Sharpening the saw chain

Sharpening the saw chain

"STIHL offers the right tools for everyone wanting to service a cutting attachment. The following pages are designed to help you find the tools you need to service your cutting attachments and learn how to use them."

Sharpening the saw chain

Principles – Sharpening Saw Chain

Before you start sharpening the saw chain, you should make some preparations.

Preparing the saw chain

Preparing the Saw Chain

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

Filing Aids

Filing Aids

Sticking closely to specific angles and dimensions 'freehand' is extremely difficult and requires lots of practice. That's why STIHL recommends using filing aids.

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Brochure: Sharpening a STIHL saw chain

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Always wear protection gloves when working on or with a chain saw or cutting attachment. Chain saw teeth are sharp and can cause injury. Your STIHL Approved Dealer will be happy to answer any further questions you may have.

STIHL file gauges FL 1 – FL 5 STIHL file gauges FL 1 – FL 5

Sharpening your saw chains is even easier with file gauges from STIHL.

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