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Saw Vice?

Post in 'The Gear' started by xman23, Oct 3, 2013.

  1. xman23

    xman23 Minister of Fire

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    I've been hand filing my chains this year, with great results. If your not doing this give it a try. What I need now is a saw vice to keep the saw stable as I'm filing the chain. What I do now is clamp the saws handle bottom into a saw horse type vice. It doesn't hold it very well. I was thinking of making something with clamps but........before this maybe there is something out there
    Any idea's and source for what I need?

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  2. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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  3. TreePointer

    TreePointer Minister of Fire

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    My favorite way to sharpen chain is to clamp the bar bar (with powerhead still attached) in a steel bench vise. Make sure to clamp in the middle of the bar and not close to the rails. Also, you will find that clamping the bar at a certain position along the length of the bar will keep vibrations to a minimum during the filing stroke. Use the saw's chain brake to immobilize the chain.

    Although not essential, I use nylon magnetic vise jaw inserts to keep the paint on my bar.
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2013
  4. TreePointer

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  5. TreePointer

    TreePointer Minister of Fire

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    I've also clamped saw bars in a Rockwell Jawhorse type vise.
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  6. DanCorcoran

    DanCorcoran Minister of Fire

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    I clamp mine in my bench vise. Since I sharpen my chains at a 30 degree angle, I marked 30 degrees on the bench. I line up the chainsaw with the mark, then sharpen at a 90 degree angle to the bench. After I do one side, I swing the vise around and sharpen the other teeth. P1040428 (1024x575).jpg
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  7. Stlshrk

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    Keep paint on your bar. Ha, that's funny. ;)
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  8. lazeedan

    lazeedan Feeling the Heat

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    Dan I like your set up.
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  9. TreePointer

    TreePointer Minister of Fire

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    Heh! I know, but I like to lose the paint by cutting wood instead of prematurely losing it with vise teeth.
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