Stihl Chainsaw Sharpening Kit

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What sharpening devices are there for saw chains?

A saw chain must not be dull when working. Only when it is sharp, the chainsaw can optimally convert the engine power. The working speed is increased and you need much less power when sawing; comfortable working is therefore guaranteed. At the same time, the risk of injury is reduced and the wear of chain and chainsaw is reduced. Therefore you must sharpen your sharpen your chainsawwhen it becomes dull. There are two ways to keep it sharp. First, you can sharpen the saw chain manually. First and foremost, you need a file. This can be either a round file or a flat file. To have better control when filing the saw chain, you can also use special filing aids such as file holders, file holder guides, file gauges and test gauges. If you want to sharpen the saw chain faster, with less effort and more comfortably, you will need a Saw chain sharpener. This has a higher price than a file that can be used manually, but it ensures exact angles and teeth of the same length.

When does the saw chain need sharpening?

Optimally, the teeth of a saw chain – similar to a planer or jointer – cut into a tree trunk with only a small amount of force and pressure; the saw virtually glides through the wood on its own. If you have to exert a lot of pressure and the saw no longer glides smoothly through the wood, you should sharpen the sharpen the chainsaw. In addition, the following signs indicate that sharpening is necessary:

  • When cutting vertically, the chain produces fine sawdust. If the saw chain is sharp, large chips are produced.
  • Smoke development in the cut.
  • Skewed cuts and pull to one side. This is mainly due to unevenly long cutting teeth or cutting teeth that are blunt on one side.
  • The saw can no longer be set precisely and it bounces during the sawing process.


How do I find the right file for my saw chain?

The chain pitch is the decisive factor in determining which file you need for sharpening your saw chain. This is because the file diameter is always dependent on the chain pitch. The pitch makes it possible to assign the chain to the respective chainsaw performance classes. You can determine the chain pitch by measuring the distance from the center of a rivet pin to the next but one pin. Then divide the result by two and you will know the exact chain pitch. It is important that you convert the result into inches, because the chain pitch is always expressed in inches. The larger the chain pitch, the higher the saw tooth. The dimensions of a file must then be larger, the higher the saw tooth. High-quality chainsaws have a number to indicate the chain pitch. On STIHL models, you will always find this on the depth gauge. If you can no longer see the number on the depth gauge, you will need a chain check gauge to determine the chain pitch.

What can I do wrong when sharpening the saw chain?

When you sharpen a chain saw you have to pay attention to many factors. Above all, the correct sharpening angles are important, as they have a significant influence on the final cutting performance. Here you have to distinguish between the sharpening angle, the breast angle and the roof angle. The respective angles vary depending on the chain manufacturer, the intended use and also the type of wood. Also adjust the depth gauge optimally in any case. This must be reset at the correct angle when sharpening. A marking on the depth gauge helps you to reset it. You need a flat file to file the depth gauge. This is how you sharpen a chain:

  • Preparation: clean the saw chain and look for damage or signs of wear.
  • Tensioning the chain: When you sharpen a chainsaw chain, you should tension it tighter than you would for normal use. This will help you maintain the correct angle. It also prevents the cutting or sawing teeth from tilting.
  • Then mark the shortest tooth as the guide tooth and start the filing process with this tooth. Then file the other teeth back to the length of the already machined guide tooth. You should clamp the guide rail with the tip pointing to the right in a filing block or vice. When you have pulled the guide tooth into the filing area, activate the chain brake. Always release it briefly to pull the saw chain on to the next tooth.

Sharp results thanks to sophisticated technology

Sharpness is what counts. Engine power and muscle power alone are not enough to achieve strong running and cutting performance with a chainsaw. With a sharp chainsaw chain, you not only work faster, more comfortably and more productively, but above all more safely. If the chain is blunt, the chainsaw often bounces or even slips during sawing operations. You can eliminate such safety risks with a sharpened chain and optimally adjusted depth gauge. In our online store, you will find files as well as high-quality chain sharpenere in the category “Tools for chainsaw care”. The devices available from us are equipped with various grinding wheels and are predestined for the fast and precise sharpening of chains and cutting sets. Read more Stihl Chainsaw Sharpening Kit.

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