Sawing through wood with a dull chainsaw blade can be as tiring as it is dangerous. Sharpening the cutters ensures that sawing is made easier; you even enjoy the whole exercise as the blade slices through wood with amazing ease. Usually, there are two main ways of sharpening your chainsaw; you can use a hand file or an electric sharpener is also known as a grinder. The duller the cutters, the more the pressure you’re likely to apply; consequently, the higher your chances of injuring yourself. Thus, when using a chainsaw sharpener, we always emphasize on putting your personal safety first; it’s what matters most. In this guide, we’ll take you through the dos and don’ts of using a chainsaw sharpener;
- Have protective gear with you before you start the sharpening exercise; have eye protection, hand gloves, ear protection, also ensure the areas isn’t cluttered, you may need to jump back or escape fast in case of a hitch
- Seeing that chainsaw blades have sharp cutters both at the top and bottom, you need to wary of what’s known as Kickback; this happens when the blade accidentally bounces back towards your face, neck. This can cause serious injuries.
- When cutting using your chainsaw, fine dust is an indicator that the cutters need sharpening. Chips are an indicator that the cutters are still sharp.
- Take a moment to go over the Chainsaw’s manual, most manufacturers will advise on the best way to sharpen your blade. Once you’ve determined the way forward, get a sharpening stone and place it in the proper width, it should perfectly fit the gap between the cutters. Mind you, sharpening stones come in different widths, with the most common being 3/16 inches. Do your homework properly, know the size you need.
- If you’re using a handheld chainsaw sharpener, ensure that you’re making outward strokes, away from your body. Hold the file at 30 degrees or 35 degrees; it’s advisable to cut a small slot on the log in order to hold the lower blades during sharpening, gives you a better grip when filing.
- When it comes to sharpening the cutters, it is important that you apply equal pressure and number of strokes. This ensures that the cutters on top and at the bottom are uniform and that they cut in a straight line.
- Depending on the nature of your tasks, cutters can be sharpened 10 times or even before, before there’s need to replace the chain. There are special sharpeners that are recommended for old or worn-out. However, do not confuse worn out cutters and unevenly sharpened cutters.
- It makes sense at times to get a pro to do the sharpening for you; such are able to regrind the cutters till they’ve regained their original shape.
How To Sharpen A Chainsaw?
N0te – when using an electric sharpener, always ensure that you have your protective clothing on. Any hanging jewelry or loose clothing should be kept very far. Any long hair should also be tucked away from your face.