Chainsaws are a great tool for a variety of tasks around the house. They have power, strength, and a blade that no other tool can compare to. The one thing to always look at is if it’s in proper working order. A sharp blade is easier to use, requires less effort, and is safer all around as a dull blade can hurt both the project being worked on, and the person using the chainsaw. It is said that a chainsaw blade needs to be sharpened after every hour or two of use for optimal usage, so this is the easiest way to sharpen that blade after every use and make sure it can handle every task at hand.
The first thing to look at with chainsaw sharpening is the size of the cutters, or saw blades. Once you know the size of the blades, you can find the size of round or chainsaw file needed. The round or chainsaw file needs to match the same size of the blade, so make sure one is not used that is too small or too large. The chainsaw file can be used on its own, but it is not only easier, but offers a more consistent sharpens if a sharpening guide is purchased. Once the tools are at hand, try sharpening the chainsaw at a workbench or other stable surface. Try a vise grip to grab hold of the bar to really keep it in place and offer you stable chainsaw to work on.
The first thing to do is to lay the sharpening guide over the chainsaw blades, and then lay the file over the guide. The chainsaw file guide should have a clamp that allows it to be aligned with the marks, and then clamped into place to give you two hands to work with. Once the guide is in place, grab the file with two hands and start to file, using large broad strokes from inside to out. Continue the even strokes all the way around working first on just the right hand cutters, then moving to the left hand cutters. Another tip is to mark where you started filing so you know when you have finished as your working your way around. Continue to file each cutter until all the signs of damage to the still chainsaws have been filed off. In order to get an even sharpness, each cutter will take three to five strokes of the file. Remember that the cutter edge needs to be between 25 and 35 degrees so maintain a consistent stroke to prove an even angle.
If a chainsaw is properly maintained, it can be one of the most powerful tools you will ever use. The one thing to recognize is that with every use, the blades begin to wear down, and the sharpness can dull over time. Without sharpening, the job is harder and less effective, and the machine begins to wear down unable to perform as needed. So this does not happen, just remember to keep up on sharpening and keep that chainsaw in perfect working order for every task.