Chainsaw Milling Gabon Ebony STIHL MS 660 or MS 880?
I have just recently purchased a 36” Alaskan Log Mill, 9’ EZ Rail guides, and Log Wizard Debarker/Planer for the purpose of chainsaw milling 29” diameter logs of Gabon Ebony. I will be spending a week in the rainforest cutting the logs into slabs and log half’s to make the wood portable and carry them out of the forest with brute strength and man power.
I have narrowed my search for chainsaws down to two choices:
1.) STIHL MS 660 (91.6 cc)
2.) STIHL MS 880 (121.6 cc)
Being that Gabon Ebony is about 3 times as hard as red oak and 40% harder than Mesquite or Persimmons(Texas Ebony) wood, I am trying to decide if 91cc chainsaw will do the job well or if I NEED to go with the monster saw to make the work easier.
Any advice? Any experience cutting ebony logs or lumber with chainsaw?
Thanks for all the welcome messages to LJ, I have read a few posts over the past few days and got some good info so far. I am already glad I joined.