How to Use a Chainsaw Sharpener – A Quick and Easy Guide

Sharpening a chainsaw is an essential part of maintaining a power tool. If it is not sharpened regularly, it will become dull and useless for cutting purposes. If you are reading this, you are probably interested in finding out how to use a chainsaw sharpener properly.

It is a great tool that can help you maintain a sharp chain on your saw, and if you use a chain saw a lot, it is a valuable investment. This piece is going to help you understand how a saw sharpener works, a little bit about the different styles of sharpeners out there, and how to sharpen a chain saw with this tool.

How a Chainsaw Chain Works?

Before we delve into the steps on chainsaw sharpening, we need to learn some basics about how a chainsaw chain works. In a nutshell, it is made of a series of small, sharp teeth that rotate around a bar. The chain is housed in a guide bar. The guide bar is attached to a drive shaft, which rotates the chain. The chain is responsible for cutting through wood.

The chain, which is made of several metal links, is the component that does the actual cutting. The links are connected together by rivets, which are small metal pins that are inserted into the links. These pins are what make the chain saw’s chain so powerful.

As the chain turns, the blade is forced through the wood, continuing to cut until the chain stops moving. The chain will continue to move even if the blade has stopped because the chain is being pushed by the engine.

When to Use a Chainsaw Sharpener?

If your saw is not cutting wood smoothly, it is time to sharpen it. Dull saws can cause a lot of kickback and can cause injury to the person operating the saw. It is recommended that you sharpen the tool when it starts to vibrate and makes a lot of noise when it is used.

When you feel that the cutting edge of the power tool is no longer able to cut through the wood, you should sharpen the instrument.

Chainsaw Sharpening Guide

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The chainsaw is a very powerful tool that can easily cut through wood. It is also very dangerous to use without the proper training. The chainsaw sharpener is a great way to sharpen the dull chainsaw chain. It is important to read the sharpener instructions before using the tool.

And don’t forget to wear protective clothing while using the chainsaw sharpener. Always make sure the power tool is off before you begin sharpening. You can also use a kickback brake if you have one.

Step 1: Measuring

You should know the specifications of your saw blade to make sure you are using the right size chainsaw sharpener. Take the measurement of the pitch, gauge, and width of the blade.

These three measurements will help you find the right size saw sharpener for your instrument. However, you can find them in the saw manual.

Step 2: Installing the chainsaw sharpener

The chainsaw sharpener will come with a chain vise, a chain holder, and a file holder. Place the chain vise on a table or bench with the teeth pointing up. Fasten the chain vise to the table, so it doesn’t move while you are sharpening the blade.

It’s important to use a sturdy table or bench because you’re going to put a lot of force on the sharpener.

Step 3: Installing sharpening stone

The chainsaw sharpener comes with a stone holder that is mounted on a base. Remove the stone from the package and place it on the base. Then, attach the stone holder to the base and the base to the vise.

Step 4: Adjusting the angle

The angle is important because it will determine how sharp your saw blade will be after being sharpened. To adjust the chainsaw chain sharpening angle, turn the knob on the sharpener until you get the angle you want. The angle gauge on the sharpener will tell you the angle you’ve set.

Step 5: Sharpening

Now that your chainsaw sharpener is installed and adjusted to the right angle, it’s time to start the chainsaw blade sharpening process. After you lower the grinder wheel, you will see a small number of sparks. This indicates that the metal is being removed from the saw blade.

Keep the grinder in contact with the blade’s teeth for a few seconds, then lift it and check to see if the tooth’s inner surface is shiny. If it is, you have sharpened that tooth.

Now you need to adjust the angle, lower the grinder on the next tooth, and repeat the process until you’ve sharpened all the teeth on one side.

The last step is to sharpen the teeth on the other side of the blade. You will need to repeat the entire process, but this time, you will need to set the grinder to the opposite angle.

Step 6: Cleaning up

As soon as you’re done sharpening, you will need to clean up the mess. The best way to do this is by using a cleaning brush. Run the brush over the teeth a few times, and then wipe the sawdust off of the blade.

The Bottom Line

Sharpening a chainsaw chains on your own is not a difficult job. If you have a good chainsaw sharpener, you can do it by yourself. It is a necessary job if you want to keep a tool working properly.

Please leave a comment and share your experience with us and tell me what you think about this article and how it helped you.

Ronnie Collins

I’m Ronnie Collins. I’ve been passionate about gardening and woodworking all my life and even earned an MS degree in Botany from the University of Maryland. I’ve been working at a gardening company for a while, so I know the ropes about a whole lot of dedicated equipment such as the table saw, track saw, lawnmowers, chainsaws, garden hoses, and much more.

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