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who sharpens by hand? who uses a sharpener?

Post in 'The Gear' started by kennyl70, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. weatherguy

    weatherguy Minister of Fire

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    I just bought the dremel Dennis, what do I do, go back and forth lightly 3-4 times on each tooth? I watched a u-tube video so Im going to try and copy that.

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  2. Backwoods Savage

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    Where is the youtube? Can you give a link?
  3. weatherguy

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    He does a bit different from what we do. I file all one side first then do the other. It also appears he puts lots of pressure on the tooth and with it on the tooth as long as he has it it could be borderline getting too hot. I noticed that his motor slows down and that for sure says he is using lots of pressure. Let the tool do the work! And yes, just follow the angles and you'll do fine. If you screw up and burn a tooth, you'll know right away and won't do that again.
  5. weatherguy

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    thanks Dennis, I thought it was a little too hard, when I hand sharpen I just put light pressure, dont want to wreck a chain.
  6. tlc1976

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    I've never broken a chain yet. My dad broke a chain last time we were out cutting ironwood.
  7. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    I started free hand, but found I do much better work with the Stihl file guide. I haven't paid for sharpening a chain since the early 90s. I have brought back rocked chains by hand with the guide. It takes patience is all. I sharpen my knives by hand with a Lansky kit like this.
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    That I bought almost 20 years ago.
  8. Dyno625

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    I started sharpening by hand also but found this stihl file guide to be very handy. I use that same lansky kit to sharpen my knives also.
  9. Isaac Carlson

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    I use a hand file. Bought a grinder and it was not as good as doing it by hand.
  10. MasterMech

    MasterMech Guest

    What make/model grinder?
  11. Isaac Carlson

    Isaac Carlson New Member

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    I bought a harbor freight grinder and beefed it up. No good. My dad then bought a high dollar grinder and it was slightly better, but could not get the same edge as a file.
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