How to Sharpen A Chainsaw with a Dremel

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Here’s how to sharpen a chainsaw with a Dremel to stay safe and save money.

Sharpening your chainsaw is a lot cheaper than constantly buying new. And, a sharp chainsaw chain reduces the chance of kick back and injury. Today I have the easy steps for how to sharpen a chainsaw with a Dremel.

We also put together a quick video showing exactly how to sharpen your chainsaw with a Dremel and the Dremel Sharpening Kit. We use this sharpening kit on our pole saw too. Sharpening these chains has saved us so much money over the years! Check out the savings for just our chainsaw chain below.

Sharpening your chainsaw is a lot cheaper than constantly buying new. Here are the easy steps for how to sharpen a chainsaw with a Dremel.
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How do you know if a chainsaw chain is dull?

They say, to be safe, you should sharpen your chainsaw chain every time you fill the tank with gas. A sharp chainsaw will cut through wood faster, cleaner, and safer. A dull chainsaw blade is harder to use and more likely to kick back.

So, how do you know if a chainsaw chain is dull? If your chainsaw is making dust when it cuts, instead of wood chips, it’s dull. If you have to physically push the chainsaw against the wood to make the cut, it’s dull. Your chainsaw should easily cut through wood without pressure from you.

Use the guide in the sharpening kit to pick the correct Dremel sharpening bit or attachment.

Is it worth sharpening a chainsaw?

Yes! Absolutely. Chains can be expensive, guys. Especially if you need to replace them a lot. And, removing and replacing a chainsaw chain is more work than just sharpening a chainsaw with a Dremel.

You need a sharp chainsaw for safety reasons too. A dull chain is more likely to kick back and cause injury. So, follow the steps below for how to sharpen a chainsaw with a Dremel. It only takes 5 minutes to sharpen your chainsaw, and it saves money and makes the chainsaw safer to use!

You can generally sharpen a chain 10 times before buying a new chain. If your chainsaw chain cost $35, sharpening it can save you $350! Who doesn’t need an extra $350, right?!!

Line up the angle on the Dremel Sharpening Guide with the tooth to sharpen your chainsaw.

Can you use a Dremel to Sharpen a Chain?

Yes, using a Dremel to sharpen a chainsaw is a super easy way to sharpen a chainsaw. The Dremel Sharpening Kit comes with a guide that helps you keep the Dremel level and at the correct angle when sharpening.

Check out that spark coming off that Dremel! Make sure you wear protective eyewear too.

How to Sharpen a Chainsaw with a Dremel

If any of the steps for how to sharpen a chainsaw with a Dremelย are confusing, I highly recommend watching the short video. Hopefully seeing it done can help clear up any confusion.

  1. Use the table in the Dremel Chainsaw Sharpening Kit to figure out which Dremel sharpening bit you need to use with your chainsaw.
  2. Attach the Dremel Sharpening Guide and the bit to your Dremel.
  3. Mark the tooth on the chainsaw chain where you want to start with a black marker.
  4. Put on Heavy Duty gloves to protect your hands from sharp blades.
  5. Use the Dremel Sharpening guide to keep the Dremel level and at the correct angle for the tooth you are sharpening. Turn on the Dremel and sharpen that tooth.
  6. Make sure you sharpen each tooth on the chain for the same amount of time (to a count of 10, for example) to keep the teeth evenly sharpened. Even teeth cut straight lines!
  7. Every other tooth on the chainsaw is in the same direction. The ones in between are sharpened in the other direction on your sharpening guide. So, be sure to pay attention to the direction of the tooth when sharpening.
  8. Sharpen each tooth on the chainsaw blade until you are back at the black mark you put on the first tooth.

That’s it for how to sharpen a chainsaw with a Dremel, guys. Looking for more of my DIY Tips & Home Maintenance Videos? Check out this DIY Home Tips playlist on YouTube.

How to Sharpen a Chainsaw with a Dremel

Sharpening your chainsaw is a lot cheaper than constantly buying new. Here are the easy steps for how to sharpen a chainsaw with a Dremel.

Tools

  • Dremel
  • Dremel Sharpening Kit

Instructions

How to Sharpen a Chainsaw with a Dremel

  1. Use the table in the Dremel Chainsaw Sharpening Kit to figure out which Dremel sharpening bit you need to use with your chainsaw.
  2. Attach the Dremel Sharpening Guide and the bit to your Dremel.
  3. Mark the tooth on the chainsaw chain where you want to start with a black marker.
  4. Put on Heavy Duty gloves to protect your hands from sharp blades.
  5. Use the Dremel Sharpening guide to keep the Dremel level and at the correct angle for the tooth you are sharpening. Turn on the Dremel and sharpen that tooth.
  6. Make sure you sharpen each tooth on the chain for the same amount of time (to a count of 10, for example) to keep the teeth evenly sharpened. Even teeth cut straight lines!
  7. Every other tooth on the chainsaw is in the same direction. The ones in between are sharpened in the other direction on your sharpening guide. So, be sure to pay attention to the direction of the tooth when sharpening.
  8. Sharpen each tooth on the chainsaw blade until you are back at the black mark you put on the first tooth.

Notes

How do you know if a chainsaw chain is dull?

They say, to be safe, you should sharpen your chainsaw chain every time you fill the tank with gas. A sharp chainsaw will cut through wood faster, cleaner, and safer. A dull chainsaw blade is harder to use and more likely to kick back.

So, how do you know if a chainsaw chain is dull? If your chainsaw is making dust when it cuts, instead of wood chips, it's dull. If you have to physically push the chainsaw against the wood to make the cut, it's dull. Your chainsaw should easily cut through wood without pressure from you.

Is it worth sharpening a chainsaw?

Yes! Absolutely. Chains can be expensive, guys. Especially if you need to replace them a lot. And, removing and replacing a chainsaw chain is more work than just sharpening a chainsaw with a Dremel.

You need a sharp chainsaw for safety reasons too. A dull chain is more likely to kick back and cause injury. So, follow the steps below for how to sharpen a chainsaw with a Dremel. It only takes 5 minutes to sharpen your chainsaw, and it saves money and makes the chainsaw safer to use!

You can generally sharpen a chain 10 times before buying a new chain. If your chainsaw chain cost $35, sharpening it can save you $350! Who doesn't need an extra $350, right?!!

Can you use a Dremel to Sharpen a Chain?

Yes, using a Dremel to sharpen a chainsaw is a super easy way to sharpen a chainsaw. The Dremel Sharpening Kit comes with a guide that helps you keep the Dremel level and at the correct angle when sharpening.


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