When do you know you need to sharpen your chain on your chainsaw?

If you think your chainsaw will last forever and never lose its sharpness, then you are wrong. Chainsaw is a tool with a rotating chain and teeth on the saw that runs along the bar. This mechanical saw is portable and used by the lumberjacks and loggers who provide tree services. Chainsaws are used by these tree service providers in harvesting the trees, felling them and so on. 

After a certain time, all chainsaws go through their ‘blunt’ phase and would need to be honed to resume their work sharply. If a chainsaw is not sharp, then the whole purpose of keeping one is absurd. There are some reasons which can make your chainsaw go edgeless. It can be that the wood you are cutting had some trapped dirt or sand that can wear out your chain. So before cutting a tree or a log, try scrapping a few inches of the wood before using your chainsaw into it. Moreover, if you accidentally ran the chain into the ground, that would have dulled your chain. For your information, even hitting a single rock would blunt your chain and striking it unintentionally to frozen sand, dirt or the ground is equal to running your chain into the ground. Hence, you need to be aware of these reasons that can turn your chainsaw useless in future and be cautious while using it while providing tree services or between other chores. 

 There are certain signs which can guide you whether your chainsaw needs to be sharpened or not:

  1. The chain of the saw does not smoothly pull itself into the wood while you are cutting. You have to forcefully move the engine unit of the chainsaw towards it to gash the bark. 
  2. While you are vertically slashing the wood or a log, fine sawdust would be produced rather than coarse chips of the material you are cutting.
  3. Even if your chain is lubricated and chain tension is accurate, smoke would be formed.
  4. There would be blunt cuts or an uneven, crooked incisions if your chainsaw has uneven teeth lengths indicating dull saw. 
  5. When you attempt to cut something, you cannot achieve a steady or defined position as the chainsaw makes clattering noise and bounces back, warning you to whet it as soon as possible. 
  6. When the cutters can become level with the depth gauges, they would restrict the saw from cutting. It’s easy to lower the depth gauges to the right height (a hair shorter than the cutter) with a flat-file and file guide. 

Therefore, it is important to keep your chainsaw sharp and ready for use, since the dull chain can increase the risk of kickback and can cause chainsaw injury, excessive fuel consumption, and damage. So, when you decide to sharpen your chain in the chainsaw after observing the signs mentioned above, be sure to wear safety glasses and gloves while performing this act.

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