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"I recently ordered one of your
carbide chains for a 16" Homelite that I
have used for about 15 years replacing
the standard chain many times. I
have never enjoyed such performance
trimming mesquite limbs on our ranch.
It seems to cut through a 5" limb in
about one third the time. Rick was
most helpful in helping me to choose the
correct specifications for my
application. Kudos to him and your
"These are the very best chains
I ever saw."
cut 11 cords of frozen, some mud clad
oak before I experienced a notable
decline in performance. At best I
was getting 1.5 cords on standard chain
on the same logs."
fire department exclusively uses Rapco
Terminator chain on our ventilation
saws. We have found none other like the
Terminator to come close to holding up
to the rigors of cutting vertical
ventilation holes. The design of the
chain, matched with the .063 gauge and
.404 pitch sizing, make an excellent
combination for our application. We have
tried several other types of carbide
chain and found them non-serviceable
after just a few uses. The Terminator
chain holds up with no or very few
broken cutters after normal ventilation
use. We have seen good chain life if
properly maintained and have found
Rapco's sharpening and maintenance
service to be unsurpassed as well."
"These chains are the best
thing I have ever seen! I am
cutting cedar trees in West Texas with
them. With the trees growing out
of the rocks like they do out there it
is impossible to keep from catching a
rock now and then. With the
standard chains I had been using, I
would have to sharpen the chain every
time I filled the saw with gas.
That was time consuming, and used up a
chain very quickly. I have been
using the chain I bought from your
company for a year now, and have not had
to sharpen it yet."
"We constructed a system with
150 railroad ties and they ate up about
20 small steel chains. After we
converted to carbide chains, I tracked
how many railroad ties we could cut with
one chain, and when the chain was about
dead we had cut about the same, 150.
Please realize that these were clean
grade 1 fir ties, and not dirty oak
ties. So our carbide chain lasted
roughly 20 times as long as the steel
chain. The carbide chains cost
about 10 times more than the steel
chains, therefore they wind up being
about 2 times the material value.
But the real kicker is the labor saved
in not sharpening chains all the time
and replacing them often. I would
say that in the past about 33% of the
labor for railroad tie retaining walls
was just in dealing with steel chains.
Now it is just a few percent. In
my mind, I think of these carbide chains
as 20 times the value."
wanted to thank you for
providing such a great product.
About 2 months ago I stumbled
across your website when looking
for options on a demolition
project I was starting. Using my
trusty Husqvarna chain saw and
your chains, my brother and I
proceeded to completely remove
the top half of our childhood
house. We started with 2 chains
and rotated between them we
would cut with one, while the
other one was being sharpened.
We were able to average 2 days
of demo on each sharpen and
ended up doing the entire job
with only 3 chains, the $450 was
well worth it considering the
best quote we had from a
contractor was $45,000 to do the
We cut down about 9,000 sqft. of
pitched roofing (1/2" plywood,
felt & 30 yr. shingles and some
nails) into about 4' X 4'
pieces, then proceeded to cut
the rafters into smaller pieces.
In addition to the roof we also
cut the entire 2nd floor
(stucco, plywood, lath, etc.)
into smaller sections.
Every piece removed from the
house was cut into small enough
sections that one person could
hand load it so it could be
hauled away. We feel that we put
your chains to a true, "real
world" test and they passed with
flying colors. Thanks again for
your help and support on this
project. We are starting next
month on rebuilding the house, I
will send you completed photos
in about 2 years when it is
"Just wanted to tell you thanks
for the carbide-tipped chain saw
and tips on its use. The
carbide-tipped chain with the
"Husky" chainsaw and a little
help from a portable hydraulic
ram finally got the better of my
stump. The stump is now gone
from the premises. Will take you
up at some point on that saw
sharpening but am doing OK so
far with my EZE-LAP
Sharpener that I got from you."
"Yes, they are expensive, but time
is money and they save way more time
than they cost. They may cost
5 times what steel chains
cost, but in my experience they last
at least 50 times as long and you
are not forever having to stop to
sharpen or change them.
In a contest of "real world"
cutting, between one of your carbide
chains and 25 steel chains, I'll
make twice the cuts and do it half
the time. If you kept track of
how much time you lose changing and
sharpening steel chain in a week's
worth of cutting, you'll quickly
realize that only weekend gardeners
should ever buy steel chain."
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