Suitable Replacement Stihl MS 361 Chain Parts
Chain saw chain design has come a long way in the last 60 years. Currently, chains are being designed on computers. The manufacturing process has also advanced to new levels to permit worldwide delivery of the best combinations of chain available. To get maximum power and performance out of your chain saw and
optimum power when cutting wood, make sure your saw has a sharpe chain or new suitable replacement Stihl MS 361 chain parts.
Stihl MS 361 Chain Types & Configurations
Chain saw chain comes in many different
configurations from professional chisel chain [square tooth] to
semi-chisel [round tooth] chain to safety chain saw chain for the
occasional user. Stihl MS 361 Chain saw chain comes in many combinations to
include full chisel chain, semi chisel chain, full skip chain,
ripping chain, carving chain and harvester chain.
Every chain must be driven to perform
work. On the bottom of every Stihl MS 361 chain there are drive links that are
v-shaped. The drive links ride into the bar groove to guide the
chain in the cut.
The cutter has several different parts.
First, there is a top plate which is the top of the cutter and is
the leading edge of the cutter tooth. There are both left and right
cutters that alternate from left to right and left again. Next, the
depth gauge controls how deep the cutter tooth cuts. There is also a
gullet which funnels the wood chips away underneath the cutter and
ejects them when the chain reaches the sprocket. The toe of the Stihl MS 361 chain cutter rides on the bar groove and is on the front bottom of the
cutter. Another toe on the bottom rear of the cutter can become
worn as the tooth rocks when cutting the wood fibers. Finally, there
are rivet holes where the bearing rivet rides.
The last part of the Stihl MS 361 chain is the tie
strap that is opposite the cutter tooth. This strap helps to connect
the chain together.
Stihl MS 361 Chain Maintenance
The chain saw chain requires periodic
maintenance of the chain cutters. You can either file the Stihl MS 361 chain with
a chain saw file or use an electric sharpener (12 volt or 110 AC
chain grinder) to sharpen the cutter for top performance.
The top five things to remember to get
top performance from your chain are:
1- Your chain must be sharp
2- Your chain‹??s depth gauge must
be properly set per manufacturer's specifications
3- Your chain must be properly
4- Your chain must be properly
5- Your bar must be in good shape
General things to know about different
types of Stihl MS 361 chain and for cutting conditions:
Skip tooth chain is generally used for
longer bars sized 24‹?? and up. Skip tooth chain is usually for the
professional and has more kick back tendencies.
Ripping chain is designed to cut with
the grain of the wood and not against it, the chain is sharpened
either 10 or 15 degrees and is intended for saw mills.
Semi-chisel chain [round tooth] is one
the most overlooked chains on the market. The round cutter is more
forgiving in dirty wood conditions when compared to the chisel cutter
chain. This type of Stihl MS 361 chain cuts a little slower but stays sharper longer than
Chisel chain is by far the fastest
cutting chain available for chain saws, with its square teeth, it
cuts faster than the semi chisel round tooth chain. However, Stihl MS 361 chisel
chain doesn‹??t perform well in dirty conditions. Once the points
get dull, chain cutting performance decreases significantly.
To determine your replacement Stihl MS 361 chain,
count the drive links on the chain. The drive links are v-shaped and
go into the bar groove. You may also find a number on the drive link
along with the manufacture of the chain. Armed with this
information, you can check the chain reference chart or go to the saw
manufacturer to find and the bar and chain information for your model
For more information on measuring chain
saw chain, determining pitch of chain, and using the chain reference
chart, feel free to browse the chain saw chain information section.
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