i haz a file. i file my chainz

TK

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Ok, I had to make this thread tonight before I forgot. As some of you know, my memory isn't the greatest so if I didn't do it tonight I'd forget to do it tomorrow.

Soooooo..... pics to come tomorrow. I have had some free time on my hands to do pretty much anything around the shop. So along with trying to be a little productive, I decided to mess around with a chain. It's absolutely nothing fancy. I have no idea what I'm doing. I'm fully capable of getting a nice sharp chain, but outside of that, I don't know the workings of a "work chain" or a "race chain."

Hopefully some of you guyz can critique it a bit and tell me if I fubared it or am going in the right direction. It took far more time than I'd really ever want to spend on a chain just to go buck firewood. But it was interesting to do, to say the least. So, pics tomorrow.
 

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I'd like to start playing around with chain more. I've only ever sharpened square once, tried it on my 357 with a goofy file. Actually worked pretty good.

 

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I'll even post the blurry one, even though it annoys me to no end.





It's just round filing, but it's not the cutting edge I'm too concerned with - it's the rest of it that I'm unsure of. I cleaned the gullet down flat and smooth, and trimmed up the rakers. They're inconsistant as I was having a little A.D.D. kick in. Is it a waste of time to do what I did or will I actually notice it? The height of the rakers is consistant, I used the grinder for that, a mere .025".
 
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Metals406

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I'd like to start playing around with chain more. I've only ever sharpened square once, tried it on my 357 with a goofy file. Actually worked pretty good.

I see you're cleaning that gullet out. . . Good man!

Try for a steeper angle (side plate) to make it a bit sharper though, it'll make a difference. :rock:
 
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I see you're cleaning that gullet out. . . Good man!

Try for a steeper angle (side plate) to make it a bit sharper though, it'll make a difference. :rock:
I thaught you wanted to intersect the two points, the inside and outside corner? I guess that gives you you're top plate angle. Maybe I'm not following what you're saying.
 
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mdavlee

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If you get the side plate leaning forward 2-3° that's what you want. Where the corner intersects on the inside of the tooth doesn't have to be right in that corner. You can play around with the down angle I guess and the top plate angle and change it. I've ground some with real steep top plate angles and shallow angles. The shallow will cut faster but will dull easier as it's thinner.

 

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I thaught you wanted to intersect the two points, the inside and outside corner? I guess that gives you you're top plate angle. Maybe I'm not following what you're saying.
Sorry for the confusion Will. . . I was referring to the gullet angle, not the top plate side plate intersection at the top.
 

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Ahh, ok, so your saying to file the gullet back further?
No, steeper angle with the file, not only does it make the side plate sharper, it makes more of a channel under the tooth.

I stop filing when I feel the file kind'a bind/catch, and know I'm back enough.
 

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No, steeper angle with the file, not only does it make the side plate sharper, it makes more of a channel under the tooth.

I stop filing when I feel the file kind'a bind/catch, and know I'm back enough.
Hmm, I think I'm following ya? But if I angle the file steeper wouldn't the inner and outer points no longer intersect?
 
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mdavlee

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Randy I would be glad to if I was home. I taught my dad how to spin chains up so I can sell chain off a roll when i'm not there. I haven't got him trained on the grinder yet.
 

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I prefere to look closely at what I am doing, and hold the chain steady with my other hand - you need to file the edge, and not into the gullet. Filing the gullet is the next step, when needed.

Also, I use the Husky plate guides, or the File-o-Plate for the rakers, as they need to be individually fitted to the cutters, and progressive as the teeth are filed back. The raker guides from Oregon and Stihl are useless!
 
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