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Electric chainsaw sharpener?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by CK82, Jul 13, 2008.

  1. CK82

    CK82 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 231

    I'm looking for a good chain sharpener for my chainsaw. I am not looking to spend more than a few hundred dollars, but would like a quality product. What would you recommend? Also what do I all need in order to sharpen properly?

    Thanks, Chris
  2. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,083

    If you don't mind supporting the chinese war machine, the $40.00 rotary chain saw chain sharpener from Harbor Freight works quite well.
  3. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,466

    Depending on how many you go through wouldn't it be better just to drop them off the be sharpened by someone else?
  4. HighlandLC

    HighlandLC LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Posts: 163

    I run a oregon Duramax # 108181. Probably 5 years now. If you dont use it a lot, you can pay 7-10 bucks for a sharpening. But i like sharp chains, they make a smaller cc saw cut like a bigger saw with a dull chain, and I can tune them the way I want.
  5. DuallyVette

    DuallyVette LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,160

    I can buy a new chain for $10. I just throw them in the recycling bin. I was told by my supplier that Asplundh (big tree service) throws them away instead of sharpening. Time is money.
  6. HighlandLC

    HighlandLC LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Posts: 163

    Where? I usually run Oregon chain, none of that Carlton- Sabre stuff, and its almost impossible to buy a chin for under $20.

    You do get what you pay for. I can run one chain for quite a while if you watch what you cut and dont start trying to dig trenches with it.
  7. DuallyVette

    DuallyVette LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,160

    I buy Oregon chains wholesale
  8. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 2,385

    Where do you order them from?
  9. DuallyVette

    DuallyVette LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,160

    I believe that they only sell to dealers. I'm grandfathered in. I just looked in my 2008 catalog. It has Carlton chain, bars, and accessories in it instead of Oregon. I'll call them tomorrow. When they they dropped their Gator mower blades from the catalogue, they still had them in stock..just a less certain supply.

    I don't think I can post their name on this forum since their not sponsers. I'll check if they're wholesale only.
  10. LarryF

    LarryF LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,171

    Is that true? I wasn't aware of that restriction. I hope not. Others have posted non-sponsor dealers, and I've taken advantage of it. In fact, getting good tips such as that is one of the main reasons I visit this forum.

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