Preparing the saw chain

Preparing the saw chain

A few preparations need to be made before the saw chain can be sharpened.

When does the chain need sharpening?

Even the best saw chain wears and becomes dull after a certain period of use. It is time to resharpen the chain when one of the following conditions occurs:

  • The chain does not pull itself into the cut, it has to be forced to cut by applying pressure to the powerhead.
  • When bucking, fine sawdust is pulled from the cut instead of coarse, thick chips.
  • Smoking in the cut even though chain lubrication is in order and chain tension is correct.
  • The cut wanders in one direction. This is an indication of dull cutters on one side of the chain or irregular cutter lengths.
  • The saw "chatters" and "bounces" during the cut. In this case you must check the depth gauge settings.

Preparing the saw chain

Tensioning the saw chain

Identifying the master cutter

Clamping the guide bar

Brochure: Sharpening a STIHL saw chain Brochure: Sharpening a STIHL saw chain

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