Ok, it's that time of year again... Firewood time! Yay!!!
Sharpened the saw with a file. It was hard to get a good pic but when I let the digital camera pick the mode it wanted to be in, held it more than a foot away, and had a flashlight pointing on it with my finger behind to reflect some light and help the focus, it seemed to work. Plus I zoomed way in with my photo editor.
Please note the black sharpie mark on top of the tooth to indicate it was the same one...
To get such sharp close-ups, I set my camera to Macro...often depicted as flowers since people use macro settings to take close up pictures of butterflies in flowers and that sort of close-up detailed pictures.
I also use a tripod because macro setting must be very stable because of how long the exposure is. You cannot hold a camera steady enough by hand.
Just a word to the wise: I see a lot of photos of anti-kickback chain. By its very nature, this chain is designed to have an extra raker and thus is always dull. It literally is designed NOT to cut.
In my opinion it is much, much better to get rid of the antikickback chain and just run regular chain. One of the most dangerous things a person can do is run a chainsaw while tired, and if the saw is always dull, even when it is sharp...due to the antikickback chain, then it is wearing a person out. There are many safety devices on the saw that prevent kickback injury so running anti kickback chain is not an unsafe practice. Once a person uses regular saw chain they will wonder how they cut wood without it.
But another thing I noted is that people are not filing their rakers down. While this is a task to go gingerly on, it must be done. In fact the chain I buy (Husqvarna chain, still made by Oregon and not out of the new Husqvarna chain factory yet) has rakers that are too high. So for me, not only is the saw chain dull from the factory and needs filing, the rakers need attention as well, and this is new saw chain.
Here is my submission for the Tool Care - Sand - Sharpen a Chainsaw BB.
I am so glad I purchased a Stihl! Last year, I invested in a new sharpening file tool that sharpens the cutting tooth and the depth tooth at the same time. It requires a little coordination and two hands so the action shot was hard to do (needing a hand for the camera).
To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
- action pic of sharpening
- closeup of a tooth that is really dull
- another closeup of the same tooth - nice and sharp!
Mike Barkley approved this submission. Note: I'm going to give a little leeway on the action pic because all the tools are there & that's a nice clear pic of a sharp tooth. Wish my camera could do that. Have tried for this BB several times but just can't get a good enough pic.
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