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Salmoneye    Posted 09-06-2003 at 05:29:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have been running chainsaws since I was old enough to start one, but I have NEVER been able to sharpen one worth a darn (quit snickering Les)...I have been 'taught' by experts how to use the four (count em) different sharpening rigs I have acquired over the years, but I just could not make a saw cut like new, or even cut straight for that matter...Anything with a round rasp just would not work for me...I have been taking my chains to a nice old guy on the other side of town for a few years...Just had to drop em on the pooltable inside the door and he would call when they were finished...Pain in the butt when you need one now, and the price has gone up to $4 a pop over the years...

The other day I was in the local hardware and on the rack they had an Oregon 12-volt sharpener...Looks like a beefed up Dremel tool...I plunked down my cash not expecting much...

The directions were next to no help, but I'll be a son of a gun if that little sucker didn't make my saw spit chunks and in a straight cut to boot!

After the fact (of course) I did some research on the net and found basically the same rig for less (no-name brand), and found that you can buy the 'bit' with the guide to fit a Dremel or even a hand drill for considerably less...

I highly recommend for anyone that is not able to sharpen a saw (maybe I am the only one) that you look into one of these little gems...

First thing I did with my 'new' saw was to go and kill a 20" White Ash with that 16" bar...Then I made a chair from the stump for good measure...


Redneck    Posted 09-07-2003 at 17:31:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Went thru a couple of chains before I paid attention to what I was doing wrong.Now I can't wait for the new edge to wear off to where I can really sharpen it so it will cut.I use only a round file and on some chain the drags have to be evened up,but not usually.I buy the single drag,full chisel oregon chain.Got to where I don't sharpen for novices,scared they will cut their dang leg off.Better to let them get theirs machine sharpened for saftey.

max    Posted 09-08-2003 at 14:37:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
"Went through a couple chains before you paid attention?"
Sounds like you are a novice, watch out for your legs.

max    Posted 09-06-2003 at 13:59:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good tool Salmoneye
Had a 12v setup like your talking about, but like a lot of my favorite tools, it walked off. I now use the stones in my dremmel. The 12v can be hooked up to your truck, in the woods, when you need it, so I think it's the way to go. They are fast and do a much better job than the old rat tail files, which I finally just got rid of.
Just my personal opinion.

RayP(MI)    Posted 09-06-2003 at 08:42:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Never got a good sharpening with a file either... Even with a fancy jig. Then I found a sharpener tool with a jig of sorts for my Dremmel tool. Worked OK! Now I simply get appropriate grinding stone (small round grinder - same size as file I'd use) and freehand it. Can do it in just a few, and cuts great. Once every few sharpenings, I find I need to take the raker off a bit.

Les    Posted 09-06-2003 at 07:35:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sharpening chains has never been one of my best skills (unlike Mutt, Trevor and Ronald!). Those guys can sharpen better than any machine.
Trevor and Ronald are off to some roundup in Maine this weekend. Mutt told me that he wasn't invited. They think he's too old and should be in the Special Olympics. Or at least the Senior Olympics.
Ronald has one of those chainsaw winches. You ever see one of them? He loves it.

deadcarp    Posted 09-06-2003 at 06:48:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
i like3 to use a small andgle-grinder with a thin wheel - just slant the thing about so, tiouch up inside the tooth until you see the edge curl
& go on to the next one. granted the thing eats up chains pretty quick but i buy 2 at a time - oh lordy they cut :)

Corey    Posted 09-07-2003 at 06:17:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
hmmmmh,,, I thought I was the only one that used an angle grinder to sharpen his chain.

Les...Yabbut    Posted 09-06-2003 at 07:30:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Chains are cheap. I buy Oregon chains for my Jonsereds for about $11 apiece. One of my tree companies is a dealer. They don't actually deal in them, they're just a dealer so that they can get them cheap and they use a lot of them. They let me have them for their cost. Bars, too.

JoeK    Posted 09-06-2003 at 06:14:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Couple local hardware stores w/sharpening service have a fall special bout this time a year,$2.50 per loop,one feller brought in 22 chains.They do good work.
On another note,a year ago,during cleanup after our tornado,a volunteer showed up,and set up a "free chain sharpening" stand at marshalling point,sharpened dozens a day for folks for over a week,a truly appreciated service.

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