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OILOMATIC® STIHL RAPID™ Super (RS)

STIHL RAPID™ Super is a reduced vibration saw chain. A cutter and tie strap design reduces vibration levels significantly while still utilizing the aggressive full chisel cutter design.

OILOMATIC® STIHL RAPID™ Super (RS)
OILOMATIC® STIHL RAPID™ Super (RS) is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 25.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wicked Fast, Economical and Easy to Live With I’ve used the RSK chain before on my MS661 R C-M in 25” and wanted to see the difference with RS chain. Honestly the cutting performance is about the same as the RSK.After some digging to determine the difference between the RSK and the RS here is what I’ve found.RS - full chisel, bigger raker, more readily available on the shelf at my dealers and in a anti-vibration link(chassis)RSK - also full chisel, smaller raker, must be ordered by my dealer, classic links (non-low vibration/chassis) Honestly running both I can’t tell a difference but I don’t do it daily so maybe you save a nanosecond with the RSK. What I do notice is that I can go buy this any day at my dealer and I have to wait days for the RSK so this is now my go to chain for my saw. Running it in 20”, 25”, 36” with no issues. Great chain right out of the box.. it’s grabby so it demands respect when using it but the results are outstanding. I have about 250 cuts in 16” pine with it and it still feels like I took it out of the box. Great value great performance great availability.
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best chisel chain made This is by far the fastest and best chain I've ever used. I have the MS 291 and this thing eats wood like a madman. The chain is not meant for beginners and you should have quite a bit of skill before attempting it. I use the Dremel tool with the stihl roto bits to sharpen the chain but you have to take your time and make sure your angles are perfect and use common sense and skill. The chain is hard to sharpen if you did not have sharpening skills take it to the shop. I have used stihl products for over 20 years and in my opinion there the best saws and chains I've ever used bar none. By 1 it will be the best move you ever made and you won't be sorry.
Date published: 2017-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast Cutter - for the experienced Great Chain, but only if you've got a lot of cutting time under your belt. I use this chain when I've got a lot of bucking to do. I use the other safety chain (RM3) for limbing, difficult position cutting, or my hands are getting tired (where there's greater risk). I just used this chain again this weekend for a pile of bucking and it's great. Super Fast cuts and it does a great job of throwing the chips. (I was getting "chips" over an inch long). I only use the Stihl 2in1 sharpener and never have a problem with this chain being super sharp and cutting straight. I use RS / RM3 & always keep a sharpened spare chain in my bag.
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good, fast cutting chain. I run this chain on my MS311. It has done very well. When its sharp it will eat through the log like butter. I cut 3 truck loads of wood before I had to sharpen it. If you aren't very good at sharpening. take it to a shop. If you are off on the angle the least bit, this chain will barely pull the bar through the wood. I learned this by hastily sharpening it one time with a file and no guide. Keep the tip out of the ground too. It will dull it quick with just the slightest touch into dirt. I personally haven't noticed excessive kickback, but I only use the 311 on bigger stuff after I've topped the tree out with a smaller saw. I keep an extra in my box in case I hit something and dull it, saves me from sharpening in the field.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First thing I buy after getting new saw This is the first thing I buy after getting a new saw. I don't run any other chain. It does have a good bit of kick back so if your new to a saw I wouldnt get it.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Standard for Almost All Operations STIHL RS or Rapid Super is an extremely fast-cutting chain that is great for hard woods and even frozen wood cutting. Not sure of all the science behind it but Its cutter and tie strap layout reduces vibration while still utilizing the aggressive full-chisel design. The super sharp-edged, square-cornered cutter reduces friction for an exceptionally clean and even smooth cut under extreme conditions. It offers excellent general cutting and plunge-cutting. I prefer the RS chain over the PM or RM as it typically cuts faster, but it requires careful sharpening and maintenance to return it to factory performance, but once you have the sharpener set-up it isn't hard to sharpen just take your time and get all the angles set for peak performance. It might be best suited for higher-powered saws, but I use the 3/8, 050 RS chain on my in tree and smaller limbing saws, just show them some respect, just because they are small we sometimes are less careful than when we are using our 044, 661 or larger saws and that is a big mistake especially with the RS chain because this chain likes to cut - fast.
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great chain! This is the only chain I use. Adjust it when I put it on the saw and its almost always good for the day. Other brands I've tried you have to adjust multiple times between fueling. I will hit it with a couple passes of the file when I fuel up and it cuts like it just came out of the box. I use this on my old 026 PRO and my MS362. This isn't a low kickback chain, if you don't have lot of time under your belt it may not be the best choice for you.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The only way to go with a large saw I have both an 066 and an 029 Stihl. I use a chop saw type sharpener. I have the oiler turned all the way up. I have been heating 2300 square feet with a central fireplace for 23 years. I burn about 10 cords a year and wouldn't think of using anything else.
Date published: 2016-12-14
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