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I used to own a tree svc and we sharpened ALL our chain by hand with a file. Save your money on a grinder and learn to use a file. Once you learn, they will out perform any grinder sharpened chain.  

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I'm also a filer but I use a jig to get the correct angles consistently. I'm just not skilled enough to do a good job without it. I can't remember what it's called, but it basically uses rollers to keep the file moving at the correct angle. 

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The best way to sharpen your chains is by hand. All the loggers in our area won't have an electric sharpener, it grinds too much off and if the chain damaged it will take even more. I use a chain sharpening jig, clamps onto a bar and you can set the depth, angle and control the amount that will be taken off. My chains last twice as long as the chains at the caravan park. My saw also cuts better and for longer than the caravan park's saw. They get their chains sharpened in town by machine.
I make up my own chains, and always have a least 2 sharp chains with me plus a sharp chain on the saw.
For the work we do, try using Sthil skip tooth chain it only has half the number of teeth to sharpen.

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