Before you rush out to buy an electric chainsaw sharpener you should make yourself aware of the types of chainsaw sharpeners that are available to you, and what types of chains those sharpeners will work with.
If you read our safety tips for chainsaw sharpeners you will see that different chainsaw sharpeners have different potential hazards, and you must be prepared to work around those dangers, and remain safe. Electric chainsaw sharpeners are power tools and like any other power tool they need to be treated with respect, and only handles after the owner’s manual has been completely read and understood.
Before you buy a chainsaw sharpener you should know that there are different types of chainsaw sharpeners available.
Files can be rounded, flat, or have a triangular shape. They are generally about twelve inches long, and made of metal. Each file has a different diameter so that it can easily fit between the cutting edge of the chainsaw tooth and the main brace of the chain. You must buy the proper size file to sharpen a chain.
Manual Chainsaw Sharpeners
Manual chainsaw sharpeners are actually files that are being held by a plastic or metal framework. The framework makes the file hold against the chain tooth at the proper angle to get the right pitch when the chain is sharpened.
Many manual chainsaw sharpeners attach to the bar of the chainsaw. These units will have a handle for you to turn to make the cutting edges on the chainsaw sharpener come into contact with the teeth on the chainsaw.
Read our safety and tips guide for chainsaw sharpeners to help you prevent accidents like burns and cuts while using a manual chainsaw sharpener.
These types of chainsaw sharpeners allow you to sharpen the chain without taking it off of the saw. They are small and portable so you can carry them with you into the woods when you go to cut down trees. It is suggested that you own both a manual and an electric chainsaw sharpener to keep your chains properly sharpened.
Electric Chainsaw Sharpeners
Electric chainsaw sharpeners come in different sizes. You can buy full size automatic chainsaw sharpeners that will sharpen the majority of chains you might have, or you can buy mini chainsaw sharpeners that will likely only sharpen one or two sizes of chains without you purchasing accessories.
When selecting the electric chainsaw sharpeners look at the features each one has and see what features you will use. There is no reason to buy an automatic chainsaw sharpener that has a lot of features you will never use. You would have to pay more money for something you never needed.
Common features found on electric chainsaw sharpeners include, but are not limited to the following:
- Mountable on different surfaces like walls, benches, or vises
- Ability to sharpen different chain sizes
- Built-in lights
- Large handles and knobs
- Self-centering vises to properly hold chains
- Fixed angle cuts
- Tilting vise heads
- Large safety guards
- Automated chain feeds
- Safety stops
- Different sizes in motors and rpms to create different amounts of power
Look at the type of saw you have and the size of chain you use on that saw. Determine if the electric chainsaw sharpener can accommodate the chain you have. Then decide if the price of the tool is within your budget. If it is not then look for similar items that might be slightly lower priced.
Battery powered chainsaw sharpeners are a type of electric chainsaw sharpeners. The battery chainsaw sharpener has an advantage over the other electric chainsaw sharpeners because you can carry them into the woods with you and connect them to your car battery for a power source. Battery powered chainsaw sharpeners are not equipped with a motor that is as powerful as the ones that are powered by your household electricity.
The electric chainsaw sharpeners give you a more precise edge on your chain. You can set these tools so they sharpen your chain back to the factory specifications and keep it cutting like it was brand new. Their biggest drawback is they need electricity to work, and there is usually not any electricity close to where you will be when you are cutting down trees.
These chainsaw sharpeners that are powered by electricity also require you to take the chain off of the bar before it can be sharpened. Each time you remove a chain from the bar you stretch it just a little. It is also a pain to take the chain off and put it back. Although you get the opportunity while the chain is off of the bar to inspect the bar for dirt, debris, or damages.
The shops that sell chainsaws will usually professionally sharpen chains for you, but they usually charge about eight dollars per chain to do so. Having your own chainsaw sharpener could save you money, increase the life of your saw, increase your productivity, and decrease the number of chains you buy.