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Best way to sharpen ms 250 c stihl chain

I can't show you pictures but I can try to explain. Tighten the chain on the saw to the normal working tension. If possible put your saw in a vice with the vice jaws clamped on the bar in a way that allows free movement of the chain around the bar when the chain brake is off. work your way around the chain to find the shortest tooth on the chain. Sharpen that tooth by using a file (4.8mm for the normal chain on that saw). You should work at 30 degrees across the face of the tooth.The spec says you should also angle the sharpening at 5 degrees from horizontal but if you have the chain at normal tension then the movement of the chain in the bar while sharpening is likely to give you about 5 degrees anyway - so just work horizontally and you won't have a problem. You only need gentle pressure pressing back towards the engine of the saw and enough strokes to get the surface of the tooth free of any pits, chips and rounded edges. When finished mark that tooth - I use a felt pen so it is easy to see. Do the same for every other tooth but to ensure the saw cuts straight (and does not give you curved cuts) it is essential that every tooth is sharpened to the same size as the shortest (use a measuring gauge if necessary). When you have been all the way round on all teeth then you need to adjust the depth gauges on the chain links. If you don't then the saw will probably only produce fine dust and not nice cut wood chips. With a flat file and depth gauge tool place the tool along the teeth pulled back against one. Through the gauge fingers you will see the chain depth limiter and this needs to be filed down to the level of the gauge tool. If you start the process at the tooth you marked earlier you will easily see when you have worked all the way around. Your chain should now be sharp. Before using it it is advisable to remove the chain from the saw and clean any filings out of the chain and bar to avoid them causing unnecessary wear. Good luck.

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Are you able to sharpen a chiansaw by hand?

It is very possible to sharpen a chainsaw by hand, but you want to be very careful because even a dull chainsaw can do a lot of damage!

Sep 17, 2013 | Garden

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How to sharpen a damaged chain on a 262xp saw.


the best answer for this is DON'T.

any chain that is damaged should not be used. it is far too risky. any damage you can see ould have cause other weakspots in the chain that you cannot see. if that chain breaks in use it could do serious injury.

there is no safe way to sharpen a damaged chain like this, and me recommendation is that you do not even try, but replace the chain as soon as possible.

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Sharpening blade of chain saw

The blade needs sharpening when it stops cutting very well. Here is a website to tell you how to sharpen it...

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Looking for sharping stone from efco fl64 /8 chain

There are multiple chain sizes 1/8", 3/16", 1/4", 5/32", 7/32" and 3/8" chains so the /8 chain number has me guessing. After the qurestions below, here is my best guess.

Also is this for a chain grinder?" or

Are you looking of a hand held type stone?

Aluminum Oxide Chainsaw Sharpening Grinding Stone
or Ceramic stone?

I will assume that your looking for aluminum oxide stones at this time.

This is wide selection of sharpening stones.

You can also use hand held chain sharpening files of the same size that have shapening angles marked on the file set fixture.

Hopefully you have a sharpening guide that will keep your angles correct while shapening.

A safety note: Improperly sharpened chainsaw blades can be very dangerous to the user.

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When the chips are no longer crisp, it is time to sharpen. If you are putting out 'dust', definitely time to sharpen. For best results, you should have about 1/2 dozen chains and you should have then all sharpened at the same time.

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My electric chain saw makita 5014 is not cutting seems to burn the wood. Can it need sharpening or a new chain. I am a mere woman and don't know too much.:o)

A dull chain can cause this so can installing it backwards. Find a local chainsaw seller/mechanic about 5 - 10$ to sharpen. Ask for their help to relinstall it. Stihl is the best dealer in my area.
fa94627.gif I have many chains when one dulls easy to swap in sharp one, no emergency to sharpen the dull one. HTH
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I need to know the right angle to sharpen my chainsaw

If your saw still has the original bar and chain, it was supplied with a .325" pitch chain and you'll need a 3/8" round file with a sharpening guide to properly sharpen it.

Here's a link to the Husqvarna site to the Rancher 455 models so you can select the correct manual to download, that matches your particular saw, based on the year of manufacture, etc.

There is some excellent information about maintaining your saw, along with a really good guide with step-by-step instructions for proper sharpening.

If you're having trouble figuring out the right manual for your saw, use the online Customer Support page and they'll reply.

Hope you find this Very Helpful - Best regards!

Aug 19, 2009 | Husqvarna , No.455 Rancher, 20" Gas -...

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Require user's manual for an "efco" chain sharpener.

I have a user'manual for your efco chain sharpener. Send your mail adress.

Apr 05, 2009 | Garden

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My first seeking general advice on product use etc

Ok to get correct tension on chain, basically loosen it a little until the chain on the underside of the bar is hanging a little... Now start tightening it up again. Basically you want the chain (the main part of each link) to be just touching the the underside of the bar. This will give correct tension... Note that chain does expand as it heats up so it may loose tension... so this is perhaps best done when the saw and chain has warmed a little. Also, new chain will stretch a little naturally so check tension each tme you use the saw.

If you do not know hoe to sharpen a chain properly, it is best to get someone else to sharpen it, or buy a new chain... Eventually all chains will need to be replaced because they can only be sharpened so many times before the cutting teeth become too small to work effectively or safely.

As for oil, if it is an electric chain saw, you only need chain/bar oil. Any good name branded bar/chain oil designed for chainsaws will work well.

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