It's easy. Clamp the bar in the vice, make a mark (so you know where you
started), file it (with the correct size chain saw file for your bar in one
of those 'clamp on' guides that shows the correct angle) and I give it about
6 to 8 strokes on each tooth. While you're there, check the bar oiling
system, chain tension, and grease the nose roller. These are all things you
should be able to do 'out in the woods' (without heading back to the
"chainsaw guy" for every little thing).
If you think it's a blade, I am guessing you shouldn't try.
Make sure you don't hit nails, wire, etc imbedded in wood or rocks or
stone - and keep the bar and chain out of the dirt. If you are carefull the
chain should last for lots of cutting. From the way you talk I'm guessing
you aren't using it much - probably should last a couple years. I work the
hell out of mine and they last over a year.
musta got into the dirt trying to cut into roots of stump left over from
tree that fell during storm. Was new blade now makes dust when I use
it. I am good at sharpening drill bits, never tried chain saw sharpening.
Our local shops only charge $5 and they use a machine that lines the cut up
right. I'm a retired tool and diemaker and I don't bother doing it myself.
I do keep extra chains though - and I cut roots with an axe - never a chain
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