Whether for individuals or professionals, a chain sharpener is essential if you regularly use a chainsaw in order to work more efficiently and safely. But it is not easy to find a reliable model.
To help you, I offer you a complete guide to help you choose the best electric chain sharpeners on the market according to your budget and your degree of use.
STIHL 2 in 1 Chainsaw Sharpener: An Inexpensive Sharpener
Chain sharpeners are found in large quantities on the market, and often at very different prices, so it is difficult to decide which one to choose. If you are looking for an easy-to-use, efficient, and above all inexpensive sharpener, then you should turn to the 2 in 1 sharpener from the big brand STIHL. Its well-thought-out design will save you considerable time.
The strong points
Simple but efficient: with this 2-in-1 Sharpener, the STIHL brand has bet on simplicity and efficiency. Indeed, at first glance, this sharpener has little to do with other machines from competing brands using an abrasive wheel. It is much more compact, and despite the apparent simplicity of its mechanism, it is formidably effective.
2 in 1: as the name suggests, this is a 2 in 1 tool: it serves as both a sharpener and a file holder. You will be able to use it for sharpening teeth and depth limiters, in a single operation. This double action will allow you to save precious time while requiring less effort on your part. Models for 3/8 ” P, .325 ” and 3/8 ” chains can be found on the market.
Well-designed: this efficiency is due to the use of an integrated system for compensating for sharpening tolerance, a technology exclusive to STIHL. The arrangement of the files on the tool makes it possible to sharpen the cutter and the depth limiter at the same time. The 2-in-1 Sharpener is designed so that it can respect the optimal angle which is generally between 30 and 35 °.
Powerful: don’t be fooled by its appearance, this 2 in 1 Sharpener allows you to sharpen quality. Thanks to it, your chain will regain its cutting edge, and your chainsaw will not risk suffering from overheating as a result of excessive effort. Once your files have worn out, you can replace them with new ones.
Economical solution: this tool is used entirely manually, that is to say, that it does not require any source of electricity to do its job. Thus, it is more economical, and you can use it to sharpen your chain wherever you are, even in the forest. In addition, among the sharpening machines on the market, it is one of the least expensive.
The weak spots
Occasional DIY enthusiasts may have some difficulty mastering the tool during the first few uses. But instructions engraved on the handles as well as many tutorials allow this little problem to be quickly resolved. STIHL is also often criticized for selling its spare parts (such as files) at a high price. However, quality is still there.
How to choose a chain saw sharpener?
It is well known to woodworking professionals that a chainsaw chain tends to lose its sharpness after a while. So that this essential tool can continue to do its job well, it is then necessary to obtain a good chain sharpener. But there are particularly many models on the market. To help you make the right choice, here are some criteria to take into account.
Define your needs
Are you a Sunday gardener or do you work in the lumber business? Finding the answer to this question could already significantly reduce the search. Indeed, if you are a handyman of Sunday, you probably do not need a sharpener of professional quality, which will obviously cost more. Unless you are very picky and can afford it.
Manual or electric sharpener?
Nothing beats an electrical appliance. Its engine will do all the work. However, in the forest, there is no current source. However, be aware that there are also battery models, which can thus be used anywhere.
In all cases, manual sharpeners find takers. Having a good manual sharpener can also be beneficial, for quick sharpening from time to time. Indeed, we must not forget that the installation and use of a device require a certain time.
Check the components carefully
If you buy an electric sharpener, it must be delivered with at least one disc or a grinding wheel. Some brands provide two, different thicknesses.
Also, remember to check the availability of replacement discs on the market.
It is also important that the device can adapt to any type of chain. At this level, most devices have adjustments to properly adjust the angles and position of the chain.
Ease of use
Learn about the product, especially the ease of use. Is the device delivered in separate parts to be assembled, or is it already pre-assembled, requiring only the installation of a few parts (for example, the head and the grinding wheel)? Also check that there is an operating manual, which will explain step by step what to do to sharpen a chain saw.
If you plan to buy a chain sharpener online, to be able to compare more products and benefit from a good price, do not rule out the possibility of making a small passage in a DIY store like Leroy Merlin or Castorama.
You will thus be able to benefit from the advice of an experienced seller with regard to the various selection criteria, with regard to the use of the device, etc. Indeed, a visit to the store does not necessarily imply a purchase in-store.
Finally, also plan in your budget to buy a good protective glove, whether you use a manual or electric sharpener, and a good pair of glasses if you use a grinding machine, to work safely.