The Why and How of the Stihl Sharpener

The Why and How of the Stihl Sharpener

If you have a Stihl chainsaw that’s used frequently, you can’t go wrong with having a Stihl Sharpener on hand. A sharpener is an essential piece of kit for any professional who frequently uses their chainsaw. Whether you’re an arborist, landscaper or DIY enthusiast, keeping a sharp blade keeps your cuts clean, boosts your efficiency and reduces the risk of injury. The Stihl 2-in-1 filing guide takes away any difficulty in the process. With an ordinary file, you’re left guessing which size is best. But the 2-in-1 filing tool will only fit the right chain size. It sharpens your saw’s teeth while simultaneously gauging depth, so there’s very little chance of error. The 2-in-1 is available in five different sizes to suit different models.

Why Use the Stihl Chainsaw Sharpener?

Your chainsaw is only as good as its chain. A blunt chain spits out dust instead of chippings. It reduces your efficiency and increases your workload. Worse still, blunt chains are dangerous. A blunt chain increases the risk of kickbacks and encourages poor handling habits, which jeopardise your safety. Regular sharpening is essential. It ensures a safer and more efficient cut and prolongs the life of your chainsaw.

How to Use the Sharpener

Mastering the Stihl 2-in-1 filing guide is straightforward. First, you’ll need to select the correct file for your chainsaw, as the wrong file can affect the chain’s raker. The Stihl sharpener gives you that optimal 30-degree sharpening angle. Simply place the tool flush with the chain and maintain the movement flush to achieve the correct sharpening angle. You’ll hear a grinding noise with the away stroke, that’s the direction that sharpening is taking place. Once one side is done, flip the saw around and repeat the process on the opposite set of teeth.

Selecting the Right File

It’s important to know which size chain your saw uses. Once you have that, just buy the correct sharpener for your saw. The beauty of this tool is that the wrong file won’t work with the wrong chain so if you have multiple saws and multiple files, you don’t have to worry about mixing things up. The size is also clearly labelled on the tool.

Here’s a Video On How To Use the Sharpener

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