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Re: 110v Saw Chain Sharpener
« Reply #20 on: December 16, 2017, 07:21:52 PM »
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Does hyd clamp work good? I have two old foley 308 I use and kept looking at the ones with the hyd clamp and think I need to buy one  with a hyd clamp.

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Re: 110v Saw Chain Sharpener
« Reply #21 on: December 16, 2017, 08:32:16 PM »
I think an electric grinder is very useful for someone that has a lot of chains to sharpen. It doesn't eliminate chain filing, just is one component of chain maintenance. I've had several different brands of sharpeners and the Oregon 511AX is the best one but also the most expensive by far. The Oregon clone I have works well and if I were starting over, I would have settled for it. I even have the $30 Harbor Freight version. On the HFT version, the one they sell now with the bicycle brake chain clamp is nearly worthless in my opinion. I have an earlier one and still use it on my small chains.
The clone is set up just for rakers and the Oregon I use for .325 and 3/8 chains. I don't have to switch stones this way...
I had a Foley Belsaw grinder but never used it. Sold that one.
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Re: 110v Saw Chain Sharpener
« Reply #22 on: December 17, 2017, 10:41:07 AM »
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Does hyd clamp work good? I have two old foley 308 I use and kept looking at the ones with the hyd clamp and think I need to buy one  with a hyd clamp.
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Yes, the hyd clamp does work well.  It takes a little bit of getting used to, you need to make sure you have your  cutter pulled back against the paw/stop before you start bringing down the handle as the locking psi starts as the handle is lowered.

I tried to use the Oregon with hyd clamp for doing rakers and it was a PIA as i had to lift the handle up every time i wanted to move the chain slightly forward or back.

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Re: 110v Saw Chain Sharpener
« Reply #23 on: December 17, 2017, 02:00:04 PM »
Sorry my bad.
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Re: 110v Saw Chain Sharpener
« Reply #24 on: December 17, 2017, 06:41:52 PM »
Will the Stihl machine do the narrow pico (I don't remember the size) on the pole saws too? or just .325,3/8, and .404?
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Re: 110v Saw Chain Sharpener
« Reply #25 on: December 18, 2017, 07:22:47 AM »
has anyone used a foley grinder? as far as the 511 oregon being the best i have one and i say no. its ok its assembled in Italy with the parts made in china

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Re: 110v Saw Chain Sharpener
« Reply #26 on: December 18, 2017, 07:54:17 AM »
Will the Stihl machine do the narrow pico (I don't remember the size) on the pole saws too? or just .325,3/8, and .404?
Here is a link to the sharpener setup and it lists all the chains, angles and wheels required to duplicate the factory sharpening geometry.  The angle "B" is the one that few sharpeners can match.   
https://www.stihlusa.com/webcontent/cmsfilelibrary/instructionmanuals/usg_sawchainangles_chart.pdf

The machine as zero slop.  It is offered with a foot clamp accessory, step on the pedal and the clamp closes on the chain.  I didn't purchase it, the hand clamp is good enough for me. 

The thing about this sharpener, I spend a lot less time sharpening a lot more chains.  Thats the way its supposed to work.
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Re: 110v Saw Chain Sharpener
« Reply #27 on: January 07, 2018, 11:00:08 PM »
YH-perhaphs i missed it but did you purchase the stihl grinder? Im currently looking for something to replace grandpas old neilson grinder. i was considering the 511ax and possibly upgraging to the hydraulic lock.

i searched the forum for input if the hydraulic lock was useful/worth the extra $ and came across this thread. everyone please correct me if im wrong but the hydraulic lock seems favorable?? thanks

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Re: 110v Saw Chain Sharpener
« Reply #28 on: January 08, 2018, 09:49:28 AM »
Yes, I've had the Stihl grinder for a few years now and it has turned chain sharpening into a non event.  I didn't get the foot pedal clamp accessory, the hand clamp works fine.  Here is a lengthy but interesting video that shows the USG Stihl Grinder that I have, which shows how well it grinds and the foot pedal usage.  I don't know the guy in the video, but it shows how easy it is to fix a badly damaged chain.  Of course, for a normal, in service chain, the sharpening process goes much faster.  Either way, no burn.  BTW, I hand file the rakers with the Stihl File Guide, I don't use the sharpener for that.



No doubt, its expensive, and there are other sharpeners out there, but I would never buy another type after having this one.  I don't expect it to ever wear out.  :D :D :D
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Re: 110v Saw Chain Sharpener
« Reply #29 on: January 08, 2018, 05:42:13 PM »
YH, thank you for the reply. I got mixed up and now see that it was grizzly who was looking to purchase a grinder. I hadn't considered stihl but I might look harder at them.

Grizzly have you pulled the trigger on a grinder?

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Re: 110v Saw Chain Sharpener
« Reply #30 on: January 10, 2018, 03:13:11 PM »
Now I have a question for you guys, what size wheel do you use on a .325. I have seen both 1/8 and 3/16 recommend. Who has used both and what does a better job on it ?
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Re: 110v Saw Chain Sharpener
« Reply #31 on: January 13, 2018, 12:35:31 AM »
Grizzly have you pulled the trigger on a grinder?

No. I seem to search out my stuff well ahead and then dream on it for a bit and then after a while I'll go ahead and buy something. So in a while I'll be back to report. My children say I'm good at talking myself out of buying what I need.  :)

On another note. Some of you are using diamond or a hard wheel to grind chain. I'd like to find a hard wheel to put in my Cook's Cat Claw but so far no luck at all. One supplier will custom build one for me at a cost of over a thousand so I opted to not buy. Anyone know of something?
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Re: 110v Saw Chain Sharpener
« Reply #32 on: January 13, 2018, 02:18:18 AM »
Hard wheel?
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Re: 110v Saw Chain Sharpener
« Reply #33 on: January 13, 2018, 12:05:13 PM »
CBN I think is what there called. All i have is the standard abrasive wheels from Cooks and Suffolk.
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Re: 110v Saw Chain Sharpener
« Reply #34 on: January 14, 2018, 12:15:50 AM »
There used to be a guy from Ireland that made some but I haven't heard anything from him in a long time. I had one and it was ok but I recently broke it so am now using the AO stones again.
'98 LT40HDD/Lombardini, Case 580L, Cat D4C, JD 3032 tractor, JD 5410 tractor, Husky 346, 372 and 562XP's. Stihl MS180 and MS361, 1998 and 2006 3/4 Ton 5.9 Cummins 4x4's, 1989 Dodge D100 w/ 318, and a 1966 Chevy C60 w/ dump bed.


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