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I used to do that when I hadn't had much practise at sharpening, but now I can sharpen my saw freehand in less time than it takes to change the chain.


Better than dicking around sharpening chains on your day off! ;)



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Me too... I find sharpening on site a complete pain in the backside. Always seem to have got nicely into the swing of a job when I have stop to sharpen.


Just take loads of spare chains and sharpen in the warm workshop, in the vice at comfortable height with a beer to hand.:thumbup1:


I'm not sure, take yesterday for example, I'd been up some pines for a couple of hours, lot of brash on the floor, 2 guys chipping.

Now the 372 needed a tickle, nothing major, just a touch up, so I took it to the back of the van and got it nice for the felling and ringing up while the guys finished the chipping.

I get a little break and they don't feel resentful that I'm just standing there looking at them smoking a fag.

(I don't smoke btw but you know what I mean)

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I crouch down over the saw engine between the knees , same as joe Newton, with cup of stewing tea close by ready to drink when finished. Also and most importantly, taught myself to be both left and right handed for filing the cutters. Takes a loy of practice to get the pressure the same for each side but well worth while. I actually prefer to grip with knees than use one of the knock in clamps, it seems to put the line of sight better for keeping angle and cutter length correct.



yup same here, use both hands and get on with it.


also used to sharpen in chipper hopper when i had a fold down hopper

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