Use and Safety Tips of a Chainsaw Sharpener
Owning a chainsaw means that you cut wood for fires, and other uses. In order for your chainsaw to work properly you need a chainsaw sharpener to keep the teeth on the chain sharp and ready to cut.
There are different types of chainsaw sharpeners available.
- You can buy a file that fits the teeth of your chain
- you can get a manual chainsaw sharpener that is a file but it is held in a case that will help you get the proper angle when you are sharpening
- There are electric chainsaw sharpeners.
- There are electric chainsaw sharpeners that are powered by 12V batteries
A chain on a chainsaw must be filed properly or the saw will not work properly. A dull chain is a safety hazard, and it causes your saw to work harder and last a shorter amount of time.
Table of Contents
- Safety Tips of Chainsaw Sharpener
- Read the Owner’s manual
- Check the Power Source
- Keep all Safety Guards in Place
- Wear Proper Clothing
- Wear Eye protection
- Make Sure the Work Area is Clean
- Handle Chains Carefully
- Do Not Force the Chainsaw Sharpener
- Make sure all Screws are Properly Tightened
- On the Saw Sharpening
Safety Tips of Chainsaw Sharpener
Each tooth on the chain should be filed to the same length and to the same depth. The cutting edges on these chains can be very sharp, even when they are too dull to cut wood properly they may still cut human flesh quite easily. You need to follow some safety guidelines when using a chainsaw sharpener.
Read the Owner’s manual
The first line of safety defense that you have is to read the owner’s manual that came with your electric chainsaw sharpener. In this manual you will find details of things you need to do in order to protect yourself while working with the tool.
Many of us get new tools and we do not take the time to read these rules. I urge you to read the manual carefully, and follow the guidelines the manufacturer has listed in them.
Check the Power Source
One safety issue with electric chainsaw sharpeners is the power source. Where there is electricity there can also be danger. Before you plug the tool into the outlet check to make certain that the outlet you are using will provide the proper voltage for the device. Then check the cord of the unit and see if there are any abrasions, worn spots, or exposed wires. If you see any exposed wires do not plug the tool into the electrical outlet. Make the necessary repairs on the cord before you plug in the chainsaw sharpener power cord.
Keep all Safety Guards in Place
A lot of people will take the safety guards off of their chainsaw sharpeners and then they are surprised when an accident happens and they are injured. You more than likely have known someone who fixed a tool so that it would have more power, or they disengaged some safety switch. Never use an electric chainsaw blade sharpener that has had any safety features removed, or altered.
Wear Proper Clothing
The electric chainsaw sharpeners are powered by an electric motor. Do not wear loose fitting clothing that could possibly be caught in the chain, or moving parts of the tool. If you do wear loose clothing try to make sure you keep the material as far away from any moving parts of the chainsaw sharpener to prevent accidents. You also want to make sure that your skin or clothing does not come into contact with any section of the automatic chainsaw sharpener that might get hot during operation.
Wear Eye protection
An electric chainsaw sharpener is filing, or grinding, small bits of metal off of the chain to create a sharp edge. Small bits of metal can be flung into the air and these tiny bits can get into your eye causing damage. A pair of safety goggles will prevent you from getting dirt, debris, or tiny metal shards in your eye.
Make Sure the Work Area is Clean
You always want to check your work area for spills, or for things that might cause you to trip while you are working. Clean up anything that could become a hazard for you.
Handle Chains Carefully
Chains are sharp enough to cut you even when they are dull. Make sure that you only allow the back portion of the chain where there are no cutting teeth to touch your hand. You do not ever want to wrap your hand completely around a chain, and never drape a chain around your neck.
When using chainsaw sharpeners that require you to pull the chain through the vise so that each tooth can be sharpened try wearing a protective glove on the hand that is pulling the chain. If you do not wear a glove then hold the chain between your fingers with your fingertips only making contact with the sides of the chain.
If you were to be cut immediately wash the cut out with soap and water, then apply a bandage. Chainsaw chains have oil and dirt on them that can lead to infections.
Do Not Force the Chainsaw Sharpener
The chainsaw sharpener can only work as fast as its motor allows. You cannot force the machine to go faster by pulling the chain through quickly, or by any other means of force. Allow the chainsaw sharpener to have the proper amount of time to do the job correctly.
Do not manual try to start any part that should be turning, or stop any turning part with your hand. Allow the grinding wheel to slow to a stop without any help from you.
Make sure all Screws are Properly Tightened
Before you begin to sharpen a chain with your electric chainsaw sharpener make certain that all of the screws that hold the grinding wheels, the vise, the protective guards, and the other moving parts of the device are properly tightened. A loose screw could result in an injury if it allowed the chain to come out of the vise, or allowed the grinding wheel to come loose during operation.
On the Saw Sharpening
If you are sharpening the chain while it is on the saw make sure that the saw is cut off. Do not stand the saw on your lap because if gasoline leaks from it then your skin could be burned. Do not allow the hot saw muffler to come into contact with your skin.