A dull chainsaw chain is the last thing you want when you’re about to get to work. At its worst, it can be downright dangerous, making your saw more prone to kickback. But even if this doesn’t happen, it will still affect the performance of your chainsaw. Your saw will not be working efficiently – it will use more power for less results and will cause wear and tear on other parts of the saw. Watch our video to find out just how easy it is to keep your chain sharp at home with the 2-in-1 file.

Keep your eyes peeled for the following signs of a dull chain:

  1. The chainsaw chain does not pull itself into the wood. If you have to apply pressure to the saw to force it through the wood, the chain is almost certainly not sharp enough.
  2. When cross cutting (against the grain of the wood) a dull chainsaw chain creates fine sawdust instead of coarse strands.
  3. The saw is producing smoke even when your chain is oiled and the chain tension is correct.
  4. The chainsaw produces an uneven cut. This could mean that your chain has dull cutting teeth on one side. Alternatively, your cutting teeth could be uneven in length.

The 2-in-1 file is only available at your local STIHL Dealer.