Juts bought the 2 n1 maybe a month ago after the "professional" job was poorly done. The 2n1 is fantastic !!Somebody simply did a poor job. It can take a bit of time to learn, but isn't difficult to do. Get a stihl 2 n 1 ( or equivelent) and learn to sharpen them yourself. It takes only a few minutes per chain and yields a chain with good performance.
Just one dudes opinion.
I'll likely get a 2in1 at some point in the near future. The beauty of hand filing is you can easily touch up your chain wherever you are cutting. I carry several spare chains and a spare bar but rarely need them. I need to get another file for the smaller chains on my cordless saws and smaller gas saw. Any experience with a stunp vice? They look useful but I've never tried one.I swear by the 2:1 hand sharpener, but I also bought a 3 pack of regular stihl round files, used a round file only yesterday while bucking and noodling big ash and oak rounds. Before I started cutting I re-shaped my chain, already had about 6 cords worth of cutting on it, push cutting slash / crap in the woods and had hit the dirt a number of times, did 10 strokes per tooth, the chain was sharper then when I originally put it on brand new, I've been using tractor supply county line 20" 3/8 pitch full chisel chains, they do tend to stretch out a bit while using, but I can easily get 8-10 cords cut per chain before it becomes to stretched to use.
Yes I have a stump vise, and use it every time I sharpen. It works best if you can pound it into end grain. I also have it spiked to a 2x10x24 pc for using in the garage and back of the truck. The thumb screw is a little weak for tightening, so right now I use a small pliers to cynch it down. Maybe someday I'll replace that part with something I can get ahold of. On the otherhand, it is currently handy to slip in a back pocket, so no hurry.I'll likely get a 2in1 at some point in the near future. The beauty of hand filing is you can easily touch up your chain wherever you are cutting. I carry several spare chains and a spare bar but rarely need them. I need to get another file for the smaller chains on my cordless saws and smaller gas saw. Any experience with a stunp vice? They look useful but I've never tried one.
I've been trying to use a Grandberg File-n-Joint for years and never get a chain that stays sharp. I feel I'm using it right, getting the settings right for different chains, just lasts about 2/3 of processing a medium size tree before I notice it producing less chips and more sawdust. So I end up using it a lot when doing tree work but feel I'm spending more time than needed repeatedly sharpening it. Might have to switch to a Stihl 1-n-1 given the rave reviews.
Sure could use that magical tip that somehow makes the Grandberg produce a chain that lasts longer than I'm getting
The local logging company/tractor dealer/chainsaw dealer has had logs piled up on their lot with all the feller bunchers and trucks just sitting around.I run a saw sharpening /machine shop- so chains are all done on machines semi chisel on the chop saw style ones and Full chisel on the Simington Square grinder. I keep files and a 12v rig in the truck for out in the field. I do not have time for the Hand filing of customers chains a lot of which can be pretty nasty. Avg. month would be some 100 + chains, the virus bug has slowed things down quite a bit but it is also mud season of late so that also slows traffic down.
I sharpen with a chain grinder now. Used to do it with a Dremel. To me the time savings is well worth the shortened life of the chain. But yes if they try to take to much to fast they can overheat the chain which means it won't hold an edge long at all.
I used the dremel attachment and round emery stone insert for it for quite a few years. One thing is, it requires electric on mine to run, which means bringing them home to sharpen. Another is that the depth teeth are done seperate. The 2in1 does both, is precise, handy and takes equal or less time. Overall, if comfort level and results makes people drift from one method to another, then my current end game is on the 2n1.How did you like the results using a Dremel? I bought a new chain at TSC and saw they had replacement sharpening stones for a chainsaw sharpener. Would they work with a Dremel tool? I know it would not be nearly as precise. Maybe there's an attachment for the Drenmel for