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 02-17-2014, 09:01 Post: 188970
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I recently bought a new chain saw and with it new determination to sharpen my own chains. I have a low price sharpener from Harbor Freight and bought a file set up from Lowes to hold angels. Not too impressed with either and too file free handed and did well it seems. I was taking them to shop to sharpen and not too impressed with theirs any more than my grinder does.

What do you find works for you?






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 02-17-2014, 12:04 Post: 188974
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Over the years I have tried several things like taking to a shop to have sharpened. Now I set my saw in a vice mark one of the teeth with a marking pen and use the indexed file to give each tooth one or at most two passes. I do this after every major cutting day. Seems to be working the best for me ....





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 02-18-2014, 12:35 Post: 188984
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I guess I'm kind of down the middle on this one.

We have a little jig that holds the file like Dennis showed except the file rotates not back & forth and it clamps onto the saw bar.

It only takes a minute to do a whole chain once you get the hang of it and fall into a two-handed rhythm.


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 02-18-2014, 13:43 Post: 188986
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I have been using the Harbor Freight electric sharpener for years with great success. Anticipating up front the high failure rate on Chinese hardware, I bought one spare sharpening wheel and an entire spare sharpener. I've never even taken either out of the box. The original is still sharpening as well as the day I bought it.

That said, I don't do this for a living. But I'd rate the HF unit as quite capable for simple homeowner use. And FWIW, I've got one of those rat-tail file guides too. Not impressed.

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Murf, where do you get that sharpener(orange)






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 02-19-2014, 09:16 Post: 189004
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Looks like it is from Lee Valley, I have bought from them seem good outfit.






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THANKS FOR THE FOUR HUNDRED ELEVEN






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I think that sharpener looks well made but not worth $411 dollars !






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Greg I will try the Harbor Freight unit I have. I used it on a few chains for my old saw and had not used any of them before the saw died.

I bought the highest price file set up Lowe's had and not pleased with it. About $30 and with some use may find out it is great but right not don't like the controls.

Murf that is a neat looking unit. Dennis the site you mention does have it. Wonder why they don't use the carbide cutter it has with the electric units?






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I am puzzled by the comments of the $411 on a sharpener. What I saw the unit was a little over $109 and the burr (instead of a file)was 21.90 something.






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