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Discussion in 'Chain Sharpening' started by Ron660, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. Knobby57

    Knobby57 Peeing outdoors

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    If they are really dirt it will help to clean them and let the oil get to the links where it's needed . If your grinding your grinding wheel will thank you


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    It is about the quickest way I have found to clean up all the gunk, particularly when they have been dirt groveling. It also makes my parts cleaning agent last a lot longer - that stuff isn't cheap. The bulk are 14-20" bars few out to 5ft . Last weekend ran a batch of 60 chains out between 2 companies. takes about 3 minutes avg for each chain (Cleaning). won't be in shop today need to get tax stuff ready for accountant. Gave up doing it myself years ago to much aggravation. I will get a couple pics next batch - there are about 30 or so at the shop now some look real gunked up. had a 5 footer last batch don't know what they were running it up against totally trashed brand new chain full comp3/8 A1 Carlton chisel looked like it was run against concrete. Corner destroyed all the way back.
     
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    Ok guy's had a chance to shoot some pics before and after media blast
     

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    Robin Wood Go hard or go home

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    dayummm this s**t actually works
     
  5. Philbert

    Philbert Chainsaw Enthusiast

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    Quite a difference! Thanks for the photos. Are you able to get rid of any gunk between the links with the media blasting?

    Philbert
     
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    Most of it as besides the sides I shoot it on edge as well hitting both the top and bottom, sorry that one is a bit fuzzy got to close or didn't wait for the auto focus or lost the macro setting, there is walnut dust on it as well. If the chain is rusty gets most that off as well those are the ones that might need the parts cleaner soak.
    2.5gal bucket of chains dropped off earlier this week haven't counted them yet
     

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    Pulled 14 chains out of the bucket, barely down to the rim-16"- 18" bars it's going to be a long weekend.
     
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    I throw my chains in white vinegar for a a few hours, or overnight and rinse with hot water. It eats all the gum off.
     
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    Philbert Chainsaw Enthusiast

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    Welcome to A.S.!
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    672gp ArboristSite Lurker

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    Thank you Philbert
     
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    Howdy, 672gp, lots of edumacation material here ( intentionally misspelled ) Chris
     
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    Welcome to arboristsite! I recently went back to my grandad's sawmill for the other rusted chains. Vinegar soaks work well for rust, too, as I'm sure everyone is aware. But, on these five chains I picked up, ye ol' vinegar just wouldn't cut through the rust so I got out a bucket, copper wire, and battery charger for some good ol fashioned electrolysis and it worked great. I should have took before and after pics, it worked so good.
     
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    Moparmyway Its just a saw

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    Details please ................
     
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    And a half a cup of oil with your acid, pop in a couple of steaks then cover.
    How resourceful.
    That stuf will come off like eating ribs of the bone.

    "Were men were men and sheep were nervous and pansy was just a name of a little flower'

    Welcome to the show

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    After sharpening drop in Kerosene overnight. brush with a ruff one.
    Blow with air and tap it with clean rug.
    Worm up some 10/30 synthetic oil (160-170 F.) Keep it in for 15 minuts.
    Take out and let drain the oil of. Install in the Bar. That's all.
    Very quiet and smut. All chains, regardless of type or brand.
     
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    I soak my files in White Vinegar. Rinse, heat in the oven to dry. Wrap in a oily cloth and store in an Ammo Box. Vinegar really sharpens them well. I use a lot of Transmission fluid to oil freshly washed chains.
     
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    I just hit mine with a wire brush prier to sharpening. That gets most of the sap and wood fibers off the chain.
     
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    Are you sharpening your files or just brushing them? The white vinegar sharpens mine but if left to long ruins them. I have a Good Rasp used on Horses hooves. I use it on wood and sharpen it just like a file in vinegar too. Carbon steel knives with rusty blades respond well to vinegar but once I forgot one and the Vinegar ruined it. Have a great day
     
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    I simply tap the file on the vice to knock the fillings loose. But if that doesn't work I hit the file with a wire brush then hit it with compressed air. I use shihl files but I have found inconsistency's. Some seem to last longer then others.
    The more I file the better I get.
     
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    Right, it took a lot of years but mine are scary sharp. A few months ago a friend had a new chain on his saw. He saw how my saw was cutting and when I set the saw down he checked my chain. He was amazed. I was actually thinking it was about time to touch up my chain. You're going to get really, really good. Just be patient and keep going at it. Good night
     

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