Your chores around the homestead become far easier when you have a powerful and well maintained chainsaw at your disposal. People attend to the “powerful” part of the equation with a great amount of glee. Probably because it involves going shopping for something expensive. When it comes to maintaining their purchase though, they don’t really find nearly as much enthusiasm. Gratefully, with the right chainsaw sharpening tools, this much feared sure does become quite simple.
Now sharpening your chainsaw comes down to three individual steps. You need to use your chainsaw sharpening tools to make sure that all the teeth that do the actual cutting are correctly shaped, you need to adjust the depth gauges correctly (the parts of the chain that make sure that each tooth takes out as much wood as it is supposed to), and you need to make sure that the chain is properly tensioned with neither too much slack, nor too little.
Now you need to really experience what a properly sharpened chainsaw can do, to really see why the right technique is important. With the right kind of cutting inch, a chainsaw can easily work its way through practically anything.
Many highly trained professionals will simply use a file that they hold in one hand, to work each chainsaw tooth to perfection. If you’re just starting out, going freehand like that really will not work. You need a few more chainsaw sharpening tools. To begin with, of course, you’ll need a around file, and a filing guide.
To help you know how far you need to go, you need a depth gauge guide and a flat, and, lastly, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to get a stump vise.
A filing guide has to be considered one of your most important chainsaw sharpening tools. You clamp it to the chain bar, and it makes sure that your round file doesn’t go anywhere it isn’t supposed to. For a sharp saw, you absolutely need to make sure that your filing strokes never miss their mark.
And as for the file itself, a round file that fits the filing guide you have is of the utmost importance. Normally, 5-inch round files are exactly the right kind for a job like this.
The depth gauges of your chainsaw are as important as the cutting parts. The depth gauges are the rounded things that are in front of each cutter. These tend not to wear out as quickly as the teeth do. And your job is to make sure that you do wear them out with a file, to make sure that teeeth stay at the right level compared to the cutting teeth. You need to use a guide for this too.