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Best Chainsaw Sharpeners Compared

Usually, now, I’d write about what a chainsaw sharpener is, and why you’d need one, but if you don’t know why you need to sharpen a chainsaw, then you’re probably in the wrong place(!)

Best Chainsaw Sharpener 2018 Reviews

1. Oregon 410-120 Bench or Wall Mounted Saw Chain Grinder

Well then. Looks like we’re in for a treat already! This little beauty is definitely one to be mounted on the wall! (See my post on low profile jack reviews).

Though it’s got a lot of brawn to go with all that beauty. Able to sharpen ¼”, 3/8” low profile, 0.325”, full profile 3/8” and .404” pitch chains, this monster is suitable for almost any sharpening requirements.

Wall Mounted Saw Chain Grinder

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This modestly priced grinder is able to switch between top-down and angle settings, and with its wheel-wear indicator, you’ll know when you need to switch disks.

Weighing in at seventeen pounds…….., this sharpener is only designed for occasional use. If you’re looking for something to help you in your lumberjack business, this really isn’t the tool for you. BUT that being said, it’s a perfect piece for those who are just in it for the thrill! Be careful though; at 3,500 rpm and 0.4 horsepower, you don’t wanna be caught not wearing gloves!

2. Buffalo Tools ECSS Electric Chainsaw Sharpener

And in the blue corner…! The Buffalo ECSS, at less that 1/3rd of the price, is much more suited to the lower budget user who would only need it around once a year.

Unlike the Oregon 410-120, this sharpener can not only be wall-mounted, but secured easily to your workbench using a vice. It can hit speeds of around 4,200 rpm, knocking the Oregon out of the park, and it’s also ten pounds lighter.

Buffalo Tools ECSS Electric Chainsaw Sharpener

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It uses 4 ¼ inch by 1/8-inch grinding wheels, and plugs into a standard 120-volt wall outlet. This product comes with my personal warning though. If this is the product that you decide to buy, please check the manual, and check that all nuts and bolts are secured properly, as it’s had some bad reviews when it comes to parts not fitting.

3. STIHL 2 In 1 Easy File Chainsaw Chain Sharpener .325 Inch

This product is extremely simple. None of that rpm voltage link chain hoo-hah, just a simple hand-file that will do exactly what you need it to, for only a tiny bit more money than the Buffalo ECSS.

When purchasing the Stihl though, make sure you check what saw blades you have, and see if the file will work on it, as Stihl are very specific in what they make; having several products for several chain sizes.

STIHL 2 In 1 Easy File Chainsaw Chain Sharpener .325 Inch

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For a regular or occasional user, this product will save you money on going to the hardware store and have them sharpen it for you, so either way it’s a win-win!

Note: When buying this, make sure you have some sort of vice or clamps for yours saw blade, as trying to sharpen without one can prove extremely difficult. Oh, and it’s only 12.3 ounces, so it’s easily useable and transportable! Winner!

4. Timberline Chainsaw Sharpener with 3/16" Carbide Cutter

Product number four is this fun little contraption. Similar to the Stihl, this is a handheld sharpener, yet it’s much quicker and longer lasting (provided you can fit it to the chainsaw well enough to actually use it)!

Although it’s almost twice the price of the Stihl, it’s much smaller, much lighter and it’s completely portable, so you can sharpen your chain any time, anywhere! 

Timberline Chainsaw Sharpener with 3/16" Carbide Cutter

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But I wouldn’t recommend using it in any stores, or anywhere that doesn’t have any trees… people might get the wrong idea!

Simple, easy to use, and it’s manufactured in the USA! What more do you want?! There’s not a lot more to say about this one really… it’s received rave reviews (from me, too), it doesn’t need batteries, doesn’t need power outlets, fits in your pocket (almost) and is perfect for regular users wherever you need it!

5. Granberg Bar-Mount Chain Saw Sharpener, Model# G-106B

Now, as always, I’m gonna talk about the cheapest option. And, as always, it does what the price suggests.

For the ‘once in a blue moon’ user, this strange contraption is not for the faint hearted. It’s not the easiest to set up, nor is it the easiest to use.

Granberg Bar-Mount Chain Saw Sharpener

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The best thing about the Granberg in my opinion, is that it’s a mount only. This means that although the files don’t come with the product on delivery (you’ll have to buy them separately), you can fit any sized files to better fit your ‘saw, so this is a ‘one job fits all’ kind of product.

It’s made in California out of cast aluminium and zinc-plated steel for extra durability, and surprisingly, it isn’t that heavy. You wouldn’t be stuffing it in your pocket or your holdall, or showing it off in any beauty pageants, but for the money, this will do the job.

