Sharpen chain saw.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bridges, Jan 24, 2001.

  1. bridges

    bridges LawnSite Member
    from RI
    Posts: 196

    How do you guys sharpen your chain saw blades?

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

  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,494

    I use a chain jig and a dremel (sometimes just a file).
  3. bridges

    bridges LawnSite Member
    from RI
    Posts: 196

    And what is a chain jig?
  4. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,494

    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.
  5. BCLawncare

    BCLawncare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 26

    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.
  6. Esby

    Esby LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 662

    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
  7. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,354

    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
  8. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Posts: 3,010

    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.

  9. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Posts: 4,254

    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.
  10. scottb

    scottb LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 408

    Same as Bob I do it myself.

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