The first electric chainsaw sharpener we took a look at is the XtremepowerUS model- it has an 85 W motor with a maximum speed of 4200 RPM and comes equipped with a brake. Designed with a vice and a pivoting head it is adjustable 35° right and left in the break enables you to keep it in a fixed place while you are sharpening and grinding electric-powered chainsaws.
- Buyers we spoke with endorsed it as an easy to use and assemble option that is effective for smaller-scale operations as opposed to commercial enterprises.
- One reviewer told us that it cost him upwards of six dollars to get his chainsaws sharpened after clearing out 80 acres of woodland so this relatively cheap electric chainsaw grinder and paid for itself pretty quickly.
- Another homeowner told us that he used it on a pair of 20-inch chains, running them through three times each, telling us while it is not the most powerful option on the market it still does a fine job resharpening his chainsaw blades.
The second chainsaw grinder we examined is manufactured by Oregon- it is a wall or bench mounted option that can sharpen 1/4 inch, 3/8 inch, and .404 inch pitch chain. It's marketed towards homeowners who will only need to use it occasionally- so not a business-ready option.
- Reviewers tell us that you can sharpen chisel chains as well as pick chains. Buyers say that the instruction manual provides a comparison chart that enables you to set the correct setting for every type of chain.
- Indeed, buyers have had to do a good deal of research and experimentation before getting the best results from this chainsaw grinder- this is because not every chainsaw link is exactly the same so it requires careful calibration.
The Buffalo Tools
The third electric chainsaw sharpener we examined is manufactured by Buffalo Tools- it's marketed as a means of keeping your chainsaws sharp and in top operational condition. You'll be able to mount this to a wall, bench or vice and it capably conforms to different chain designs with a 4,200 RPM grinding speed power by a 120-volt wall outlet. Indeed, they've marketed this particular chainsaw sharpener towards homeowners who frequently have to run out to the hardware store for periodic sharpening of their chainsaws. They say that dull chainsaws that are in need of sharpening increases the time and effort to perform chainsaw cuts outdoors and can often pose safety hazards for the operator (Source).
- One buyer recommends attaching it somewhere permanently- he settled on installing it on a workbench.
- In terms of an order of operations, buyers say it's best to first choose the appropriate cutting angle before then setting the chain gripper and proceeding through sharpening the links one at a time using the integrated depth stop.
- Another reviewer we interviewed and told us that you'll want to bolt this electric chainsaw sharpener down really securely in an area that will also leave you enough surface space to work comfortably.
- Another practical tip is that you'll want to wear protective gloves to keep your hands defended against the ultra sharpened chainsaw links. A
- Another handy tidbit DIY enthusiasts imparted is that you should do a couple of practice test runs with the unit powered off so that you understand the concept before actually working on one of your chainsaw blades.
- In addition, buyers say that it is so much easier to use this electric chainsaw sharpener than attempting to sharpen it by hand- though it is somewhat tedious to have to move through the chain links one by one once you get into it, it doesn't take that long.
- This particular machine doesn't have an auto feed option that would automatically pull your chain blade through- but as other reviewers say it is well worth the effort because of the ultra sharp chain it produces.
- You'll be able to spot when you've come full circle because the sharpened links are clearly evident because they are polished and sharp as opposed to the duller, grimier ones that haven't been sharpened.
- It doesn't take a lot of sharpening to shape up the links- you'll be able to tell when it's done because it won't produce any more sparks.
The fourth bar-mounted chainsaw sharpener is manufactured by Granberg- it is a USA-made option that can accommodate any type of saw with any type of file size.
One reviewer told us that it's capable of sharpening any handheld chainsaw- using jig filing it produces incredibly sharp results and it can work offsite in conjunction with a stump vice. Buyers say that once you have calibrated it correctly, it's able to sharpen chainsaw blades at perfect angles and provides an exemplary means of establishing all of the cutters to the same length.
The last option we examined a little bit different- it is a carbide cutter chainsaw sharpener that is portable. One buyer who owns and operates a sawmill and works with cutting down trees and creating massive amounts of firewood says that it is a highly functional and completely portable option for sharpening your chainsaw links.
- Another reviewer has a property with lots of scrub brush that they need to clear out tells us that it is a delightful tool because of its extreme portability that enables them to take it along to the worksite and sharpen as needed.
- In addition, because of its small size, you don't need to take up valuable real estate in your garage storing it or installing it permanently somewhere.
- In addition, because it turns so slowly, which is recognized as a better means of sharpening, it doesn't overheat like larger, permanent-installed options, which can actually weaken the cutters.
- Out of the box, reviewers say, it's pre-assembled to work with 3° cut and .325 pitch saw blades.