Sharpening the saw chain

Sharpening the saw chain

Discover here all you'll need to learn about the essentials of sharpening a saw chain correctly.

Choose a file

Guiding the file

Checking the results of filing

Adjusting the depth gauge

The depth gauge setting becomes smaller when the cutter is sharpened.

After sharpening the cutters, check the depth gauge setting and lower it if necessary.

Check the depth gauge setting with a filing gauge that matches the chain pitch.

STIHL Professional Tips

  • Before you start sharpening, mark one cutter with a marker pen. After two or three strokes of the file, check how much material has been removed. If the surface looks uniform your filing action is correct. If there are still patches of colour in places, check that you are using the right file and make sure you are not holding the file too high or low.
  • Never continue working with a chain until it is completely blunt. A few strokes of the file at regular intervals quickly restores full sharpness.
  • Count the number of file strokes and use the same number on each cutter to obtain cutters of identical length.
  • If you find that the cutters in one row are shorter than those in the other row, you are likely to have used more pressure while filing the row concerned. Correct this by performing one or two strokes of the file on the longer cutters.
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