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Offline TmbrWlkr

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Best chain saw file?
« on: February 09, 2021, 10:23:02 PM »
Ok guys - letís weigh in - what in your opinion is the best chainsaw file - and why:
Durability
Price
Availability 
Ease of cleaning
Etc.

Oh yeah - please specify type - round flat, square cut ...

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Re: Best chain saw file?
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2021, 10:57:04 PM »
Nicholson is pretty much the leader of the file business on the machinist side.  I get stihl files at the co-op because thats what is there and i have no complaints.  Any new file is better than a dull old rusty one no matter what brand.  They all wear out.. Just how it is. 
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Re: Best chain saw file?
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2021, 11:11:26 PM »
For a 7/32 round file.... Save Edge... makes an Oregon file seem dull out of the box. 

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Re: Best chain saw file?
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2021, 11:24:33 PM »
For all the hubbub about the Save-edge files, I got a box and didn't notice any difference vs the Oregon I'd always used. Not that they're bad, I was just expecting more🤷🏽‍♂️
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Re: Best chain saw file?
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2021, 08:05:32 AM »
Round files are about $1.50 at my local hardware store. Not sure of the brand. I get a new one when I put on a new chain. But I should probably get a new one more often. Every time I start using a new one, I ask myself "why didn't you do that sooner?"
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Re: Best chain saw file?
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2021, 10:16:55 AM »
The last time that I bought some was at a local Stihl dealer. He had an unopened box of 12 that he sold me and they worked out to be out the door price of 24ish. The # (for those interested) is 7010 871 6405 and thatís for 7/32 for 3/8 chain. I recorded the # since itís not in the catalog so Iíd have for future reference. The box had 4 of the 3pack in it.


BTW, shouldnít this be in the chainsaw section?
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Re: Best chain saw file?
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2021, 02:27:32 PM »
CBN wheel on a grinder is the best file IMHO ;) ;D :) :)  Ya Ya Ya ground chains aren't as sharp as hand filed ::) ::)  Whatever :D :)  I haven't hand filed a saw chain since January of 2006  ;D 8) ;D 8) :)
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Re: Best chain saw file?
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2021, 04:02:30 PM »
Bar none  PFERD
Nothing is even close
Round file
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Re: Best chain saw file?
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2021, 04:36:30 PM »
I am partial to Stihl and my dealer has good pricing if you buy the files by box rather than singles or 3 pack.

Everybody is too proud of the raker files.

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Re: Best chain saw file?
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2021, 04:47:57 PM »
I'm pretty sure the Stihl files are Made by PFERD 
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Re: Best chain saw file?
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2021, 05:13:26 PM »
have used Pferd files for years, have not found anything better.

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Re: Best chain saw file?
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2021, 07:19:30 PM »
CBN wheel on a grinder is the best file IMHO ;) ;D :) :)  Ya Ya Ya ground chains aren't as sharp as hand filed ::) ::)  Whatever :D :)  I haven't hand filed a saw chain since January of 2006  ;D 8) ;D 8) :)
The eye cannot beat a machine or jig but is is so easy to carry a file in your file pocket.

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« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2021, 07:23:48 PM »
Me to. Pferd is my favorite but remember , like chainsaw bars, they can make bad batches.

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Re: Best chain saw file?
« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2021, 07:39:24 PM »
For a 7/32 round file.... Save Edge... makes an Oregon file seem dull out of the box.
Iíve used a lot of files. Iím kind of a experiment try kind of guy. Save edge beats them all. 

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« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2021, 09:42:07 PM »
I think the Oregon files I buy are Pferd made too? I can't remember for sure.
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« Reply #15 on: February 10, 2021, 09:56:04 PM »
I run Sthil chains on both my Huskys and file with a Oregon file. I buy them by the box. I have a big saw and a small saw, need two different size files. Just like chains and bars, bars, I keep one on hand all the time, and chains, I buy 5 at a time.
I suppose I should not say that my Makita 4 inch grinder keeps the rakers down.
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Re: Best chain saw file?
« Reply #16 on: February 10, 2021, 10:25:04 PM »
I canít remember the last time I used or bought a file a grinder is the way to go especially when running square chains. 

 

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Re: Best chain saw file?
« Reply #17 on: February 11, 2021, 05:24:49 PM »
You carry chains in the woods? 

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Re: Best chain saw file?
« Reply #18 on: February 11, 2021, 06:21:13 PM »
I always had extras in the forwarder or  with the gas and oil.
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« Reply #19 on: February 11, 2021, 07:25:41 PM »
I know guys that swap chains but only fiewood cutters. Falling and bucking log trees it would drive me crazy. Sharpen a saw 6+ times a day is faster than swapping chains. I would like to buy a sharpener for when I hit junk though. 


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