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How Often Should I Sharpen Chainsaw Chain

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Chainsaw chains generally wear down with the volume of wood cut, but they can also be dulled by hitting rocks or branches. When chains get dull they will jump the bar and cause the chain to break. They also won't cut as efficiently. The easiest way to sharpen a chainsaw chain is with a file. You can either file a flat surface on a bench grinder, or on a flat area on a concrete floor. File by pushing the chain in a forward motion while applying a light amount of downward pressure. If you file the chain on an angle you run the risk of dropping a tooth from jumping the bar. You should file a chain when you feel a loss of power on the bar, or when the chain is starting to feel dull.
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For wood chippers, you should sharpen the chainsaw chains every 10 to 15 hours. For tree felling and bucking, you should sharpen the chainsaw chains every hour. For pruning and limbing, you should sharpen the chainsaw chains every 10 hours. For logs, you should sharpen the chainsaw chains every 5 to 7 hours.
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There are a few factors that determine the frequency of when to sharpen chainsaw chains. One is the time you spend using your chainsaw. The more you use it, the more often you should sharpen the chain. The average rate for a chainsaw is about once a year. But if you work it harder, you should have it sharpened earlier. Another factor is how long you have been using the chainsaw. The longer you have been working the chainsaw, the more often you should have it sharpened.
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