What do chainsaws and #2 pencils have in common? They both become worthless without a sharpener!
Some folks think the only solution is to throw away the chain and replace it with a new one. But that can be quite costly.
The better solution is to sharpen your chains and get more life out of them.
There's a variety of ways to sharpen a chainsaw chain, so take a moment to find the method that's right for you.
PowerSharp Sharpening KitsWhen you want to sharpen your saw on-the-go without a lot of trouble, there's no better option than a PowerSharp Kit. These kits feature a sharpener, a bar, and a chain that only work together as a kit.
While using the sharpener, a built-in link on the chain resurfaces the sharpener simultaneously.
The bar is specially made to attach to the sharpener and keep it in place during use.
While the PowerSharp comes in a few sizes, be sure to double check that it's compatible with your chainsaw before purchasing.
Filing by Hand
Using metal files, you can sharpen the cutting teeth on your chain by hand.
But with a good bar-mount filing guide, you can get more consistent and accurate results in a fraction of the time without having to disassemble your chainsaw.
Husqvarna has some good instructions HERE for filing a chain by hand.
Sharpening With a GrinderFor a professional sharpening that doesn't wear your arm out, you can use a heavy-duty grinder.
These machines feature a clamp that holds the chain in place while a grinding wheel is lowered down to smooth the teeth to a razor-sharp finish.
Grinders come in quite handy for professionals and serious wood cutters who have to sharpen their chainsaw chains frequently.