Electric Chainsaw Sharpeners For Home Use
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- Our Top Picks
- 1. Oregon 410-120 Bench/Wall Grinder
- 2. MaiDa Electric Sharpener Kit
- 3. Oregon 12V Sure Sharp
- 4. Oregon 120V Hydraulic Assisted Bench Grinder
- 5. TruePower 01-0854
- 6. EtekStorm Universal Chain Saw Blade Sharpener
- 7. Timber Tuff CS-BWM Benchtop/Wall Mount
- 8. Oregon Sharpening Kit With Hard Case
- 9. Mophorn 110V
- 10. Blue Max 12V
- 11. Chicago Pneumatic
- 12. Blue Max Electric Bench Mount
- 13. SuperHandy Cordless Bench/Wall Mount
If you have invested in a chainsaw to keep your garden in tip-top shape, you will no doubt recognize how important it is to maintain the chainsaw blades. Not only will having adequately sharpened blades make it much easy to cut through branches, but it will also help to preserve the life of the appliance. Using dull blades will put unnecessary strain on the chainsaw, causing it to overheat or jam, potentially damaging the motor or the chain.
Having your chainsaw sharpened in a hardware store, or by a professional gardener can be a somewhat costly experience, especially if you need to do this regularly. Luckily, several easy to use, affordable chainsaw sharpeners now exist for home use, which means you can complete the sharpening yourself.
Here, we take a look at the greatest electric chainsaw sharpeners available, as well as some frequently asked questions to help you understand the right appliance for you, before making a purchase.
Our Top Picks
Sharpens up to 0.404-inch pitch chain
Three grinding wheels
Depth gauge grinding
Our top choice for an electric chainsaw sharpener is the Oregon 410-120 Saw Chain Grinder. This model can be mounted as a bench vise or on a wall securely and relatively easily, and the one-way motor helps to ensure safe operation, even for beginners.
With this machine, you get three grinding wheels with a diameter of 5.75inches, configured to sharpen any 1/4, 3/8, low profile, 0.325, 3/8, and 0.404 pitch chains. There is also a quick check grinding template plus a built-in light to make it even more user-friendly. The Oregon 410-120 gives you versatility in the size of pitch chains it can sharpen, but it is designed for occasional use, so if you are looking for sharpeners suited for very regular use then this won’t be the most suitable choice.
Clear assembly and operating instructions
Works for ripping and regular blades
Quick operation (approximately 15 minutes)
Not designed for heavy usage
Portable plug-in chainsaw sharpeners
No chain removal required
Adjustable speed switch
Six grinding bits
If you are looking for a portable chainsaw sharpener, then this handheld option is worth considering. The MaiDa Sharpener Kit is a compact unit that can be used anywhere providing there is a power supply and takes very little time to set up as you don’t need to remove the chain from your saw before sharpening.
This sharpener has an adjustable speed dial with a maximum speed of 30,000rpm and comes with six grinding bits; three pink grinding stone bits and three diamond grinding bits. These can be used on 3/8, 0.325, and 0.404-inch chains. The MaiDa is a useful tool for small sharpening tasks, but as there are no instructions, you need to know what you are doing. Several reviews have also recommended replacing the grinding bits with other branded compatible parts as those that are included with the initial kit are not very durable.
No need to remove the chain for sharpening
No instructions included
Grinding bits don’t last for long
12-volt car adapter and battery clips
Three sharpening stones
Angle adjustment guide
No need for chain removal
The Oregan SureSharp 12V Handheld Chainsaw Chain Sharpener is a truly portable model, as it comes with a car adapter and battery clips, so you don’t even need a wall plug for operation. It is a small appliance that fits in one hand and is very lightweight. The included cord is 28inches, which you attach to your car battery, or if you don’t want to stand next to your car, a standalone 12V battery.
With this sharpener, you get three grinding stones; 5/32, 3/16, and 7/32 which can be easily installed according to your chain size. As with other handheld models, you don’t need to remove the chain before you sharpen it. A collet wrench is included to make it easier to tighten the stones and the angle adjustment guide and shield help to determine the correct grinding angle safely.
Quick at sharpening
Easy to use
Can’t be used in a regular plug
Bench clamp grinder
Works on all chains to 3/4inches
Three grinding wheels
Dressing brick and template included
One-way 0.4HP motor
Our premium pick for the most reputable is Oregon 120V Hydraulic Assisted Bench Grinder. The 620-120 hydraulic bench grinder clamps directly onto your bench using hydraulic assist power, so no manpower is needed at all. This is designed for high-volume usage and is compatible with all chains up to 3/4″ pitch with its three grinding wheels. A dressing brick to remove debris from your wheel is also included.
The Oregon 620-120 chainsaw sharpeners work quickly and effectively, although there are some concerns around the durability of the depth adjustment screws which have plastic component. It can be knocked out of the perfect set-up quite easily. This is not the best chainsaw tool for beginners as the instructions are not very helpful so you need to know what you are doing.
