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10 Best Chainsaw Sharpeners (Reviews For 2000)

The Best Manual And Electric Chainsaw Sharpeners To Buy

Are you looking for the simplest and Best Chainsaw Sharpeners to use? If so, you’ve definitely come to the right place.  As you know, a crucial component of keeping your chainsaw working its best – is to sharpen the chainsaw blade often.  However, what is the best way to Sharpen a Chainsaw?

To help you maintain your chainsaw blade, we’ve put together a list of the ten Best Electric Chainsaw Blade Sharpeners and Best Manual Chainsaw Sharpeners in 2020 – all to help you find the best chainsaw sharpening tool for your needs.

Keep reading to find the perfect Chainsaw Blade Sharpener for your Chainsaw:

 

Best Chainsaw Sharpeners

 

Editor’s ChoiceRunner UpBest ValueBest Electrical Chainsaw Sharpeners
Stihl 2 IN 1 EASY FILE CHAINSAW CHAIN SHARPENER .325'Granberg Bar-Mount Chain Saw Sharpener, Model# G-106B (Original Version)Chainsaw Sharpener,SDMS Portable Chain Saw Blade Teeth Sharpener Fast-Sharpening Stone Grinder Tools Suitable for 14/16/18/20 Inch One/Two Holes Chain Saw BarOregon 410-120 Bench or Wall Mounted Saw Chain Grinder,red
Stihl 2 IN 1 EASY FILE CHAINSAW CHAIN SHARPENER .325"Granberg Bar-Mount Chain Saw Sharpener, Model# G-106B (Original Version)Chainsaw Sharpener,SDMS Portable Chain Saw Blade Teeth Sharpener Fast-Sharpening Stone Grinder Tools Suitable for 14/16/18/20 Inch One/Two Holes Chain Saw BarOregon 410-120 Bench or Wall Mounted Saw Chain Grinder,red
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Chainsaw Sharpener Reviews:

 

 

Editor’s Choice:  Stihl 2-in-1 Best Chainsaw Sharpeners

Stihl 2 IN 1 EASY FILE CHAINSAW CHAIN SHARPENER .325'

Why We Like It

As anyone who has ever owned one of their tools can tell you, Stihl makes only the highest quality products. This 2-in-1 tool for sharpening blades is no exception – as it sharpens the chainsaw teeth “and” depth at the same time. It will do an excellent job for buyers who need to sharpen a standard .325 chain quickly. 

Specs

  • File for .325 chains
  • Easy to use
  • Suitable for commercial and residential use

Our Take Away

This tool tops our list of best chainsaw sharpeners for its ease of use and quality construction. Even if you’ve never sharpened a chainsaw blade before in your life, this intuitive tool will make the process easy and have you back to work in no time. 

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Stihl – Best Chainsaw Sharpener

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Runner Up:  Granberg Best Bar – Mounted Chainsaw Sharpeners

Granberg Bar-Mount Chain Saw Sharpener, Model# G-106B (Original Version)

Why We Like It

This bar-mounted guide allows you to sharpen any chainsaw blade, making it a natural for our list of chainsaw sharpener reviews. Though it doesn’t come with files, you can simply pick up the file you need and use this high-quality guided sharpener to get a high-precision sharpening on any chainsaw, regardless of the make or model. 

Specs

  • Aluminum and steel construction
  • Bar mounting
  • Made in the USA

Our Take Away

Although you may have to buy a file for this chainsaw sharpener separately, the expertly guided sharpener is easily one of the best options on the market for getting the best edge on your chainsaw blade. It’s also an excellent option for commercial use since it makes sharpening “any” chainsaw blade fast and easy. 

