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Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by livemusic, Jul 21, 2019.

  1. Huskitoter

    Huskitoter ArboristSite Operative

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    I don't know if this is a good place to ask about chain sharpening pricing. Most of these fanatics are like me in that we wouldn't let anyone else mess with our chains, whether they are a self-professed "pro" or work in a shop or not.
     
  2. CR888

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    Always a good idea if paying someone else to do your chains is too have a look at some chains they've sharpened. My Stihl dealer really went to town on some chains I left with him too sharpen. Removed a good 1/3+ off each tooth, cooked most of them & did'nt touch the rakers which is a must if your removing that much off the teeth. But I was busy, had a grinder on order in the mail & was left with hand files & cooked hardened cutters which is not the best combo. That was near a decade ago, I learned my lesson. On the subject of grinding wheels, a few months ago I stocked up with 6 new spares (2 in each size) & I'm with Philbert on the pink wheels, I like them & prefer them to CBN's. I can 'tune' the profile on them to get the side plate shape I want in our hardwood. Honestly the $5 pink wheels I buy I wouldn't swap for $100 high end wheels with big marketing claims attached too them. Its human nature too expect the more we pay for something, the better it must be. Often this is the case but not always.
     
  3. sundance

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    @Philbert @CR888 I see both of you talking about pink wheels. I've got a Northern Hydraulic grinder from maybe 10 years ago I've never set up and am thinking I should try.I'd be interested in trying these wheels, Seems both Oregon and Molemab make pink wheels (although both are much more than CR888's $5). Which do y'all recommend? Or someone else's?
     
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    The stone wheels that Stihl dealers sell are
    40 bucks each and the do a superb job,and
    are good for both 325&3/8ths
    the cbn wheels get them sharp,
    buth leave a rougher finish on the side
    plate
     
  5. Philbert

    Philbert Chainsaw Enthusiast

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    A few years back, someone posted that the MoleMab wheels were slightly finer grit than the Oregon wheels.

    MoleMab are usually cheaper, especially when on sale at Bailey's.

    Philbert
     
  6. Hogheadjeremy

    Hogheadjeremy ArboristSite Lurker

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    Awesome, glad they are working out for ya yes I do remember the different ones.
     
  7. Hogheadjeremy

    Hogheadjeremy ArboristSite Lurker

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    I’ve tried almost all the pink wheels there is, and honestly the Franzen wheels are awesome. But I rarely use them cause they cost so much and I HATE reshaping wheels
     
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    sundance ArboristSite Guru

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    I went digging and at some point I purchased Molemab wheels for the Northern Hydraulic grinder. Guess I need to dig out the old upgrade info and give it a shot. I've only ever filed (usually with a Granberg) so it will be interesting.
     
  9. Philbert

    Philbert Chainsaw Enthusiast

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    Do Franzen wheels fit Oregon type grinders (7/8"ID, 5-3/4" OD)?

    'Dressing' is not really re-shaping, as much as it is exposing fresh abrasive - just a light touch normally does it.

    Philbert
     
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    Hogheadjeremy ArboristSite Lurker

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    Hiya Philbert, yes Franzen wheels are 5 3/4 but the arbor hole is 12 mm. But I’m sure you could use a drill to SLOWLY make a bigger hole.
    Your correct on the shaping and dressing. Shaping is where you shape the wheel and dressing is where you just touch it enough to clean it, BUT I can promise you this, if your doing a chain 18” and up , from when you start to finish that chain it will have a different shape. That’s why I hate using pink wheels. If you want a consistent shape then you gotta constantly be touching that wheel and then it wears out faster and at $30 to $35 a wheel, well , no way Mr.
     
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    Philbert Chainsaw Enthusiast

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    Theoretically or noticeably?

    In a practical sense, I disagree. But I also have no problem with people using other methods that work for them.

    Philbert
     
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