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Square filing. Who has tried, and given up?

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by redprospector, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. redprospector

    redprospector Addicted to ArboristSite

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    There used to be a lot of talk about square filing on here. Lately there hasn't been much, so I was wondering how many have tried and given up, and how many have been successful in learning to file this way.

    Andy
     
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    wvlogger Rock trucker

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    I think i could if I would try but the 1 time i did try I failed. No were near as easy to learn as round filing
     
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    J.W Younger Tree Freak

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    I am still square filing. Geting better and faster at it all the time.
    Have you ever filed any .325
    Oregon lpx .325 actually has little side beaks on it out of the box (like square filed low)and cuts well before filing but a 3/16 file blunts this.
    A few sharpenings with a goofy and its close to square but the tie links do a number on the file.
    The double bevel is a little narrower tho and thats what I'm using now on both the .325 and the 3/8.
    Anyway just letting you know I havent given up.
    Thanks Jerry
     
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    I got half way decent at it and then haven't done it in 4 months. I need to get the 2 chains I've got out and use them some.
     
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    I know it's not for everyone, and it's not as easy as learning to round file but in my opinion once you learn to file this way and when to touch up it is no more difficult to maintain than a round filed chain.
    My main reason for this thread was to encourage those who want to learn.

    Andy
     
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    I might go take a picture or 2 of what I done last time I was sharpening and see what you think.
     
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    Good deal, I'm glad you're still working at it and seeing good results. :cheers:
    I tried it on .325 a long time ago, but just once. Everything I've got is set up for 3/8" except for my bike saw and it's .404. For me keeping everything set up for 3/8" chain just simplifies everything.

    Andy
     
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    Yeah, that would be good. We all like pictures.

    Andy
     
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    Here's an old picture of a cutter I filed. The angle of the top plate could have been a little steeper for all around cutting, but I was cutting good clean Ponderosa pine at the time and this angle will cut a little faster in clean pine.
    The best angle for all around would put the corner line from the working corner (outside corner) to the inside corner of the cutter.

    [​IMG]

    Andy
     
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    It's hard to tell from the pic but it looks like you might be a little high in the working corner of the cutter. There should be a definate line left from the corner of the file. Optimality for all around cutting that line should go from the outside corner of the cutter to the inside corner of the cutter.
    But it looks like you were off to a good start. I think you should dig those chains out and keep going. :cheers:

    One way to tell if you're getting a little high in the corner with the file is if the top cutting edge develops a curve. If you're too high the edge on the top plate won't be straight.

    Andy
     
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    Metals406 Granfodder Runningsaw

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    I'm still filing square. . . And bought a square grinder that I have yet to setup.

    I prefer square to round. . . A LOT!

    I just don't like paying $10.00 a file for square. :(
     
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    In the second picture you posted I can see that you are definately a little high in the working corner. Get the file to match exactly in the working corner and you will see a definate improvement. The gullet is also on the verge of needing to be cleaned out with a round file. All in all it looks like you are doing pretty good.
    It's hard to teach this without doing it in person, and even harder to learn it that way. My hat's off to you for putting in the effort. :cheers:

    Andy
     
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    Yeah, the price of files has gone nut's. I remember griping about paying $3.85 for a Pferd 8" goofy file. I wish they were that price again.
    I've got a Silvey swing arm grinder that a friend gave me. I used it yesterday on one chain. But I'm still at the point that I can file them better and faster than I can grind them.

    Andy
     
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    With a "side beak" it will usually cut like mad, but just for a short time because there is nothing to support the cutting edge of the top plate and it will wear down quickly. It just takes a lot of practice (just doing it). Then it becomes muscle memory & eyesight.

    Andy
     
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    Yeah, it sux when you don't get to use it much, makes the learning process take that much longer.
    When I first started filing square I was falling for a mill here. An old timer took me under his wing and taught me. One of his rules for teaching me was that if he caught me with a round filed chain on my saw before I had mastered the square, he was through teaching. If all you do is square file it dosen't take near as long to master it.

    Andy
     
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    Here's a couple more old pic's of cutters I filed.

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    [​IMG]

    If your gullet looks like this, you've gone way too far. :laugh:
    [​IMG]

    Andy
     
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    Has anyone tried the mount-on-bar square filing guide in the Bailey's catalog? It looks like a good set-up, but I wonder how stable the tooth is when the bar groove and drive link get a little sloppy with wear.
     
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    I'd like to try some square grind some day. But for now semi-chisel works the best in these dirty snags. Especially the hardwoods.
     
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    I tried square chain a couple of years ago. I liked the faster speed. But I gave up because it was taking a long time to file. At the time,for me, the extra time needed to file it added up to way more time than the faster cutting speed gave.
    I do plan on giving another try. I had the flat square file set up in the oregon equivalent to the grandenberg guide. I set that up at the tip of the bar nose and set the angles for the teeth. I used a magic marker to mark the position of the guide. It actually worked pretty good, just took a long time. I am a year ahead for firewood now which leaves more play time for square chain.
     
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    I persisted for about 6 months some 3 years ago using square ground in Aussie hard wood but while it cuts like a demon for about 8 - 10 sqft it goes blunt too quickly in our wood - they only time I use it now is when I run across something soft.
     
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