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Re: chainsaw sharpening equipment
« Reply #20 on: February 08, 2015, 05:51:10 PM »
I guess I was referring to files in general. A decent flat file is 4-6 bucks or more depending on size. Chainsaw files are relatively inexpensive, may not be worth the hassle.
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« Reply #21 on: February 08, 2015, 06:29:44 PM »
i know what you mean. And it is almost impossible to buy a quality file today. I have a stack of old Heller/Simonds files that I am saving up to send to save edge at some point. Some people hoard the weirdest things....my addiction is quality files, chisels, drill bits. Have boxes full of each yet every time i need one i end up running to the hardware store to buy new

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« Reply #22 on: February 09, 2015, 07:49:36 AM »
I use both, grinder and files. Many folks especially pilgrims never take the chain off the bar until its replaced that's wrong. Every couple of filings the bar should come off and everything cleaned and readjusted. After a few filings I grind the chain to even things and especially if something was hit.  If you have a hard time filing a ground chain you were too agresive grinding. Of course I'am just an old phart what do I know. Frank C.
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Re: chainsaw sharpening equipment
« Reply #23 on: February 09, 2015, 12:02:46 PM »
If you have a hard time filing a ground chain you were too agresive grinding.
Why is this?  Run into this once in a while & haven't figured it out.  huh-smiley
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« Reply #24 on: February 09, 2015, 04:56:00 PM »
If you have a hard time filing a ground chain you were too agresive grinding.
Why is this?  Run into this once in a while & haven't figured it out.  huh-smiley

Overheated during grinding, then "air quenches" to harden the tooth. Usually it's not the entire tooth that gets hardened, it's more of a skin hardening, but it can be a real pain trying to hand-file through that skin (and you can ruin a lot of files attempting it).

Not all steel alloys will air harden, some are more susceptible to it than others, and smaller pieces (or fine edges on a larger piece) are more likely than larger ones (it's easier to air harden the working edge if a chainsaw tooth than a railroad spike of the same alloy)
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« Reply #25 on: February 09, 2015, 05:12:48 PM »
Duh ( ::) ::))  Got it, thanks!   
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« Reply #26 on: February 11, 2015, 08:20:41 AM »
You never go wrong buying a good tool or saw. They cost more but are cheapest in the long haul. In 76 I bought a home and had a young family and could ill afford it but bought a Stihl 031 and whats now an Oregon grinder. The grinders were made in Italy and this was before Oregon picked them up. Both are still working and have repaid me exponentially. Frank C.
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Re: chainsaw sharpening equipment
« Reply #27 on: February 27, 2016, 12:42:34 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.

I know this thread is a year old, but it has piqued my curiosity as to who has picked up where Silvey has left off?
Just now I checked out Comstock.com and didn't see a grinder at the "Silvey" level.  Round or Square - did I miss something? 
A Silvey 510 is what I long for -  Buehler - anyone???

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Re: chainsaw sharpening equipment
« Reply #28 on: February 28, 2016, 01:12:09 PM »
This is a  great thread with lots of good replies.
But I noticed the OP ( ruffed grouse) only posted once to start it but not so much even a thankyou. Maybe he's still stuck under a tree or something  :D
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« Reply #29 on: February 28, 2016, 02:12:05 PM »
HolmenTree,here one day,gone the next!!!
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« Reply #30 on: February 29, 2016, 09:18:31 AM »
I own a Harbor Freight chain wrecker/sharpener. Once in a while I get lucky with it and it'll kinda work pretty good. Would love to buy a good one, maybe a 12V rotary type with a guide.
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« Reply #31 on: March 01, 2016, 10:55:35 AM »
HolmenTree,here one day,gone the next!!!
Yup and then they ask the same question over on another forum  :laugh:
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« Reply #32 on: March 01, 2016, 08:31:06 PM »
How do you know when you need a new hand file?
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« Reply #33 on: March 01, 2016, 08:53:50 PM »
A box of Oregon 13/64 and, a box of Nicholson 1/4" files are hard to beat for cost, efficiency, speed, results, and PERFORMANCE.  God Bless
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« Reply #34 on: March 01, 2016, 09:12:28 PM »
How do you know when you need a new hand file?
When it cuts like a dull chain ;D
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« Reply #35 on: March 02, 2016, 05:50:17 AM »
 :D  How true that is. The file will just not take so much off. Just remember how that new ones files,than after a while you will notice how the file does not seem to be working so good. I buy mine by the box,a box will last me a long time.
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« Reply #36 on: March 02, 2016, 06:56:27 AM »
I just happened to watch a wranglestar you tube video and he seemed really high on the Granberg 12 volt sharpening system. Has any one used one?  Good bad?   thx

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« Reply #37 on: March 02, 2016, 03:53:53 PM »
The granberg electric(12v dc) is a good system, as well as their file holder/guide.  Both good options, as you can sharpen the chain on the bar vs having to take it off the bar to sharpen a loop. Madsen's in WA state sells used silvey and they have an entry level grinder (Tecomoec) which looks decent, if you are hung up on an off the bar grinder option.  Comstock may have something just as good, I would certainly go with a forum sponsor first.
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