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How To Sharpen Your Chainsaw Chains

Sharpen your chainsaw chains with this how-to from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

You’ve got to cut down that dead tree in your backyard. The problem is that your chainsaw chain is now dull and sawing a log with a dull chainsaw chain is like sawing with a butter knife. You’ll be getting nowhere soon. With the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can get your chainsaw chains sharp again.

How to Sharpen Chainsaw Chains
Is your chainsaw starting to dull? Learn how to sharpen your chainsaw chains with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

How to Sharpen Your Chainsaw Chains:

1. Read and understand the owner’s manual before operating any chain saw chain sharpener.

2. Always wear personal protection equipment when sharpening your chain saw chains such as work gloves and safety goggles.

3. Make sure that any and all adjustments are made with the chainsaw sharpener unplugged or switched to the “off” position. Also make sure the grinding wheel is completely stopped.

4. Clean the chain before sharpening.

5. Position the chainsaw chain onto the base / vise.

6. Rotate vise to the appropriate angle. Use chain manufacturer’s reference chart to determine correct angles

7. Set the chain stop to the desired grinding position.

8. Lower the sharpener arm into the sharpening position and adjust depth as needed with depth adjusting knob. (Be sure the sharpener is powered off or unplugged at this point.)

9. Once all adjustments have been made, clamp down the chain and pull clamp/handle in a counter-clockwise position to firmly hold the chain in place.

10. Turn the unit power on and lower the sharpener arm with grinding wheel into the sharpening position and sharpen the chain. Use several light downward motions when sharpening to avoid aggressive sharpening. (If too much material is taken off, tooth will turn blue losing chain temper.)

11. After each sharpening, raise the sharpener arm and disengage the clamp/handle by rotating clockwise. Move the chain forward to the next position in the vise and clamp down again.

12. Once all cutting positions have been sharpened on one side, repeat steps above on the opposite side.

At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, we service what we sell. If something goes wrong with your chainsaw from Blain’s Farm & Fleet, we’ll repair it on-site in our in-store Small Engine Service Center. For more tips and how-to’s, check out our Outdoor Power Equipment blog.

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