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Chainsaw Sharpening - How to Sharpen Your Chainsaw

Chainsaw sharpening is very important for your chainsaw because first of all, it will make the saw much easier to use, there is nothing worse than trying to saw through timber with a blunt chain on your chainsaw. Second if you keep your chainsaw sharp you will find that it is much easier to maintain and it will also use less fuel saving you time and money. Another part of keeping your chain in good condition is using the Best Chainsaw Bar Oil.

So how do you know if your chainsaw is not sharp? If you are cutting through wood and your chainsaw chain is not sharp you will find that the saw will have to be forced into the wood causing you a lot of unnecessary hard work. Also if you look behind you and see that the chipping's coming off the back of the saw is very fine or dust like, this is another tell tale sign.

Chainsaw Chipper

You have two options when it comes to chainsaw sharpening. One, you can take your chain saw to a local dealer who will sharpened it for you. Two, you can learn to sharpen a chain saw for yourself. If you take the second option there is a couple of things that you will need. A round chain saw file, typical sizes range from 3/16, 5/32 and 7/32 of an inch. A flat chainsaw file, chainsaw file gauge, bench vise, (to keep your chainsaw secure when sharpening) and protective gloves.

To start sharpening your chainsaw place the round file in the notch of the chipper/cutter at an angle between 25 to 35 degrees, the angle will depend on the make of your chain. Now slide the file in a forward motion only, starting with the short end of the file with a moderate twisting motion to get rid of any access filings. Once you have completed one side and made sure each chipper has been sharpened equally, turn your saw around and repeat the process with the reverse side.

When you are finished check the clearance of the depth gauge or raker's, they should clear each cutting chipper by one tenth of an inch. This gauges the amount of the wood chip that the cutter removes on each pass through the timber. If there is any of the depth gauges that interfere with the cutters you can file them with a flat file. Now you are ready to try out your newly sharpened chain saw. You should notice now that you do not have to apply any pressure to your saw when your cutting, also the wood chipping's coming from the back of your saw should be between 1/2 to 1 and 1/2 inches in length.