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« on: November 26, 2010, 05:45:05 AM »

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Has anyone any experience of chainsaw sharpeners?  I have been using a round file and guess work on the angles (just following the original angle) But now looking into an electric sharpener. There are many to chose from varying in price from about 25.00 up to hundreds of quid.

have been looking on flebay for around 30 to 40

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« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2010, 07:57:45 AM »

Never used an electric one but the best I found is the human hand closely aided by a guide for getting the angles right.  Using a new file helps to get a nice edge and don't forget to flat file the tops when they stick up above the guide.

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« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2010, 08:49:43 AM »

I second Billy. Just make sure you have the rite file and guide for your chain.

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« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2010, 08:56:14 AM »

I third Billi, You can do it on the saw. It doesn't take a many strokes on each tooth and as long as you are careful with the angles and use a sharp file of the right diameter it works really well.
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« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2010, 09:19:03 AM »

Unless your a professional tree surgeon you should not really need to sharpen the chain that often providing your not making school boy errors of trying to cut nails or stones on the ground.  I use a chainsaw on a regular basis and have 2 chains and bars the "old" chain for rough logging work and the "new" chain for tree felling. I normally run the logging chain for 2 years then replace with new chain and bar which then becomes the tree felling chain. Takes about 10 mins to swap chains.
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« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2010, 09:58:36 AM »

this type are cheap

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« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2010, 11:12:28 AM »

I have no hesitation at all in recommending the Dremel chainsaw-sharpening attachment. I have the cordless 10.8V model which does up to 35000 rpm. My chain needs a 4mm dia stone but the kit has 3 stone diameters. The advantages are that the angle guide makes visual alignment a cinch and depth setting is automatic. Best of all, it puts negligible load on the chain and so you do not need to clamp it to prevent vibration. You only need to spend a second or two on each tooth and the chain cuts like new. The stone last quite a long time but a replacement is less than 2 on ebay.
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« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2010, 11:32:50 AM »

I'll second that.  I use my Dremel and find it a breeze to use - replacement stones come in pack of three and are reasonably priced.

I tend to sharpen after every other use and it makes a big difference.
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« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2010, 06:57:12 AM »

I agree, dremmel makes chain sharpening a doddle
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« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2010, 08:53:07 AM »

An angle grinder is permissable to take down the depth guides but I always do the teeth by eye.
When I was a kid we had a monster Mc Culloch saw with 22'' bar, manual oiling and a sharpening guide which never worked smoothly, so I learned to do it by eye.

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« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2010, 12:56:02 AM »

Another vote for the dremel tool. It really does work very well - quick and easy. Takes a little bit of practice/understanding to learn to do it evenly, or to centre-up a chain which is cutting to one side, but a lot easier with the dremel tool than by hand.
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« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2010, 03:11:06 PM »

I'll have to look up the dremel tool attachment - will speed up a job I've never got time to do.

Sometimes, I think you don't realise how blunt a chain has got. Admittedly when you start seeing smoke as the chain tries to polish the wood to death, it's obvious, but it's really noticeable how good a sharp chain is. My 50cc  chainsaw at full tilt will chop a 24" log in just a few seconds, whereas when it needs sharpening, it would take 60s or more. Mine seems to need sharpening fairly regularly, but I guess chain quality also comes into it.
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« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2010, 05:10:51 PM »

Dremel by eye for me - too stingy to buy gadget. Works nice and quick.......

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« Reply #13 on: November 29, 2010, 05:21:55 PM »

If you ebay the kit with the various pieces & angle guide marker it's often around the 9.60 mark, delivered.
My seller preferences are,  hendr0ld  or ancatown1  both despatch promptly with a proper invoice.

Also useful for sharpening those mower blades (also available as a seperate kit, again with an angle guide)
Dremel is good, do consider a Dremel 4486 Multi Chuck if contemplating treating yourself to a dremel, far less hassle than collets, whilst not being universal they take alot of accy's
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« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2010, 10:24:06 AM »

Hi All

thanks for the info as usual

I have seen a file based kit on the bay that looks quite good

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170573292620&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

Take a look and see what you think

Cheers

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