ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Top-Rated Chainsaw Sharpeners in Australia for 2024

A chainsaw sharpener helps you keep your chain at peak performance by keeping it sharp and ready for use at all times.

Chainsaws can be one of the most useful tools in your arsenal, but it’s important to keep them in good condition.

Without sharpening, your chainsaw will only get duller. Eventually, it will struggle to cut through wood and will become dangerous to use because of the increased chance of kickback.

To help you find the best chainsaw sharpener for your needs, we’ve prepared this guide covering the best chainsaw sharpeners on the market and the key things to look out for when choosing one.

Our top pick: Baumr-AG Pro-Series Commercial Chain Sharpener

This high-quality electric chain sharpener is suitable for use in a wide variety of environments, including workshops and garages.

It comes with three grinding wheels with a diameter of 145mm that are ideal for sharpening 0.325 pitch chains.

The four-way precision adjustment allows you to sharpen your chain at the correct angle every time, while the 230W solid copper motor maintains constant speed so you can get the job done faster.

This machine operates on 220-240V power and has a rated power of 230W, with a maximum motor RPM of 3000RPM. It provides a working angle of 35 degrees from left to right.

This chain sharpener is a great-value option for people who need to keep their chains sharp but don’t want to muck around with manual files.

Weighing in at ‎8kg, this product is fairly heavy-duty compared to other electric sharpeners. For example, the Dynamic Power Sharpener (3rd on our list) weighs only 1.8kg.

We would have liked to have seen different sized grinding wheels included with this product, so owners of multiple chainsaws can switch between sizes, but users do have the option of purchasing separate grinding wheels.

Our only other gripe with this product is the manual, which could be a lot more helpful. If you’re new to using this type of device then it might take some trial and error (or a youtube video) before you find the best way to use it effectively.

Best manual sharpener: Husqvarna Chainsaw Filing Kit

The Husqvarna Chainsaw Filing Kit is a high-quality manual chainsaw sharpener that is easy to use, easy to store, and affordable.

From one of the most trusted names in chainsaws and accessories, this kit includes everything you need to file your chain at home. It is suitable for filing 3/8-Inch pitch chains.

The combination gauge helps ensure the correct filing angle, so you can get your chain back up to optimal sharpness quickly and easily.

The main downside of this sharpener is that it’s more work than an electric sharpener, but if you’re looking for a relatively affordable manual option that will get the job done, this should be at the top of your list.

Best value: Dynamic Power Electric Chainsaw Sharpener

The Dynamic Power Electric Chainsaw Sharpener is a very affordable electric chain sharpener with positive user reviews.

It comes with 2 x .325 Pitch Grinding Wheels and 1 x .404 Pitch Grinding Wheel. This allows you to accurately sharpen each tooth on your chain saw, which will make it easier to cut through wood with less resistance.

It has pre-drilled holes for bench mounting and operates at an impressive 7000rpm, which means it can sharpen your chainsaw’s teeth quicker than other electric grinders on the market.

The only downside to this product is that it’s not a well-known brand, so you may struggle to get any additional customer service if you have any issues with the machine.

Types of chainsaw sharpeners: manual vs electric

There are two types of chainsaw sharpeners you can choose from: manual and electric. The sharpening process in both cases is fairly similar.

With manual sharpeners, the user slides a file back and forth along each tooth of the chain. With an electric sharpener, a rotating grind wheel is manually positioned and then spins against each tooth.

Manual sharpeners are generally less expensive than their electric counterparts, but they also require a bit more effort on the part of the user.

While an electric sharpener does most of the work for you, with a manual one it’s up to you to do the grunt work.

Electric chainsaw sharpeners are generally quicker and easier to use, however, they do still require a bit of set-up before you can get started.

They also take up a lot more space, which may be a consideration for people with little storage space in their shed.

Things to consider when choosing a chainsaw sharpener

Size of the grinding wheel

An electric chainsaw sharpener is only as good as its grinding wheel, and the size of that wheel determines how effective it can be in sharpening your chain.

The thickness of the grinding wheel should be compatible with your chain. For example, 1/8 inch wheels are best suited to 1/4 inch, .325, and 3/8 inch low profile chains, while 3/16 inch wheels are better suited to 3/8 inch and .404 inch chains.

Grinding wheel speed

Grinding wheel speed is measured in RPM (revolutions per minute). The higher the speed, the faster you can sharpen your chainsaw.

However, high speeds also mean that you have less control over the sharpening process.

Most electric chainsaws have speeds around 3000RPM although some come with variable speed options.

Chainsaw pitch

One of the most important factors to consider when purchasing a chainsaw sharpener is the pitch of your chain. The pitch is the distance between each tooth on the chain.

The pitch of your chain needs to be compatible with the chainsaw sharpener you purchase. If the pitch is too small or too large, the sharpener will not fit into the teeth properly and you won’t be able to sharpen your chain effectively.

Chainsaw chain gauge

The chain gauge is the thickness of the drive links. The gauge of your chainsaw can usually be found on the bar, either stamped or etched into it.

Your chainsaw sharpener needs to be compatible with this gauge in order for it to work properly.

Photo of author

Steve Kropp

Based in Melbourne, Steve's passion is vegetable gardening, and he’s been writing about it for almost 5 years. He also loves all things DIY and is always looking for a new project. When not working on his own garden projects or blogging, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, cooking meals with produce harvested from his garden, and coaching his son’s footy team.

ADVERTISEMENT

Leave a Comment