Whether you’re cutting firewood for the winter, trimming brush, or cutting out columns and beams on a wood structure, a dull chain on your chainsaw is something that needs to be fixed. We look at several options showing you how to sharpen chainsaw blades by hand with some top rated equipment.
Trying to cut with a dull chain is not only frustrating and time consuming, but it’s also dangerous. If you know how to sharpen a chainsaw blade with a round file, then you’ll be able to avoid this problem.
Knowing how to hand file a chainsaw chain in the field can save you a lot of time.
You’ll need to know the proper chainsaw file size for your saw and you’ll want to know which is the best chainsaw sharpener for your saw.
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Here are five for you to consider.
Granberg Bar-Mount Chain Saw Sharpener
• Sharpens all major saw chain pitches.
• Attaches to the chainsaw bar.
• Lowers the depth gauge accurately.
• Allows you to match the proper chain angle to manufacturer specs.
This guide is great for sharpening your saw out in the field. Helps you avoid the chain sloppiness of freehand sharpening by maintaining a consistent angle and depth.
Use of the guide has a significant learning curve. Some customers complained that the instructions along with the guide were not clear.
If you already know how to sharpen a chainsaw blade with a round file, then you’ll love using this guide to produce better and faster results.
Oregon 557849 Professional Filing Guide
It is meant to be used out in the field.
• Installs on the bar with the chain in place.
• Precision smooth gliding guide.
• Results are comparable to a motorized grinder.
Includes clear instructions on how to sharpen chainsaw blade while using the guide. It helps you avoid the sloppiness that comes from human error when freehand sharpening.
Some customers complained of the glide bar being a little bit stiff initially. It’s a little bit bulky for carrying around in more remote locations.
Ultimately, the ease of use and accuracy of this guide make it a decent tool for accurately sharpening a chainsaw blade. It’s portable and easy to use out in the field, but is a little bulkier than its nearest competitor.
Husqvarna 531300082 .325-Inch Pixel Chain Saw Blade File Kit For 340, 345, 346XP, 350, 351, 353
It comes with a handle, which fits two round files and flat file, as well as a combination filing gauge that helps you file at the proper angle.
• To be used with Husky models 340, 345, 346XP, 350, 351, 353
• Includes the correct chainsaw file size for the above models
Light weight for when you aren’t able to pack a filing guide. The gauge guides the flat file, which helps to shorten the tang as the tooth gets shorter; an important part of sharpening that some guides ignore.
There’s a little more of a learning curve with this kit than with the guides.
If you’re out in the field and want a really light load to carry (like in your back pocket), this is the file set for you.
Husqvarna 653000035 SharpForce Chain Sharpener 3/16″
It helps you sharpen your chainsaw blade in the field without the need of a separate gauge or guide.
• 3/16” round file
• Handle, guide, file and depth gauge in a single unit.
If you do logging out in the bush, you don’t want to carry a guide, nor several different pieces, which you’ll probably set down and lose with you.
You can put this sharpener in your pocket and pull it out when you need to touch up your blade.
You need to know what you’re doing with this file in order to get your angles right.
This sharpener gives you the best of both world, the greater portability of a file, but also a guide and depth gauge to help you maintain the proper angle on the chain teeth.
Timberline Chainsaw Sharpener with 3/16″ Carbide Cutter
The tungsten carbide cutter is hand turned using a handle.
The carbide guides are fixed at the universal angle of 30 degrees.
• Sharpens every tooth at the same length and angle.
• High quality machined aluminum.
• Professional accuracy.
This sharpener has several strong points. It’s lightweight and portable.
It doesn’t take off too much material at a time so the chain has greater longevity. It keeps an accurate angle, which file sharpeners sometimes don’t.
If you don’t know how to sharpen chainsaw blade, then this tool might be a great fit.
Carbines are little bit brittle. Is a little pricy compared to other sharpeners.
This is a little bit better than freehand sharpening, especially when it comes to the problems that arise from over filing.
It’s portability and ease of use are certainly a plus.
How to sharpen chainsaw blades by hand – which is the best method for you?
The best chainsaw sharpener is going to depend on how and where you are using your saw.
If you know how to sharpen a chainsaw blade with a round file, know the right chainsaw file size and know the importance of not allowing your blade to become damaged, warn or dull, then any one of these sharpeners might work for you.
Learn how to hand file a chainsaw chain and make sure you keep it sharp, because a dull saw is a dangerous saw.