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Oregon PowerSharp chain sharpener?

Post in 'The Gear' started by Machria, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. Machria

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  2. jay_blu

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    I have a cheap harborfright bench top grinder like the one in the saw shop part of the vid, and it works awesome. not as fast as this but No problems saw cuts strait and fast.
  3. Machria

    Machria Minister of Fire

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    I wonder if that bar will fit on my Echo?
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    That's what I don't like - tied to a specific bar. Cheers!
  5. Backwoods Savage

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    Try out the dremel sharpeners. Much less cost and makes sharpening fast and easy.
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    Would maybe be OK for the guy who runs the saw twice a year to clean up the downed branch or whatever. Don't see many pros using these.
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    Waste of money IMO. Only fits a few select saw models,takes a special chain which actually costs more than either low-kickback 'safety' chain or pro full comp of the same size.
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  8. Machria

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    I can't see for the life of me, how a Dremel can sharpen an angled, rounded cutter on a chain?

    I have a Drexel, is it an attachment, or a special Dremel altogether?

    Why is that? It seems so easy and fast. That's what made me post this, if they work why doesn't everyone use them? The entire thing with bar and chain is only $75. A bar and chainis $50, so the sharpener is only 25 beans.
  9. Pallet Pete

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    If its over 42cc forget it unless you want metal in your eyes. They are cool but dangerous ! I returned the one I tried because of how bad it kicked and quickly it dulled out. After using it I have come to the conclusion it is a wast of money unless you are the casual user. It says right on the package not to use it over 42cc as well.


    Pete
  10. MasterMech

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    Or you could drop $30 on a HF Grinder, or $100 on a better Northern Tool Grinder and just make it real easy on yourself.
  11. lukem

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    Very nice. I believe you have answered your own question.;)
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    Get a $15 hand file and guide set and practice... I've tried a bunch of different sharpening methods and tools and cant beat the old fashioned file and elbow grease.;)
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  13. Machria

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    Ordering one of the dremel attachments as in video, thanks. We'll see how that goes, doing it by hand wasn't cutting it (no pun intended!).
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    Check out timberline
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    I used the dremel for several years, while the stones do wear out pretty fast, they beat hand filing 10 to 1. Nowdays I grind 3/8 on my Stihl USG and smaller chains on my Oregon 511AX: [​IMG] I just noticed you can still see my dremel hanging with the grinders, It's been relegated to taking down the rakers until I buy a 3rd grinder for that job.
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  17. MasterMech

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    this guy has more chain sharpening gear than I do.... _g
  18. Stephen in SoKY

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    I realize this is an old thread, but I just put a CBN wheel on my Stihl grinder and it's great! If anyone is sitting on the fence about ordering one, I can highly recommend that you go ahead. I've only run about 50 chains so far but it's truly a different machine with the CBN. Research indicates it will get better after about 100 chains & if it does then I'll be even more pleased. I need to start keeping count of the small chains I grind on the 511AX to see if I can justify one there as well.
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    Waste of time & money

    You'll be much happier with the dremel attachment
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    Get the Timberline.....it will pay for Itself! I was skeptical about the price, but wow is it a nice setup. Super sharp chain and consistent on every tooth. Worth it!
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    BWS, for once, is right on the money. They aren't as good as a good hand filing, but if you can't hand file they are pretty great. Oregon makes one that hooks up to your truck battery so it works well in the field.
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    Thanks Bigg_Redd. I hand sharpened for years and know how to do it. My problem is my hands are shot and it simply hurts too much to use the file. I admit that at first I was a bit disappointed but after 3 or 4 times sharpening I then wondered why I had not gone this way years ago! I think I can sharpen almost as good as by hand with it.
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    Every few years someone comes out with a new twist on the old dog of self-sharpening chains, never seen one yet that was any better the the original horse apple system. 99% marketing gimmick always tied to special chain, bar, sharpening apparatus.
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    I ended up getting the Drexel attachment and some of the diamond bits for it linked in here above. LOVE IT! Thanks guys, it's very easy to use and works great. Chain is much sharper afterwards (compared to do it by hand), AND, since its so quick and easy, I tend to keep the chain much sharper and have a much easier time cutting wood with the saw because of it.
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