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Sharpening Chainsaw


Whether you learn to do it by hand or buy a saw sharpening attachment keeping a sharp chain is #1 in my book for keeping your saw running properly. The more pressure you have to exert to cut makes the saw run hotter, the bar wears out faster, the chain wears out faster and the sprocket wears out fast plus it's just plain harder on you to run the saw. In my timber cutting days I would file my chain every time I filled the saw with gas. Here is a helpful video for sharpening a saw. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkSYov5jcO0

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sharpen chainsaw chain


I have four options when my chain saw blade gets dull. 1) replace it with a new one. 2) take it to a repair shop and pay half the price of a new blade. 3) Use my hand sharpening file kit from Lowe's, or 4) Use my electric chain saw blade sharpener form Harbor Freight. I recently purchased one for about $30 on sale. In one setting I earned the price of the sharpener by sharpening my old blades that were just hanging on a peg waiting to take to the repair shop. Really, the sharpener takes a small amount of skill, but the few minutes it takes to learn can save a lot of time and moo-lah.

Sep 26, 2014 | Garden

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I have a mac 435 2nd hand recently purchased can you tell me what size chain sharpener I require for it as don't have the Manueline.


SHARPING A CHAIN IS JUST A LITTLE HARDER THAN YOU MAY THINK, A PROPERLY SHARPENED CHAIN IS JUST PLAIN SAFER, BRING YOUR SAW TO YOUR LOCAL SAW SHOP AND ASK THEM HOW TO DO IT YOURSELF AND BUY THE FILES AND A SPARE CHAIN CUZ IT SOUNDS LIKE YOUR GOING TO NEED IT, YOU MUST THINK SAFETY THESE THINGS DON'T PLAY ! ASK ABOUT CHAPS GLOVES HEAD GEAR.. I GET FIRST DIBS ON YOUR SAW IF YOU CUT YOUR HEAD OFF.. PLEASE BE CARFARE .. JAY THE PUMP GUY IN LONGWOOD FL

Feb 02, 2012 | Garden

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Hi Where can I buy chainsaw oil ? - I tried homebase ... or will ordinary 3 in 1 oil be OK ? Dan


Home depot,lows any hardware store,call around first and if you mean bar oil 30 weight oil non detergent oil will work just fine.3 in one oil will burn the bar and chain because it's to light.Tighten chain so you can pull chain 1/8 inch from bottom of bar then pull spark plug cover off to the side and screw driver cross ways to pull chain to check for binding.Please use gloves for this.I have someone hold saw or sit on the motor after I sharpen the chain.Stay away from the end of the bar cause that's where kickbacks happen.Keep the saw off to the side of your body when cutting.One last thing when chain is sharp big chips,dull sawdust until you learn how to sharpen best let saw shop do it for you.

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Jul 26, 2011 | Homelite ZR10926 16 Chain Saw

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engine starts, runs, chain goes around, but cuts very weak, leaving black marks on the wood from rubbing but not cutting


You have a dull chain. Check out the video below to learn how to hand sharpen the chain:


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Jul 14, 2011 | Poulan P3416 16Inch 34cc 2Cycle Gas...

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how do you change the air & fuel filters on a Craftsman 18'' chain saw and any tips on its maintenance


The fuel filter is in the gas tank. You need a small stiff wire or something small with a hook on it. There is a fuel line that runs to the bottom of the gas tank. The fuel filter is on the bottom of it. You need to pull that fuel line out of the gas tank to change it. Be careful not to damage the fuel line while trying to fish it out of the tank. It's hard to replace. The air filter should just be under the cover for the carburetor.

For TuneUp

You need to set the mixtures for the carburetor. There is usually a rubber grommet on the side of the housing near the carburetor. You will find a Low and High adjustment screw. The default setting for the H and L carburetor jet is usually to turn them in all the way till they stop and back them out a turn and a half. You should start the chainsaw and warm it up untill it will run without choking. Make sure that the air filter is cleaned. Start by turning the low adjustment screw out. You will notice that the rpms should start increasing. keep turning it out until the rpms start to drop then turn it back in a quarter of a turn from where it idled at the fastest rpm. At this point you may need to adjust the idle adjustment till the saw idles at a good speed but not fast enough that the chain turns. You may need to readjust the idle speed so the chain doesn't turn during idle. To set the high adjustment screw will require that you run the saw at max RPM. It may be a good idea to get someone to hold the saw so the bar doesn't hit anything while you're doing this. Hold the throttle trigger all the way down and then turn the high adjustment screw in and out until you find maximum rpm. Turn the screw back in a quarter turn. Your saw is now tuned for the elevation you're currently at.

For chain oiler:

Remove the housing that covers that bar and sprocket. There are two plates on each side of the bar that set over the studs.They may be identical or slightly different depending on the saw but at least one of them will have a hole in it for the oiler. If you remove the bar and both plates you will see the oiler hole on the saw housing. This oiler injects oil through the plate and into a small hole in the bar where the chain picks it up and carries it around the saw. If this hole becomes plugged with sawdust it will keep your saw from oiling the bar proplerly. This hole should be cleaned out periodically. It's not a bad idea to remove the whole chain periodically and clean the chain guide all the way around the bar and get any sawdust buildup out so the oil can flow better.

Sharpening Saw:


Whether you learn to do it by hand or buy a saw sharpening attachment keeping a sharp chain is #1 in my book for keeping your saw running properly. The more pressure you have to exert to cut makes the saw run hotter, the bar wears out faster, the chain wears out faster and the sprocket wears out fast plus it's just plain harder on you to run the saw. In my timber cutting days I would file my chain every time I filled the saw with gas. Here is a helpful video for sharpening a saw. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkSYov5jcO0

Dec 02, 2009 | Garden

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