Who enjoys using a blunt chainsaw? Nobody. A sharp chainsaw makes your work easier, faster, and smoother(Add all of the nicest adjectives about sawing wood here). However, sharpening your chainsaw can be a hassle when not using the right product. As far as good chainsaw sharpeners go, it doesn’t get any better than the Timberline chainsaw sharpener. This article will tell you all you need to know about the product. We’ll also tell you how to use one.
The Timberline Chainsaw Sharpener is a portable tool that weighs less than 1 lb. It has parts such as a hand-crank, a couple of knobs, an adjustable stop, and carbide cutters that do the actual sharpening. However, the carbide cutters come in different sizes- a 5/32” cutter, a 3/16” cutter, a 13/64” cutter, and a 7/32” cutter for various chainsaw pitches.
Normally, a 5/32” cutter will work best for a 3/8″ low profile pitch; a 3/16” cutter for a .325″ pitch, and a 3/8″ pitch needs a 13/64” cutter or a 7/32” cutter. You can identify your chainsaw’s pitch on the label, usually close to the motor.
You should also know that you can get one with extra features like a carrying case, belt loop, and shoulder strap, which allows you to sharpen your saw while working anywhere.
How To Use?
The Timberline chainsaw sharpener has a pretty solid structure that withstands all the forces of the sharpening process. It would help to place it on a flat surface for easy manipulation.
First, you should position the tool on your chainsaw. Next, adjust the sharpener’s height by sliding the carbide cutter into the first guide. Tighten the outside knobs and pull the carbide out, pull the chain forward to the next tooth and insert the carbide tooth into the other guide. The adjustable stop or paul is what you will use to move the chain forward.
Now, you can loosen the outer knob, check if the carbide tooth slides freely, and then retighten before moving the chain forward. At this stage, the tool is ready to use. Turn the hand-crank in a clockwise manner to sharpen the saw tooth. You need to pull the carbide out, push the chain forward, then insert the carbide again to sharpen each tooth.
Note that your sharpener is usually set to the standard 30°; however, you can adjust to a more suitable degree for the type of wood you are cutting. Stick to 30° if you haven’t had much experience with sharpening chainsaws.
Precautions To Observe When Using The Sharpener
Set your carbide cutter properly
The key to a perfect saw is proper carbide cutter placement. Ensure that the sharpener is leveled correctly on the saw. After tightening the side screws, slide the chain onto the next tooth and see if the carbide cutter fits into its guide again. You can try this for the next and the next opposite cutting tooth to be sure.
Maintain carbide cutters
The average cutter should last up to 40 sharpenings or more, depending on how you maintain it. The first time you’re using the carbide, leave the side knobs loose and sharpen each tooth on your chainsaw slightly. The chain’s hook needs to get used to the carbide’s contour; hence you may hear a chatter as the carbide spins at first. This will even out in no time.
Sharpen chainsaw side with longer teeth
If you notice that your chainsaw is not cutting wood straight, then it’s because one side of the chain has longer teeth. If the saw cuts to the right, the left teeth are longer. To even things out, sharpen the teeth on the left side. In the same vein, it is advisable to sharpen all teeth on one side before the other. That way, you’ll only need to adjust the rear thumbscrew only once.
If you are certain that you have a sharp saw, but it is not cutting well, then you should try to lower the depth gauges or rakers. They are the structures that look like a shark’s fin, right in front of the cutting tooth. That helps control how deep the cutting tooth dives into the wood. It would help if you did this because sharpening the tooth shortens them. You can lower these depth gauges with a flat-file- 2 strokes off the top should do it. Be careful not to reduce the gauges too much to avoid saw jamming or jumping.
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The Timberline Chainsaw Sharpener is a portable tool that weighs less than 1 lb. It has parts such as a hand-crank, a couple of knobs, an adjustable stop, and carbide cutters that do the actual sharpening.