Keeping Your Chain Saw Sharp

Keeping your chain saw sharp. How to safely sharpen a chain saw and keep it operational, including the tools of the trade, a filing guide, sharpen your skills first, extending bar and chain life and buying the right saw.



Clamp your filing gauge in the middle of the bar, along the top edge.
Clamp your filing gauge in the middle of the bar, along the top edge.
STEVE MAXWELL
Tips on keeping your chainsaw sharp for the homestead.
Tips on keeping your chainsaw sharp for the homestead.
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A chainsaw blade up close. The teeth, known as cutters, bite into wood, while the depth gauges determine how deep the bite will be. Proper filing of both helps keep your chainsaw in good cutting condition.
A chainsaw blade up close. The teeth, known as cutters, bite into wood, while the depth gauges determine how deep the bite will be. Proper filing of both helps keep your chainsaw in good cutting condition.
STEVE MAXWELL
A full-featured filing guide (middle) is a great tool for beginners. The simpler guide (bottom) demands more skill for success. The flat file and depth-gauge guide (top) are used on depth gauges every few sharpenings.
A full-featured filing guide (middle) is a great tool for beginners. The simpler guide (bottom) demands more skill for success. The flat file and depth-gauge guide (top) are used on depth gauges every few sharpenings.
STEVE MAXWELL
Extending bar and chain life for chainsaws.
Extending bar and chain life for chainsaws.
STEVE MAXWELL
To handle homestead chores, choose a chainsaw with a bigger bite. A larger chain cuts more aggressively.
To handle homestead chores, choose a chainsaw with a bigger bite. A larger chain cuts more aggressively.
STEVE MAXWELL
Consistency is the key to a sharp saw: File each cutter with the same number of strokes.
Consistency is the key to a sharp saw: File each cutter with the same number of strokes.
STEVE MAXWELL
Periodically filing depth gauges is one of the little-known tricks to maintaining saw-chain performance.
Periodically filing depth gauges is one of the little-known tricks to maintaining saw-chain performance.
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