Oregon grinder ;-)

DexterDay Posted By DexterDay, May 16, 2013 at 11:28 PM

  1. DexterDay

    Guest 2.

    Got my Oregon grinder and after reading the manual 10 times and looking it over, I finally got some run time on it

    It took much longer to get this grinder than I had intended. A "Lucky" member of this Forum was the receiver of a "Free" Timberline sharpener w/ extra angle (25* and 35*) inserts. I have always employed the pay it forward method. That same member inherited my General Moisture meter.

    Well, I finally got it!! Didn't take long to understand how it all works. Same unit at my dealer was over $300. I got mine for about half that on FeeBay. Awesome grinder that makes short work of chain. Only did 6 chains tonight and took about 30 min total. Every chain got faster and faster. I see this being a welcomed addition to the saw family. May even start sharpening friends and family's chains?? (Prob not :))

    I still will hand file in the field after every tank or so. But this grinder really showed me how "off" my hand filing was. Some cutters were much further back, some a deeper angle, etc.

    Its another tool to help ensure a quality cut, on a tool that provides so much joy. :)

    Cheers everyone

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  2. bogydave

    Minister of Fire 2.

    Dec 4, 2009
    So Cent ALASKA
    On my "Some day" list.

    That model do the rakers too ?
  3. DexterDay

    Guest 2.

    If it does? I have not read about it yet?

    My dealer wanted double for what I paid. I read just enough to bolt it down a grind chain (common sense also plays a part).
  4. MasterMech

    Guest 2.

    Just about any grinder can be set-up for rakers. But it involves changing wheels and dressing the stone if you want to keep the rounded profile. Unless you have a 2nd grinder (;hm) setup for rakers exclusively, then it's usually easier just to touch 'em with a hand file with the chain still on the grinder.
  5. Sean McGillicuddy

    Sean McGillicuddy
    Minister of Fire 2.

    Jan 7, 2012
    Easton Mass. not enough time in NB Canada
    Glad to see your'e keeping well hydrated as you work!
  6. NH_Wood

    Minister of Fire 2.

    Dec 24, 2009
    southern NH
    Good for you DD - which model is it? I've been wanting one for a long time - I keep looking at the Northern Tool knock off, but figured I might save a bit more and buy the Oregon. I have about 7 chains for my 510 and 5 chains for my 362 - I hand file everything and I'm happy with my work - but like you said, over time the inconsistency can be noticed. At some point I'll have 12 chains to true up - can't see paying $72 ($6 per chain) at the shop, so that might be my time to buy and learn myself. I'll look at it as getting $72 off the grinder (I can find many ways to justify all such purchases ==c)! Are you planning to hand file the rakers as your grind? Smokin had a great video showing the grinder + hand filing technique and with a lot of practice, seems real good. Cheers!
  7. smokinj

    Minister of Fire 2.

    Aug 11, 2008
    Anderson, Indiana
    File the rakers and keep them round. And, yes you here all the time how good a hand filer is. I have Not seen a perfect one yet! ;)

    A 20 inch 72 drive links checking everyone and doing the rakers is a little over 10 mins. I don't like to do more than a couple at a time, I catch myself trying to go to fast.
  8. Jags

    Moderate Moderator 2.
    Staff Member

    Aug 2, 2006
    Northern IL
    I keep a dremel with a stone next to the grinder. I hit all the teeth, then hit the raker with the dremel and try to keep to the same shape (rounded) as the original. Quick and easy, peasy.
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