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Old 08-17-2021, 09:56 AM   #1
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Any ideas on who does sharpening in-house? TIA!
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Old 08-17-2021, 10:52 AM   #2
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If it is a Stihl saw, do it yourself. I bought their new hand held sharpening device and it is fabulous. Sharpens teeth while it resets the depth gauges (rakers) all at the same time. A few strokes on each tooth and it is done. Sharpen the entire chain in under 15 minutes. Cost about $40....but if you buy one, get the Stihl brand. Have to also get the proper one for the chain pitch. Lots of cheaper ones on Ebay, etc. but they do not have the quality files that the Stihl product has.
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If it is a Stihl saw, do it yourself. I bought their new hand held sharpening device and it is fabulous. Sharpens teeth while it resets the depth gauges (rakers) all at the same time. A few strokes on each tooth and it is done. Sharpen the entire chain in under 15 minutes. Cost about $40....but if you buy one, get the Stihl brand. Have to also get the proper one for the chain pitch. Lots of cheaper ones on Ebay, etc. but they do not have the quality files that the Stihl product has.
Thanks, I will. I have 2 saws, one at the lake and one at home, both Stihl, so prob a good savings over time! Hadn't seen those.
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Yes the Stihl 2 in 1 sharpener:

https://www.stihlusa.com/products/ch...ools/2in1file/

The Gilford True Value has them.

Also a stump vice:
https://www.stihlusa.com/products/ch...ols/stumpvise/

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Yes the Stihl 2 in 1 sharpener:

https://www.stihlusa.com/products/ch...ools/2in1file/

The Gilford True Value has them.

Also a stump vice:
https://www.stihlusa.com/products/ch...ols/stumpvise/

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Ever actually use one of those vises? I've had one for fifteen years and it's always just sat in the boxóevery time I see it, I think "next time"!

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Thanks, I will. I have 2 saws, one at the lake and one at home, both Stihl, so prob a good savings over time! Hadn't seen those.

Go to YouTube and search exactly for " Stihl Chain Saw sharpener " . There are some great videos on how to use the tool and they show the results. This is how I learned the proper technique. As I also said, check the pitch on your chains. Should be marked on the bar or, if you have replaced them, on the package. You need to match the pitch on the sharpener to your chain. The nice thing is that if you need to replace the files, it is a simple change out. I just could not belie how I went form sawdust nice chips. It really makes a difference when you can take the depth gauges down at the same time with simple strokes. When you file, you need to keep some pressure down on the chain so that the depth files actually cut into the gauges. But the video's are extremely helpful !!!!!!!!!!!
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I sharpen hundreds of chains a year with an old school chain file for the snowmobile club. It should be all you need unless it is really a mess! Then, we bring them to Mark Richter in Moultonborough on 25.

I have a lot of logging friends and they do not like the heat that mechanical sharpening presents.
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I have a lot of logging friends and they do not like the heat that mechanical sharpening presents.

What king of sharpening is there other than mechanical sharpening? Or did you mean your logging friends donít like motorized sharpening?
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Yes I have a wood splitting round on the ground at Welch. I keep a saw over there and use the vice several times a year. I set a deck chair in front of the round of pine, clamp the saw and use the 2 in 1 sharpener.
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Yes I have a wood splitting round on the ground at Welch. I keep a saw over there and use the vice several times a year. I set a deck chair in front of the round of pine, clamp the saw and use the 2 in 1 sharpener.
You made chain sharpening sound...peaceful. If I ground a chain, I just swap out a new one and sharpen all at the end.

Of course, I only touch up chains a few times before donating them and grabbing new ones. At $1/inch, it's cheap enough.

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With my old chain saw (a McCullough) I would touch up the chain right on the saw with a chain saw file in 10 minutes all the time.

The next chain saw a (Ryobi 40V), now like 6 years old is still on the original chain and Iíve never sharpened it. Donít even know where my file is. I got real good at not damaging it. And this saw the oiling mechanism is a mess, leaks and I often run it dry. Donít laugh, the Ryobi is great. No smell, no noise, and can handle the same stuff.

Just got a brand new 18Ē Ryobi 40V chainsaw (never get a gas one again).
I killed that nice new chain in an hour. Ugh.
I was trimming down some stumps. Only takes 5 seconds to kill a chain.
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What king of sharpening is there other than mechanical sharpening? Or did you mean your logging friends donít like motorized sharpening?
Yes- I should have been more clear!
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