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Bar dressing..?

 

It was a new chain when I started but to be fair it was an old knuckley piece of 3 ft Oak which had just had ivy ripped off and seemed somehow to have bits of something in it that caused sparks a couple of times. probably had some barbed wire attached when it was young.  Will sharpen and go again at rest of it tomoz.  Not used to having to sharpen bigger saws too often lol

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saws probably lost its edge and you're forcing it through the cut.  If a saw is forced it won't follow a natural straight line, it will follow the line you are forcing it down, and that is very unlikely to be a true line

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Thanks all.  Thought it was probably down to me and a blunted chain. Just annoying that my brand new chain on my brand new saw got f***** so quick.  Seems I'm going to have to hone my sharpening skills

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Watch where you have your hand on the front handle as its easy set up a twist one way or another. But it sounds youve dulled one side of the chain more than the other

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When you see sparks, it's usually buried stones or metal. Give the wood a brush off around the intended cut or at least give it a scrape with a scrap piece of wood/felling wedge. All you need is accumulated gritty soil or a nail/wire or stone and you've got sparks and a blunt chain. If you know you'll be cutting a lot of grubby stuff, try semi instead of full chisel. But as has been said before, a blunt chain is a blunt chain.

 

 

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Hopefully this doesn't sound silly but let the saw do the work. When doing big stuff my front hand is loosely gripping the handle. I've still got it if it grabs or catches. And just lift my back hand to pivot it. 

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