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Chain sharpening service?

Post in 'The Gear' started by Devin86, Sep 21, 2013.

  1. Devin86

    Devin86 New Member

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    Anyone on here offer chain sharpening need 5 chains sharpened/ straightened out and rakers taken down till I get my grinder ordered and setup. I saw on e-bay someone offered a service only one local guy and he will not touch rakers and wants $12 a chain. If someone could lead me in the right direction it would be appreciated.

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  2. blades

    blades Minister of Fire

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  3. albert1029

    albert1029 Feeling the Heat

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    you probably already know about round file and guide and flat file for the rakers....I find it works great and finally brought rakers down with good results, just took it easy on them...
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  4. Stephen in SoKY

    Stephen in SoKY Feeling the Heat

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    $12......that's 2.5 times what I charge. In WV there nearly has to be a saw shop nearby that would grind them for you.
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  5. jeffesonm

    jeffesonm Feeling the Heat

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    If you have a Dremel you can get the kit off amazon for like $15 shipped and grind your own... I had zero experience and was able to figure it out pretty easily.
  6. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    I charge 5.00 for anything 20inch and under. For some reason the guys with bigger bars don't show up. ;) Unless its an Ice storm and the line guys have drop off over 20 chains at a clip.
  7. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    $12/chain is robbery for anything under a 36" loop of full comp chain.
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  8. Paulywalnut

    Paulywalnut Minister of Fire

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    I agree. My local saw shop charges 10.00. 12.00 for my carbide .
  9. clemsonfor

    clemsonfor Minister of Fire

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    $10 is high!! I'm pretty good with my grinder and a flat file. I would charge $5 as well. A shop in my opinion should not be more than $7.
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  10. Stephen in SoKY

    Stephen in SoKY Feeling the Heat

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    I just gave up and went to $5/chain. I grind a small logging operation exclusively and a tree service when they get behind grinding themselves. I cut the logger a deal to keep his business & the tree service always brings enough short pole saw chains to balance out. IIRC, the saw shops are at $7 under 20" and $8 over 20". They don't grind themselves anymore, rather they have a guy like me pick up dull/drop off sharp once weekly. The fact they keep chains a week does bring me business. I assume the guy is getting around $4-6 and the shop is keeping the rest so I'm pretty much in line with my area.

    ETA: I never touch a raker. Neither customer wants to pay the extra $1 I'd charge to fool with it.
  11. albert1029

    albert1029 Feeling the Heat

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    I'm curious to know how often the rakers you see actually need lowered...I sharpened my own chains for a while before I realized even a little off when they need it makes a difference....
  12. blades

    blades Minister of Fire

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    Hey Devin you ever get your grinder up and running?
  13. captjack

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    Look at the pferd files and sharpening system at Bailys. I used one the other day and its amazingly easy It takes down the rakers and files cutters at the same time. If your going to be using a saw at all you need to learn how to file chain. Just practice
  14. clemsonfor

    clemsonfor Minister of Fire

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    Every 3 sharpenings or so hit the rakers.

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