How do I sharpen chainsaw chain with an electric sharpener so that the left and right cutters are equal?

Uneven sharpening of left and right cutters with an electric sharpener is a common problem that is easily resolved with this little tip. To ensure even cutter sharpening it is imperative that the center of the electric sharpening stone is lined up with the center of the vise.

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I simply use a round chain saw file clamped perpendicular in the vice so that I can easily see how the vice aligns to the centre of the sharpening stone. The file should be centered equally on the sharpening stone retaining bolt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If the file does not line up with the center of the sharpening stone, use the adjustment screw on the vice (see arrow in picture) to adjust the alignment so that it does.

 

 

 

 

 

 

With your sharpening stone now centered to your vice both your left and right cutters will sharpen the same! I hope this helps and don’t forget to tilt the vice 10% for those chisel cutters!

 

How do I install fuel lines on chainsaws, trimmers and blowers?

How do I install fuel lines on chainsaws, trimmers and blowers?

Installing or replacing fuel lines on small power equipment like chainsaws, trimmers and blowers can be a tough job! There are many different outside diameter (O.D) and inside diameter (I.D) size fuel lines. I have found that the O.D is as important as the I.D. I like to get fuel line ID a little bigger than the original so that it makes a tight leak proof fit, but it can make it hard to install. Here’s a tip to make this task much easier.

The easiest way to get the fuel line started through the tank is to make a small slit (about 3/8”) long at one end of the new fuel line. Pinch the cut edges over each other, this will make the fuel line a little smaller in diameter, thus making it easier to start the fuel line into the tank hole. Also, I put some 2-cycle oil on the line so it slides through the hole easier. Push the fuel line into the fuel tank until you can reach it through the gas cap opening. Now cut a new clean end on the fuel line and install the fuel filter, then pull the fuel line back to the right length within the fuel tank – the fuel filter should lay nicely on the bottom of the tank. Cut the other end of the fuel line so that it easily reaches the connector on the carburetor and attach.

You can do the same for the primer fuel line. You do not need more than a ½ inch of fuel line in the tank for this line. Make sure that you connect the 2 fuel lines correctly. From the primer, one fuel line will go to the tank, the other fuel line will go to the carburetor. If you are not sure, disconnect the line to the carburetor and push the primer – if you got it right, fuel should come out of that line after a couple of primer bulb pushes.

I hope this tip makes it easier for you to install fuel lines!

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Hello, My name is Andy Bethel and on behalf of the Cutter’s Choice team I would like to welcome you to our blog site. We will strive to provide Woodcutters, Arborists, Landscapers, and even the Do-It-Yourselfers with current and relative information to assist you in this most amazing industry!

 

 

 

Why does my trimmer line keep breaking so easily?

Trimmer Line Breaking? Soak it in water! Believe it or not Nylon trimmer line is Hygroscopic.

Trimmer line will lose moister and become brittle over the winter. Before the season starts drop that old spool of line in a bucket of water and let it sit. You will be surprised how it will help, works great for your fishing line to.

Also, if you find .065 or .080 line isn’t lasting long. I’ve modified my spools to accept .095 line. What a difference in its longevity!

Can I put a small chain on a big bar?

I have been asked lately for 3/8 mini or Lo profile rip chains to fit 24” bars? Used for milling lumber. Interesting will it work? Why small chain on such powerful saws.

Turns out this is becoming more popular, people are finding that their saws are cutting faster, much faster. The finish of the lumber is smoother and the there are some savings in waste and chain cost. The LP chain cuts a narrower kerf so less load on the saw. In fact Logsol have a recommended combination of Pico chain and sprocket for their mills. The jury is out on whether you need a special sprocket to run LP on bigger saws but in theory 3/8 full size and 3/8 LP are the same pitch.

Here are some links with more information.

http://209.164.108.37/board/index.php?topic=23337.0

http://arbtalk.co.uk/forum/milling-forum/44074-some-interesting-facts-about-3-8-lo-pro-chain- milling.html

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