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Offline John Mc

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Re: Begginer sharpening chains by hand or??
« Reply #60 on: August 10, 2018, 09:44:38 AM »
Furthermore, the Pferd hand sharpening is relaxing, allowing needed down time often with a side brew.

I find the same thing. Stopping to sharpen also gives me an opportunity to assess how I'm holding up. Something I don't always take the time to do in the middle of working. I find I don't keep myself properly hydrated and often don't realize how tired I'm getting if I don't have some excuse to stop and "take stock". I do take a pass on the brew until I'm done using the chainsaw, however.

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That's funny, since don't use the CS-X/2-in-1 myself (though I have used my friend's on several occasions). I use the clip on file guide pictured in my earlier post, or sometimes a roller guide (not my photo):
   

Actually, the one I posted earlier with the plate that clips on to the file is what I use most often.

I also prefer to use the depth gauge tool on the roller guide or like one of these:
    
It lets me customize the depth gauge to the associated tooth, making relatively unimportant to keep all the teeth the same length.

I'm not saying my way works any better than any others. It's just what I'm used to, and I get good results with it. It's sort of become my sharpening ritual. I'll never be one of those guys who gets amazing results with just a bare file used freehand. (On the other hand, I also won't be one of those many folks I've met who just think they get great results freehand.)
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Re: Begginer sharpening chains by hand or??
« Reply #61 on: August 10, 2018, 09:48:58 PM »
When it pulls into the wood all by itself,I know I have done good. :) 
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Re: Begginer sharpening chains by hand or??
« Reply #62 on: August 11, 2018, 07:30:13 PM »
Gone through so many of the chain sharpening tool rigs including grinders.
The Pferd (Stihl or Husky ) system is foolproof and brainproof which many of us need. :-[
It does the raker along with the edge enough to do what CF says: " ...the chain pulls itself ....".
I use the right size for the 3 kinds of chains and saws. It is fast.
When I get tired of reversing the files on the older model Pferds, the new and better CS-Xs will be bought.....not yet.

John, the brew is only when done cutting not sharpening......I swear.

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Re: Begginer sharpening chains by hand or??
« Reply #63 on: August 12, 2018, 10:02:10 AM »
I thought I had seen just about every sharpening gadget known to man, but I've never seen one of those.


When i first started to sharp a chain a forester who teached  me gave me one of those plastic plates and it has been with me in every filling since 20years now. For free hand filling i find it the most simple and useful tool ever. and it costs like 10$
With the 2 in 1 i don't need to use it anymore.

I will try to find if that is available in America for you guys.
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« Reply #64 on: August 12, 2018, 08:05:22 PM »
I've tried file guides, depth gauges, logger buddies saws sharpened with grinders, and in the end, I found it much simpler and easier to just use plain old files with handles. Take a brand new chain, put saw and all in a vice, 2 or 3 strokes on each cutter to freshen it up, 2 or 3 strokes on the rakers with a raker file, and if you use the saw enough, you know how it cuts, and how much to take off the rakers each time. Seems more precise to me than grinders too. As long as you don't let it go too far, and keep a sharp chain always, it's good.
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« Reply #65 on: August 15, 2018, 09:19:32 AM »
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