Which do you use to sharpen chains?
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Which do you use to sharpen chains?
Stihl 026 pro
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Well the other night I tried the rock method... I could of turned the chain around after that and it would of cut better... Oh I found the rock 3 foot up in the wood pile, right where the puppy dropped it.
As for sharpening I am slowly moving over from round to all square ground chains.
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I file while using and grind after the day is done.
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I round file and square file depending on which saw. Then grind once in a while to even out the chain. I had one this summer that no matter how I filed it, it still cut in a curve. I ground and squeezed the bar and it still cut in a curve. In desperation I ground the chain to even it out and it cut straight. I didn't think it was that much off. The cutters and rakers need to be evened out every once in a while.
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i file sharpen my chains from the first time they need sharpening to there last sharpen..i never use a grinder..
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File only, would be hard to justify a good grinder in my case. If I'm running out of daylight in the woods, I will just quickly throw another spare sharp chain on, otherwise I find a stump I can get comfortable at. Back in the shop I stick the bar in vise and trun on some tunes. I found that Stihl chain is harder to sharpen and dulls the files faster than Oregon. Not sure if it lasts longer in wood though, guess it does if its harder.
I use files and a grinder on occasion depending on how screwed up the chain is.
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I take the chain to the shop where I work if it needs more than a touch up. O.K, so I am lazy.
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Hand sharpen with round file generally. I have a couple of grinders but seldom use them- I did use the Nielsen recently after hitting a rock grown into a stump. I recently got a loop of square ground that I'll try square filing on.
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hand filing is the only way. imho
yes if you cant do it your screwed!the only time i dont bother with a chain is when the chromes gone.a vice really is a must have IMO although i can file with the bar horizontal just as goodOriginally Posted by smokechaser
I hand file with the chain on the bar on the saw. I took a chain to a shop once and they ground it but did a horrible job and didnt even touch the depth gauges. Last time for that.
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if i am in a big hurry i will use a grinder to take out the back of the cutter and a bench grinder to thin the rake. rake depth, top plate,side plate and chisel all get filed by hand. this would be on competition chain of coarse. marty
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hand file, but if the chain is really bad shape, will take it to the father in-law who has his own sharpening biz.
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regular file sharpening is the way to go, I would say. It takes you some discipline to do it on a regular base (before you produce dust), but it really pays off.
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