View Full Version : Sharpen chain saw.

01-24-2001, 09:59 PM
How do you guys sharpen your chain saw blades?

I take them to my dealer and pay $5.00 for each chain.

01-24-2001, 10:02 PM
I use a chain jig and a dremel (sometimes just a file).

01-24-2001, 10:04 PM
And what is a chain jig?

01-24-2001, 10:11 PM
It's a little piece of steel that holds the chain by fastening on (off the saw) and allows you to file at the proper and consistent angle and pitch for the chain.

01-24-2001, 10:50 PM
Bridges, you can buy a little tool that holds a round file and a flat file togather , it files your depth gauges and your cutters at the same time, this will help you get started fileing freehand. I hate to say this since im a stihl man but you should be able to get one of these at any husky saw dealer hope this helps.

01-24-2001, 11:46 PM
One of my good friends owns a large tree service in my area. They have a machine that sharpens them, so I just drop by and he sharpens them for me

01-25-2001, 08:24 AM
There is much to know.The first is not all
shops that do this really know how to.
I do afair job.But have found a man that really knows
how.3-5 dollars and takes all the work out of
usin the saw.In fact I enjoy just watching it

01-25-2001, 08:48 AM
the little flat bar and file thing can be had for about seven bucks at home depot. but I'd go to the dealer and ask for one. they are handy because you don't have to remove the chain to have it sharpened.


01-25-2001, 12:53 PM
I run the file over the chain after every 2 or 3 tank fulls of gas. There's nothing like a nice sharp chain! Also be careful not to touch the ground while cutting. This will dull the chain very quickly.

01-25-2001, 01:02 PM
Same as Bob I do it myself.

01-25-2001, 01:58 PM
I can't seem to get the chain sharp with the little file.

01-25-2001, 02:08 PM
Bridges, Make sure that you have the right size file. Look on you chainsaw bar, it should tell you there. If your chain is a .325, then you need a 5/32 file. If its a 3/8 chain, you need a 7/32 file. The files I'm reffering to are the round ones. Ask your dealer for the correct file and file holder. And ask him to show you what angle to use the file.

01-25-2001, 02:48 PM
Now might be a good time to look for some dealer
who really knows his stuff.You probably need the
gauges taken down some. Needs to be done right
or you can get hurt real quick.Like i say
there is a lot more to it than it looks like.
Hope you can find someone good as mine.He gets
my chains before they ever go on the saw and
not because i like to spend money.

01-25-2001, 08:21 PM
I take mine to the dealer. He charges $5.00 on and $4.50 off the saw. Can't hardly beat that price. I don't think I would have the time or nerves to sharpen one.

01-25-2001, 09:36 PM
$4 to $5? It's worth that to avoid the nicks to the finger. I drive 20 miles and pay $8. Plus he does a much better job than I can with my file. I have quite a bit of practice after four year of cutting firewood and milling lumber with a chainsaw mill. I'll usually file 3 or times, then take them in. There is also a dremel attachment for chainsaws.


Wayne Offiler
01-25-2001, 11:31 PM
In my experience, filing can't touch grinding. I use a Dremel roto tool, with guide attachment (about $14). I sharpen the chain frequetly, why not, takes all of five minutes.

01-27-2001, 01:44 PM
Home depot has a electric tool like the dremal for around $20 and it works great.