Chainsaw Sharpener

Submitted: Friday, Jun 01, 2007 at 18:36
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Has anyone used/own one of these?

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Are they any good?
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Reply By: obee - Friday, Jun 01, 2007 at 18:53

Friday, Jun 01, 2007 at 18:53
if you are thinking of the little 12 volt things with a little round stone, yes. check out the price of the stones and then consider using a file.

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Owen
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Follow Up By: Zapper - Friday, Jun 01, 2007 at 18:54

Friday, Jun 01, 2007 at 18:54
Hi Oen

No not the 12v ones the 240v one in the link
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Saturday, Jun 02, 2007 at 08:18

Saturday, Jun 02, 2007 at 08:18
Owen, yes do that, check em out and it is amazing how long the stones last if not abused. The 12v ones are great
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Reply By: Axel [ the real one ] - Friday, Jun 01, 2007 at 19:23

Friday, Jun 01, 2007 at 19:23
What price a new chainfile to keep same in top nick ?? ,or even to buy a new chain ?? bet its less $ than for a "new" toy that gets used once and then consigned to the "never use tool cupboard"
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Reply By: Vince NSW - Friday, Jun 01, 2007 at 21:05

Friday, Jun 01, 2007 at 21:05
If you do NOT have a lot of practice in sharpening by hand, don't even think about it. Good way to stuff a good chain. Buy a round file & lightly touch up the chain on a regular basis.
Vince
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Reply By: Member - 120scruiser (NSW) - Friday, Jun 01, 2007 at 21:32

Friday, Jun 01, 2007 at 21:32
Yeah I have one. Best money I have spent. I had to sharpen 3 chains in a row one day, two were dreadful. I think somebody had been cutting steel with one. After sharpening it by hand I went straight to my computer and clicked on buy it now. I have had no trouble and it does the job easy.
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Reply By: gilghana - Friday, Jun 01, 2007 at 21:36

Friday, Jun 01, 2007 at 21:36
As a forest manager :-), I would just recommend a round file with a clip-on guide and a small flat file for the depth guage part of the chain. Don't really see the point in a bench type grinder unless you are doing a lot of chains in a day! One of the small vice type thing that you can hammer into a stump and then firmly clamp the guide bar while sharpening is also very usefull.

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Follow Up By: pt_nomad - Friday, Jun 01, 2007 at 23:31

Friday, Jun 01, 2007 at 23:31
I'd have to agree with Gil.
With a sharp file and a guide even the worst chains are brought into shape quickly. On one of the courses I completed the instructor cliamed that lecky shaperners were only good for wasting chain.
From experience, the angle and depth of the file is critical in making a sharp tooth -rather than a shiny useless tooth. A hand file in a guide gets it right every time when set correctly. I usually run 2 chains and change them when I re-fuel - that way only reshapening in the cmfort of the shed / bench / vice.
Paul.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bucky (VIC) - Saturday, Jun 02, 2007 at 09:24

Saturday, Jun 02, 2007 at 09:24
I have to agree with you on that one Gil,,,,
I am no expert but I got taught a few things by one, and one thing I learn't, was not to go anywhere near those electric sharpeners.
A round file and a quality clip on guide will do the job, and better-er too.
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Bucky

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Follow Up By: Crackles - Saturday, Jun 02, 2007 at 13:13

Saturday, Jun 02, 2007 at 13:13
The 240 volt grinders in the right hands will sharpen a saw far more accurately & heaps faster, that's why the shops use them. Even an experienced opperator will get the angle or depth slightly wrong with a file over several sharpens. It's then that these electric units can be used to grind the teeth all exactly the same.
The problem with grinders is if you don't set them up correctly they will take off far more of the teeth than you need to & turn the cutting edge blue if you hold it on too long defeating any possible savings in sharpening them yourself.
Cheers Craig...........
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Reply By: Member - dock - Friday, Jun 01, 2007 at 23:30

Friday, Jun 01, 2007 at 23:30
I have used one of these for years as I used to cut up to 100 tonnes of firewood a year. Tho not much good out in the bush as they need 240 volts. I used to get a roll of chain made up into lengths, about 6 to a length, and use them till they were all blunt and then sharpen the lot. The best thing about them was that they filed every tooth at the same amount so you did not get uneven wear. Having said that the best thing I found for out in the bush is a file in file holder just as a touch up and then an electric grind when I got back to the shed. In dry wood I would change the chain with every fill of fuel. I now only cut my own wood for home and a couple of old customers.
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Reply By: rowdy31 - Saturday, Jun 02, 2007 at 00:44

Saturday, Jun 02, 2007 at 00:44
have owned a 12v unit for a while. dont think i would go back to a file full time.only use the file to keep the edge when out bush but found the 12v with the stones and guide easier and quicker.
no doubt that others can do the same job accuratley with a file only
rod
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Moses - Saturday, Jun 02, 2007 at 08:16

Saturday, Jun 02, 2007 at 08:16
I'm with you rowdy-rod, have had a 12v one for years and all sorts of employees use it, skilled and unskilled. Has all sorts of other light uses too! Well worth the cost.
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