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This saw chain is specially designed for longer cutting edge life resulting in less frequent sharpening.

Product Description

OILOMATIC® STIHL PICCO™ Duro 3 (PD3) The STIHL PICCO™ Duro 3 is a low-profile, low-kickback chain specially designed for longer cutting edge life. Precision-welded carbide cutting edges make the STIHL PICCO™ Duro extremely hard – keeping it sharp up to four times longer than standard saw chains. It also provides reduced vibration for comfortable operation. And because of its long cutting edge life, it is especially suited for cutting dirty wood, treated wood, roots and hardwoods. The PD3 requires less frequent sharpening and must be re-sharpened with a formed diamond grinding wheel.


This may be the LAST saw chain you'll ever buy.

Applications: The PD3 is ideally suited for cutting dirty wood, treated wood, roots, hardwoods – even cement-encrusted formwork boards on jobsites.

STIHL recommends using low-kickback, green-labeled chain and green-labeled reduced-kickback bars on all powerheads.

Unsure which type of saw chain you need? Download our Saw Chain Selection & Identification Chart for easy reference when replacing your STIHL saw chain.


3/8" PICCO Pitch - Part #3612

Important Information

This symbol indicates that the product has increased risk of kickback injury and is for use only by persons with extraordinary cutting needs and experience and specialized training for dealing with kickback.

This symbol indicates that the chain is a low kickback chain. STIHL recommends the use of a green-lableled low-kickback chain.


WARNING! Improper use of any power tool may cause serious or fatal injury. Read, understand and follow carefully the operating and safety instructions in your instruction manual before using such products.

STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL Dealers are for distribution in the United States only.


OILOMATIC® STIHL PICCO™ Duro 3 (PD3) is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good But Could Be Better I've been using these chains to cut stumps lately. My stumps have ranged from 4 - 30" or so skewed in number toward the small end. Stumps have been mostly boxelder which are soft and buckthorn which are 10" and less. Cuts have been within the root collar close to ground level.After cutting several hundred of these. I find I average about 100 or so before the chain stretches beyond usability, i.e. won't fit my bar and saw (Stihl 391) anymore. Lengthening resulted from elongation of the holes in the chain links.The linkages need to be tougher for the chain to last longer.Though perfectly usable, carbide chains at the sharpest end of their lives are not as sharp as standard chains at their sharpest. Carbide chains also require special sharpening equipment. When trying to decide whether to use these chains for this application, I spent some time shopping sharpening costs which varied considerably from dealer to dealer. This variable turned out to be irrelevant, however, because the teeth were still cutting decently without any sharpening at the point at which the chain failed.Still, a hundred stumps is a lot of stumps and much more than the handful that it would take to dull a standard chain and still a good option relative to other alternatives in my opinion. I'm currently on my 3rd and, based upon my current awarenesses, would purchase more.
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great chain I purchased this even though the cost was about double that of a regular chain, because I assume I would not have to sharpen it or touch it up so often. I cut my own fire wood from a 40 acre plot and try to keep up with the dead and fallen trees. This chain lives up to what I expected, cutting elm, oak, ash and poplar, it really does stay sharp and cuts smooth and easy with no kick back issues. Cutting is a breeze and I am now thinking I will not have to sharpen this thing until I finish all my fall cutting, maybe not even then. It still feels as sharp now as the day I put it on. Really like this chain!
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Professional chain Raised on 40 Acres of Michigan Oak trees. My saw MS230c came stock with this chain and have cut up more trees, roots filled with steel and concrete than any other saw chain out there. I have tried others carbide chains and they have not held up as good as the Duro Carbide. Yes, if you force and rush the chain through the wood you will loose the brazed on carbide inserts. Been through 4 chains in 6 years and cut down and cut completely up for firewood whole trees 24" across with my 16" saw. Best Stihl saw I have owned yet out of 8 saws. Run Duro Carbide on all my Stihl saws and other brands I own. I truly a professional chains saw chain.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Be careful what you cut with this chain. This is a very sharp chain until you hit something with it. I hit a nail in a tree and half the carbide inserts came off. If this would have been a regular chain, I could have sharpened it and kept going, but without the carbide inserts, the chain is ruined.
Date published: 2015-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from me and my stihl i have always had stihl chain saws and other products , at times they can get a lil pricey but bottom line is a quaility product .these carbibe chains are about as good as you can get and i have recommended to a lot of friends and there friends .i am on my 3 rd 170 series because of the long winters i cut on average 6 cords of wood a year and just love my wood burner .james
Date published: 2013-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best for Gambel Oak This is the best chain I have found to use on Gambel Oak for its dirty bark and hard wood interior. This chain has lasted long enough for me to clear a five acre lot full of oak.
Date published: 2013-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Carbide is the way to go I watched a guy use a carbide chain a few years ago and I was impressed. I picked up my new Stihl saw last year, and I had to get the carbide chain. I am still impressed. I have cut down several large hardwood trees and even a dirty tree stump. The chain is still razor sharp. Yes, the chain costs more, but there is MUCH less service time. That is, after all, one of the main driving factors in buying a Stihl saw in the first place, right? I'm the kind of guy that just needs a tool that works whenever I need it, 100% of the time, not waiting to be sharpened, or in the shop getting repaired. If you're like me in that aspect, the Stihl saw and the carbide chain are the perfect combination.
Date published: 2013-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Expensive....BUT well worth the money! I have at a minimum,150-175 saw chains for my 27 STIHL chainsaws! I usually buy 4-5 new chains with each saw I purchase. Recently, my Dealer talked me into trying these carbide chains on my new saws. I made the right decision and now have all my new saws outfitted with carbides! I like to cut wood and the downtime you have with sharpening every couple of tankfuls takes away from my time with the saw. After the shock wears off over the price, you won't be disappointed!
Date published: 2012-11-13
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