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The first STIHL carbide-tipped .325" saw chain stays sharp up to four times longer than standard chains.

OILOMATIC® STIHL RAPID™ Duro 3 (RD3) is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE VERY BEST CARBIDE-TIPPED CHAIN MONEY CAN BUY PERIOD!!! I bought this CARBIDE TIPPED CHAIN with a few reservations was not sure if it would hold up like people said it would. Well it was one of the best decisions I've made. I bought 20 federal cord of wood delivered on a semi. That's 60 face cord of wood here in Michigan. I cut 4 face cord with a conventional chain. Replaced the chain 6 times because the wood is extremely dirty. Decided to get the carbide tipped and 30 face cord later am still on the same chain, haven't sharpened it yet. Cuts like I just put it on. Saving me time, money paying for sharpening of chains, wear and tear on my saw because I don't have to full throttle it through logs. Gas. I could go on and on. Thanks for a great product! Buy the way, if this chain failed today I would still be far ahead.
Date published: 2017-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Explanation To everyone, please understand this product. The carbide tipped are soldered on to the steel chain. The solder becomes brittle at low temperatures. Problems can be averted by simply warming the saw and chain up prior to use and keeping it at the proper operating temperature. As to the subject of hitting nails and hard objects, it goes without saying that only the products listed in the "rescue products" sections are rated for that kind of abuse. The tips on those are actually welded and not soldered. Just remember the old saying of "the weakest link".
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product !!!!! I don't know why there where poor reviews for this chain? This chain is the only one to buy , if you use your saw to work with. We cut 8 inch treated pilings (devil poles) and it goes right thru them. Regular chain cuts about three poles and is done. Old dirty wooden bulkhead, nails never misses a beat . its worth every penny.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Chain, Long Lasting I used my first carbide blade staring 3 years ago. After cutting about 10 cords of wood and falling many trees, it finally started to show wear. During this entire time I never sharpened the blade. Without hesitation I purchased another blade waiting for my first to be sharpened and the second one was just as good as the first. The wood I was cutting was a combination of hard and soft wood - dried (felled) oak, walnut, cotton wood, ash, etc. This blade chewed through big logs easily.For me, this is the only chain I will use going forward. I had none of the other issues some of the other reviews noted such as breakage. I try to keep the blade out of dirt and grime and so far the results are awesome.
Date published: 2015-12-06
Date published: 2015-10-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bring back the Old Rapid Duro sawchain The new green label (low kickback chain) cuts terrible, you'd be better of with an axe than a chainsaw running this chain.The old Stihl Rapid Duro yellow label (Non Low Kickback) Just cut and cut and cut all day long and cut fast. Bring back the good stuff, dealer tells me Stihl discontinued the yellow label chain.
Date published: 2015-07-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Carbide tips break off no apparent reason like the other review As the previous review from the other fellow mentioned, I never seemed to dull the blade and suddenly it just stopped cutting well. Upon close inspection, about 80% of the carbide tips were missing. Didn't hit anything etc... Put my backup regular blade on the saw and it cut right through where I had to stop with the carbide blade.DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS!
Date published: 2015-05-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from carbide vs ice in wood ICE wins I had got the RD3 in a 3/8 0.50 20 inch for my 441 pro, this chain blows through dirty wood and alot of it no problem I do give it that. I was never able to get to a point where it got dull because it broke on me while cutting a piece of wood. It appears that i hit a spot of ice in the wood and it tore most of the carbide tips off the chain. I have no other explination, there was nothing else in the wood but ice. I would steer clear of any carbide chain, hit anything hard, its gone and junk. With a normal chain, at lest there is something there to re-sharpen and re-use. I only got about 3 hours of use out of this chain and 3 hours is not worth that kind of money.
Date published: 2015-01-24
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