Granberg Bar Mount Sharpener – Runner Up Best Chainsaw Sharpening Tool

Granberg

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Best Value:  SDMS – Manual Chainsaw Sharpener

Chainsaw Sharpener,SDMS Portable Chain Saw Blade Teeth Sharpener Fast-Sharpening Stone Grinder Tools Suitable for 14/16/18/20 Inch One/Two Holes Chain Saw Bar

Why We Like It

This portable chainsaw sharpener from SDMS is a great value, and super easy to use, especially if you use more than one type of chainsaw at home. Regardless of the chainsaw brand or bar length, you can simply install this whetstone grinder on the end of your chainsaw, start and gently squeeze the trigger on the chainsaw, and you will have a fully sharpened chainsaw blade in seconds. 

Specs

  • Universal usage
  • Mounts on the end of the bar
  • Quick, easy sharpening
  • Extra whetstone included

Our Take Away

The SDMS chainsaw sharpener attachment is arguably the fastest, most convenient, and most affordable automatic chainsaw sharpener out there. It’s especially great for occasional users, who may not want to remove and manually sharpen chainsaw blades. 

SDMS – Best Value Chainsaw Blade Sharpener Attachment

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Best Electric Chainsaw Sharpener:  Oregon 410-120 Bench or Wall-Mount 

Oregon 410-120 Bench or Wall Mounted Saw Chain Grinder,red

Why We Like It

For heavy-duty sharpening, this bench or wall-mounted electric chainsaw sharpener from Oregon – is a fantastic option. Though you can’t take this electrical chainsaw sharpener into the field, it does make sharpening chains in your shop a breeze. We also quite like this unit’s built-in light, which makes it very easy to see what you’re doing. 

Specs

  • Sharpens up to .404 chains
  • Easy to adjust
  • Can mount to wall or workbench
  • Built-in light for easy visibility

Our Take Away

Although most people don’t need a dedicated chainsaw sharpener mounted in their workshops, this model is an excellent option for people that do. If you buy this sharpener, you’ll always be sure to get a clean, sharp edge on every chainsaw blade

Oregon – Best Electric Chainsaw Sharpener

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Best Manual Sharpener Kit:   Oregon Best Chainsaw Sharpener Kit

Oregon Chainsaw Chain Sharpening Kit with Hard Case - Contains Files, Handles, Depth Gauge, Stump Vise, Felling Wedge, and More Accessories

 

Why We Like It

Though the Katzco kit (above) is a super effective tool, it isn’t portable enough to take outdoors – while you’re working. For that purpose, we prefer this portable chainsaw sharpener kit from Oregon. 

With a range of different files, a vise, and a handy felling wedge all contained in a convenient hard case; this kit is perfect for taking with you while working anywhere outdoors.

Specs

  • Multiple files included
  • Vise included
  • Measuring tools included
  • Felling wedge included
  • Protective carrying case

Our Take Away

 For convenient chainsaw sharpening on the go, this kit is an ideal solution. As usual, with Oregon products, we were also impressed with the quality and durability of the tools. 

Between convenience and quality, we couldn’t help but give this kit a place on our list of chainsaw teeth sharpener reviews. 

 

Oregon – Best Upgrade Manual Chainsaw Sharpener Kit

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Best Chainsaw Sharpener “Value”:   Katzco 7-Piece File Kit

Katzco Chainsaw Sharpener File Kit - Contains 5/32, 3/16, and 7/32 Inch Files, Wood Handle, Depth Gauge, Filing Guide, and Tool Pouch - for Sharpening and Filing Chainsaws and Other Blades

Why We Like It

Though the Oregon Chainsaw Grinder (above) is a super effective toolkit, it is a little pricey for some homeowners. For folks looking for a small, simple, no-frills chainsaw blade file kit, we prefer the best selling portable chainsaw sharpener kit from Katzco. 

With a range of different files, a vise, and a handy felling wedge all contained in a convenient hard case; this kit is perfect for taking with you while working anywhere outdoors.

Specs

  • Multiple files included
  • Vise included
  • Measuring tools included
  • Felling wedge included
  • Protective carrying case

Our Take Away

For convenient chainsaw sharpening on the go, this kit is an ideal solution. As usual, with Katzco products, we were impressed with the quality and durability of this very efficient toolkit. 

Between convenience and quality, we couldn’t help but give this kit a place on our list of the best chainsaw sharpener reviews. 

