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How to Sharpen a Chainsaw Chain

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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 Kits Power Sharp 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.
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Filing GuidesFiling 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.
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Sharpening With a Grinder Grinder SharpenersFor 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.
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