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Old 07-23-2012, 07:34 PM
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A file can be used anywhere. You are still going to go through the learning process with a dremmel but a hand file is easier.
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Old 07-23-2012, 07:58 PM
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dont forget you rakers you should just look for a chain saw file kit
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Old 07-23-2012, 08:01 PM
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What is rakers?
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Old 07-23-2012, 08:09 PM
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Stihl used to have an excellent tutorial on their website.
I don't see it now though.
Also, if you buy a Stihl file and guide kit it has excellent instructions.
You can download a manual for any of their chain saws and it's in there.
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Old 07-23-2012, 08:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Patriot Services View Post
You can, but its real easy to overdo and trash the chain. Every tree guy carries a file and can hand dress a chain in a few minutes in the field. The key is not to let it get too dull in the first place.
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Good advice best to hit em a few licks before you start cutting or immediately after.

On the file you need to be sure you get the right one.
Bar says .325 micro
A regular .325 is not the right file, get one that fits for a .325 micro.
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Old 07-23-2012, 08:34 PM
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What is rakers?
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The rakers are the front part of each cutting link that sticks up just in front of the cutting edge. They "rake" the chips from the previous cutter out of the groove ahead of the cutting edge so it can get a clean bite into the wood.

Husqvarna makes the best saw sharpening kits I have ever seen or used. I own one for the three most common sized chians used these days (3/8" micro, .325", and 3/8" std pitch). Once you learn to use them, they are extremely fast too use, and leave an exceptionally sharp chain.

These are the main part of the kit I mentioned-
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Old 07-23-2012, 11:16 PM
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There is a lot of great advice on here. I sharpen mine the same way I sharpen my chainsaw chains and that is with a round rat tail metal chainsaw file. Get someone to show you how to do it or watch a video on YouTube. You only file one way and that is AWAY from you but using opposite hands depending on the angle of the tooth you are sharpening. If you hit each tooth 4 or 5 strokes after each cutting you should never have a problem. I would never let anyone else sharpen my chains!
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