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HF - Electric Chain Saw Sharpener

Post in 'The Gear' started by Treacherous, Sep 14, 2012.

  1. LYHTSPD

    LYHTSPD Member

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    What kid of tinkering did you do with the washers? I am going to hopefully set mine up over the weekend and would like some heads up.

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  2. MasterMech

    MasterMech Guest

    It's all in the operator.... No matter if you're hand-filing or grinding.
  3. Pallet Pete

    Pallet Pete Guest

    Look at post #24

    Pete
  4. midwestcoast

    midwestcoast Minister of Fire

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    Yep, I pretty much looked through Pete's thread that he linked to above. Basically look for sloppy joints & try to take out the slop. I stuck 2 or 3 in the main hinge and one on the chain clamp. I also filed the top of the moving part of the chain clamp down because it was pushing the chain up when it clamped.
    I didn't do anything to any of the stops as they seemed alright. I'd imagine there's some variability from one unit to another given the source and price point, so just look it over for obvious problems.
  5. LYHTSPD

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    I filed down the chain clamp as well. That made a huge difference in how the chain clamped. I tried the washers on the chain stop, but it did not seem to work. I need to spend some more time with it. I was able to sharpen 3 chains with it. I will be testing those chains this weekend on a scrounge, so I will report back on how they did.
  6. HDRock

    HDRock Minister of Fire

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    I am confused:confused: how do you sharpen different chains that require different sized files , 5/32", 7/32" Etc.With one size grinding wheel?????
    I looked and I only see one size wheel for the HF sharpener.




  7. MasterMech

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    3/16" wheel for 3/8" and .325" chains. 1/8" for 3/8 picco/low-pro and 1/4". Should be wheels available that will fit the HF sharpener from other sources.

    Wheel size on a grinder isn't as exact as using the correct size file. The file size determines several angles when hand sharpening and those angles are fixed when using a grinder.
  8. LYHTSPD

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    The chains I sharpened on the HF sharpener did great. I touched them up with a file every gas tank, and the chains cut straight and produced decent sized chips. I am pleasantly surprised.

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