To keep tools in good condition, they require a bit of maintenance. For example, a chainsaw blade needs to be sharpened after each use.
This ensures that you can efficiently use the tool and simultaneously minimize wear.
If you’re not sure how to sharpen a chainsaw blade yourself, you may think that it’s necessary to take the tool to a professional. I’m here to tell you that you can easily learn to do complete this task and get back to work.
The key to keeping tools like a chainsaw working properly is simply understanding the steps that go into proper care.
The steps we will cover in this article include, identifying your blade, preparing your sharpener, installing the sharpener stone and more.
Things You Need
- An appropriate workspace
- Electric chainsaw blade
- Electric chainsaw sharpener
- Cleaning agent
- Bristle brush
- Bar and chain oil
1. Identifying Your Blade
In order to choose the correct electric sharpener, you will need to know the size of your chainsaw blade.
Common sizes include 3/16, 5/32 and 7/32 of an inch.
Some electric sharpeners may have the ability to work properly on multiple blade sizes.
If you don’t know this information already, check the box or the user manual for the product you have.
2. Cleaning (Optional)
Before sharpening your blade, it is wise to make sure it is clean to ensure that this process goes smoothly.
Use a bristle brush to scrub off excess oil and dirt from your chain.
Next, remove the blade from the chainsaw.
Use a cleaning agent to remove anything that was not caught by the brush for a deep clean.
3. Set Up The Sharpener
This is where having an appropriate workspace comes in.
For your safety and for accuracy, the chainsaw must be placed on a flat surface to keep it from moving while in use.
This makes it easier from you to install, operate and adjust as you will need to throughout the process.
4. Install The Sharpening Stone
Place your sharpening stone so that it fits perfectly within the gaps between the teeth of your chainsaw blade.
If you have acquired the right electric chainsaw sharpener that works with the size of your saw, this step should only take a moment.
If you are having trouble, double check the size of your blade.
5. Swivel Angle
Once the chainsaw blade is placed properly, the swivel angle should be adjusted.
One of the most widely used angles is 0 degrees to 60 degrees you may find.
However, that it is necessary to go up to 80 degrees.
Consult the manual for your electric sharpener to find the correct angle.
6. Blade Tooth Angle
Next, adjust the blade tooth angle by using the knob on your blade holder.
It is usually black and can be found on the side of the holder.
You can adjust it either positively or negatively.
You must first loosen the knob, then determine how far to turn it to get your desired result.
7. Adjust Depth
The chainsaw sharpener should not be very deep within the teeth of the blade.
Adjust the depth until it is just deep enough to sharpen the blade.
If the depth is not adjusted this way, you risk damaging your blade by overheating it.
The material of the blade could be compromised.
8. Sharpen The Blade
Lower the grinder wheel onto the tooth you want, to begin with, until you see a few sparks.
Keep the grinder wheel in contact with the tooth for a few moments before you remove it.
Repeat this step with the rest of the teeth on your blade.
You will now see that each tooth is no longer dull.
9. Oil The Blade (Optional)
To have your chain ready for its next use after sharpening, you should lubricate it with oil.
You can achieve this simply by soaking the entire chain in oil for a few minutes.
You can check your usual manual to find the oil that is recommended by your manufacturer, but a standard chain and bar oil is commonly used.
Did you enjoy learning how to sharpen a chainsaw blade? Now, you can keep this tool in great shape without spending time or money on taking it to a professional.
In addition, you are also extending the life of your chainsaw blade and taking proactive measures to keep yourself safe while you use it. What did you think about this tutorial?
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