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Forum topic by Karda posted 02-04-2021 12:10 AM 643 views 0 times favorited 35 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Karda

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02-04-2021 12:10 AM

Hi I have been watching videos on chain saw sharpening and i have sharpened a few times. One thing I know I must do is hold the bar solid so It don’t move. I can’t do that. I don’t have a big stump for a stump vise and I don’t have a machinist vise or a place to put one, i do have a twin screw vise on one side and an end vice. I do have a small bench with dog holes. heres a pic of that bench. any idea how I can hold the bar thanks


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#1 posted 02-04-2021 12:18 AM

I’ve never used a vice… just a good flat surface (most of the time it’s just my truck tail gate). Hold saw/chain with one hand, file in the other… couple of passes per tooth and move on. I typically sharpen every time I fill it up with gas, sometimes more often depending on what is being cut and how hard it is on the chain.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#2 posted 02-04-2021 12:25 AM

I have been trying to master it. Just a table, and pinch the blade with one hand, file with the other I guess you could use a small stick of wood to jam lightly between the chain and the housing. Or a wood hand screw sitting on the table. Seems like more work though.

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#3 posted 02-04-2021 12:33 AM

what do you cut? when I’m sharpening in the woods I cute kerf in a log and set the blade in it.

you can also sit behind the saw and push it forward against something with the saw in your lap. hold it tight while you sharpen if the blade is long enough.

clamping it in a vise is still the easiest however.

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#4 posted 02-04-2021 12:42 AM

could I sharpen clamping the bar in a vice. I could clamp a 2×4 in my moxon vice the put my clamp vice on that and clamp the bar only in the vise, that way the chain could run on the bar

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#5 posted 02-04-2021 01:38 AM

Go to Harbor Freight. Buy the $29.95 electric sharpener. Read the directions. I used one for a few years till the motor died. Then upgraded to a higher dollar Oregon unit.

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#6 posted 02-04-2021 03:06 AM

I’m like Brad. If I have the 36” bar on, I clamp a c-clamp on tbe bar to keep it setting level and not tipping forward. Hold the bar with one hand and file with the other.

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Karda

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#7 posted 02-04-2021 04:41 AM

thats pretty much what I do now, hold the bar and chin with one hand and file with the other but thchain moves with the file alittle

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#8 posted 02-04-2021 11:13 AM

Use your chain brake if it’s moving too much.

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#9 posted 02-04-2021 04:33 PM

its no a back and forth movement it is side ways, or don’t that little bit matter

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#10 posted 02-04-2021 06:47 PM

The big secret to hand filing a saw chain is to keep the file clean of metal chips, otherwise you are just rubbing the file on the tooth, the metal chips keep the file from cutting.

I use some thin oil. Coat the file, make a few strokes, rotate the file a little bit, make a few strokes on the next tooth, repeat until you’ve rotated the file 360º. Then wipe off the metal chips and recoat with oil.

Good Luck.

-- Kramer in Minnesota ...Mostly, I cut firewood

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#11 posted 02-04-2021 06:53 PM

File as close to the guard as possible and only use the file in the forward stroke. Using a file forwards and back strokes with ruin the file in a couple of teeth.

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#12 posted 02-04-2021 08:25 PM

ok thanks

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#13 posted 02-05-2021 12:27 AM

What’s the joy in hand filing a saw chain? I did that for a while. Got over it. But, I guess if you only sharpen one every now and then it’s Ok to hand file it.

I sharpened a chain for a friend today. i don’t know what he cut, but the chain teeth were a mess. I wouldn’t have wanted to fix it with a hand file.

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#14 posted 02-05-2021 01:38 AM

I like working with my hands, My last chain lasted 4 professional sharpening’s, becuase they use machines and machines take off more steel

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#15 posted 02-05-2021 02:54 PM

Using the electric sharpener properly doesn’t take off much metal. Just a light touch, by a correctly set up unit, to the cutting edges is all you need. That assumes that the poor old chain hasn’t been severely abused, and more metal has to be removed to get the edges back.

And, I like that every machine sharpened tooth is exactly like the one before it and the one after it.

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