How to Sharpen a Chainsaw with Elegant Efficiency [smoother & straighter cuts]
Up your sharpening game and saw smoother and quicker! I show what I did, and most people, even experienced chainsaw users, do wrong when sharpening chainsaw chain for Alaskan milling. Having a sharp chain is really important when you come to chainsaw milling, and it can be a bit trickier than sharpening chains for regular cross cutting. If the chain is sharpened unevenly it will cause major problems: an uneven finish on the milled lumber at best, overloading the saw and damaging the guide bar and chain at worst. In this video I share tips on how to sharpen chains to get really nice smooth and flat slabs. If, like me you ever hit metal or glass or a rock with your chainsaw chain, it is likely only a grinder will save it.The grinder I use is a much cheaper copy of the Oregon Bench-Mount Chain Sharpener, Model# 520-120. It's called ZF-ES009 230W (though these names do change!) and it too has a cast aluminum chassis, but has some drawbacks over the Oregon, which I go into in the video. It was about $140 from ebay USA: https://ebay.us/iBLI5h UK ebay: https://ebay.us/ELJicXOr check out the Oregon one here: http://ebay.us/ZNYBdMThe 5 ¾” CBN grinding wheel I use to sharpen my chains (recommended) is about $90 from Latvia on uk ebay here: http://ebay.us/YgFrMi US ebay here: http://ebay.us/GRr9Kz In general I use a standard .404 Still rapid super (RS) 30° crosscut chain (US ebay- http://ebay.us/qJ1N9B , UK link - http://ebay.us/QdcmJj ) and slowly grind it to a lower angle, like 10°, over consecutive sharpenings.I always keep at least one chain at 30° for cross cutting very big logs and making cookies. Please stay safe friends – it is not be a good idea to use a low top plate angle rip chain with low depth gauges for freehand cross cutting – it will behave unpredictably and kickback will be more severe if you hit something on that part of your chain/bar.Note, I have no connection with any of the companies in this vid - I bought the tools myself as a regular customer. This video description though contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the e-bay links, and then buy, I’ll receive a small commission at no cost to you. This helps support the channel and allows me to continue to make videos like this. Thank you for the support!