Very efficient – less than 5minutes to sharpen a chain
High price point
Chain rotation rollers
One grinding wheel
Large safety guard
Mounts to benches or walls
The TruePower Electric Chain Saw Sharpener is one of the more affordable mounted models available. This can be mounted onto either walls or benches and gives you a 4200 RPM which makes quick work of sharpening blades.
You only get one grinding wheel with this device, which measures 4-1/4inch x 1/8 inch and it is adjustable to sharpen most chain sizes. It isn’t designed for very regular use. This sharpener is quite basic, but this does mean that it is straightforward to assemble and use, which is just as well as the instructions are not helpful!
Very easy to assemble
Good value for money
Works well for occasional usage
Not designed for heavy usage
Instructions are confusing
Fits 14”, 15”, 18” and 20” blades
Large safety guard
No assembly required
Our budget pick for chainsaw sharpeners is one that requires no battery power or electricity to operate, making it a very portable option. With the EtekStorm Universal Chain Saw Blade Sharpener, you simply place your blades in between the whetstone and gently operate the chainsaw. This movement will grind the blade against the whetstone, sharpening it.
There are four whetstones included in this kit, and it is described as being compatible with 14, 16, 18, or 20-inch chainsaw bars, except for Echo or Stihl brands. Overall for an alternative, portable way to sharpen chainsaw blades, this works well. However, it is only compatible with blades that have two holes that fit the two pins in the sharpener to hold it in place. If your blade only has one hole, as many do, then you will either need to drill an extra hold in your blade or remove the second pin from the chainsaw sharpeners.
Very easy to operate
Not compatible with all blades
Not as effective as motor-powered sharpeners
5800rpm maximum speed
ETL and CETL approved
1/4” to ¾” chain sharpener
Bench or wall mounting
Three grinding wheels
The Timber Tuff’s CS-BWM Upright Bench Mount Electric Chain Saw Chain Sharpener securely mounts to most work surfaces, be it walls or benches. It has a 110V, 60 Hz motor and can accurately sharpen chains from 1/4″ to 3/4″.
The easy-to-read adjustment guides help you to grind your chains, and there is a see-through safety shield plus a built-in light for added visibility. This sharpener is also fitted with thermo-overload protection for added safety and comes with three grinding wheels; 1/8″, 3/16″, and 1/4″. The durability of this machine is a concern with its many plastic components, but it does come with a one-year warranty to give you some assurance.
Easy to use
Added safety features
Round files, flat file, file guide, and depth gauge tool included
Chainsaw wrench and mini screwdriver
Heavy-duty hard case
The Oregon Chainsaw Chain Sharpening Kit contains everything you could possibly need to keep your chainsaw in top condition. Inside the heavy-duty hard case, there are 16 different components, including a wrench and mini screwdriver.
For sharpening, there are three round files, a flat file, a file guide, a depth gauge tool as well as two wooden file handles. The stump vice will also hold your chainsaw securely in place on tree stumps, by creating a working bench for your sharpener. While there is no motorized sharpening tool in this kit, the in-depth instructions will help you to manually file your blades accurately, whether you are in the woods or your back garden. It might not be the quickest way to sharpen blades, but all the components in this kit make it one of the most fitting chainsaw sharpener options to maintain all aspects of your blade.
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No motorized sharpener
9. Mophorn 110V
Study cast aluminium construction
Wall or bench mounting
The Mophorn 110V Chainsaw Sharpener is a heavy-duty, sturdy machine that comes with two grinding wheels – 1/8 inch and 3/16 inch. With a motor operating at a speed of 3000RPM, and adjustable settings, it can comfortably sharpen chains from 1/4″ to 3/8″.
The Mophorn chainsaw sharpener can be fitted to a wall or a desk as you need, and the angles can be changed very easily, as can the blades and grinding wheels. There is also a light to help you see what you are doing when sharpening. This is a good value for money product with a very quiet motor although some of the instructions and diagrams are very difficult to read to get it initially set up.
Sturdy and effective
Good value for money
Assembly is confusing
10. Blue Max 12V
Connects to 12V battery
Three sizes of sharpening stones
Wrench, multi-wrench, and collet cover
Sharpening guide included
Our value option for an electric sharpener, the BlueMax is powered by a 12V battery. It can be connected to a car, truck, or standalone battery, so great if you need to sharpen blades in remote locations.
There are three sizes of sharpening stones; 5/32″, 3/16″, and 7/32″, so it’s versatile enough to sharpen most blades and includes a sharpening guide. The included wrenches, chucks, and collet cover make this easy and safe to handle while using. There is little to fault with the BlueMax sharpeners although there are some reports of the kits not coming with all its listed parts. Be sure to carefully check you have everything you should do!
