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Best Sharpener for Chainsaw Chain

Updated on October 16, 2013

Best Type of Chainsaw Chain Sharpeners

There are different types of chain saw sharpeners on the market. You can choose from hand-held files that you can carry around with you, which are the cheapest, or you can opt for an electric one that can be mounted on a wall or tabletop.

The handheld files can rang from $10 to $50, whereas the electric sharpeners can be $50 to $300 or more. Cheaper is not always better and neither is more expensive.

Some of the sharpeners can be portable, such as the bar mounted ones, and then you have the more permanent ones that are tabletop or wall mounted. The files or the dremel tool attachments can be thrown in your toolbox for transportable usage.

Depending on what you're looking for, the price that you pay will vary. You just want to make sure that you keep good care of your chainsaw and the chains. The chain sharpeners are great investments. The file sharpeners work great, but they're going to take longer than an electric chainsaw sharpener, so depending on what features you're looking for, the price will vary.

You just want to make sure that you avoid those that have a straight cut instead of a curved shape or a tooth gullet. These are generally cheaper, which make them more popular, but that doesn't mean that they're going to give you the best results.

Northern Industrial Saw Chain Sharpener

Northern Industrial has a few different chain saw chain sharpeners that you can consider depending on what you're looking for and how much you want to pay. The bench and wall mounted sharpener is pretty versatile, so if you have limited tabletop space, you can mount the sharpener on the wall. This one runs at 3600 RPM, 110 volts, 230 watts, and 60 hertz. The sharpener will sharpen chains ranging from 1/4" to 3/4" pitch.

The bench mount only chainsaw sharpener operates a 110 volts, 60 hertz, and runs at 550 RPM. This chain sharpener can be used with a variety of chain pitches.

The Northern Industrial tool kit includes one 5/32", 3/16", and 7/32" stone. It runs off of a 12 volt battery clips, which are included in the kit, as is a 72" power cord. It takes a 1/8" diameter stone shank. This chainsaw sharpener runs at 22,000 to 24,000 RPM and features a high-impact motor that is designed to stay cool and not overheat during use.

Timber Tuff Benchtop Chainsaw Sharpener

The Timber Tuff chainsaw chain sharpener is best used when mounted to a bench table top; you'll get optimum stability when you mount it properly. The CS-BMM operates on 110 volts and 60 hertz, and it runs at 5600 RPM. The Timber Tuff sharpener is long lasting and helps maintain a proper chainsaw chain. The sharpener is easily adjustable, which means you don't have to fight with it before you can actually use it. It's a lightweight tool for your shop, weighing 6.5 pounds, meaning if you need to move it, you don't need to invite your buddies over to help. This benchtop chainsaw sharpener includes a 3/16" grinding wheel.

Oregon Mini Chainsaw Sharpener

The next best thing to a full sized sharpener is a miniature version. You'll get additional wheels to sharpen 1/4", 0.325", and 3/8" chains, as well as a a wheel-dressing and template for depth-gauge setting and wheel contour. You will also get a grinding wheel that is 3/16" thick that you can use to sharpen chains that have a 0.325" pitch and standard 3/8" pitch. The Oregon Mini sharpener runs on a 115 volts of power. When you purchase this chain sharpener, you get a 12 month limited warranty for defects in material and workmanship.

Electric Chainsaw Sharpener

This electric chainsaw sharpener can be mounted to a bench table or a wall, which makes it a little versatile.It is 120 volts, 60 hertz, and 85 watts of power, running at 4200 RPM. There's a precision angle adjustment, so that you can make sure that you're sharpening your chainsaw just right. The sharpener includes a 4-1/4" abrasive grinding wheel.

Dremel Tool Attachment

Sometimes you may find that by using a sharpening attachment to your dremel tool will be just fine. The attachments will easily fit most rotary tools (to include Models 400, 398, 395, 300, 285, 275, 800, 780, and 770) , but is recommended for the 10.8 volt, lithium-ion tool. This kit includes three different sharpening stones that will fit most blades- no.453 5/32-Inch Sharpening stone, no.454 3/16-Inch Sharpening stone, no.455 7/32-Inch Sharpening stone, as well as gauge, spacers, a wrench, and the instructions.


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      serge 6 years ago

      i lust buy one at princeste auto i like it very much paid 189.oo for

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      Mike Teddleton 7 years ago from Midwest USA

      Your hub Best Chainsaw Sharpener is full of useful information. Keeping a good sharp saw chain is important. Dull saw chains make the operator and the saw motor work harder and wear out faster. Hub up and useful...