Chainsaw sharpening with Harbor Freight electric sharpener

Discussion in 'Tutorials and Tips' started by Jeff Jilg, May 29, 2005.

  1. Clem Wixted

    Clem Wixted

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    You hit the nail on the head!

    I was thinking, as the cutting went fast and easy, that this is FUN. It certainly was enjoyable to have the saw cut where I put the saw and the cut went straight down and didn't curve around. The weight of the saw was all that was neded to keep the cut going deeper and deeper.

    I already have a 10 inch electric chain saw that is real easy to use. I need to sharpen that chain today. I do have my eye on one of those pole saws with a lightweight electric or gas saw at the end of the pole. :)

    Thank again for the guidance.

    Clem
     
  2. Gretch Flo

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    sharpening with Dremel

    As I posted in a previous thread, I bought a set of carbite bits (50 of them) from Harbor Freight for $14 (normally double that, I think) about a year or 2 ago. No labels for shapes or sizes.Some of the bits have a barrel (parallel sides) tip and there was one that just fits the curve of the cutters for my Stihl (oregon) chain (anti kick back slower cutting type-Jeff=it ain't worth the risk!!!.) It fits in the Dremel. One of the other bits is used to sign my work. 48 unused bits!!!! I used to use the pink stone made for the dremel for chain sharpening, but it wears easily (therefore doesn't
    fit") and clogs with metal filings
    I just follow the angle of the mark on the top back of ea cutter. It is about a 1 second bzzz for each cutter, and I touch it up about every or every other gas tank. Takes 2 -2 1/2 min to sharpen. At the same time I bought the HF chain sharpener on sale and only used it once.
    I cut about 10 full cords of firewood a year, and then "play" with other wood for turning. I probably go through one-2 chains per year. Gretch
     
  3. Wilford Bickel

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    Got one!

    I just got home from HF in Birmingham. The local sale was for the chain saw sharpener at $29.99 and an extra blade was $4.99. I had a 15% off one item coupon so the sharpener got knocked down another $4.50 - total for sharpener and extra blade - $30.48 plus tax. I still have to put it together but at that price and HF easy return policy how can I go wrong!! :D :D

    Wilford
     
  4. Jeff Jilg

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    Wow - what a great price! Ya just can't beat that kind of deal. Sure it won't sharpen as accurately as a $400 sharpener but it will be pretty close.
     
  5. Hugh

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    Jeff - A quick question - the HF sharpener comes with a 1/8" thick wheel. Did you purchase the 1/4" thick wheel? And which do you use?

    I received an add from HF about a week ago and the price was $29.95.

    Sharp chains are more safe than dull chain. Makes life easier also and not so frustrating. I love to cut wood when the saw is tuned up and sharp. I told my wife the other day while I was cutting on a black oak tree - that we didn't have to go on vacation, she could just let me get into the woods for about a week and I could cut wood.
    Hugh
     
  6. Wilford Bickel

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    Hugh,

    That was apparantly a misprint in the ad. When I got to the store all they offered were 1/8 inch discs for the sale price ($4.99 IIRC) that was for 1/4 - 3/8 inch chains.
     
  7. Hugh

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    Thanks Wilford,
    I think I will have to take a run north this week to check out the HF sharpener. For $30 - I do not think I can loose a lot. Might be able to straighten out a couple of the old chains that I have hanging around.
    Hugh
     
  8. Bill Lynch

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    Just purchased the HF CSS.

    Just like computers it seems that over time things get cheaper. Just purchased the same chainsaw sharpener for $19.95 that was a bargain @$65 in '05. LOL
     

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