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Chainsaw Sharpening: Step-by-Step Guide

STIHL Shop Fulham is your go-to destination for all your landscaping and groundskeeping needs. We are proud to offer an extensive range of Stihl equipment which makes groundskeeping work so much easier. In this informative blog, we will present you with a comprehensive guide on chainsaw sharpening techniques for maintaining your chainsaw chain’s optimal performance.

There are a number of ways to tell if your chainsaw chain is not sharp. If you have to apply pressure to your chainsaw to make a cut, it is likely that your chain is due for a sharpening. A chainsaw should cut under its own weight, without forceful pressure being applied to the machine.

In addition, a sharp chain should produce wood shavings, not fine sawdust. If fine sawdust is apparent on your chainsaw and surrounds, it is also an indicator that your chain needs to be sharpened. Finally, if your chainsaw chain smokes, it may also mean that your chain is dull.

How to Sharpen a Chainsaw Chain

Chainsaw sharpening is a key maintenance requirement for all chainsaws and there are many different options depending on your experience and requirements:

  1. Bring your chain into STIHL Shop Fulham and we can professionally sharpen it for you using our chainsaw sharpener.
  2. We keep in stock a range of round files in varying sizes (1/4P – 3.2mm, 1/4 and 3/8P – 4.0mm, .325 – 4.8mm, 3/8 – 5/2mm and .404 – 5.5mm), flat files and various handles so that you can mix and match as required.
  3.  You can purchase a chain filing kit that contains a round file in the appropriate size for your specific chain with a wooden handle and guide, a flat file and a filing gauge to check your depth gauge, all contained in a handy carry case.
  4. The ultimate way to sharpen your chain is with Stihl’s 2 in 1 File. This device incorporates a flat file and two round files, which means that with a couple of swipes, you can file both the cutting edge of the tooth and the depth gauge at the same time.

Expert Advice and Support from STIHL Shop Fulham

At STIHL Shop Fulham, we are not just a supplier of Stihl equipment, our team of experts are highly knowledgeable about Stihl products and can provide you with valuable advice and recommendations. Whether you need assistance in choosing the right tools or require maintenance and repair services, we are here to support you every step of the way. Visit us at Shop 1/587-589 Tapleys Hill Road, Fulham today. You can also email or call us on (08) 8353 1505 to find out more about our popular Stihl equipment and services.

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