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Old 10-10-2013, 10:32 AM   #1
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Bought the 5/32 round files to sharpen my little pole chain saw.

The directions on the files say to use with a 'handle'. What handle. Don't tell me I need to buy something else. The saw directions didn't say anything about a 'handle'.

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Old 10-10-2013, 10:40 AM   #2
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should be just a few dollars at any hardware store for one cheap one. its nothing special


it will make holding the file easier. not 100% needed.

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Its safer and easier to use a handle but it can be done without one.
I'd guess by your question you have never sharpened a chainsaw before.
You may have been better off just taking it someplace and getting it sharpened.
That way every tooth would have been sharpened at the exact same angle and depth or at least buying a file with a guide on it.
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JOE,

You're right. I've never sharpened a chain before! I may return these files from H.D. and look for one with a guide.

The only repair shop here is expensive and it's a bother to have to take something in.

I may wait till some unsuspecting male visits and see if they can help.
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JOE,

You're right. I've never sharpened a chain before! I may return these files from H.D. and look for one with a guide.

The only repair shop here is expensive and it's a bother to have to take something in.

I may wait till some unsuspecting male visits and see if they can help.
I don't use my chain saw much, but I find it much easier to swap out a chain than sharpen on the saw. I bought another and just swap when dull, I can sharpen at my leisure then. Of course, I don't have to cut down numerous trees and saw many logs in one day, mine is mostly used for pruning and the occasional log.

All males are generally unsuspecting. I should know, I am one.
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Files ought to have handles, so you don't cut your wrist. A short stick, with a hole drilled in the end, forced on the tang works fine. So does a cheap (solid core) golf ball with a hole drilled in it.
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I have a Harbor Freight Electric Chain Saw Sharpener. It works pretty good for the few times I have used it. Usually 50 bucks but on sale for 29.99. I am not a big fan of there stuff but it does work and easy to use. Link is below.

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Experienced loggers generally sharpen their chains using an appropriately sized file, by hand, with no tools. Of course, they have been doing this for years, and can tell by eye the correct angles to hold the file at (there are two different angles you need to hold). For those without experience, it is surprisingly difficult to hand sharpen a chainsaw blade.

If you sharpen the teeth unevenly, you get a rough cut. If you fail to hold the correct angles, you either get a chain that will not cut, or one that cuts too aggressively. You can purchase a jig that holds the file at the correct angles, (I have one by Granville), you can get an electric sharpener, or you can get an inexpensive holder which allows you to eye up the angles while you sharpen. You can also get an inexpensive tool that allows you to measure the height of the rakers (special teeth on the chain) to make sure your teeth are sharpened evenly. Or you can take the chain to a pro.
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You can also if you have laying around, some Ash, use that for the handle. The handles you can get from the local Farm & Home store.
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If you have a good eye and a steady hand,It is well within your ability to do this---

Set the saw on a table with a rag under the saw---look at the blade--you will see that every other tooth is connected to the chain on the opposite side---

You will first sharpen one side--then spin the saw 180 and do the other side---

I can do this but describing how is tricky--and my dinner is going to burn---I'll be Back---I've used all the fancy grinders and gadgets and get the best results by hand----I'll be back---Dinner----Mike---
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I'm going to attempt doing this myself, by hand, first then will take the chain to a shop if I get frustrated. The files I got at H.D. don't look to me to be able to hook into a handle, altho I haven't taken them out of the pkg yet.
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The handles just wedge in to a hole in the wood handle---for years i just used a home made scrap of wood with a small hole in the end---

You want to file from the back side of the tooth----observe the angle of the factory cut---hold the file at that same angle---slip the file into the tooth and push the file forward---roll the file a bit in a counter clockwise direction--repeat this 4 times--

May I suggest you practice with a piece of uncooked spaghetti--or some other thin rod---practice stroking forward while keeping the 'file' at the exact same angle as the factory cut---
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If you have a Dremel Tool, for $10 - $15 they've got a chainsaw sharpening kit. It's got a little guide that helps you keep the right angle. I've used it on mine a bunch of times and it's fairly quick and easy. Not sure how much longer it would be by hand, but I don't care to find out!

Like so many things, there's YouTube videos on how to do it with Dremel or other methods of course. But since it's not that expensive really, and fairly fast to use, this made the most sense for me. (Typical homeowner occasional use.)

Either way, always amazing to see the difference in the chips the saw throws after a fresh sharpening.
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YES! I do have a Dremel. Will look for that kit. thanks
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Those do work well--

I tried one and had two issues----first---I sharpen the chain every time I take a break or add fuel---and there is not any electricity in the woods---
second, the Dremmel removes a lot of material,so the blade life is shortened.

With your little saw and the occasional use that you will have---neither issue really matters----so try it----

I'm an old fashioned sort---simple hand tools for some jobs and the satisfaction of a sharp blade using low tec tool that fits in the pocket---works for me---Mike----

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