How to Use the Stihl Chainsaw Sharpener

How to Use the Stihl Chainsaw Sharpener

Keeping your chainsaw sharp is crucial for safe and efficient work, whether you’re an arborist, landscaper, or DIY enthusiast. The Stihl chainsaw sharpener is a user-friendly, 2-in-1 filing guide that sharpens teeth and gauges depth at the same time.

Choose the Right File

The first step in using the Stihl chainsaw sharpener is to choose the right file for your chainsaw. If you select the wrong one, the flat file may take down the raker. The 2-in-1 filing guide has an offset angle of 30 degrees. This provides a perfect sharpening angle when used correctly. Before you start, ensure the tool is flush with the chain and set flat on a stable surface so you can maintain the correct angle.

How to Use the Stihl Chainsaw Sharpener Correctly

The best way to learn how to use the tool is to see it in action. Take a look at this video as many times as you need to get a sense of it. The beauty of the tool is that it’s very straight forward once you know how to use it.

Listen for a grinding noise during the away stroke; this indicates that sharpening is occurring in the right direction. After completing the rakers, turn the saw around and work on the opposite teeth. Position the bottom file on the next tooth and keep the filer flush with the bar as you perform the back-and-forth motion again.

Matching the File to Your Chain

It’s essential to use the correct file for your chainsaw’s chain. The Stihl chainsaw sharpener is designed to work only with the proper chain size, preventing any counterproductive sharpening. To ensure you have the right file, determine your chainsaw’s chain size in advance and purchase the corresponding sharpener.

General Maintenance Tips

Besides sharpening the chain, remember to clean the air filter and replace it if necessary. Check the spark plug and replace it if worn or damaged. Inspect the starter rope for wear and replace it if needed. Lastly, clean the chainsaw’s bar and ensure the oil holes are debris-free.

If you have any questions about using the Stihl chainsaw sharpener or any other products, feel free to give us a call on 021 4965132