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Old Bar Makes Chainsaw Sharpening Easier
Bob Stewart likes his Timberline crank-type chainsaw sharpener that has been featured in FARM SHOW (www.timberlinesharpener.com; ph 208 405-2020). You operate it by turning the crank and the carbide cutter does the rest. Once in place, the body rides the bar as the operator pulls the chain through to quickly sharpen each tooth. Every tooth is sharpened to the same height, length and angle.
  “This is a great in-the-field sharpener that clamps onto the bar,” says Stewart. “I have several spare chains and I usually find that switching chains is faster than sharpening them while working, so I use the Timberline sharpener in my shop.”
  Rather than mounting dull chains on his chainsaw and then sharpening them, he built a chain-holding fixture from an old worn bar. “I mounted the bar on a plywood base with 2 angle brackets and made a chain tensioner using hardware from my junk bin. The tensioner slides in the bar slot so the chain can be quickly mounted and removed with a single bolt and wing nut. The chain wraps around a pulley made from 2 plastic bushings separated by a washer mounted on a bolt.
  “Clamping the fixture to my work bench makes sharpening faster and easier than trying to balance the chainsaw while you sharpen it,” says Stewart.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bob Stewart, 35672 Road R, Mancos, Colo. 81328 (ph 720 289-4687; streborc@gmail.com).

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2016 - Volume #40, Issue #1