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topic 59405

Plating chainsaw chain



September 16, 2013

Q. I have a plating question for anyone in the industry.

Is it is possible to plate chainsaw chain?

What would be the best process?
Low phosphorous nickel?

Of course you have to consider the plating time has to be figured out so the chain still fits on the bar, and the chain still rotates?

The end goal here is to create a better cutting chainsaw chain.
Philip

Philip Ataya
- Canton, Ohio


September 19, 2013

A. Hi Philip. To my knowledge and experience the chain is heat treated for hardness, then the bulk of the chain is black oxided while the cutting links are hard chrome plated. The chrome plating on the cutting links not only adds hardness, but reduces friction as the cutting link wedges through the wood. Plating an assembled chain indeed might jam it.

Regards,

Ted Mooney, finishing.com Teds signature
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