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Files for Sharpening: Best value?

Post in 'The Gear' started by zzr7ky, Jun 20, 2007.

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  1. zzr7ky

    zzr7ky Minister of Fire

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    Hi -

    I'm finally hit a fence wire in a tree that I had to cut. Since it might well contain more wire I filed it back and finished cutting lower and higher... Saved the chain, but the file is gone...

    This got me to thinking. What is the best value in files for sharpening chains?

    We're talking only hand filing here.

    Stihl?, Oregon?, Diamond hone?

    Thanks in advance,
    Mike P

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  2. computeruser

    computeruser Feeling the Heat

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    Stihl files have done me fine, but I only do touch-ups with the files since I have a grinder. No complaints from those folks I know using the WoodsmanPro or Pferd files from Bailey's. No hands-on experience with Oregon files.
  3. Eric Johnson

    Eric Johnson Mod Emeritus

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    I would go to a saw dealer and pick up a pack of a dozen files for the kind of chain you run. They're pretty cheap, and I think they're all good. Pick up a raker file and a raker gauge while you're at it.
  4. Sandor

    Sandor Minister of Fire

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    Any file made in Europe.
  5. suematteva

    suematteva New Member

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    Usually my Husky dealer is stocking Oregon files $1.00 a piece...One day was cutting and could not find any in the truck so swung by a Ace Hardware and the Oregon file there was like 3.00.
  6. zzr7ky

    zzr7ky Minister of Fire

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    Thanks guy1

    Vintage - That's what brought me to the board with this. I hit a fence in a log and bought a pair of files from a local store; not a saw dealer...

    I just got another 'tree call'... "Hey my Dad said you might cut a tree for me?" I hope it's in a safe place to lay it down!

    Thanks,
    Mike P
  7. jjbaer

    jjbaer New Member

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    I use a Dremmel elec hand grinder with a 4.5 mm stone attachment........stones cost about a buck each and I can sharpen a chain with no jig in about 3 minutes........quick and easy ..........the 90% solution.....
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