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Dremel sharpener rocks!

Post in 'The Gear' started by richg, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. richg

    richg Minister of Fire

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    Gang,

    I have tried to sharpen with a hand file, a Granberg and failed miserably with both. I had a dremel kit lying around and used it yesterday. Holy forking shirt, my little 50cc Jonsered went through 28-inch trees like poop through a goose. I guess it's all a matter of expertise...some guys can get a chain razor-sharp with a hand file, but not me ;em
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  2. weatherguy

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    I just bought one and was going to try it this weekend, any tips or is it self explanatory?
  3. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Just imagine you have a file in your hands. Pay attention to angles, hold the stone horizontal and don't hold the stove on each tooth too long else it will get hot. I like to do just like when sharpening by hand; sharpen often, even every tank full of gas is good. With the dremel, it takes such a short time that I say, why not?
  4. richg

    richg Minister of Fire

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    So far, I've used the Dremel once and the stone is already deformed. There are diamond stones on Feebay and I bought a set, less than $10.00 shipped. The angle guide worked perfectly. I agree with Dennis...be careful about holding the Dremel too long on anyone tooth, or else it will overheat and turn blue.
  5. weatherguy

    weatherguy Minister of Fire

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    Ill have to order some of those, do you have a link?
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    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Buddy sharpens his saw with his Dremel Tool . . . loves it . . . but says he uses up the sharpening stones pretty quickly.
  9. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    They aren't expensive.
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    Corey Minister of Fire

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    I've used one for years. For 'touch up' work, you only need a light touch and a few seconds on each tooth. If you bang into a rock or piece of steel, it still straightens out those teeth with a lot less effort than a file.

    As far as advice, I would say - make sure the stone rotates 'with' the shape of the tooth - don't let the rotation go against the cutting edge of the tooth as it shears off stone material pretty quick. I also use a gentle 'in/out' motion (ha ha) to spread the wear over the entire stone. I've used one stone for many seasons of touch ups.

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