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Is There A Chainsaw sharpening jig for an idiot?

 
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PostPosted: Wed May 07 14 4:13 am    Post subject: Is There A Chainsaw sharpening jig for an idiot? Reply with quote

Hi Chaps, got a brilliant Echo chainsaw, however I am having trouble sharpening it!, now my chainsaw will not cut straight and pulls off to the right, so i have obviously sharpened one side more than the other. I am using a small jig that sits on the teeth, you then sharpen the teeth with a couple of strokes of the file and then move on to the next. This should be simple, right? Wrong, I cock it up. Is there a jig that will make sharpening foolproof for a crap chainsaw sharpening newbie? Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Wed May 07 14 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of my best friends is a tree cutter. I asked him one day how he sharpens his chains. He does it free style with no jigs or anything like that. He taught me how to do it and that's the way I've been doing it ever since.

Each tooth has a guide line on it and as long as you keep the file parallel to that line and canted a few degrees to follow the tooth angle, then 3 or 4 strokes is all you need. Most chains has a tooth painted or marked so you can tell where you start and finish. It's a matter of working the teeth on one side then switching to the other.

Here's how to do it without a guide; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2tLWcgNEzA

And here's how to do it with a guide; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvcCh2XqEPc

I hope this helps.
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PostPosted: Wed May 07 14 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the reply, I appreciate it, I will have a look at both youtube video's and hope that helps.
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PostPosted: Thu May 08 14 12:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know Dremel sells an attachment for that.

http://www.dremel.com/en-us/Attachments/Pages/ProductDetail.aspx?pid=A679-02
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PostPosted: Thu May 08 14 2:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that, I will have a look at it and see what the reviews are like. The diagrams show s the sharpening of lawnmower blades and garden shears, so i wonder if it is more aimed at straight blades? but thanks for taking the time and effort to post a reply.
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PostPosted: Thu May 08 14 3:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.ebay.co.uk/bhp/chainsaw-sharpener
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PostPosted: Thu May 08 14 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You should buy a file (the correct size) and learn how to use it. It's not that difficult to sharpen a chain properly. Just takes a little practice. When you get good, a few swipes with a file will keep your teeth sharp. That way you can always keep your chain sharp and ready for use. Like Mike suggested, search YouTube for videos. IMO, jigs are just a crutch - like foiling butts or ribs Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu May 08 14 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought 3 chains when I bought my new saw. I burnt the first chain by trying to cut with it when it was dull. The second chain got ruined when I tried to sharpen it with the wrong sized file. Finally, a logger we working by my place and I took the saw over to him and he showed me how to sharpen the chain. I thanked him and handed him a $20.00. Best $20 I've invested in a long time. Chains last a long time when you keep them sharp. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri May 09 14 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that, I have the correct size files, I have watched lots of youtube video's, and I thought my technique was good until I start cutting wood, and then it is obvious that I have not sharpened the chain correctly. As I am sure you are aware an dull or incorrectly sharpened chain can lead to accidents, so apart from not damaging my saw, I also want to keep various parts of my anatomy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 17 14 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is what I use.
http://www.lowes.com/pd_91393-422-23820L_4294612746__?productId=3678610&Ns=p_product_qty_sales_dollar

I can't do it free hand
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18 14 5:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.timberlinesharpener.com/

check this out!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22 14 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all your replies, it has been very helpful. I binned the jig that I bought with rollers on it and used a file that has an angle guage attached to it, and it seems to be working OK. The timberline sharpener looks impressive though
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