Katzco – Best Value Manual Chainsaw Blade Sharpening Kit

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Best Husqvarna Chainsaw Sharpening Kit:  Husqvarna #531300082

Husqvarna 531300082 .325-Inch Pixel Chain Saw Blade File Kit For 340, 345, 346XP, 350, 351, 353

Why We Like It

At this point, it’s no secret that we love Husqvarna’s lineup of outdoor equipment. With that said, we also love their tool accessories, including this chainsaw sharpening kit. 

This particular chainsaw blade sharpener fits a variety of Husqvarna chainsaws, including but is not limited just to the 340, 345, and 350 models. 

Specs

  • Fits multiple Husqvarna chainsaws
  • Includes handle and filing gauge
  • 2 round files

Our Take Away

Ultimately, there isn’t much more to say here than that this kit is essential if you own one of the Husqvarna models it fits. To keep your chainsaw in top condition, this is a great set to have on hand. 

Husqvarna – Best Chainsaw Sharpening Kit

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Best 12-volt DC Chainsaw Sharpener:  Oregon – Best Battery-Powered Chainsaw Sharpener

Oregon 30846 12-Volt Sure Sharp Chain Saw Sharpener

Why We Like It

With this electric sharpener, chainsaw sharpening can be quick and easy, but you need 120 Volt AC electrical access.  And that is why this 12-Volt chainsaw sharpener from Oregon Tools is especially useful for fieldwork.  This Battery-Powered Chainsaw Sharpener doesn’t require you to take your chainsaw back to the garage or workshop to sharpen it.

Specs

  • 12-volt battery power
  • Comes with two whetstones
  • Easy adjustment

Our Take Away

In our review, we found that this 12-volt battery-powered chainsaw sharpener did a great job and was one of the simplest products for most people to use. As a result, this is easily one of the best automatic chainsaw sharpeners you’ll find in today’s market. 

Like most Oregon products, this chainsaw blade sharpening tool is well-built and ready to stand up to considerable use. 

Oregon – Best Battery-Powered Chainsaw Sharpener

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Best Commercial Chainsaw Sharpener:  Oregon 620-120 Hydraulic Assist Grinder

Oregon 620-120 Hydraulic Assisted Bench Grinder, 120V

Why We Like It

If you’re a tree removal or landscaping professional, you need more than the average homeowner when it comes to your chainsaw sharpening arsenal. For these professionals, we recommend the Oregon 620-120, a chainsaw sharpening station with an included heavy-duty stand. 

Specs

  • Delivers Precision Sharpening for Any Pitch Chain
  • Hydraulic Assist – hands-free clamping
  • Three grinding wheels included
  • Grinds any chain – Up to 3/4″
  • Self-centering vise – Wide Clamping Area
  • Single Phase 120 Volt hook-up
  • Easy angle changes
  • Dressing brick included

Our Take Away

While most people will never need this kind of chainsaw sharpening equipment, we think the Oregon 620-120 is by far the best option for professionals who use their saws daily. With this useful sharpening station, you’ll have no trouble keeping your chains in excellent working order at all times. 

Oregon – Best Commercial Grade Chainsaw Sharpener

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Best Value Electric Chainsaw Sharpener:   Timber Tuff

Timber Tuff CS-BWM Benchtop / Wall Mount Electric Chain Saw Chain Sharpener

Why We Like It

Mountable chainsaw sharpeners are handy tools, but they also tend to run a bit high on price. This unit from Timber Tuff solves that problem by offering a budget-friendly device that still delivers high on durability. 

Specs

  • 110-volt power supply
  • Three grinding blades included
  • Mounts to workbench or wall

Our Take Away

For the money, this Timber Tuff tool is an excellent addition to any workshop or garage. The machine itself is easy to set up and very simple to use, ensuring you’ll spend less time sharpening chains and more time out getting useful work done with your chainsaw. 

Timber Tuff – Best Value Electric Chainsaw Grinder

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Buyers Guide & Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – Chainsaw Blade Maintenance:

 

Which Direction Does a Chainsaw Blade Go?

