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Finally did a good job sharpening chain

Post in 'The Gear' started by swagler85, Oct 20, 2012.

  1. swagler85

    swagler85 Minister of Fire

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    Took a few times, I had bought a grinder a while ago and did a few chains. Wasnt real happy with my skills at the time. Got it out again this morning and was very happy with the results. Cut the last round from the oak logs I brought home this summer. Cut through the base like butter.

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  2. f3cbboy

    f3cbboy Feeling the Heat

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    Sweet. I have never used a grinder, only ever did it by hand. does it only cut time or do you get a better edge also?
  3. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    Awesome oak is one of the tougher ones to get through. Nothing better than knocking off a big round with a stright line.
  4. MasterMech

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    It's a different edge than if you hand file. Hold a ground chain next to a new or hand filed chain and the difference is evident. Advantages of grinding are that it is usually very consistent on angles and it can be fast with an experienced operator. It's never faster if you hand file and grind, you will remove more material than I'd like each time you grind after hand filing a chain as well. I say pick a method and stick with it.

    I'd really like to try a Timberline myself, as it should leave a similar profile to hand-filing and is field portable. Cheaper than a top-quality grinder but about the same as buying a Norther Tool or similar quality grinder.

    http://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/timberline-chain-sharpener-group-buy.85628/
  5. swagler85

    swagler85 Minister of Fire

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    I got better cuts and a lil more consistent side to side. I can set the length for the teeth so both sides are the same. Makes it s lot nicer. And really saves time.
  6. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    The matrial removale is a more of a myth. All your trying to do is shine the tooth anymore than that with, either is just not needed.
  7. MasterMech

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    No myth here. It's the same difference as a "hollow" grind vs a straight grind. The file will leave a curved edge on the tooth where the grinder will leave a true or straight edge. The grinder has to remove more material to convert the edge from hollow to straight. Plus, who it really 100% bang on consistent with the angles? ;)
  8. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    lol, file round so is the well both ways hit the same spots. If your to pressing hard then yes if you know how both your still looking to do the samething. Shine that tooth and move on. I have all the same chains I bought in 2006. Now at a dealership I cant speak for them but again its more like removing dirt to let it shine again. (Kinda more of a polish not a grind)
  9. MasterMech

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    Well they are in the business of selling chain and labor + training costs money so....... :p

    Much easier/cheaper to train a 17 year-old to hand over a new chain than to explain how chain works.... ::P
  10. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    I run a cyclone wheel or stone for the smaller ones. I use heavy kool grind on the stone. You will see very little dust on my bench after doing 10k's of links.
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