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Carbide-Tipped Chain Saw Chains
Equip your chain saw with a carbide-tipped chain and it'll stay sharp 15 to 25 times longer than a conventional chain in tough cutting conditions, says Rick Fowler, Rapco Industries, Inc., Vancouver, Wash.
  The company is a leading supplier of chain saw chains for specialty cutting applications.
  The carbide-tipped chains are available in nearly all pitches and gauges to fit most chain saws, and can be customized to specific cutting requirements.
  "Carbide-tipped chains aren't new - we've been selling them for more than 20 years. Our main customers are fire departments, construction crews, and anyone who does demolition work," says Fowler. "However, farmers and ranchers can benefit from them, too. They work great for cutting abrasive wood such as fallen trees, removing tree stumps and roots, railroad ties, and so forth. They also work great for cutting firewood. When a conventional chain accidentally contacts the ground, you'll get a dull chain right away. That won't happen with a carbide chain. They also work great when cutting along fence rows, where trees have grown into the fences and you might run into nails or wire.
  "One customer told us he uses his carbide-tipped chain to cut cedar trees growing out of rocks, where it was impossible for him to keep from catching the chain on a rock now and then. They also work great for cutting through plastic and fiber."
  Carbide-tipped chains cost about six times more than standard steel chains, says Fowler. "We sell the chains for $1.95 per drive link, which typically works out to about $140 per chain. A conventional chain sells for about 35 cents per drive link, which works out to about $20 to $25 per chain. However, to many people the labor saved in not having to sharpen chains all the time and not having to replace them as often is worth the extra cost."
  The company offers three types of carbide-tipped chains. Fowler recommends either the Camfer or Chisel style for farmers and ranchers.
  The chains are resharpenable, but you have to use a diamond sharpener which the company sells for $4.95 plus S&H.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Rapco Industries, Inc., 6000 N.E. 88th St., Suite D-104, Vancouver, Wash. 98665 (ph 800 959-6130; fax 360 573-0046; rick@rapcoindustries.com; www.rapcoindustries.com).

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