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 09-29-2007, 10:24 Post: 146246
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 How long should a chainsaw chain last

How long before i need to sharpen my blade? What is the best sharpening method to use power or no power? After reading about the saw sharpening problem I would sharpen them my self. Now all I need is the tools and knowledge.






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 09-29-2007, 11:26 Post: 146248
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 How long should a chainsaw chain last

I don't use a hard and fast rule for sharpening but it's not hard to know when a chain is dull. When a chain is nice and sharp the chips it cuts are thin and large, almost wafer like, and the saw almost pulls itself through the wood. When a chain is dull the chips are more like sawdust and a lot more effort is needed to push the saw through the wood. If you keep an eye on the chip size and the effort needed to cut you will pick up on the differences between sharp and dull chains quickly.






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 09-29-2007, 13:40 Post: 146252
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 How long should a chainsaw chain last

I think a lot comes into how much you will be using a chain saw, how far to a shop that does a GOOD job in sharping the chain and such. If I had a shop near me that did a GOOD job and I did not use my saw every day, I would have them sharpner the chains. Just have a few chains. Not all chain saw dealers do a GOOD job in sharping chains. That is why last winter I bought my own sharpner. No report by me, have not used any chain yet sharpen on it.

You will find some here who use hand files and get great results, I don't. kt


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 09-29-2007, 21:37 Post: 146273
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When cutting wood I found that it was the easiest to keep a sharpe chain sharp then to let it go to far and have to bring it back.
When I did knick the chain from stone or steel than if possible do to the amount of tooth to be removed would I look for a power sharper.
To the heading it really depends on what you are cutting as to the wood and as to how clean the wood is and the times sharpened. I've made it a point to always have a spare chain for every bar size.






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 09-29-2007, 22:35 Post: 146275
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 How long should a chainsaw chain last

Like ART said, it depends on the type of wood you are cutting (the harder/more dense the wood the more it takes it out on the chain) and the amount of grit that gets into the chain when/if you cut the wood on soil. With practice you'll be able to judge when to stop cutting the felled tree before hitting soil (and I hope no rocks). As well how your saw is set up for feeding chain oil is important. I err on feeding just too much chain oil, the stuff is cheap so use it liberally. When they are dull, they won't cut well and can even leave scorch marks in the wood, because of all of the wasted friction. As for sharpening...I have 3 chains and get them sharpened for me at the same time (keep them in the old boxes, their is info for shapening on them). Again as ART said, the sharpening quality will vary, so when you find a good Sharpener (Sharpenist? Sharpenette?) stick with him/her.






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 09-30-2007, 07:11 Post: 146287
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Using a file takes practice and patience. I never used one due to lack of same. But when the price of sharpening went over three bucks a chain, I picked up a file and learned. First sign of a working chain getting dull, I'd take five minutes to file new edges. After a while, the saw will no longer cut a straight line. That's the point at which I'd then take that chain in for a machine sharpening.

When the price of sharpening hit seven bucks a chain, I decided to get that $99 Harbor Freight benchtop chain sharpener. I caught it on sale for $30, so I bought two. The second one is just for spare parts to keep the first one running. So for less than the price of somebody else sharpening five chains, I now do my own (and my neighbors).

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 09-30-2007, 20:50 Post: 146307
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So I take it you "like" the harbor freight one? I will be looking into this pretty soon! After purchasing the outdoor wood furnace, I will be using the saw more than ever so it will pay to buy the sharpener. If you only sharpen a chain every year or so, I would not take up garage space to save a few bucks but like it was mentioned know who you are taking your chain too! A lesson I learned
is; Yes, a chain can be screwed up by someone sharpening it with a machine! SO, Inspect your chain before walking away from the shop!






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 09-30-2007, 23:37 Post: 146313
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Yes, I like the HF bench sharpener a helluvalot more than paying somebody else seven bucks a pop to turn my chains blue. Word of caution though, I don't recommend it for light duty chains. The chain guide - the part that squeezes the chain while the grinding wheel drops - doesn't adjust narrow enough to do my neighbor's 12" Echo chain. Probably wouldn't work on electric chain saws or limb trimmers either. I've since modified mine to grip the skinny chains. But right outa the box? Forget it.

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 How long should a chainsaw chain last

You can dull a sharp chain in less than a minute by cutting through sand impregnated bark, hitting a hidden nail or driving the chain into the dirt when sectioning downed trees.

Or you can cut all day if you avoid the all the above.......






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 How long should a chainsaw chain last

A chain will last according to what you are cutting, as well as how well you protect from damage.

As to power, or hand sharpening, if using power, be careful not to over do the speed overheating and causing loss of temper on chain

Personally I use the simple file method, touching the chain up as soon as is shows sings of being dull.






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