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Awesome tool for the home user!
on February 15, 2016
First, this is a very well made product manufactured right here in the USA. It took a very minor amount of fiddling to figure out the most efficient way to set it up. The product works as advertised and produces an accurate and sharp (better than factory) chain. It's very expensive for what it is, but I figure it will pay me back in the long run on reduced chain wear due to sharpening. Most home users simply don't have to time/practice necessary to learn to accurately file a chain and even if you do, you'll never be as accurate as this tool. The one thing I noticed and fixed on the 1st loop I ran through it was that it needed a scale on the slider. It's no big deal on a chain that spent life going through the Timberline, but a filed chain can be so far out tooth to tooth that the length is hard to maintain precisely because you hit a long tooth and have to back off the pawl and feed it back in and there is no way to tell exactly where you were set before. I remedied this by laminating a scale on the back side of the slide so I had registration marks to get me right back where I was, not just in the neighborhood. It also lets me see how much material I'm removing on each sharpening and how much has been removed over the life of the chain. Again, you take only what you need and will get a lot more sharpenings out of a chain and the carbide cutter. There is also no heat (like with a grinder) to ruin the temper on the chain if you aren't careful. A carbide bit will last a really long time if you realize you are working with a brittle material and don't force in without rotating it or worse yet turn it backwards (instant death for the tool). Moral of the story, take light cuts while constantly turning the cutter with nice light feed pressure both in and out of the cut! Your chain and your carbide cutter will thank you with long life and increased performance.