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chainsaw sharpening equipment
« on: January 19, 2015, 12:07:54 PM »
Hello All:  I'm new on the forum.  I'm considering purchasing a good quality motorized chain sharpener for my own use but for possibly hanging my shingle out as well.  There seems to be quite a number of units out there.  Does anyone have experience with using any of the current models out there and have opinions on models that are good stable designs.  Thank you.

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Re: chainsaw sharpening equipment
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2015, 12:57:40 PM »
I know a guy that has one from Granberg (not sure of the model) and he swears by it.

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Re: chainsaw sharpening equipment
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2015, 09:13:56 PM »
 Look for one that the grinding wheel reverses, electricly, so when you change the angle, for the other cutters it is grinding in the same way you would file. Most electric units, the grinding wheels turn in the same direction. The better one will also do the rakers, as they do a cutter.Try Baily's web site. I do not find their web site user friendly, may be just Google. Dinasaw, Bellsaw, or saw chain sharpeners.
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Re: chainsaw sharpening equipment
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2015, 10:50:45 AM »
Welcome to Forestry Forum!
No advice except to look at FF sponsor Comstock Logging Suppies, Inc. also...

http://www.shopcomstocklogging.com/Chain-Saw-Sharpening_c_16.html
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Re: chainsaw sharpening equipment
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2015, 09:32:40 PM »
I will second Comstock. Just started purchasing from them and so far I like. Also have heard excellent things about CHAINSAWR. Just never ordered from him.

Course I don't purchase a lot but if you ever do order from either mention you saw them on the Forestry Forum. A lot of people on here have been thru the school of hard knocks and can give invaluable advice. Sometimes no one can tell you the easy/best way to fix something but they can sure tell you from experience what doesn't work.
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Re: chainsaw sharpening equipment
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2015, 11:04:00 PM »
A box of quality files is a lot cheaper and more effective in the right hands. Practice, practice, practice. If speed and production are issues Oregon makes the 510A a scaled down version of the tried and true 511AX. It still ain't cheap but is far better than the offshore junk from a supplier I won't mention.
As far as reversing, I don't like that feature from a safety standpoint. Grinding the right hand cutters puts the sparks and debris directly back at the operator. A touch with a file will remove any burrs.
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« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2015, 06:02:54 AM »
I bought a brand new one about 18 years ago and it is still in the box. Never set it up. It is an Oregon and the last time I looked up the price it was well over $400. I even have the metal to build the stand to mount it to. Maybe one of these days I will give it a try. For now hand filing fills the bill.

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Re: chainsaw sharpening equipment
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2015, 06:26:17 AM »
 I've been running a Oregon 511 for 40 years, works great and my chains cut.   Steve
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« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2015, 06:46:27 PM »
Oregon makes a good grinder, so does Logosol.  There is a company that has picked up where Silvey left off also.  Comstock is a good place to start.
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« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2015, 10:51:59 PM »
I get a much sharper chain by hand filing and it's faster too.  Learn when to throw your file away and replace it.
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Re: chainsaw sharpening equipment
« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2015, 08:03:29 PM »
check Madsen's Shop & Supply Inc., Simington sharpener.

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Re: chainsaw sharpening equipment
« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2015, 04:51:58 AM »
Ruff,

    I have not invested in one for the shop but an absolute must have IMO is the 12v electric with alligator clamps to attach to truck or 4 wheeler battery for sharpening in the field when you nick a rock or get dirty. I have had one made by Oregon and one by Sthil. The Oregon worked better for me because the switch is on the unit rather than the cord plus it uses anyone's stones. The Sthil has threaded stone shafts and you have to get them from the dealer. For the price of a couple of chains I extended the life tremendously on my chains and I just sharpen on the saw as needed. I figure if you have a chainsaw you need one of these handy sharpeners.
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Re: chainsaw sharpening equipment
« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2015, 06:48:34 PM »
  I've had good luck with my MAXX grinder.  The head tilts so you're always grinding into the chain like the old reversible Oregons.  They had to quit making those because of the shower of sparks the operator got.  I've also got a Tecomec with hydraulic clamping set up for 3/4" pitch chain.  It works good.  I've got CBN wheels on both of them.
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Re: chainsaw sharpening equipment
« Reply #13 on: January 31, 2015, 02:00:29 PM »
How high off the floor do you mount your grinders?   I wear safety glasses and like to watch the wheel going in.   Means I am bent over .  Anybody else like to watch the process?

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« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2015, 03:04:40 PM »
I like the chain about chin high when sitting, I am more comfortable and more accurate.
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« Reply #15 on: January 31, 2015, 04:05:32 PM »
My wife picked up a Timber Tuff from Tractor Supply for me 3 years ago. I sharpen 6 to 10 chains a week on it and even use it for my 3/4" processor chain. The only issue I had was last summer when the switch went out. Called the mfg in the midwest and had a switch a couple days later. They even tried to warranty it for me but in good faith it was well out of their written period and I use it a lot.
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« Reply #16 on: February 08, 2015, 01:08:44 AM »
Lot of good advice and since you may hang out your shingle, it should pay for itself pretty fast. Don't go cheap, you get what you pay for in tools. I use hand files mostly. I may invest in a good sharpener down the road, but only if I plan to hang a shingle out. Cutting firewood, I just can't dull em fast enough to make an expensive sharpener cost efficient.

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« Reply #17 on: February 08, 2015, 11:08:36 AM »
Learn when to throw your file away and replace it.

That is so true.  I am guilty of using a file a bit past its prime and should not.

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« Reply #18 on: February 08, 2015, 03:34:05 PM »
Don't throw the old ones away. Save Edge can resharpen them too. Usually the resharpen cost is 1/2 or less the cost of a new one and they are as good as new.
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« Reply #19 on: February 08, 2015, 05:00:13 PM »
The idea of sending your files to Save Edge and having them resharpened is great but economically its not worth it. I think they charge $1.25 each to sharpen plus the cost of shipping and you can purchase new save edge files for $1.33 each.


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