We all agree that chainsaw is a very useful tool that we need in our everyday gardening. We cut trees, branches, woods and other debris thanks to this ordinary device. It is very easy to use and so helpful in its efficiency. However, you need to pay it attention as the chain might get rusty from prolonged use.
Many of us do not want to get their hands dirty. Well, you can’t drive a car without knowing how to repair certain technical issues that you might happen to you. The same principle applies for the chainsaw. With time going by, your chainsaw chain might be damaged or become ineffective to cut woods. That is why we are going to show you how to sharpen it using a usual tool like the dremel.
It does not matter much whether you use your chainsaw for an occasional weekend garden clean or on a much more regular use, eventually the chain will get dull, slow down and, affect your work negatively. Thus, read our description below on how to sharpen your chainsaw using a dremel.
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Doing the Sharpening Process
1. Secure Your Chainsaw
The task of sharpening your chainsaw begins the moment you realize that your chain isn’t working properly, and being unable to cut effectively. Hence, time has come for you to make the blade of your chainsaw sharp again. We all want a perfectly sharpened chainsaw, but safety first!
Before you start sharpening your chainsaw, you need to put it on a table and make sure that the device is turned off. It is essential to check the plug and the switch button, so that you avoid any unpleasant incidents. After making sure of this, you need to roll over the chain of your chainsaw to notice all the parts where the blade has been worn down. Thus, you can grind the chain on the necessary parts that needs to be sharpened.
You must also be careful when sharpening the chainsaw, as you will need to take precautionary measures by wearing safety gloves and most important: goggles. When sharpening a chain it is common that sparks fly. Thus, you need to protect your hands and your eyes from serious harm.
2. Prepare Your Dremel
Usually it doesn’t matter what kind of dremel you use, because all of them serve similar function. Within a dremel device you will find three different grinding tools: two spacers and a gauge. Prior to starting the use of your dremel, you have to place all the tools together into the right order. First, you will have to find out which one of the grinding tools you are going to use.
You can determine which one of the three tools fits better in the space between the chain’s teeth. Having noticed this, you will find how many spacers you will need to put into the dremel. For example, the small grinding tools requires only one spacer, while the other ones need two.
After this, place the spacers on the dremel device and then fit the gauge part right on the spacers. The place where the spacer with the gauge unite, it is where you will start to screw the grinding tool that you are going to use. Make sure that you screw the sharpening stone clockwise and that it stands firm while you use it.
3. Sharpen the Chain of Your Chainsaw
Now that you have assembled all the pieces of your dremel, you can begin to sharpen the chainsaw using the method that we are going to describe. Keep the sharpening stone in a diagonal direction. First directing it in your right side, and then on the left side. You need to notice this, because you will need to sharpen the space between two nooks of the chainsaw. After finishing with the first one, with your hand circulate the chain to continue to the next two nooks.
After you have done this process with all nooks you will need to change the direction of your dremel, thus sharpening the other nooks that have a different direction of their cut. Place the dremel by following the same direction of the chain’s teeth and start sharpening the nooks the same way you did the first time. In the end, you will notice that the whole chainsaw is sharpened and ready to be used so that you can cut woods and trees again.
4. Never Forget the Oil
Having finished with the sharpening of the chainsaw with the dremel, dismantle the dremel. Even though the chain has been sharpened and its cutting ability has been improved, it is a very helpful trick to oil it. First of all, the oiling protects the chain, but most importantly increases the velocity of the chain’s movement, thus boosting the motor every time you will use your chainsaw device.
After having described the process of how to sharpen a chainsaw with a dremel, it is crucial to remember certain steps. First of all, for each of you who have a garden or enjoy the process of gardening, you know that the chainsaw is a very important device that can’t miss on your set of tools. Thus, be careful each time you use it and try to notice whether the chain is working properly or not. Otherwise, your chain will get rusty and dull. Why remove your chain when just take care of it in the first place?
Secondly, it doesn’t matter which kind of dremel you use, as all you need to do is learn which grinding stone fits better between the spaces of the chainsaw nooks. When sharpening the chain, you also need to remember the two diagonal ways you have to hold the dremel for an effective and proper sharpening of the blade.
Also, remember that oiling is necessary to keep your away the rust and make the chain move faster when cutting woods. Finally, never forget the safety measures you have to take when sharpening your chainsaw. Protect your hands and eyes, and show optimum care to avoid any incident.