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Timberline Chain Sharpener - "Group buy"

Post in 'The Gear' started by BrianK, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. BrianK

    BrianK Guest

    Hi Folks,
    I contacted Phil Krantz, owner of Timberline Chainsaw Sharpeners, and asked if he would offer a discount for Hearth.com members (i.e., a "Group buy" discount.)

    He said to use this code: hearth
    in the "Apply Promo Code" box during checkout for a $15 discount.

    He also reduced the retail price $5 from last fall. The original price was $129.95, now it is $124.95.

    I'll be ordering one soon. (Since I have no adult experience sharpening a chainsaw by any method, I should be a good guinea pig.)
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  2. Dakotas Dad

    Dakotas Dad Minister of Fire

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    Dangit.. I just bought the Husqvarna roller getup two days ago..
  3. muncybob

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    cool, thanx for the info!
  4. ScotO

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    Brian, is there a deadline on the discount? I want to get one but its gonna be a couple weeks til I can. Thanks for your work getting with Phil!
  5. BrianK

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    I'd imagine he'd let it run for a while. I'll ask him if there is a deadline, but he didn't mention one.
  6. MasterMech

    MasterMech Guest

    Sounds like Phil is a smart businessman. Making this community happy is a sure-fire way to sell a chit-ton of product. Super Cedars or a Fiskars anyone?

    EDIT: And BrianK, nice avatar ;) and helluva nice job on securing the group discount!
  7. Nixon

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    If any of You buy the Timberline , You'll find that after a short time that the other systems were archaic ,and crude .
    :)
  8. HittinSteel

    HittinSteel Minister of Fire

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    That looks pretty slick
  9. punchy

    punchy Burning Hunk

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    very interested. thought about grinder, but not sure if i could justify it. i don't do terrible hand filing, but it would be nice to true with exact angles.
  10. DexterDay

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    I just tried it. With PayPal and Credit Card (Debit), and it keeps saying something is wrong with my address. I have triple checked Everything.

    The Promo does work though. Gonna try again in a bit...

    (EDIT: It worked after a few more minutes. But still wouldnt work through my PayPal account. Only thru my Debit the 2nd time around.)

    BrianK- Thanks for the foot work in getting the discount. That was a stand up thing to do... Going out and using my new 460 tomorrow. Review will soon follow after delivery. Thanks.
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  11. BrianK

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    Thanks DD. I wish I could say I did something altruistic, but frankly money is really tight, and I really wanted to get one of these. When I'm buying equipment, tools, etc., I tend to research it into the ground. A little bit of OCD in that regard, probably. But I've looked at every available option for chainsaw sharpening, since I'm essentially starting from scratch, and my research indicates that, despite the initial cost, the Timberline Sharpener is the best & quickest (because you don't have to remove the chain), and the closest thing to idiot proof on the market. It looks like it takes all the variables out and provides consistent, factory level sharpening every time, and it can be done in the field without a power supply, using a tool easily carried on the belt.

    Here's a review from the ArboristSite thread. I've consistently seen statements that once its set up and you know how to use it, you can sharpen a decently maintained chain in 3 to 5 minutes:

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  12. toonces

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    i want one
  13. DexterDay

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    The Timberline came in today. Along with a couple things for the 460... Talk about Fast Shipping....

    Hope to get time later to try it. Son was up sick last night. We both stayed home. Gotta take care of him 1st.

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  14. jotul8e2

    jotul8e2 Feeling the Heat

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    Anyone have any idea how long the carbide tips last? Even approximately?
  15. BrianK

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    On the ArboristSite thread, the owner of the company said the carbides are good for sharpening a minimum of 20 chains. However, he also said he has sharpened over 100 chains with one carbide he takes to trade shows and other venues and its not worn out:

    So I think we'll get a lot of mileage out of these carbides. I'm ordering one tomorrow.
  16. Nixon

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    I've done about 40 chains , some multiple times on one carbide cutter . A word of caution though , Do not turn the handle backwards . It will damage the cutter .
  17. DexterDay

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    I've done 2 chains so far this morning. Taken me longer than expected. After doing it a few more times, I'm sure it will get easier. One thing is for sure. That carbide cutter will remove material in very short order. I did a chain on my Husky that had found an old Eye Bolt. Cutters were pretty bad. Took about 10 minutes to do the entire chain, but took me 10 minutes to get it properly set-up. There is only 8 steps to get it set-up. But they must be done precisely and properly.

    The second chain was a little faster. Definitely an value added product to an arsenal. IMO. I also bought the 25° & 35° angle inserts. Have yet to try them. But for what they cost, the discount basically paid for them. 2012-04-09_15-31-10_743.jpg
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  18. buddylee

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    How sharp is the chain after sharpening compared to a new chain and one sharpened with a grinder ?
  19. DexterDay

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    Never had one sharpened with a grinder... Only had new and hand sharpened.

    I did a chain w/ the 35° angle dies and it flew through the wood. Large chips.. Very Large Chips... But it did take me 2 times to get the cutter to take the 35° angle. Maybe it can be done in one pass. But it felt like to much being takin off. So I did it in 2 steps. Half on the 1st round and the next half on the 2nd. 2012-04-09_16-40-52_102.jpg 2012-04-09_16-41-09_928.jpg

    Is one better than the other?? Prob not. I am not the best hand filer. I will admit that. I have only been self sharpening for a lil over a year. So this is my way of getting a very good edge on the 1st try. I still intend to hone my hand filing. But until then, this definitely does the trick.
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  20. ScotO

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    Don't forget DD that over the course of several sharpenings, you are going to need to file the rakers down by hand. Does the instructions for the Timberline go over that detail?
  21. ScotO

    ScotO Guest

    One more note........is that Timberline not the sexiest little gadget you ever saw? ;)
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  22. DexterDay

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    I know to file the rakers... One more thing I have learned here. Burning pellets requires more maintenance on the stove and less work on getting fuel... Burning wood requires more work and maintenance on getting fuel and less on the stove.. Exact opposites. But they both have a spot in my home.

    And yes.... Its Sexy. ;)
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  23. MasterMech

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    This thing should produce rediculously sharp chains that hold an edge well. Nice to see a device that works and there's no chance of overheating a tooth like there is with a grinder. Closest thing I've seen to "idiot proof" too.
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  24. ditchrider

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    This gives me a question about angles. I've always gone with 30 degrees because that's how my chain was manufactured. Could someone answer what the advantage of a 25, 30 or 35 degree maintenance would be? Thanks.
  25. MasterMech

    MasterMech Guest

    I'd start a new thread for that one.

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