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brokenarrow
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2007-09-28          146230


Couldn't figure where to put this?
I had two chaines that were in need of profesional sharpening (my son got a lesson in what NOT to do with a saw when he used mine helpng the scout troops) Anyway's, I felt it was too far gone for me to sharpen with file. I also had anouther chain that was ready so I figured,
"Hey, Im working BoKoo OT so I will take em in to a shop" I decided to go to a local shop instead of my usual saw shop guys I have dealt with in the past. I feel my chains are sharpened horrible and almost ruined! I need someone to tell me if I am correct?
The grinding wheel must of been loaded big time or a total idiot what using it or both. My chains are a pretty deep blue where he sharpened then. There is also a huge shanker burr on all the teeth where he sharpened em. It looks like he took off a hell of a lot of material?
Every time I have ever had a blade sharpened, it has always come back looking clean,free of burrs and shinny steel clean! Am I correct is saying that the chains were sharpened incorrectly?
I used one of them and the burr started to come off but the chain really did not cut good at all?
What would you all do??? I dont want them taking another crack at it but it is eating me inside since I paid $28 to have 3 chains sharpened???
Would you call them? or go in and show them but NOT allow them to tough it again OR just dont say a friggin word and take em into my trusty usual place, also just chalk it up as an expiriance?
Yes, I am tiffed! but at the same time, my time is worth alot to me right now so maybe I should not run around town to rub their nose in it?


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2007-09-29          146233


In terms of clean, I clean mine in kerosene, but I don't expect the shop to do it, though it is a plus.

If after installing the sharpened chain on the saw it should cut through wood with little pressure leaving big chips. If you need alot of effort and get saw dust then you have some problems with the sharpening.

They still may have overdid it by using too much power grinding though.

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2007-09-29          146240


Brokenarrow,

The man who sharpened your blades used too much pressure and cut far too fast. The blade should not turn blue. Power tools are nice and convenient, but they should be used in such a way as to allow the machine to do the work in about the same amount of time it would take to do the job with a hand file.

It's right of you to be angry about this. There are many courses of action you could take, but since we're talking about a relatively small amount of money, here's my recommendation........

Eat the damaged chainsaw blades and chalk it up as a learning experience. Afterward, start telling everyone you know about the poor service you got from the guy, and make sure they know which business you are referring to.

A large amount of negative feedback is the best way to get even with the guy.

I sharpen my own blades, only because the nearest sharpening business is over 125 miles from me. I use a file and file guide. If the blade is too far gone, I simply purchase a new one.

"If you want it done right, you'll have to do it yourself"....is usually correct. Good help is hard to find these days.

Joel ....

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2007-09-29          146241


If the teeth turned blue, the temper of the metal was affected. I may be wrong, but I suspect that the guy that you hired to sharpen the chains rushed the job and didn't know what he was doing. I'd be surprised if the teeth ever hold an edge very long after being burnt.

As for what to do about it...was the guy that did the work also the boss? If he was, I'd look elsewhere for future sharpening. If he wasn't, bend the boss' ear, and insist that he make it right if he values your business.

Just my opinion. Good luck! ....

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2007-10-01          146385


Give the guy a chance to make it right, you may get a new chain, if he wont then go with the negative advertizement. ....

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2007-10-02          146423


Joel has it right, sort of. ;)

The blue colour IS an indicator that too much pressure and too fast a cut rate.

The fact that it turned blue however is more an indicator that the machine was just plain set wrong.

The cutting wheel should only ever just barely touch the chain. When a chain loses it's edge the amount of material required to be removed in order to bring it back to razor sharp is VERY small. If you can do it with just a few strokes of a file, a sharpening stone barely has to kiss it to do the same thing.

Best of luck. ....

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2007-10-02          146424


I just got two chains back from my local sharpener...and not only are the cutters blue, but looks like that will be the last time they can be sharpened, because they took off so much material! I need to learn how to do a better job myself... ....

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2007-10-10          146781


I went to my usual saw shop and had it corrected. I sleep better since I forgot about my bad choice!
The blue comes from any number of circumstances. agreed but the fact that all of the reasons, "too much stock removal too fast, loaded wheel,etc.
As for temper though? a file cuts the chain so its not over 50rc I would guess more like a 4140? Just a guess though.
I bought a new chain for my husgavarna for 25 and change. (There abouts) ....

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2007-10-11          146796



When sharpening a chain you should first look for the most worn tooth and then use that as a base for size and have them all the same.
Did you know that you can normally tell what hand the person is what has been sharpening the chain? Those teeth are normally filed back further as they have a better stroke then the other hand. ....

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2007-10-22          147213


Rumor: Harbor Freight will have their electric chain saw sharpener on sale for $28 on Black Friday. Good Luck! ....

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2007-10-22          147228


For what ever reason, that chain in question, lol, wont fit back on the sprocket, it came loose after heavy use this weekend and it does not seat anymore. I was in a hurry, pressed for time against the weather and a long road trip so I put on the new chain. I dont even want to look closer at it for I feel I think I know what happened. It went into the scrap bin this afternoon anfdd for a lousy 22 bucks, I baought a new replacement! Now I dont ever need to look at, or think about that fiasco! ....

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