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Old 12-16-18, 02:55 PM   #4
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I'm just the opposite. I like chain saw sharpeners. No matter what brand you buy, the compound angles are critical to sharpening them correctly so the chain cuts. I sharpened them for several years as part of my living. I started off with a Bellsaw-Foley Sharp All and ended up with one from Harbor Freight.

If you go this route, you want to clean the chain with degreaser, or solvent. Match the compound angles of the chain with the cutterhead exactly and don't try to take off too much at one time otherwise you risk burning the tooth and removing the steel's temper. Each tooth needs to be the same length and the rake the same height. Also, but sure to check for excessive play in the rivets. Too much slop there can make the chain break while in use.
After the machine is set up correctly and the chain is decreased, sharpening can be done in less than 10 minutes.

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