Anyone who works with a chainsaw at work or around the house can benefit from using a chainsaw sharpener. These devices ensure that the saw is in top working condition. Saws that haven’t been sharpened have a higher chance of kickback, consume more fuel and place a large amount of stress on the chainsaw itself, which may result in more frequent maintenance.
Finding the best chainsaw sharpener isn’t always easy, however. That’s because there are both manual handheld saw files and electric models as well, and each of them has their own pros and cons. With that in mind, I’ve presented what I feel are the ten best chainsaw sharpener products available and have listed them in ascending order from the number ten spot to number one.
10. Bench Mount Electric Grinder
This electric sharpening device mounts to either a work bench, table or vise and allows the user to get a precise angle adjustment to ensure that their chainsaw is sharpened as easily and thoroughly as possible. It has scale and height positioning, and thanks to its vise adjust to different types of chains and chain pitches. It has a 120-Volt 85-watt motor that produces a grinding speed of 4,200 RPM. This unit has a 7/8th-inch arbor and has a 1-inch by 4.25-inch by 1/8th-inch grinding wheel that can be used to sharpen the chain and keep it running well.
9. Goplus Portable Electric Grinder
Designed to quickly sharpen chains but to do it in a safe way, this sharpener has many of the features that chainsaw enthusiasts look for in one of this device. It’s an electric grinder that can be attached to a vise, bench or wall and has a table angle of 35-degrees both to the left and the right. It features a 10mm arbor and a wheel which measures 3.9-inches in diameter and is 1/8th-inch thick. And with a 220-watt motor that drives the grinding wheel at 7,500 RPM, this unit has the power needed to quickly and efficiently sharpen chainsaw chains.
8. Xtremepower US Mini-Electric Sharpener With Brake
With an 85-watt motor and a maximum speed of 4,200 RPM, this bench mounted sharpener has the features that professionals need to keep their saws in good working order but is also easy enough to use by just about anyone. It can be used to keep several chains in good working condition and is sturdy enough to be used on a daily basis. This tool can hold the chain using a brake handle, has a capacity of .80-inch to .50-inch and has a table angle that can go 35-degrees right or left. Overall, it’s a tool that will make it easier for anyone to maintain their chains.
7. Timber Tuff Portable CS-12V
Anyone who doesn’t want to be tied down to a bench grinder in order to sharpen their blades, and wants a portable chain sharpener that they can take with them out in the woods. It has alligator clips that allow it to be hooked to a car battery or a tractor battery and its no-load high-speed motor provides plenty of power for keeping chains sharp. It has an anti-impact cover that allows it to stay cool while in use and has a spindle lock so changing grinding stones is easy to accomplish. With three grinding stone sizes: 3/16-inch, 5/32-inch, and 7/32-inch, this model can sharpen just about any chain.
6. Buffalo Tool ECSS
This professional quality sharpener can be easily mounted to just about any vise or bench and can be adjusted to accommodate any of the more popular chain models currently available. It has an 85-Watt motor, plugs into a standard 120-Volt wall outlet and produces a grinding speed of 4,200 RPM. This model has a 7/8-inch arbor and uses a 4.25-inch by a 1/8-inch grinding wheel. It’s a good tool for anyone who wants to keep their blades from becoming dull and is easy-to-use. Overall, it’s a tool that helps users keep their chains in tip-top shape.
5. Drixet Sharpening & Filing Kit
This chain filing and sharpening kit is designed to keep the user’s chainsaw in top condition. It comes with three different round file sizes which include a 5/32-inch, a 3/16-inch and a 7/32-inch and it also comes with a 6-inch flat file. This kit also comes with a 3/8-inch hardwood handle and a durable 10.5-inch by 7-inch pouch. Another tool that comes with this set is a 7-3/4-inch file holder that’s marked with the sharpening angles on the back of it so that users can adjust the angle of their filing to get the best results. It’s a set that can be used by just about anyone to get professional results.
4. Unidrift 9-Piece File Kit
This 9-piece field kit has a number of tools which help the user to sharpen their chainsaw blades the way they want to sharpen them. It comes with a file holder/guide, a 6-inch flat file, three round files (3-16-inch, 7/32-inch, and 5/32-inch), a depth gauge tool, a wood handle, a plastic handle and a roll-up carrying case to hold it all in. This portable kit can be taken just about anywhere, from the backyard to the deep woods, and contains tools that are made from high-quality materials. Which makes it ideal for anyone looking for a low-tech but extremely effective sharpening solution.
3. STIHL 2-In-1 Easy File 3/8-Inch Sharpener
While this sharpener is made from STIHL and is designed to sharpen this company’s PICCO chains, it can be used with just about any brand of chainsaw provided that it is used on 3/8-inch low profile chains. This 2-in-1 system comes with two different round files, a flat file, a filing guide and a file holder. All of this allows the user to expertly sharpen their chainsaw blades for professional results. It’s can be used by both amateurs and professionals alike and is durable enough to last for many years of sharpening. All in all, this tool is an ideal solution for anyone looking to take care of their chainsaw blades.
2. Timberline Portable Sharpener (For 3/8-Inch & .404-Inch Chains)
This semi-automatic sharpener is a tool that it halfway between manual files and electric sharpeners. The user clamps it on the blade and uses the crank handle to pull the chain through the unit. As the chain is pulled through, this device uses a high-quality 7/32-inch tungsten carbide cutter to sharpen each individual tool at the correct angle. And since it removes only small amounts of material with each sharpening, this tool sharpens while preserving the life of the chain. It’s made of high-grade aluminum, which makes it durable, and is portable enough to take anywhere.
1. Timberline Portable Sharpener (For .325-Inch Chains)
This innovative sharpener is easy-to-use for both professionals and amateurs alike and can sharpen each tooth in a chain in mere seconds. While the chain remains on the saw, this tool clamps on and lets the user pull through each tooth as it is sharpened. This unit features a tungsten carbide cutter that’s hand turned and has carbide guide that is positioned at a universal angle of 30-degrees. If the user’s saw requires a different angle, however, they can buy 25-degree and 35-degree guides separately as well. This portable unit is easy to take anywhere and is extremely durable.