Another whizbang chainsaw sharpener.

Discussion in 'Back to Basics' started by TnAndy, Jan 14, 2017.


  1. TnAndy

    TnAndy Senior Member Founding Member

    OK....I'll admit, I'm a sucker for chainsaw sharpeners. Over the years, I've bought a Granberg File/guide attachment, went back to a plain file, then a 12v Granberg chain grinder (like a Dremel tool), then went back to a file, then a bench mounted Harbor Freight grinder (really didn't like that one) , and back to a hand file.....the only thing I've improved a hand file with is a file guide like this Oregon one.....like the wood handle, and angle marks....keeps you hand filing pretty good.

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    SO, when I ran across the Timberline sharpener at Bailey's, I had to try one. Wife got it for my Xmas present, and I've tried it out over the last few days....have to say I'm really impressed....fast, easy to mount/use/dismount, does a great job on grinding, gets every tooth to the same angle and length. I think this one is a keeper.
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  2. SB21

    SB21 Monkey+++

    Pretty cool, and seems simple enough. Does it come with different sized carbides for different sized chains ?
     
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  3. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grudge Monkey

    Like what I am seeing so far, but it looks to be very time consuming and not able to be adjusted for differing chain pitch or for grinding the guides! I use the Stihl Professional chain sharpening system A LOT, but find my self having to do quite a bit by hand, specifically the Ripper Chains I run, these have a unique tooth design, and have to be done by hand, and chain life is very short! For my smaller yard saw, this might be a pretty good tool, I wonder if finer carbides can be had?
     
  4. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Looks good.
     
  5. TnAndy

    TnAndy Senior Member Founding Member

    Yeah, they have different carbides for various chain sizes.
     
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  6. Bandit99

    Bandit99 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    Watched the video and was really impressed so looked up on Amazon to purchase. It has very good reviews on Amazon, 4.5 stars.
    The price is much more than I thought it would be, ~$130, but looks good.
     
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  7. TnAndy

    TnAndy Senior Member Founding Member

    Yeah, Bailey had them on sale for 99 bucks before Christmas, and I got it then. The cutters are about 20 bucks each, but being carbide, my guess they will have a pretty long life.
     
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  8. Aeason

    Aeason Monkey

    I like it, been looking at different options for sharpening my saws as my hands aren't what they used to be.
     
  9. Cruisin Sloth

    Cruisin Sloth Special & Slow

    And I just bought a box of files ,alot less than that tool .
     
  10. natshare

    natshare Monkey+++

    Wish I knew who made the sharpening system I used, when I worked for the Navy, in Guam. We had chainsaws at the fuel depot, so that we could clear the roads (and fire break roads) after the tropical storms & typhoons. This thing clamped to the bar, you set your angle of cut for that chain, and then filed each tooth individually, with a guided file holder. Took a little getting used to, but once I did, I could sharpen a chain in about 5 minutes, doing both angles of the cuts. Which was nice, whenever we had to cut a bunch of ironwood, as I'd end up sharpening the chains twice a day! (guess there's a reason they call it "iron" wood, huh? :rolleyes: ).
     
  11. TnAndy

    TnAndy Senior Member Founding Member

    Sounds like the Granberg file guide.....

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  12. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    I have the Sears equivalent. Works well, but is NOT heavy duty.
     
  13. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    I use an OREGON Chain Sharpening Machine, on my chains... Built up a couple of dozen New Chains for my Sthil Saws, and when one gets dull, I take it off and put it in the Dull Chain Hook in the Tool Shed, and pick up a New one from the New Chain Hook, for the Saw. When I get about half of them, that need sharpening, I dig out the Machine, and spend a couple of hours, and then put them on the New Chain Hook...
     
  14. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    Man, Thats one monster chain saw the video has in it, Will it work on a 14 "
    Girly saw like mine?
     
  15. Bandit99

    Bandit99 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+

    I think it would be a deal at $100 bucks and I'd jump on one for that price.
     
  16. natshare

    natshare Monkey+++

    Yep, similar to that. Like I said, once I got the hang of it, it was actually pretty quick to use.
     
  17. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    I don't file/sharpen arbitrarily, IMO it both wastes time and teeth.
    I touch up whats dull, and do it free hand .
    After a few years you know what a good factory cut looks like, and you mimic it .
    Much like sharpening any thing, even knives, saws, and drill bits.
    A good guide to start with is a premier for getting your muscle memory developed , but I feel I need to get a good look at what I'm doing, than rely on machinery to do it all .
     
  18. duane

    duane Monkey+++

    Have several different chain saw sharpeners, but end up doing 90 % by eye or using the Oregon hand file type.. New Sthil requires a super sharp chain as the chain moves very fast. Touch it up a few strokes about ever fill up and it works nice, but old Husky runs slow and throws a big chip and it only requires sharpening a couple times a day. Rakers set the depth of cut and seem to be just about as important as the tooth. The Oregon wheel type sharpener is really good, but it takes a lot of skill to set up, run and dress wheel. Never have been able to keep up skills with the few chains I sharpen and it takes quite a bit off the tooth and if done wrong, can ruin the temper.
     
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  19. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Looks nice, but at that price point I'll stick with my files for touch-ups and chainsaw sharpener (disc grinding wheel) for really dull chains. For how often I need to sharpen a the chainsaw, I don't think it's worth it. I'm like BT, I have a hook for dull chains, when I get to one sharp chain left, I pull out the grinder and sharpen them all.

    Does that sharpener allow for different angles on the teeth? I have 2 chains that are rippers for cutting logs into boards with a mill.
     
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