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amodoko 10-28-2012 12:01 PM

Will this round file be fine to sharpen my chainsaw?
 
Never sharpened my chainsaw before and now I need to since it won't cut very easily. Will this round file from harbor freight be fine or is not the right size in diameter?:

http://www.harborfreight.com/8-inch-...ile-96628.html

Or do I need to buy files specifically meant for chainsaws (there is a set that Harbor Freight sells that has various sizes of round files, but they are all smaller in diameter in comparison to the file in the link above so got me concerned that the above file is too fat. The skinny set also costs a few bucks more but I'm cheap and don't want to spend extra if I don't have to)

Thanks a bunch for the help

joecaption 10-28-2012 12:10 PM

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=...ning&FORM=VDRE

If you have never done it before you may want to take a look at some of these.

There's at least 3 differant sized chains for saw, so will that one work for your chain no way to know from here. You have to figure out which one you have.

If it was me I would not waste my money on a cheap file for a few dollars more you could get a better one that's sharper and will last far longer.
Lennox, Simmon make great files.

user1007 10-28-2012 01:10 PM

What you want is a chainsaw sharpening jig and the appropriate file to go with it. If you try to freehand sharpen a chainsaw you will end up with a dangerous, unbalanced mess.

If you just have one blade to sharpen once per season I would take it to a sharpener who will also check all the chain links, etc.

chrisn 10-28-2012 05:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sdsester (Post 1039608)
What you want is a chainsaw sharpening jig and the appropriate file to go with it. If you try to freehand sharpen a chainsaw you will end up with a dangerous, unbalanced mess.

If you just have one blade to sharpen once per season I would take it to a sharpener who will also check all the chain links, etc.


Unless you have done it a couple thousand times!:whistling2:

kwikfishron 10-28-2012 05:46 PM

I use a dremel on mine, it makes real quick work of it. I get the stones from the Stihl shop.

amodoko 10-28-2012 09:23 PM

Hey thanks guys for the replies, I didn't even know that they made different sized chains that would require different sized files. I'm very interested in the dremel route since I have one, definitely didn't think they would make an attachment for that, now I just need to buy the correct attachment for it. Thanks a bunch guys, I appreciate it. I just have to go and check the size of my chain now to get the proper tools.

kwikfishron 11-03-2012 09:30 PM

You don't want to look for a Dremel brand attachment. Go to a saw shop like a Stihl dealer and get the appropriate size stone that will fit in your Dremel.

Daniel Holzman 11-03-2012 10:10 PM

I purchased a Granberg chainsaw sharpening jig. It is a manual device (non-electric), but it is set up to hold the proper angles (there are two critical angles for a chainsaw blade). I think it cost about $35, well worth it. Electric chainsaw sharpeners are fine, but if you are not careful you can take off more metal than necessary, shortening the life of the blade.

You can also purchase file holders for less than $10 which work very well if you are experienced, not so good to learn with. And the real experts don't need any jig, they sharpen by eye, but this takes lots of practice. As for the file, the correct size is totally dependent on the chain you have, a lot of people don't really this and end up sharpening with the wrong size file. The correct angles are also a function of the chain. Best to verify with your dealer which chain you have, if you have lost the box it can be very difficult to determine exactly which chain is on your saw, but your dealer should be able to help out.

chrisn 11-04-2012 03:45 AM

Also a jig is good for filing down the "rakers"( the little metel prongs in front on the cutting teeth.

Bumpr1080 11-14-2012 01:49 AM

If you look at the base of your bar, near the powerhead, it should be stamped with some lettering. if your chain is 3/8 (the typical size) then you want a 7/16th sized file....

amodoko 11-14-2012 03:56 AM

Thanks for all the replies guys, wasn't even expecting to learn that there was so much to sharpening a chainsaw. It seems the best thing to do from what everyone says is to get a chainsaw sharpening jig sized for my chainsaw and set up with the proper angles. Having said that... I like buying tools that do all the work for me, Haha, and this week Harbor Freight has an electric chainsaw sharpener on sale for $25.

http://www.harborfreight.com/Chain-S...ODM0NiJ9%0D%0A

Is this worth it for $25? Or do electric chainsaw sharpeners tend to significantly impact the life of the chain?

If it isn't worth it, then I'll just buy the chainsaw sharpening jig that people recommended earlier.

DangerMouse 11-14-2012 06:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by amodoko (Post 1051785)
Thanks for all the replies guys, wasn't even expecting to learn that there was so much to sharpening a chainsaw. It seems the best thing to do from what everyone says is to get a chainsaw sharpening jig sized for my chainsaw and set up with the proper angles. Having said that... I like buying tools that do all the work for me, Haha, and this week Harbor Freight has an electric chainsaw sharpener on sale for $25.

http://www.harborfreight.com/Chain-S...ODM0NiJ9%0D%0A

Is this worth it for $25? Or do electric chainsaw sharpeners tend to significantly impact the life of the chain?

If it isn't worth it, then I'll just buy the chainsaw sharpening jig that people recommended earlier.

I've used one of these to do all of my different chains and they work just fine.

DM


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