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 10-10-2007, 02:27 Post: 146726
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I ran through a bunch of chains when I sawed up some railroad ties a while ago. Wish I had this northerntool sharpener back then. Price for sharpening here is $8 per chain and you have to leave them off at the hardware store and pick them up a week later. Sharpen your chain ten times and it pays for itself. Works great. Good reviews on the site.






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 10-10-2007, 08:20 Post: 146728
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That is a good find! I know at one time when I looked at them they were in the 300 to four hundred dollar mark but that was about 20 years ago and they looked about the same.






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 10-10-2007, 08:24 Post: 146729
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Does that come with different grinding disks for the different size files one would use for match the chains specs?






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 10-10-2007, 08:37 Post: 146732
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The grinder works on a slightly different principal. The stone is beveled, and the arm has an adjustable depth stop. You also adjust a chain stop, so that only the very tip of the leading edge comes into contact with the stone. These features pretty much take the place of the various file sizes.

Only sharpening a dozen or so chains a year, I went for an even cheaper model (see link below). I actually got mine on an even deeper discount: $29.99 (that's why I bought two; one active, the other as a parts machine).

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 10-10-2007, 11:25 Post: 146739
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TIPS on keeping your chain sharp........

A sharp chain will produce large wood chips when cutting. It will easily cut through any log. When you begin to see smoke from the chain, or when you notice that the chips are more like sawdust, it's time to sharpen the chain.

Dirt is the most common enemy. Dirt will cause a chain to dull faster than anything but concrete, or steel (nails). Painted boards will also cause a chain to dull quickly.

Use a log lift when cutting trees on the ground. This will help prevent the blade from making contact with the ground. A log lift will help keep the chain sharp longer than any other tool you have.

Remove as much bark as possible before cutting, as it's the bark that holds the dirt.

Bark also causes a huge amount of ash to build up in the fireplace. Remove any remaining bark before hauling the wood into the house.

Tree bark also holds the greatest share of the wood boring insects. Removing the bark will prevent an insect infestation in the home, keep your chain sharp longer, and make very little mess when hauling in the firewood.

The smallest amount of dirt or sand retained in the bark will dull a chain very quickly. This is one of the reasons why sawmills remove the bark before ever attempting to make the first cut.

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 10-10-2007, 20:33 Post: 146772
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Mine came with 3 grinding disks but then it was $100. I see they only list 1 grinding disk as included now, but it should take all three sizes. Somewhere in the reviews they say this is a copy of the Oregon 511 and that Oregon grinding disks will fit this.

Is nice to be able to get a sharp chain and at the same time take very little metal off when you are doing your own adjustments on the sharpener.






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 10-10-2007, 21:15 Post: 146775
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Something I've been fortunate to be able to see was an 048 stihl that was heavy compared to todays saws but tuned effectively to handle a 24" bar at full tilt and not die! It was in skidded wood that was dirty, it was against an 090 sthil 090 that was set at 3500 rpm. I could only cut three logs and needed shapening where he could cut multiple whole truck loads!

Go slow in trash in and dirt and it may keep you sharp longer!






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 10-10-2007, 21:48 Post: 146779
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Art has a great point there! Fact is that (I learned the embarressing way) I here more folks winding their saws wide open to limb a felled tree! I was using my buddie's saw (He is a full time logger/owner) a few years back (15) He comes out yellin an bitchin at me. Say's, "what da Heck you doing? Your not cutting a 2 foot tree, its a friggin 2" limb! The saw will last ya 20 times as long if you run the engine speed proper for what your cutting. I now think he was also refering to chain life between csharpening.
He also would whip out his file about (on average) every hour or so to touch up while working (that was said here earlier too)
Since then, I hear a saw winding up while limbing twigs and I laugh. Since I bought my rancher, I let the saws weight push thru with a nice steady slow chain speed. It may not "sound as cool" BUT, I think it definately will show in future life






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Is there anyone who can recommend the best product among the ones listed here?






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 05-22-2019, 12:21 Post: 198427
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RossJonnes,

I run a tree care company. I make a living with my saws.

Don't waste your time with anything else......just buy the Pferd CS-X sharpening system. It's about 35 bucks.


You will absolutely NEED to know your chain pitch and style. There are different sharpening tools for each chain pitch, etc.

For example, you will need to know if your chain is 3/8" (375), .404, or ..325" pitch. You will also need to know if you have the micro style.

Chain gauge is the thickness of the drive link. New chains must fit properly in the rail in your bar. The most common gauge widths are .058, and .063. There are others.

Measure center to center of three rivets on your chain. Pick any three rivets and measure from the center of rivet 1 to the center of rivet 3. That's your pitch. Gauge is measured by putting a caliper on the drive link and measuring the width.

Hope this helps.

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