Chainsaw sharpener

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  1. Stone Branch

    Stone Branch 8 pointer

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    I beg to differ, after 25 years of stroking the file I bought this at TSC the cheapest one was the only one on the self. I save on files and can make a chain last longer hitting it lightly every day. After the first couple of sharpening's I knock the rakers down pretty hard with a vertical belt sander.


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  2. KYBluegill

    KYBluegill 6 pointer

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    Be careful taking your rakers down too far. They’re not only there for safety but as a depth gauge for how much each tooth is going to cut. If you file them down too far you’ll have a really grabby chain that your saw may not be able to power.
     
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  3. Thomas Heck

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    I also use a harbor freight that works pretty good. But bought the 2 n 1 and it’s easy to use. I had trouble with single files, but the guides on these make it simple. Just change the files when they wear down.
     
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  4. Strutter

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    That's the one I was talking about. Works great and easy to use.
     
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  5. ribsplitter

    ribsplitter Cyber-Hunter

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    I agree, we cut alot of wood and I wouldn't even consider anything but a file.
     
  6. Stone Branch

    Stone Branch 8 pointer

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    I've been giving riding the sweet spot a good bit of thought particularly as of late.

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  7. KYBluegill

    KYBluegill 6 pointer

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  8. OLE RASPY

    OLE RASPY 12 pointer

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    I use a file in my dewalt drill. Works for me.
     
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  9. Trapper Delk

    Trapper Delk 12 pointer

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    I've did that if have a chain that gets bad , maybe wire In a tree or hit something that shouldn't be there
     
  10. EdLongshanks

    EdLongshanks 12 pointer

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    I’m no expert by any means but I’m also not a rookie. I use the harbor freight little grinder and I feel I can put a good and lasting edge on a chain. I don’t blindly use the tools calibrations but rather visibly grind each tooth individually. It works for me and I’m happy with the cheap chi-com sharpener.
     
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  11. 1wildcatfan

    1wildcatfan 12 pointer

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    No one using an Oregon electric sharpener? Local chainsaw store sells them. Looks like it'd make quick work on a chain.
     
  12. JR PORTER

    JR PORTER 10 pointer

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    Personally I use a file, but would love to have a sharpener. Only problem with the sharpener is that you can eat up a chain if you’re not careful.
     
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  13. grinder

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    I agree with above post. Stihl makes a dandy little file guide. It also files the drag tooth at same time as tooth. The problem with electric sharpeners is they remove so much metal, ruining chain prematurely. A touch up occaisionally with file is best. Chainsaw is one tool i will not loan out. So many think they know how to run a saw and dont. Many getting the blade in the dirt cutting completely through logs laying on the ground. You cut partway, then roll the log and finnish cuts. Never let blade get to dirt. Keep chain tight, sharp, and replace chain, bar and sprocket as needed, for me, every year.
     
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  14. barney

    barney 12 pointer

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    I learned to use a file and that's all I use. It took several years to actually learn what I was doing, but I'm glad I learned. I don't blindly file, I go slow and watch for the burr to show perfectly along the edge of each tooth. When I first started sharpening I would have to take the chain to the hardware store for a grinding to straiten it up at about half of it's life. Now I can sharpen a chain until it's used up.
     
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  15. EdLongshanks

    EdLongshanks 12 pointer

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    So do you guys prefer a rounded or square (triangular) file? I’ve seen on you tube pros talking about the difference.
     

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