6. Oregon 520-120 Bench Saw Chain Grinder

Aaand last, but by no means least (not in price anyway, being over $300 and all), we have Oregon’s more up-market 520-120 Bench Saw Chain Grinder. And strangely, being the highest priced, this would be my least recommended sharpener.

It has a multitude of nuts, bolts, levers and other contraptions (it even has a built-in light!), this is clearly designed for the more avid user. 

Oregon 520-120 Bench Saw Chain Grinder

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It has LESS rpm than the Oregon 410-120, which leaves me presuming that it’s for precision purposes or something like that, and once you’ve finally figured out how to set the bugger up, you really need to keep an eye on it while it’s doing its thing.

The chain support has been known to be quite faulty, along with its over-complicated, unclear manual, so when considering this product, make sure you have the relevant qualifications in engineering before you hit ‘buy’.

How To Choose Best Chainsaw Sharpeners

Now we come to the part of the story where I give you a guide on what to look for whenever you come to buy any one of these products. Some may seem like they’re obvious, and some may seem like I’m just saying it just to see my words out here on the website. But I guarantee you, if you follow this list, you won’t go wrong with what you decide to buy.

Regular, or irregular use

Sounds obvious, doesn’t it? Why spend your monthly earnings on something that you’ll never use? And why buy something that’s gonna fall apart on you every week if you have a few ‘saws that you need sharpening every day? Only spend the money that fits your usage!

Chain Size

Every type, make, and brand of chainsaw is different. And they all come fitted with different sized chains that are appropriate for the job at hand. So, same goes for the sharpeners. You’re not going to sharpen a .325” chain with a product that’s designed specifically for a .404” chain, are you? Always check the sizing before you buy!

Removing the chains

Removing the chain from a ‘saw, my friends, can be a real hassle. It’s time consuming, and then once you’ve sharpened it, you need to put it back on! Think about this before you buy. As, again depending on regular, or irregular use, you might not want to be going through all that every day, now are you? BUT if you are sharpening every day, hand files can wear away quite quickly, so it’s time versus money here…

Where are you going to be using it?

Yeah, I know. Obvious again. But it really is an important factor to consider. If you’re out in the woods and your blades are dull, and your sharpener is mounted on your workbench or your wall at home, that’s not very good. Or what if your workshop is in your garage, and the missus is getting fed up with all that noise?! Always think about where you’re going to be using it and when before you buy, my friends!

Types Of Chainsaw Sharpener - Explained

 Handheld Round File

First up, these types of sharpeners are certainly the most common type used in households, for their manoeuvrability and because they are only really good when you have just the one ‘saw that doesn’t need regular sharpening.

The main downfall of these, though, is that it needs a good level of precision, as you would need to be extra careful not to file at the wrong angle and lose the sharpness (a bit counterproductive there really) - and cutting angle - of the chain.

Bar Mounted Guide

Next, we have the bar mounted guides. A perfect example of these would be the Granberg that I showed you before, and as with the Granberg, these DO NOT actually cut. You would need to buy the teeth separately, otherwise it’s a little pointless spending the money on the mount and not being able to use it!

Whenever you’re using a bar mounted guide, it’s imperative that you make sure you place the chainsaw on a flat surface, that’s not going to wobble or buckle, like a table or a workbench, and always be wary of file shavings that can fly off the blade. Make sure that you have the appropriate eye and hand protection, and just in case, a first aid kit.

Electric Chainsaw Sharpeners

Finally, as shown with the Buffalo and both Oregon(s) above, we have the electric chainsaw sharpeners. These are currently the most common types used by professionals, for regular use, and, of course, the speed. Taking away the time it takes to detach the chain, these are the fastest way to effectively sharpen your blades.

Again, always be aware that these tools are dangerous, and that the appropriate safety gear must be worn whenever these machines are in use. And remember that they are spinning a sharpening disk at around 3,500 rpm, so take your time, and please, take care!

Final Verdict

Now, to sum up this post on the best chainsaw sharpener (s) of 2018, every single one of the products above, are the perfect tool for someone out there. 

The main thing that I can say, is that you need to have a think about how often you’ll be using it, when, and where. Once you’ve figured that out, you’ve got a good leg to stand on when you buy. 

Because one of them is crying out for you to take it home with you, and it’d be rude not to oblige, wouldn’t it? (And you don’t want to be rude!)

John Dean
 

I am a father, husband and a blogger. Because we live in the mountains that is usually cold, my family has had a history of fireplaces for a very long time.

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