Best Chainsaw Sharpener under $300

   / Best Chainsaw Sharpener under $300 #41  
I use a file that has a guide and then a separate file for the rakers. I usually file after each tank of fuel or sometimes every 2nd tank. I’m not sure how long it takes me but about 5 minutes on an 18 inch bar. I have a portable dremel style that hooks up to a 12 volt battery but only use it on a really dull chain.
 
   / Best Chainsaw Sharpener under $300 #42  
I sharpen with an Oregon grinder; it does a great job; I kicked my POS HF grinder under my bench long ago! If needed I'd buy the Oregon grinder again.

Did I mention that the HF grinder is a POS?

DSR
The HF grinder is worth what you pay for it - in other words, not much. WAY too much flex in that setup.

I have used one of the Oregon grinders, and found it to work well. I've heard great things about some other brands, but never used one.

All of my sharpening is by hand filing these days. I just like the results better than with a grinder. I also appreciate the fact that it forces me to stop and take a break. I often don;t notice when I'm getting tired, thirsty, or hungry when I'm in the middle of working. However, I will notice an even slightly dull chain immediately. When I stop to sharpen, I also notice all of the other things I need to take care of.
 
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   / Best Chainsaw Sharpener under $300 #43  
The HF grinder is worth what you pay for it - in other words, not much. WAY too much flex in that setup.
And it can't be set to do rakers, at least mine can't be. Like I said, it's a POS that's been kicked under my bench!

SR
 
   / Best Chainsaw Sharpener under $300 #44  
I have been using the Grandberg hand sharpener (on the bar type) for years. They also sell a 12 volt model that uses stone burrs. I learned long ago from a pro-saw competitor that if you cut all the teeth to the same length it makes them the same height. When they are the same height and the rakers are properly filed, the saw cuts like it has a new chain on it.
When a chain needs a full sharpening (not just a field touch up), I measure the length of all the teeth with a dial (or digital) caliper and sharpen the shortest one I find and mark it with a sharpie. Then I then sharpen all the rest of the teeth to the same length. If need be I also use a small stone or fine file to remove all the burrs.
I admit that if you have a lot of chains to sharpen at once that is not a viable choice. But if you are getting an off-the-bar sharpener, get a good one and learn to use it. I took a chain for a 30"+(can't remember the exact length) to a local shop and they sharpened it on a machine. It was a mess- burrs and uneven. I would have been better off throwing it away and buying a new chain.
 
   / Best Chainsaw Sharpener under $300 #45  
Most saw shops cut way too much tooth off to begin with 'cause they want to sell you a new chain. My sop is a new loop twice equals a new bar and drive sprocket as well.
 
   / Best Chainsaw Sharpener under $300 #46  
My issue with ALL chain grinders is. they remove too much of the tooth which is ok if the tooth is really dull or chipped but for touching up a chain that isn't buggered up, filing is the only way to go.

Being inherently cheap, I don't need to grind away excessive amounts of tooth if not needed. Besides, learning how to file a chain properly is a good skill to learn. Kind of similar to off hand sharpening twist drills or TIG welding.

You can set the grinder to remove as little metal as you want. Just because it’s a grinder doesn’t mean it has to be aggressive.
 
   / Best Chainsaw Sharpener under $300 #47  
Looking to sharpen 5-6 chains at a time off the saw.

What would you recommend?
Invest in an Oregon chain grinder..not that expensive..I have wore one out..bought a new one 3 years ago..don't fall for the clamp on filers..they are junk. Learn to use the Oregon grinder..do a good job..save you lots of money. Been grinding chains now for 42 years. No customers ever complain of my grinding job. Key..is don't let the chain get so dull it's sometimes not worth sharpening..see this often.
 
   / Best Chainsaw Sharpener under $300 #48  
You can set the grinder to remove as little metal as you want. Just because it’s a grinder doesn’t mean it has to be aggressive.
Correct..even if you file a chain..if you don't start with the dullest link first..your wasting your time. This is why some shops remove a lot..got to get the chain back in balance..or other teeth just rub and burn.
 
   / Best Chainsaw Sharpener under $300 #49  
Looking to sharpen 5-6 chains at a time off the saw.

What would you recommend?
Stihl 2 in 1 sharpener, not expensive and easy to do a good job, why bother taking the chain off until it needs replacing?
 
   / Best Chainsaw Sharpener under $300 #50  
I like taking chain off, that way i can clean all junk out with compressed air. Man, those things collect lots of crap from the oil.but searously, takes maybe a minute to remove chain.
 
 
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