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I know you guys are probably looking for square stuff in this thread, but that's not where I want to go.


I'm going to buy a new grinder in the next 12 months. I'd like it to be square but I need a good round grinder first. When I first got my 511ax I was satisfied with it. Not so much anymore. Somehow I've worn the vise out already. It clamps the chain but still allows the cutter to move sometimes when grinding. Then the vise assembly itself is allowed to move, the bushing fit is worn. And it's not a replaceable bushing, I have to buy a new vise. They'd probably send me the parts at no cost but I'm still not happy with the grinder overall. As a personal grinder it would be fine. I bought it 11/6/10, so I've had it roughly 2 years. I have only 650 records of sharpened chains in the computer, so add to that the ones that I didn't charge for, forgot to add to a work order, did for myself or a friend, etc. That should definitely not wear out a machine.


Anyway, onto the topic of Silvey. I want their round grinder. But first, has anybody here used one? Is it really better than the rest? It looks like the head travels on one plane rather than a swinging motion, and I like that. It also seems to have other features built in for compensation that the others don't. It looks better built.

I hate sharpening chains. It's a money loser in my opinion, but a customer keeper at the same time. I want this to be mostly a time saver but also high quality sharpening. I refuse to blow through the sharpening because I dislike it, they have to be done right in my shop - which usually makes it take even longer. So along with buying the Silvey I'm going to get a higher quality ABN/CBN whatever the designation is for those wheels as I like the no dressing no wear no adjusting features along with faster cooler grinds.

Could you make a better recommendation or is what I have in mind pretty much the way to go? This will be set up with a 3/16" wheel pretty much permanently. I will keep the Oregon for the 3/8lo-pro stuff, and my 40 year old grinder for depth gauges.

Also, where is the best place to pick up a Silvey (New)? I'm looking at a $750ish price tag at the moment, would obviously like to spend less like any other normal person would :cucumber:
 

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Little off your intention but Oregon will send you a new table. On my second one, they are aware of the premature wear.
 

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Tk check with madsens for the best prices on silvey. Other than that i don't have any suggestions to where to find one.
 

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Madsens were in the $900 range I think. I don't mind the money as long as it is a good unit. Have you used one?

And ill get the table but this machine is definitely not going to be my primary sharpener for much longer lol.
 

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I've never used a round grinder period. All I've used is the swing arm and the RS IIs that I owned.
 

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you should check out the stihl hos/usg grinder.
 

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cause it light years ahead in build quality compare to 511ax and cost 1/3 less then the silvey. thats why.

Is it as good or better than the silvey?
 

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Do not get a HOS. If getting a stihl one make sure it is USG. Also not much cost savings for new compared to silvey. USG is close to $600 new. Get one on used market lot cheaper.

I have a usg and rate it :10: now if I could ever find the rare square chain attachment head :dunno: not that I need it or even care about square chain anymore, just because I want it. :retarded2::rofl:
 
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Do not get a HOS. If getting a stihl one make sure it is USG. Also not much cost savings for new compared to silvey. USG is close to $600 new. Get one on used market lot cheaper.

I have a usg and rate it :10: now if I could ever find the rare square chain attachment head :dunno: not that I need it or even care about square chain anymore, just because I want it. :retarded2::rofl:

why not get a HOS grinder. if you only doing chains theres no different in performance. and i have both. the USG with more money can do other stuff but not anymore then the HOS in terms of chain sharpening.

i know tk said money isnt the issue, but 780+shipping is the cheapest you're going to find a 510. last time shipping ran around 80 bucks from west to east on a heavy grinder.

HOS retails for 550

USG 650

but iam sure if you have a stihl dealer you can deal with on price list.

i have never used the 510 but looks like its even a better built unit with a reversible motor then the stihl grinders. so its better in that sense.
 

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So which one is the best? Not just better than what I've got. Only gonna buy one more grinder and call it good.
 

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So which one is the best? Not just better than what I've got. Only gonna buy one more grinder and call it good.

get the 510.

Simple reason for me.

Look at B that is my reason I went with USG. HOS dont do that angle does it, its solid and dont adjust like USG . I also use different B angles then their chart :happywink:.

i know, i own both.

good reason enough since you use it.
 

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Ok lol I just want the best grinder that's going to give me the longest service life in my shop. I don't need race chains or special grinds. Just quality, consistent, maintenance free grinding for the rest o muh life! I don't expect it to never need anything, but we all know what quality tools do for us!
 

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Sounds like you need the Silvey 510 and a CBN wheel and you will be ready to rock. I have been trying to screw around with square grind and it is sure is a hell of a lot more screwing around than sharpening round, IMHO.
 

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Nope, saving some extra pennies for it. Gonna spring for a cbn wheel at the same time. Pretty sure my 5-3/4 wheel from the Oregon grinder won't work well :p
 

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