Woodcutters can never resist their love for a good, perfectly sharpened chainsaw. In the market, you are going to find so many models of chainsaw that works excellently. But one brand is always grabbing my attention for quality chainsaw models. I am talking about STIHL.
If you are an owner of this very functional chainsaw then it’s your duty to go through proper maintenance and uphold it well. We are going to talk about how to sharpen a STIHL chainsaw today. Let’s jump into it.
Before you go for the sharpening process, it’s important to be thoroughly prepared. You should get a good pair of protective gloves. Always have them when you are sharpening or simply cutting materials. As we already know chainsaw teeth are really sharp and can cause serious damage to you.
You need a vice where we can place the chainsaw cutting bar. Make sure the clamps on the bar are really tight. You should also check if the vice is holding chain properly. It should be able to shift the chain easily so that you can access each teeth.
Now we need to keep the chain in place. This is important since you will be sharpening the tool. You can simply pull down the chain break.
Next, you need to look for a minimum cutting edge within the tooth. That’s it! You have found your master cutter. You need to sharp the master cutter well. After you are done with one tooth go for the other with a similar length. You can simply transfer the chain and make sure master cutter is sitting on very top. It should be somewhere in the middle of cutting bar. This way it is going to be easy to get proper access.
Now to fit master cutter in the center of guide we need to push sharpening guide within chain. There should be a roller bar on both sides of the chain. This way the guide will easily be able to straddle the chain.
Now we will be pointing the two arrows of a guide toward edge of cutting bar. Make sure this is far away from the chainsaw handle. This way you will be sure to sharpen the tooth at a proper angle.
You can use rivets to place the guide into a proper spot. Make sure the guide is between rivets. This way it won’t slide over the rulers and there will be no chance of wobbling. Now, this is going to be easier with STIHL chainsaw.
Simply because these chainsaws usually use a strong rivet system that can maintain the strength of a chain very well. When you are trying to push it in please there is no chance that the guide is going to cause any harm.
Woala… you are done with sharpening!
How Do You Know It’s Time to Sharpen the Chainsaw?
Most of the time there is a thin but strong coating of Chrome within clutter’s plating. These make it really easy to keep them super sharp almost forever. But only when you decide to use them on clean wood.
However, scenario of the real world is quite different. Woods are most of the time laying closer to surface where they have easy contact with rocks, dirt, grit and these type of debris. Dirty wood is enough to make your sharpest chainsaw dull in no time.
And this is the reason why most experienced woodworkers will continuously use sharpening and cleaning methods to keep their chainsaw in a good position for a longer time period. In the long run, this can save you time and money.
There are quite a few signals which are going to tell you that it is time to sharpen your STIHL chainsaw.
If there is no self-freed available with the chain, it’s time. This is a very common hint from your chainsaw that it needs re-sharpening. A properly sharp chainsaw can easily make cuts by pulling itself down. If you discover that you need too much pressure or force to make a proper cut then the chain is not sharp enough.
Another hint is discovering a dusty discharge. A nice expelling, proper square wood chips are what a good sharp chainsaw should deliver. However, if you notice that your chainsaw is making a lot of wood dust in its place of chips then this could be a signal of dull sharpness.
Two glossy chains. You should occasionally have a good look over the side plates and top plates. Does it look shiny? Most of the time when the Chrome plating is gone away it starts to show steel beneath. This can make the cutting edge look quite glossy. To bring it into its natural form you will have to file the steal away. After doing so you can see that thinner overhang of Chrome is noticeable again.
If you see any one signal then stop and do something for sharpening. You should not use a dull saw to do any cutting chores. It’s really a bad idea.
Once you force a dull chainsaw to make cuts it can meet unnecessary wear and tear. There are so many examples where people experience bar-related failures. Just because their saw chain is not properly maintained or sharpened.
Here’s a visual for help:
This is the whole process of maintaining or sharpening a quality STIHL Chainsaw. To get the optimum result you should always pre-check the manufacturer’s suggestions.
Remember that if you avoid correct sharpening techniques the whole tool might fall apart. It’s going to be a time-consuming process for proper sharpening but so worth it. If you know the importance of having right tools give attention to proper principles. Good, sharp and quality STIHL chainsaw can be your one of the most precious wood cutting tool ever. Good luck!
Hi, this is Mathew from the city of Denver, Colorado. I am a professional woodworker with more than 12 years of experience along with the technical degree regarding the field. I have undertaken many small to large projects and ended with good result. Stay connected to know the knowledge and tips I implemented in my work in process. Thanks.