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Chainsaw sharpening tips

 how to sharpen chainsaw tips

There's a really good wiki-how that sums up what you need to know about sharpening your chainsaw with a hand file.

It seems the experts suggest a machine grinding at a shop after every 5 hand sharpening episodes.

You can buy small attachments for a Dremel to make the job easier, but these little hand files are a lot cheaper.

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Just a tip or two. Keep your files clean with a file card or small wire brush, keep it dry, and never, ever put oil on a file. Oil will prevent the file from working properly and you could end up with scuffed or cut fingers, and a poor filing job too. If you don't have any solvent to remove the oil, a little alcohol on a rag works well.
Comment by vester Wed Mar 3 16:43:43 2010
Thanks for the tips!
Comment by anna Wed Mar 3 18:32:36 2010

Machine sharpening of the blade seems to harden the metal of the blade to the point that I can never seem to be able to truely sharpen it again with a file.
Extra Tip: If you can't seem to keep your chain tight, try flipping your bar over. You should really rotate this regularly to even out wear.

Comment by Erich Thu Mar 4 10:25:03 2010

That would explain a lot --- it does seem like sometimes sharpening a chain with a file does little to nothing. I'd just assumed that was when the chain was really worn out.

On the other hand, Mark thinks that some machine sharpening might be better on the chain than others --- the most recent time we got our chains sharpened, they were still very sharpenable with the file afterwards.

Comment by anna Thu Mar 4 12:22:44 2010
Thanks for the tips. This will surely help people who's still beginners about chainsaw. Also, you can go through this link for best battery chainsaw
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