As a chainsaw owner you know that your chainsaw requires regular maintenance. For example the chain will become dull over time depending on how often the saw is used and to some extent the type of wood your are cutting.
Therefore the chain needs sharpening on a regular basis. A chainsaw chain can be sharpened a number of times before it becomes too worn to effectively sharpened it again. At this point your only option is to purchase a new chain.
Most chainsaws come with a simple tool kit which includes a file for sharpening the saw. However, sharpening a chain with a file is a skilled job and requires a lot of practice to get it right. This is why most people take the chain to a chainsaw dealer to have the chain sharpened professionally.
However, this can be expensive if you are doing so on a regular basis. The answer is to purchase your own sharpening tool for sharpening the chain. With a relatively cheap sharpening tool you can sharpen all you chainsaw yourself and save money over the longterm.
Here are our best electric chainsaw sharpener recommendations.
I have tested 3 electric chainsaw sharpener from a basic inexpensive model for the casual user up to a high quality tool for the professional user.
This is great choice for the casual chainsaw user as it will have paid for itself after having sharpened your chain a few times.
This sharpener can be mounted on a bench, wall or vice for easy access and chan be adjusted for most popular chain designs.
Save money by sharpening your own chainsaw chains
Can be used on most popular chain designs
Uses a 4-1/4-Inch x 1/8-Inch grinding wheel with 7/8-Inch arbor
Good tool at a great price.
Takes a bit of practice to get the best results.
Not the best option for the professional chainsaw user.
It is a bench mounted chainsaw chain sharpener that is the ideal size for sharpening any brand of chain with an adjustable pitch allows multiple angles to suit any blade design.
It is a good option for the regular chainsaw user such as arborists , loggers, semi-professionals and domestic users.
Universal sharpener that will sharpen almost any chain form Still, Husqvarna etc.
Sharpens 1/4″, 3/8″ low profile, 0.325″, full profile 3/8″, and .404″ pitch chains
It Has Built in light for better visibility
Manual chain clamping vice.
Not the best choice for the professional logger.
Takes time to get set up and use correctly
It is a powerful sharpener with a high powered motor designed to accurately sharpen multiple chains.
It provides powerful performance with fast hands free, automatic vice clamping of the chain. Ideal for profession loggers and chainsaw service shops.
High quality build for professional sharpening
Hydraulic assist hands free chain clamping.
Sharpens most chains unto 0.404″ including Stihl, Husqvarna and Oregon.
Safety shield with light for better visibility and safety.
One way motor rotation for greater safety.
Priced for professional.
Has cheap plastic knobs
Owning the best electric chainsaw sharpener you can afford can save you money that you would otherwise spend on getting your chains sharpened and will pay for itself in no time if you are using your chainsaw on a regular basis.
If you are a professional chainsaw user and you are sharpening chains on a daily basis then a good quality grinder is a must.