Can I salvage this chain?

Post in 'The Gear' started by spur0701, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. spur0701

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    Was bucking up a big downed oak for a friend yesterday, had a brand new chain on my 24" 6401, I mean a brand spanking new never touched a piece of wood chain. When I started the third cut the chain just wasn't cutting, I looked back at the second cut on the other side of the log and there's a small pile of ceramic tile fragments and I can see where I hit. I tried to touch it up with a file but it wasn't having it. Is there any hope for salvaging this chain? Should I aggressively file down the rakers?
     
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    don't try to "touch it up" just sharpen it, and it'll be fine.
     
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    Get it sharpened properly and it should be fine. They might have to take more off during the sharpening then normal, but you should be ok.
     
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    I file all my chains with a file and guide. If I seriously "rock" a chain, I take it to the saw shop for a machine grinding to get it back to where it should be.
     
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    Yes. File rakers as needed.
     
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    You really should not have any problem sharpening that chain whether by hand filing, or by having a shop grind it to restore the proper angles/surfaces. DO NOT AGGRESSIVELY file down the rakers, just file them like Bigg_Red says ............ AS NEEDED (depending on how much tooth has to be taken off to fix the chain).
     
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    Take a close look at the cutters. you should be able to see or feel the damage you did. You may need to compare it to a new chain. Don't file any more than you have to and be consistent.
     
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