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Use These Tips To Properly Sharpen Your Chainsaw
One of the most crucial upkeep tasks for a chainsaw is to keep its chain sharp. Here is everything you need to know about chainsaw sharpening procedures.
Before you begin, you'll need a flat file to smooth off the depth gauges, a round file to sharpen the cutters, a guide to check how far to file, and a vise to secure the saw.
To avoid potential injury, wear protective eyewear and gloves. Disconnect the chainsaw from its power source to keep it from accidentally starting during the sharpening process.
You’ll need to clean the chainsaw using a small brush or compressed air to remove any accumulated debris, making it easier to see which parts of the chain need to be sharpened.
Identify any damaged or dull cutters, which are the pointed teeth of the chain, and the depth gauges, which are the small, sharp bumps in front of each cutter.
If the depth gauges are too high, it can make it harder to make a clean cut. Lastly, use a marker to identify which cutter you will sharpen first to remember your starting point.
After the chainsaw has been placed in the vise, grab the round file and start at the cutter where you've made your mark. Use the guide to help keep the file at the right angle.
Each cutter will usually need three strokes and should be filed in one direction. File every cutter until you reach the end, then turn it around and file the same way.
When everything is nice and sharp, use the depth gauge guide to see if a depth gauge needs to be shortened. If so, use your flat file to shave it down.
Once everything
is at the proper height, lubricate the chain to reduce friction and improve performance. Test it on a small piece of wood to ensure it cuts cleanly and effectively.