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Posted By BrianK,
Mar 21, 2012 at 10:10 AM
Hit them with brake clean. Makes a huge difference. They get loaded with chain lube.
+ 1 on the diamond stones. the vitrified Dremel stones while cheap, don't hold up for long.
BTW.. just to throw a wrench in the monkey works..
I got a Timberline Sharpener for Christmas.. It has now replaced all other sharpening devices in my house, and has replaced the "Johnny Seven OMA" I got in 1964 as the best Christmas gift ever...
The secret with the Dremel is to just touch up fast and often. Although now I am looking at the Timberline out of boredom mostly and the need for a new toy.
Now that I know stihl needs two files depending on the remaining tooth I am seriously considering proposing to that timberline ! Lol
I'm ashamed to admit, I had to look that up (but in my defense, I was born in 1966).
What stones are you using, the ones that came with it?
It doesn't use "stones" it uses "burrs" like an end mill. I don't think it could be used with any of the stones I have ever seen.. but the burrs appear to be going to last a long time. I have an extra one, but so far, I did all my chains for the two bigger saws, the initial sharpening was the hardest and longest, showed me I was not as accurate with my angles as I thought.. And then a bunch of "touch ups" and I can not detect any wear on the burr yet. Two of my buddies have since bought one also..
I use the Dremel sharpener with good results. Fast and easy. I wore out the first stone pretty quick but now that I've got the hang of it, I can do it quicker and with a bit more finesse. As someone else stated, just a quick pass or two more frequently is much better than waiting until it gets super dull. Might try the diamond stone when this one wears out.
i use the diamond bits on my dremel, makes quick work of it and they last a long time
Can I ask what speed you guys set for your Dremel sharpening?