Leaving cutters uneven
To a certain extent you can get away with some differences but the longer cutters will hit the wood harder and dull faster. Your chain starts cutting well after the sharpen but quickly feels dull again.
Cause and Cure – take more care or use a file guide.
The side angle is too shallow and the tip is unsupported. The chain will cut aggressively and dull quickly.
Cause and Cure – could be incorrect technique or too small a file size is being used.
Sloped back cutters
Chain will feel completely dull.
Cause and Cure – poor technique or too large a file size being used.
Depth gauges too low
Aggressive cutting, saw bogs down in the cut.
Cause and Cure – not using a depth gauge tool or using an angle grinder to save time!
Depth gauges too high
No cutting or small chip size and saw screams.
Cause and Cure – not realising depth gauges need to be reduced. Use a flat file and depth gauge tool.
Damage to tooth remains
Sharpening does not remove damage to cutter.
Cause and Cure – not enough strokes of file. Pay more attention to what the tooth looks like.
Filing guides that work with round files
You have several choices for these style guides with Oregon, Stihl and Granberg. A guide is a good method of getting all the teeth the same length and the same angle. They’re not as fast as the 12 volt grinders but are cheaper. Use every 3 or 4 sharpens to get all those teeth perfect again.
Using a filing guide system
Sharpening ripping chain
Ripping chain is not a special chain – simply the top plate angle has been reduced usually between 5 and 10 degrees. It is filed in the same way, the depth gauges should be set in the same way.
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