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Posted on sawing logs with a chainsaw\alaskian sawmill

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#1 posted 10-01-2012 03:02 PM

Look at the specs on ripping chain and figure out what your chain specs are. Slowly file your chain back to those specs with each sharpening. Don’t do it all at once or you’re just wasting chain.

Also, use that power sharpener (I’m guessing that’s what you bought) sparingly. It heats the teeth up a lot which makes them softer which ends up dulling the chain faster. I only use my power sharpener if some teeth are in really bad shape (like after hitting a nail or other lodged metal or rocks in the wood).

If the saw is bouncing off the cut a lot or you’re having to muscle it in, the chain is too dull. Check the chain and bar for excess heat. If it’s getting too hot, you need more oil to cool it down.

How much time is it taking for you to travel X amount of feet at Y inches wide [wood]?

For example, it takes me about 30 minutes to make it down 10 feet of 32 inch wide red oak.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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