- Nov 25, 2006
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How do you tell when your hook is too aggressive?
More ‘hook’ will make your chain ‘self-feed’ into the wood. Too much will make the chain ‘grabby’ and hard to control.
Some of this depends on the type of wood being cut.
But more hook will create a thinner top plate cutting bevel angle, which will not hold up as well.
I’m seeing worn dull working corners.
Full-chisel chain often dulls first at the corners. There is just less metal behind them to support them as they slam into the wood approximately 20 times per second.
Semi-chisel chain has a sturdier working corner.
I’m using 5/32 file called for by the chain manufacturer. Oregon file guide with a small shim to get low enough to reach the gullet.
As noted, filing / shaping / cleaning out the gullet is a separate task.