Using my Poulan "Wild Thing" chainsaw this weekend, and a lot of burnt wood
where I made my cuts.
Don't recall the chain being so bad, but a new one --- on Amazon --- is $20.
My question is, is that the definitive answer of an unsharp chain? Slow
cutting and burnt wood?
And, as a follow up, if I may, youtube showed me how to sharpen with a tool.
Doesn't look that hard, but if the tool is as much as a new chain, well, you
do the math.
thanks in advance.
When you do the math, bear in mind that the tool may be able to
sharpen many chains many times, saving quite a bit of money in the
long run. You'll also be able to have a really sharp chain more of the
time, which you will grow to appreciate quickly.
You could learn to sharpen your chain, but it is not nearly
as easy as it might appear (particularly with the relatively
inexpensive tools that are available.)
A likely better bet is to have the chain sharpened
professionally. It costs a few bucks, but you will have a
functionally new (perhaps better than new) chain, and will
not have to buy the tools.
Check with any place that sells chainsaws. Many offer the
And one final thought:
If you use the saw frequently, consider having more than one
chain. That way, you can still use the saw while one (or
more) of your chains is being sharpened.
All the best,
I don't know how close your pro is, but most of the time when I'm running
saw, I'm at least half hour from a saw shop. At bare minimum. I can have the
chain sharpened in much less than half hour, and I don't have to stand and
wait while someone else sharpens.
To the original poster who's smoking a chain. Check your bar oil, might not
be lubricating under the chain. The little oiler ports sometimes get clogged
Gee, is it really practical to hire out this sharpening job. I have to
sharpen mine almost everytime I use it. I figure if you dont use it
enough to keep it sharpened you would probably be better off just
renting one for the day than owning one.
My father owned a few hundred acres of timberland and maintained it
himself back in the 60s so I learned when I was a teenager to use a
chainsaw. I have to wonder whether a not a person who can not sharpen
one can handle one safely. Its obvious the OP used his way past the
time it needed sharpening and I think most homeowners tend to do that.
I know since I bought my Sawzall I hardly ever use mine.
No, I have already cut everything down that big that I will ever need
to cut. I doubt if I use mine more than once a year now. If I didnt
already own it I wouldnt buy one, instead I would rent. If you just
got to have one get a professional grade saw, not one of these pieces
of junk they sell in the "big box" stores. You will be glad you did.
I use the two-chain method because the darn thing always seems to get dull
half-way through a sawing project. Switch chains to finish the job for the
day, then drop the dull one off at the hardware store the next morning.
A dull chain will burn the wood and the chainsaw will bog down. Many
hardware stores can sharpen a chain (on the saw) in a few minutes on a
machine for about $4, a good deal. I guess a Dremmel tool can sharpen
a chain, but still it would take much longer.
A chain already in good condition, but not sharp, is sharpened
by 5 to 10 strokes on each tooth (say 15 seconds per tooth)
x say 30 teeth = less than 10 min. A file and angle guide cost
about $12 and fit in your pocket so you can sharpen at lunchtime
when out in the bush (or any time you encounter dense, blunting
timber, or a tree so dangerous as to deserve a quick precise cut.)
Avoid hitting nails, rocks and things. Anything you touch will dull the
chain in a second when it's running. Carefull when setting it down you
don't touch the pavement and such.
Sharpening is easy and quick depending on how bad you ruined it and it
sounds like you creamed it. I have NEVER seen a chain saw burn the wood!
It normally only takes one or two file strokes on each tooth. BUt if you
bunged it all up, who knows. You may need a new chain anyway.
It seems sharpening a chainsaw chain has become another of the urban
legend items of incredible difficulty only a pro can do...
As someone else noted, a simple chainsaw file will do quite nicely
although he didn't mention the requisite guide.
Be sure to determine the proper diameter for your particular chain.
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