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Published on Mar 4, 2011
Husqvarna 55 Rancher Chainsaw. Quick and easy sharpening guide. How to sharpen a Chainsaw chain to make it deadly sharp to make for easier work while working along. I used to think that you give a chainsaw a certain number of strokes with a file, but that would be in a perfect world, and as we all know this world ain't perfect by a long stretch. Pieces of metal grown into a tree will let any chainsaw user know that. Touching the ground slightly when the chain is spinning is a sure fire way to dull a chain in a hurry. I have had they great luck of having just sharpened a chain one sunny winter day, and was bucking some firewood in the back yard. I was out for all of one cut and hit a rock frozen in some icy snow and upon trying to cut the next log had to press down. I remember when I was instructed on the sharpening of a chain, I was told if t he saw stops pulling away from you and needs to be pressed on to make it cut, it needs filing, usually the teeth, but sometimes the rakers.
It takes some practice and some serious forearm burn. I have been doing it for a couple of years now, and I will tell you that it burns deep in your forearm musculature, but you will grow accustomed to where it only takes about ten minutes total till you are working along again. You will learn respect for the chain when you sharpen it yourself.