How to Use Chainsaw Depth Gauges
Whenever your chainsaw begins to lose it's cutting power and you find that it takes more effort to cut, or the motor is having to work harder, it's probably time to sharpen the saw. Sharpening the tool by hand isn't hard to do, but it's important that you have the right tools and know how to do it. When you sharpen a chainsaw the teeth need to be sharpened, but did you know that you must also file the depth gauges every time?
One of the best precautions you can take with your chainsaw is to keep it sharpened and well maintained. The first time your saw needs sharpening it's a good idea to have it done professionally. You should observe the process carefully so that when it comes time, you know what you are doing. Ask questions if you don't understand something or find a step confusing.
Step 1- Check the Lubrication
It is important to check the lubrication on your chainsaw every time you sharpen it. There is a chain sprocket which is located on the front of the bar. Use a small grease applicator to apply a small amount of grease to the fitting on the front of the sprocket.
Step 2 - Slide the Depth Guage
As a starting point, slide the depth guage carefully over your saw.
Step 3 - Sharpen the Saw
Using the appropriate size file, sharpen the teeth of the chain saw. Since every other tooth cuts a different direction, it is best to go around the chain sharpening every other one, and then to turn the chain around and sharpen the opposite teeth. You can sharpen the sawn in one of two ways. First, utilize a flat file and file down any protruding angles or pieces over the depth gauge tool. Second, using a grinding wheel, grind the depth gauge to a point where you are satisfied with the level.