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Old 11-28-2006, 07:44 PM
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Best chainsaw sharpener

Can anybody tell a good dedicated chainsaw sharpener for under $175? What do you use? Do you like it?
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Old 11-28-2006, 08:00 PM
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I sharpen on site so I have a Stihl 12 Volt sharpener. This thing works great!
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Old 11-28-2006, 10:17 PM
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Back in my golf course days I had an Oregon bench mounted 120v power sharpener. It worked good. Buy a few chains and keep them on your truck and sharpen when you're bored. Now that I'm footing the bills I decided to go cheap. Oregon sells a portable file setup. It mounts to the bar and sells for about $15. It works good. You can do a chain in about ten minutes.
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Old 11-28-2006, 10:21 PM
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I like just a plain file. what else do you need except for the rakers.
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Old 11-28-2006, 11:43 PM
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I have a sharpener kit that is essentially a jig for the Dremel. For the field, I have a jig for a chain file. This is just for touching up, basically. I don't get enough use out of the saws to really justify the need. they stay sharp just by sharpening them at the shop.
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Old 11-29-2006, 12:54 AM
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I really like a plain old chain saw file in a Stihl "File Guide", as shown here (look for "File Guide", not the filing tools that clamp to the bar):

http://www.stihlusa.com/chainsaws/acc_filing.html

With minimal practice you can get a perfect chain in about 5 minutes flat. I clamp the bar in the vice when I am sharpening in the shop. In the field I cut a slot in a log to set the bar in while I file.

The guide has the correct angles etched into it for easy reference when filing.

2-5 strokes per tooth is all it takes for a perfect edge, provided you have not been cutting dirt for weeks without attending to the chain.

One of the keys to doing a bang-up job filing is a good file. Throw out the worn out files and get new ones!!!

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Old 11-29-2006, 05:32 AM
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I have a sharpener kit that is essentially a jig for the Dremel. For the field, I have a jig for a chain file. This is just for touching up, basically. I don't get enough use out of the saws to really justify the need. they stay sharp just by sharpening them at the shop.

thats what i use runner it works just fine
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Old 11-29-2006, 05:43 AM
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I pay to have chains sharpened and then touch them up as needed with a file.
I have chains for hard and soft wood.
I really like it that way. It doesnt cost me a small fortune, and i dont have to figure out angles for different wood.
I just tell the dealer what that chain, will be used for.
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Old 11-29-2006, 10:18 PM
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a file.... 2 bucks there are marks on the chain that will tell you your angle
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Old 12-04-2006, 05:20 AM
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I know this is off the topic a little, but I can remember my dad useing a file when I was little. We had a fire place as many did. He still cutting wood after all these yrs. I've help him many many times and the saw aways cuts like butter!!
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