Cutting tools gradually lose their sharpness with regular use, and the electric chainsaw is no exception. But if you have the sharpener, you can have the chainsaw’s teeth sharpened anytime you need to.
If you are someone who frequently operates the electric chainsaw, you know that the electric chainsaw sharpener is an extremely useful tool. It is straightforward to use, convenient, and also saves money.
In this post, we show you an easy step by step guide on how to use an electric chainsaw sharpener.
Step 1. Understanding the specifications
As is the rule with any power tool, it is crucial that you understand the specifications of the blade before you can commence the sharpening. These are essential information, such as the gauge and the pitch. They usually come in a user’s manual or on the box in which the blade came.
If you do not have access to a manual, you can check the internet for the correct information.
Step 2. Prepping the sharpener
Attach the end of the sharpener to a sturdy workbench. You can do this through the holes on the base of the sharpener. The locking wheel must be freely accessible while performing this step.
Alternatively, other models can are meant to be placed on the ground. In any case, this tool does not have a freestanding design. This prevents movements during the sharpening process.
Step 3. Mounting the grinding wheel or the sharpening stone
- Raise the top housing of the sharpener and tighten the locks. This will keep it in the upper position.
- Now remove the grinding wheel cover using a screwdriver.
- Unscrew the grinder lock cap and install the required wheel at the base. Make sure that you are using the recommended wheel/stone for your tool.
- Screw on the grinder lock cap followed by the wheel cover.
- Release the lock top and lower the top housing.
Step 4. Prepping the chain
- Remove the chain from the saw.
- Clean it thoroughly using a solvent of choice.
- Allow it to dry completely.
- Lift the chain stops and slide the chain into the sliding tracks.
- Lock the chain in place by lowering the chain stop. The stop should rest on the tooth of a chain. This is usually where you will start the sharpening.
Step 5. Finding the right swivel angle
- Remember the locking wheel in Step 2? You need to loosen it so that it can rotate freely. This will assist you in determining the right angle for sharpening.
- Chains of electric chainsaw sharpeners come in different sizes, and they also have different recommended angles. If you are not confident about the correct angle of the blade, recheck the specifications. Most chains will have an angle of 0 to 60 degrees.
- Rotate the locking wheel to the right degree. After you establish the correct angle, tighten the locking wheel from the bottom.
- Lower the top housing so that the wheel or the sharpening stone skims the blade lightly.
- Tighten the lock stop. This will prevent the sharpening wheel from cutting deep into the chain, causing damage and overheating.
- Next, lock the chain track by turning the handle right next to it.
You are ready to sharpen the chain and let the sparks fly.
Step 6. Sharpening the blades
- Plugin the sharpener or turn on the switch.
- Gently lower the grinding wheel or sharpening stone.
- When you make contact with the chain, sparks will fly. To sharpen one tooth of the chain, it will take a few seconds.
- Turn off the sharpener and gently pull the chain, so it is positioned in the chain stop. Sharpen it and proceed with the rest of the chain until they are completed.
- When you are finished with the entire tooth set on the current angle, turn off the tool, and unplug it.
- Next, loosen the wheel at the bottom and rotate the locking wheel in the opposite direction.
- Set the correct angle as you did previously. If your previous angle was set at 20 degrees, you need to set the same angle again.
- Position the tooth of the chain in the lock stop and lock the wheel. Proceed with the sharpening as you did earlier.
- When the chain is sharpened, the teeth of the chain will look shiny and sharp.
Your sharpened chainsaw chain is ready to be mounted on the electric chainsaw.
- Do not use a wheel or sharpening stone that is cracked or chipped.
- Use safety goggles while using a power tool.
Sharpening an electric chainsaw can look complicated and daunting in the beginning. But when you have completed the first sharpening session, it is quite effortless, especially if you operate power tools frequently.
The process is quick, and the results precise. Follow these steps in our guide, and you will be sharpening the chainsaw chains like a pro in no time.