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Posted on sawing logs with a chainsaw\alaskian sawmill

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#1 posted 08-31-2012 01:00 AM

I just bought a Panther II mill from eBay. My saw is a 20” bar Poulan Pro 5020AV, almost Identical to the Husqvarna 455 Rancher. I’ve been happy with this saw so far and have put nearly 150 hours on it in less than 2 months.
I replaced the cheesy OEM bar with an Oregon PowerMatch and the OEM Vanguard chain with an Oregon 72LPX072G chisel chain that I resharpened to a different profile.

It works great, has no problem with the bar and actually I think I could go up to a 22-24” Powermatch bar.

After the rest of my work is done, I have 4 logs I will be cutting down to 17” profiles so I can cut lumber from them, we’ll see how it goes. 2 logs are Red oak, (Bur Oak), and 2 are white oak, (Quercus Alba).

I’ve done some slabbing before and I agree, it’s slow. Not for the faint of heart or weak of back!

If my saw dies I have about 30 days left of the store return policy and then I’ll upgrade to a Husky big saw and be done with it.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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