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what angle to use on electric chain sharpener

Post in 'The Gear' started by tuco1963, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. tuco1963

    tuco1963 Member

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    hi all
    i bought a bench mount chain sharpener from menards and was wondering
    what angle is best when sharpening a .325 chainsaw chain with a electric bench grinder?

    my owners manuel doesnt give any clues so here i am:)

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  2. DexterDay

    DexterDay Guest

    What angles does it have? (That it can do?)
  3. StihlHead

    StihlHead Guest

    Most recommend that Stihl chain be sharpened at 30 degres with a zero offset (90 degrees, or flat across). That said, I notice that most of my Stihl chains come from the factory sharpened at 35 degrees, zero offset. 35 degees will cut faster but also dull faster. I have had some .325 small mount bar chain sharpened at 25 dergees on some of my previous Stihl saws for some reason, but that seems pretty low of an angle. I do not use .325 any more and I switched all my large mout Stihl saws to 3/8 sandard bars and chains.

    30 degrees should work fine though.
  4. bubba3228

    bubba3228 Member

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  5. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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    tuco1963, I set the back at 60 and the angles at 30, make sure you set your depth.

    zap
  6. DexterDay

    DexterDay Guest

    30° is a common angle. 35° cuts quicker but dulls quicker. 25° will not cut as fast, but will hold the edge longer....

    All depends on how much you cut and what you cut...
  7. MasterMech

    MasterMech Guest

    Your chain should have come with the specs either on paper or printed right on the box.
  8. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    Cut them at 30 degrees 60 on the tilt now anything from 25-35 will work the closer you get to 35 the more aggressive it will be. If your saw has less horse power you want to be closer to the 25 degrees.
    ScotO likes this.
  9. tuco1963

    tuco1963 Member

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    hi and thanks all for your input
    also a big thanks to bubba3228

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