Using a chainsaw is a great way to get a tree cut down very quickly. Before they were invented, you would have to use an axe. This would be more dangerous as you would become tired very quickly, and tiredness is a key cause of accidents.
Now, all you have to do is hold the on button down, and get the work. And within minutes, your tree will be down on the ground.
In this article, NorthernSunWoodworks.com will be covering how to use an electric sharpener in order to get the job done quickly and efficiently. It’s so easy, by the end of this, you’ll be able to do it blindfolded, almost.
Why Chainsaws should be sharp
But what’s the point in it all. Why does it
matter that a chainsaw is sharp?
How easy and smooth it is to cut down the tree will depend a large part on how sharp the chain is. You want it to be as sharp as you can possibly get it.
If it’s not sharp enough, then the first problem you will face is bounce back. The teeth will not be able to fully lock themselves into the wood, this means that the chainsaw is likely to bounce off the wood.
The second issue you might face if the teeth are not sharp enough is that your cut will not be smooth but rather rough and covered in splinters.
Problems with conventional methods
Many people reading this, might like to do things old school. And this includes the sharpening. You don’t want to put your precious chain through a strange machine. You want to either sharpen it yourself using a filing rod, or take it to the hardware store where they charge like $10 a chain.
The electric chainsaw sharpener is much quicker and more efficient than using a filing rod, and it’s also far cheaper (in the long run) than taking your chains to the hardware store for sharpening.
Make it firm
Before we can get started on sharpening the chain, you need to make sure that your sharpening device is secured firmly to your work surface. If it’s not down tight then it will be wobbling throughout the entire process, and this will make the entire process very difficult indeed, I probably don’t need to explain why.
How to clamp it down will depend on which sharpener you’re using. Some of them you will need to attach to this side of your desk, others might even need to be nailed down.
Before you turn the thing on you need to make the adjustments in order for things to work perfectly. If they don’t then a whole variety of things can go wrong.
The first thing you’ll need to do is to turn the chain holder so that when the filing disk comes down, it will be cutting at the right angle, because if you don’t then you might end up making it more down.
Then, you’ll want to bring the disk down so that it’s just about scraping the edge of the tooth.
And just before you get to work, use a Sharpie to mark the first tooth you’ll be sharpening.
One quite strange things about chainsaws that a lot of people don’t know is that they actually have alternating teeth. And this might sound a little bit strange, but all I mean by it is that each tooth has a different sharp side to the one’s either side of it. So if one tooth’s sharp side is on the left, then the ones either side of it will be have the sharp side on the right. This means that you’ll have sharpen every other tooth, then move the chain holder around, and do all the other teeth.
Where to put the filer
As mentioned earlier in the article, when you’re moving the disk down, it should just about scrape the edge of the tooth. If it’s too far back, then you won’t actually be sharpening the tooth itself, but rather the gap between the teeth, and of course, this will be of no use whatsoever.
On the other side of that. If it’s too far forward, then you will be sharpening the top of the tooth, the bit that won’t be getting into the wood. But if it’s just about scraping the edge, then you’ll be getting right cut in the right place.
Spin it around
Now that everything in place you can get to work and make sure that by the end of it your chainsaw is at it’s maximum level of sharpness. To do this, simply turn it on, then bring the disk down. And once the tooth is as sharp as it possibly could be, then move along to the one after the next one. And once you’ve sharpened all of the teeth facing in one direction, then you can spin the holder around and get to the other teeth sharpened.
And now your chain is nice and sharp, you can get back to work, and get back to cutting down the trees, and turning the fallen trees into timber.
All you have to do is put it back onto the bar, just make sure you’re incredibly careful whilst you’re doing that as now that it’s been sharpened, you will have a much higher chance of cutting yourself. Whilst it’s unlikely that a cut is going to be fatal, it will still be rather painful, and something it will be better to avoid. But once it’s on, just get the motor running and get to work.
A chainsaw needs to be sharp because if it’s not then, it won’t be able to cut efficiently, and using an electric sharpener will be quicker than doing it by hand, and much cheaper than taking it to the hardware store every time.
Before you get started, you need to make sure it’s clamped down so that it doesn’t wobble whilst you’re sharpening the chain.
Then you’ll need to make all the right adjustments, using the chain spinner, and the filing disk. And finally, get to work sharpening. And once it’s all done you’ll have a perfectly sharp chain.
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