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Philbert, this old timer at the saw shop measured this loop of chain I got from him. I've never seen anything like it before, and want one. . . . But you put a loop of chain on it and it'll tell you the DL count.

I want one too!

We have tried to draw lines on the wall, under loops hung on nails, to to quickly sort our different loops; but with chain stretch, etc., there is a lot of variation, even when you know the pitch and approximate DL count.

Closest things to that that I have seen/used are:

Granberg Pitch-N-Gauge:

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http://granberg.com/product/pitch-n-gauge

Oregon 556418 Bar And Chain Measuring Tool:

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http://www.baileysonline.com/Chains...regon-556418-Measuring-Tool-Bar-And-Chain.axd

And chain measuring charts like these (Bailey's, Oregon, etc.):

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http://www.baileysonline.com/Chains...-Charts/WoodlandPro-Chain-Measuring-Chart.axd

These are each pretty simple, inexpensive, and effective. The chain chart works better for lengths off of a roll, but can still speed things up, compared to counting by 'twos'.

Philbert
 

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The only markings are the 11 on the DL and the tie straps have Laser stamped in them.
You could be a poster child for why I clean my chains!

Hard to know. I have seen some Windsor and Sabre chains that look like that - don't know who makes these, if someone bought the old dies, etc. It is not hard to stamp out metal pieces like these - the trick is to do it consistently, maintain quality, assemble them into loops at an affordable price, etc.

I think that feedback from guys who have used these chains is probably more valuable than figuring out who made them.

Philbert
 

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In all the chain I have laying around here, none of it is Laser :retarded2:

The problem with them is consistency. What good is the chain if it isn't consistent? Sometimes it's Carlton, sometimes it's Oregon, who knows what you're getting. The only thing that's consistent is the price. If you're not relying on those chains then it really doesn't matter, so what if you get a bad one? You're not paying a premium for it. I'll tell ya though - if you can get an Oregon or Stihl or Carlton for a buck or two more, that's the route I'd go. I don't want to find out the hard way that this nice new chain is soft as ✖✖✖✖ and I have to stop and sharpen it every 20 minutes.
 

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In all the chain I have laying around here, none of it is Laser :retarded2:

The problem with them is consistency. What good is the chain if it isn't consistent? Sometimes it's Carlton, sometimes it's Oregon, who knows what you're getting. The only thing that's consistent is the price. If you're not relying on those chains then it really doesn't matter, so what if you get a bad one? You're not paying a premium for it. I'll tell ya though - if you can get an Oregon or Stihl or Carlton for a buck or two more, that's the route I'd go. I don't want to find out the hard way that this nice new chain is soft as ✖✖✖✖ and I have to stop and sharpen it every 20 minutes.

I get Carlton for dirt cheap so that's all I run and I like the stuff.

I really like the dealer who sells the Laser chain, but dang, by the prices he charges for a loop id think the chain has Stihl stamped on the side.
 

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I want one too!

We have tried to draw lines on the wall, under loops hung on nails, to to quickly sort our different loops; but with chain stretch, etc., there is a lot of variation, even when you know the pitch and approximate DL count.

Closest things to that that I have seen/used are:

Granberg Pitch-N-Gauge:

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http://granberg.com/product/pitch-n-gauge

Oregon 556418 Bar And Chain Measuring Tool:

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http://www.baileysonline.com/Chains...regon-556418-Measuring-Tool-Bar-And-Chain.axd

And chain measuring charts like these (Bailey's, Oregon, etc.):

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http://www.baileysonline.com/Chains...-Charts/WoodlandPro-Chain-Measuring-Chart.axd

These are each pretty simple, inexpensive, and effective. The chain chart works better for lengths off of a roll, but can still speed things up, compared to counting by 'twos'.

Philbert

I have one of those chain charts, they work great for building new chain.


I talked to Gregg from Left Coast today and he said the company that made them was the company that Eventually became Oregon.
He said that they found that with the smaller chain of today has way more stretch so they are not near as accurate as the old chains of yesterday.
 

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He said that they found that with the smaller chain of today has way more stretch so they are not near as accurate as the old chains of yesterday.

It would make sense that smaller pitch chains have more 'stretch'. Stretch is really enlarging of the rivet holes, and smaller pitch chain has more rivets, and more rivet holes, per inch.

Philbert
 
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