My saw cuts well enough with standard full skip chain on logs 28-36''. I have a friend who allows me to use his planer on a regular basis, so the rough cut look is not a problem. Would you still suggest a ripping chain?
(Sawing and Drying Forum)
From contributor A:
I have cut 1000+ board feet a hardwood lumber this summer with an Alaskan Mark III chain saw mill. Sounds like you want to cut spruce? Are you using a skip chain? I have also gone through 100'+ of chain.
I have tried the granberg style, the Oregon rd style.
I have tried chisel points, rounded, Stihlís, and a couple of different styles of Oregon. After many hours of cutting I have come to a conclusion. Donít waste your money on a ripping chain. Use Oregon dp type. It lasts the longest and it gives you a decent cut.
Ripping chains are nice smooth ride through your cut and it does make ripping much more pleasurable, but in the final analysis they are just too expensive for what you get.