In the pictures to the right, the area colored red is the part which is sharpened.

Chainsaws are sharpened using a number of tools.

  1. Round file (sized for the chain)
  2. Flat, mill file

I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.

Henry David Thoreau

Side View

Top View
Saw Type Rake Fleam Drop Comments
Crosscut 30° 35° 5° to 10° These are the standard blades.
Rip 50° 5° to 10° These are non-standard blades.

Notes & Comments

If the saw is generating fine (not chunky) sawdust, increase the Chip Thickness by filing down the leading edge of the cutting tooth. Be careful to not take off too much.

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Remember : The goal of sharpening is to produce sharp tools, and these tools can injure you if mishandled. Safety measures should be followed to protect yourself and those in your shop. Be sure to read and follow all instructions from the manufacturer, and and utilize proper safety equipment. Never consume alcohol or anything that could impair your judgement before sharpening tools, or using sharp tools. Comments can be sent via eMail to me at