How to sharpen your chainsaw

When you are using a chainsaw to remove a tree or to prune branches, its extremely important to ensure your chains teeth are sharp. A blunt chain can strain the motor of your chainsaw, prolong the tree work you have to do and it can also make your cuts wonky and therefore affect the life and aesthetics of the tree.

You can take your chains to get sharpened at most lawnmower and chainsaw shops. Alternatively, you can sharpen these yourself. All you need is the correct file for your chain and you are away.

  • Ensure the chain brake is on and place the bar of your chainsaw in a vice and tighten.
  • Place the guide between the rivets on the chain, with the arrows on the guide pointing toward the front of the bar.
  • Follow the angle of the top plate of the cutter; the rollers on the guide keep you from going too deep into the side plate of the cutter.
  • Use steady, even strokes with the file – 2 or 3 strokes until the face of the cutter is shiny silver.
  • After sharpening a couple of the cutters, release the chain brake and rotate the chain forward to expose more cutters to sharpen. Then reset the brake.
  • When you’re done sharpening the cutters on one side of the chain, flip the chainsaw around so you can sharpen the cutters on the other side of the chain.
  • Use the depth gauge tool and file to adjust the height of the depth gauges on the chain. If the depth gauges are too high, the cutters can’t reach the wood.
  • Re-sharpen your chain every time you refill your chainsaw with fuel.
  • Keep your chain out of the dirt when cutting or it will dull quickly.

You are now ready to cut your tree down or prune any unwanted limbs. Its important to place the cover of your chainsaw on when your are not using it.

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