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hickslawns

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Drove my Jeep 30 feet off my gravel towards my stack of log length firewood pile. Stopped. Backed up. Nope. If a 2500# Jeep is sinking, an 8500# Bobcat is going to make a terrible mess getting them out. Guess they will stay put until later.
 
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finelyshedded

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I have to admit that I HATE sharpening chainsaw blades! It’s just too dang time consuming but it needs done from time to time. I spent a good part of the afternoon today sharpening 5 of the damn things! It’s amazing how fast the dead ash bark gums up and dulls a sharp blade. Lol
 
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Jamie

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well, I've hand sharpened chains, used a cheap guide that you attach to the bar, but they did not work very well. for the amount of time I spent, it just didn't seem to get them sharp like the machine does. I considered buying a sharpener like the professionals use. the kind that looks like a chop saw but employs a grinding wheel instead of a blade. I have enough tools and do enough shit for myself already. I gave up on all of that when I found out that I could get all of my chains sharpened by a pro with good equipment for $5 a piece. now, I do keep the correct files with me when I'm out cutting, but I also have at least one extra (sharp) chain, usually two, at all times. I'm no lumberjack, but when your a long ways from home or even the truck running a saw, it's best to be prepared to run a chain into the dirt once in a while. find yourself a local sharp shop or mom and pop chain saw dealer.
 
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I know [mention]Jamie [/mention] wasn’t to fond of these. I have this one and have used it primarilyfor the last 8 years.... keeps angle on point. Bout 3-4 strokes per tooth. Don’t hafta remove chain (which I hate) and takes about 5 minutes to do a chain. I hit the rakers with a straight file about every 4-5th sharpening.... worse thing you can do is start getting that 30 degree angle off. This prevents that.
 
  • Cogz

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It is worth the time to practice sharpening with standard files with the chain on the bar. It becomes a “feel” sort if thing and if you really pay attention visually to what that tooth looks like, or examine a brand new chain, you’ll get it down fairly quick. The file diameters go thru really smooth at the correct angle, and with a little twist on the way thru, they sharpen up quick.
 
  • Cogz

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Anyone use a cheap craftsman S180? Just picked one up on sale at lowes for under $150. 18” bar, 42ccs 2 cycle. I was an arborist in a past life so used lots of high end stihls but I plan to run the balls off this thing til it gives up.
 

hickslawns

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12-15 cords a year. I'm not paying $4-5/chain to have them sharpened. That said, it sure is nice when you don't have to do it. If I only had 3-4 chains to sharpen a year I'd pay to have it done. The one twireman posted is handy. Used them plenty of times. Every so often I need to swap chains and use the motorized one I have mounted. It gets a little nicer sharpening than I can do by hand.