All Chainsaw motors rotate the chainsaw blade in a “clockwise” direction. No exceptions. The chain blade always moves in a clockwise rotation.

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Chainsaw Blade Direction is Clockwise As Shown – WIth Cutter Teeth Facing Forward.

 

For that reason, the “sharp edge” of the chainsaw cutter teeth MUST face the in the clockwise direction.

When you observe the chainsaw bar and chain from the top, you should see that the sharp edges of the chainsaw blade, are facing in the exact opposite direction from the chainsaw motor.

How Do You Measure The Pitch On A Chainsaw Blade?

To measure the pitch of a chainsaw blade – measure the distance between the middle points of 3 rivets on the chain.

Nest, divide that number by 2. For example: For a 3/8″ pitch chain, the exact measurement between the three links equals 3/4″ or (.75 inches). 3/4″ Divided by 2 equals 3/8″ or (. 375 inches). It’s that simple.

How Tight Should A Chainsaw Blade Be?

Chainsaw blades should not be set too loose or too tight.  If either of those conditions occurs, you can risk chainsaw performance and personal safety.  Use the following methods to test the tension of the chainsaw blade:

  • Slide Test A simple guide for proper chainsaw blade tension is by using a gloved hand – carefully pinch and slide the chainsaw blade along the chainsaw bar. The chainsaw blade should feel Snug but move freely along the chainsaw bar.
  • Snap-Test – Pinch the chainsaw blade below the bar, and pull down until one or two chain links are pulled out of the guide than quickly release the chain.  The chainsaw chain should snap-back into place.
How To Tighten Chainsaw Blade - Best Home Gear
Using Snap Test to Check Chainsaw Blade Tension

 

Note: If either of the above Chainsaw Chain Tension Tests fails – Re-adjust the chainsaw blade tension until corrected.

Do Chainsaw Sharpeners Really Work?

Chainsaws are essential tools for yards with lots of trees, but like all tools, they require routine service and maintenance. Sharpening dulled chainsaw chains not only helps you get significantly more life out of your chainsaw but also saves you the expense of frequently buying new chainsaw blades. 

Tip:  To keep a chainsaw blade sharp as long as possible, you should always avoid striking the ground with the blade.  Grass, dirt, and gravel will surely dull the chainsaw blade quicker than anything else.

How Much Does a Chainsaw Sharpener Cost?

Costs vary widely by product. Simple manual sharpening files can be found for under $15, while some commercial-level chainsaw sharpening tools can run into the hundreds of dollars. You can check out our many options reviewed in detail above.

What Is the Best Way to Sharpen a Chainsaw Chain

In general, a perfectly pitched and fixed bench – grinding wheel is the most effective method to sharpen chainsaw blades. This is because it produces the most consistent edge. With that said, manual chainsaw blade sharpeners – using hand files – can produce excellent results while being a little simpler to use. 

How Long Does It Take to Sharpen a Chainsaw

This answer depends on the method you’re using. Electrical sharpeners are relatively quick but take a little longer to get set up. Manual or Automatic chainsaw blade sharpeners are quicker to use but are not quite as precise. 

Keep in mind; you’re just trying to put a nice edge on very tiny blades, which do not require much grinding or filing to do. 

Wrapping Up

For a variety of methods, and budgets, the Stihl manual chainsaw file, the Granberg chainsaw sharpening tool, and SDMS automatic chainsaw sharpener, are the three chainsaw sharpeners that stood at the top of our 10 Best reviews.  

These sharpening tools do an excellent job and are sure to keep your chainsaw cutting as it was designed to. With that said, the other products on this list all have considerable merits of their own, and one of them may be a better option for your particular needs. 

When selecting a chainsaw sharpener, make sure that the model you’re choosing will work for the pitch of your particular chain – as described in our FAQ section above.

Thanks so much for visiting Best Home Gear – and we hope we’ve helped you narrow down your selection.

Please don’t hesitate to leave us a helpful comment or suggestion below!

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