The leap from axe to
chainsaw is probably one of the most evolutionary leap that has happened in the
history of tools. Suddenly, the task of felling a tree moved from the extremely
difficult and time consuming task it used to be, to an incredible quick
Today, chainsaws have
become some popular that even gardeners now own them for felling and pruning
trees. Despite the efficacy of chainsaws, they will be nearly useless without a
sharp saw chain. There’s no need to be too worried however, because unlike most
other power tools, the chain of a chainsaw can be sharpened. The good news is
that it doesn’t even take too long to get done with the process.
In case you have a dull
saw chain, here are a few tips and tricks that you can adopt to get it back to
the sharp tool you desire.
With a File
This is one of the most
popular ways to get your chainsaw sharp again. This method involves the use of
a file to hand sharpen the chain until it gets sharp enough again. At first,
this method will be slow, but with time and mastering, it gets surprisingly
To start, take a close
look at the chain. You will find that it a series of teeth with sharpened edges
that are semicircular shaped. This is the curved edges that normally needs
sharpening. In order to efficiently sharpen it, you would need to have a round
file with matching diameter. You’ll also notice on close examination that the
cutting teeth are arranged at alternating angles.
In between the cutting
teeth, you will fine flat pieces of metal with the shape of the dorsal fin of a
shark. They are usually slightly shorter than the cutting teeth, so you will
easily identify them. This part of the chainsaw doesn’t require sharpening, but
it is important to know them before going on with the sharpening.
For consistency in
result, you will need to mount the file on a sharpening guide. The guide is
meant for two things: providing a flat surface on the saw chain where the file
can be rested and controlling the depth that the file can cut. You will find
sharpening guide being sold in most tool stores.
Usually, you will need
to select a round file that will match the diameter if the cutting teeth edges.
With a no permanent marker, mark the first cutting tooth that will be sharpened.
This should play the role of a visual reminder on where you began sharpening
Rest the guide on top
of the chain, them adjust until the angle line drawn on the guide gets parallel
with the steel bar of the saw. At this point, pull the file in a forward motion
across the cutting tooth.
Slowly and steadily
repeat the process a couple of times, repeating the same amount of filing
strokes on the other teeth. You will notice that the entire cutting edge is
clean and shinny when it gets sharpened properly.
This is a less popular
way to sharpen the chain of a chain saw, but it is very effective too. It is
quicker and more efficient, considering that most of the job is done
automatically. You will find the portable power tools in two types when you
want to purchase. The rotary tool is the first one. It comes with other
chainsaw sharpening accessories including an alignment guide and q grinding
stone. They are available in cordless and electrical versions.
The second type of
portable power tool that you will likely get in the market is the electric
rotary grinder. This one is designed specifically for sharpening saw chains. It
does it very efficiently, and in very short time.
a Bench-Top Sharpener
This is a more advanced way
to sharpen a chainsaw. It is the perfect option for people that use their
chainsaw professionally and all round the year. It is the fastest method on our
list and it delivers the most consistent and accurate results as far as
sharpening the saw chain is concerned. This tool operates in the form of a
miter saw. However, it is equipped with a 4½” diameter grinding wheel
instead of the wood cutting blade. When in operation, the wheel moves up to 35
degree in the two opposing directions, so that it can accommodate all the
cutting angles of the saw chain.
Finally, nothing beats proper
maintenance if you desire to keep your chainsaw sharp end ready to work all
year round. When not in use, store in a cool dry place, to keep it from
rusting. Ensure to clean properly and regularly to avoid debris of woods stocking
up in sensitive angles of the chain.
Adhere to other maintenance tips on the pack of the chainsaw, to minimize the potentiality of the saw chain going blunt. When the chain Gets blunt, once in a while, it is important to get an expert to handle its sharpening if you can’t. This is to avoid getting nit spoiled in the process of trying to repair.
There you have it. A few tips that can help you get the best out of the chain of your chain saw. Remember that the efficacy of your chainsaw is mostly dependent on how sharp the chain is. Hence, the need to keep it constantly sharp.
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