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Right before Thanksgiving I took my set of knives to be sharpened at Westpfal Henry in midtown. Here is their wesite: http://www.nysharpeningservice.com/ They did a great job and I had smooth cutting for all my holiday prep!
There is a lot of debate about how often you should sharpen your chainsaw. If I'm cutting up a tree thats got a lot of mud on it, then I'll make sure to stop often to make sure to clean the chain to keep is sharp.
It sounds like the chain does want sharpening, it depends on what you are cutting ( type of timber, dirty timber,burnt timber etc ) as to how long before it needs sharpening, if the chain comes into contact with the ground below the tree it will lose its edge instantly.
Yes, you can do it with a hand file or if you need to sharpen them often I would suggest an electric sharpener. There are models you can mount to your chainsaw or remove your chain and use a bench mounted sharpener. I would suggest looking at www.sharpchain.com for your sharpening solutions.
When you are cutting you want to keep the chain out of the dirt...dirt will dull a chain so fast it will make your head spin. sound like you need to have the chain sharpened..there are mini grinders available for about 20 bucks that will allow you to sharpen your own chain...if you don't want to go that route then you can take the chain to your local hardware store or possibly a tree cutting service to get it sharpened
It may sound oversimplified but....is your chain sharp? Is the chain on backwards?
When cutting you should be getting nice big chips from the cut. If you are getting more "dust" than chips the chain is dull and needs to be resharpened.
There is no set "time" to sharpen a chain,but you will only get a few hours of cutting before the chain dulls. In soft wood like pine you can go longer. In hardwood like oak or locust you may get an hours worth of cutting. If the bar digs into the ground or hits a rock it's time to sharpen right then because the chain will be dull.
I always carry an extra chain or two just for emergencies like hitting a rock or some wire in a tree.
Thank you for the reply.
If the rakers are to low it may be trying to take to large a bite. I think this one.
If rakers high:
Remove the chain saw and drag a hand saw through the cut to remove anything loose and retry. Any better? I could be wrong but do not think raker to high.
How big are the chips? Look at how thick compare to chips prior to sharpening.
as a last resort;
Please try a different chain and let me know if that is problem.
I am going to close this but PROMISE I will stay with you.
I need to know what the cause is.