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Tool Talk

Discussion in 'General Industry Questions' started by Flat Thunder Channel, May 7, 2020.

  1. Old Doug

    Old Doug Senior Member

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    I dont have one but i can see it dosent sharpen the chain in they way a chain is normally sharpened. I wouldnt want to use one ever.
    I have 2 cordless sawzals . They are ceap ones . Yes they are handy but ones battery is about gone and the saw is old. The other has charger problems. The sawzal and drills are handy and not that high for a cheaper one that will do what i need. I worked at a place that was all messed up when it came to grinders . They had some grinders and some guys had there own . It went back and forth on if you needed to have your own then they finly said and did provide grinders. They never had any die grinders and i needed one . I cant remember the brand but they had a warrenty . I would buy one when it gave out take it back one time then when that one gave out i would buy one and start over.
     
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  2. aighead

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    Yeah, the way those bump sharpeners works looks like it misses the important part.

    I know there are people that swear by hand filing but I don't cut enough to get good. I used a cheap harbor freight grinder sharpener that I really like. It took a bit of reprofiling the chain teeth but it works very well for my uses.
     
  3. 56wrench

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    I’ve got one of the bench-mount electric sharpeners that you remove the chain from the saw in order to use. It’s fast and accurate and I do a couple of spare chains and take them with me. I can hand-file but I don’t have the patience for it and it only takes a few minutes to swap a chain out in the bush
     
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  4. kshansen

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    What I use is similar to this:
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    Mine is an Oregon brand and for what I use the chain saw for seems to work out pretty good. Usually just hit each tooth with 10 or 12 strokes.
     
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  5. bam1968

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    A friend of mine has a clone 660 that he has had for about a year. On a tree clearing job a couple weeks ago I had a large cottonwood that I was struggling with trying to get it rolled up out of the hole. I asked him to come and cut the root ball off. He pulled that clone 660 with a 36 inch bar out and made a cut down each side of the trunk in no time at all. It ended up measuring 69 inches across. Pretty good size tree for this neck of the woods. That saw was pretty impressive. Hope you have good luck with yours.
     
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  6. stinky64

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    I too have a garbage freight bench mounted sharpener, think I paid $20 with a super coupon and it suits my needs just fine..One of the neighbors scored one of them fancy blue saws too and he loves it..I've had my finger on the BUY button more than once but I really don't need another saw(said no self respecting redneck ever) also a little heavy to swing around for several hours..Barely escaped the drunk amazon/e-bay forces...:rolleyes:
     
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  7. DIYDAVE

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    That looks like the old mcCollugh sharpeners, takes a special chain, and bar, now being hawked to homeowners by oregon (and chinese knock-offs), or like ColsonO4 said, you'll ruin a good chain. At best the McCollugh system was designed by idiots, for idiots!


     
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  8. JPV

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    I just watched this the other day, these guys know a thing or two about saws.

     
  9. colson04

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    I've been following Guilty of Teeson for quite awhile now. Lots of great information, neat techniques, quality video, etc.
     
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  10. John C.

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    Guilty of Treeson was a great show that seems to have shut down production. Jake the host of the program, was great at show and tell and explanations.
     
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  11. Welder Dave

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    The best chainsaw specislists I've ever seen were the guy's from Pioneer Log homes. They were the subject on the TV show Timber Kings. They even taught the forestry service recruits and showed some of the things you can do with a chainsaw. One of builder's said he could do finer, more accurate work with a chainsaw than someone could with a circular saw. Then there's the guys that do the sculptures, unbelievable craftsmanship.
     
  12. Flat Thunder Channel

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    I never knew! I recently purchased a manual pipe threader from a Chinesian specialist. I completed a gas line project with Dad's help and he brought his threader. What a game changer! After seeing how handy his was I needed to have one of my own. Wish I knew about these 18 years ago!

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  13. DIYDAVE

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    IMHO, pipe threaders are going the way of the landline phone, but What I have found since buying a nearly new one about 5 years ago, is that pipe threaders are a lot like snowblowers. Buy one and it wards off jobs that you need it for!:D
     
  14. Flat Thunder Channel

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    It's not my favorite job so I'm okay not having a need for it anytime soon! :)

    I used to have my old fashion hardware store thread all my pipes. It was super convenient, but since I moved I'm stuck trying to get pipe threaded at one of the bigger commercial outfits. It's a painful process that sucks the life out of me every time I enter the store. Hopefully this tool can help me avoid fewer trips like those! o_O
     
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    I got one of those Chinese threaders and on the first set of 1/2” threads I attempted, it literally crumbled apart. Very poor casting material of the die holder. I managed to get warranty on it but am now wary of using it. I should have bought a Ridgid set but don’t often need them and couldn’t justify the expense. The closest place to get pipe threads made is an hour away:(
     
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  16. Old Doug

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    I have some that a very old they work good. I see threaders at junk store,flea markets and garage sells very cheap.
     
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  17. Flat Thunder Channel

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    I agree an American made set is the way to go! I'm just like you and cannot justify several hundreds of dollars on a set that barely, if ever, gets used. Dad has owned his la cheapo for several years ~10 years and performed multiple projects. One of his projects was a complete home rebuild requiring all new gas line. Hopefully mine works for the few times I need to reach into the box.

    Dad said his key to success is lots of cutting oil and working the die slowly. I forget how he said it exactly, but he referenced how, 'it's not the best steel and it's best not to overdue it'.

    Hopefully your damaged die was just a fluke and the others/replacement work well. :)
     
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  18. Old Doug

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    Like you said lots of cutting dont try any thing but cutting oil.
     
  19. Camshawn

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    I just brought home threading equipment from work as needed. The Rigid dies are replaceable. I will buy a used threader next time I need one now that I am retired and replace the dies if needed. Cam
     
  20. Old Doug

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    I have plans to take some tools to a auction most wood working stuff that i have 2 of. The bad part is i think i will be out of town that day. I am going to take a table saw ,wood band saw maybe a shopsmith, air compressor or 2, lawn mower trailer,maybe my claw hammer collection, and who knows what else. This will real help on the shop clean up. Its one of those deals were you dont take any thing that you think is valuable because you never know what it will bring.