High RPM for quick sharpening
Some reports of kits missing pieces
One size grinding wheel
Chain rotation rollers
The Chicago Pneumatic Electric Chain Saw Sharpener comes with a vice that means it can be mounted to a bench or wall for secure sharpening. It has a maximum grinding speed of 4200 RPM and runs with a 115V motor that operates when attached to a plug socket. It is relatively powerful with chain rotation rollers, and it is fitted with a side safety guard for safe operation.
This is not the most precise chainsaw sharpener, and it may accidentally skip teeth, so you have to pay close attention to use it. It works quickly and is easy to maneuver, but it is worth playing around with to understand the nuances and how to overcome any quirks to get the greatest possible results from it.
Good safety features
Not very precise
Bench or wall mount sharpener
Adjustable vice angle
One grinding wheel
This product is another offering from Blue Max. Blue Max Electric Bench Mount Chainsaw Sharpener can be adjusted to fit any chain and has precision angle adjustment. This means that you can adjust the table vice up to 35 degrees; left or right depending on the requirements of your chain.
The sharpener can be mounted to your wall or bench and features one grinding wheel. This wheel has a diameter of 4 1/4″ and is 1/8″ thick and rotates at a speed of 4200RPM, with no alternative speed settings. The Blue Max is relatively easy to put together and use for the first time provided you follow instructions carefully and don’t skip any steps. It is a pretty basic sharpener that gets the job done, but there are a few reports of durability issues after around one year of use.
Quite easy to assemble
Speed isn’t adjustable
Lithium-Ion Battery powered
Wall or bench mounted
23mm grinding wheel
Adjustable vice angle
Compact and portable
As a lithium battery powers the SuperHandy Chainsaw Sharpener, this is a good option to consider if you need to use it in various locations and don’t always have access to mains power. You will, of course, need to ensure the battery is charged and it is only recommended to use the included SuperHandy branded charger. On average, you should be able to sharpen three chains on one charge.
This is a wall or bench mounted model, and it has an adjustable vice angle up to 35 degrees left and right, similar to the Blue Max sharpener. Despite being battery powered, the SuperHandy option is very efficient, with 3500RPM. The is no adjustable speed option in for when you want to do smaller, more precise tasks. The grinder wheel is a standard 4-1/4 inch size, and there is a small work light situated just above this to give you greater visibility when sharpening. If you put your chain through its paces on a daily basis then you will appreciate the portability of this model. Make sure to check out our newest buying guide for best angle grinders.
Only works on battery power
No adjust speed setting
Features To Consider With Electric Chainsaw Sharpeners
When choosing between sharpeners, durability is one of the key factors to consider. Given that the sharpener might be used on your favourite chainsaw, you want an appliance that is reliable and can keep your blades in great condition, consistently. You will see from the reviews that some of the products are designed for occasional or light use. These are the most suited option if you don’t use your saw regularly.
However, if you are frequently putting your saw to task for large projects then you will need to sharpen it more often. For this, you should select a product that is designed for heavy use. This will ensure you can use it multiple times without affecting its durability and avoid any reliability issues.
Chainsaw sharpeners have three power source options; mains power (plug socket), battery, or manual.
The plug-in variety will generally give you more power than the other two methods, with greater rotating speeds, which means more efficient sharpening. They are also the most reliable and require little effort or strainer from the user. If however, you do not have direct access to a plug socket, then a manual chainsaw sharpener or battery-powered model would be the most suited choice for you.
Portable battery options will often run from a 12V battery, which is typically found in your car, or with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. For the 12 volt models, you can either connect these directly to your car battery or use an adapter that fits in the cigarette lighter. If you don’t like the idea of having to be close to a car or van while sharpening, you can buy a standalone 12volt battery than can be used anywhere.
A manual chainsaw sharpener requires a lot more effort on your part to complete the process, so it may be more exhausting, but is the better option if you don’t have easy access to power.
RPM (Revolutions Per Minute)
RPM, or revolutions per minute measures how quickly a grinding tool or disc will rotate. Generally speaking, the higher the sharpeners' RPM, the quicker it will be to complete the sharpening process.
Even the highest quality of chainsaw sharpeners comes with an element of risk to your safety as you are working with blades, a chain, and often a motor. This is why it is always recommended to wear safety goggles and gloves when handling a chainsaw.
Safety features to look out for with an electric sharpener will include a shield that sits above the grinder and chain, to protect you from any flying debris. Automatic shutdowns that come into play when the machine overheats or the chain jams, and built-in lights to enhance your visibility are other useful additions.
Chainsaw sharpeners vary considerably in shape and size, with no one dimension being a recommendable option. When you are contemplating the size, at first glance you can look at how big the machine is, to see if it will fit your workspace, wall mount, or if it is compact enough to be portable. Yet there are more size aspects to consider to ensure compatibility. The gauge will measure the thickness of your drive links and the pitch indicates the distance between these links.
There must be a match between the pitch and gauge of your chainsaw and sharpeners for it to perform correctly.
Most chainsaw sharpeners are designed to work on the most common pitch sizes. These are the 1/4 inch, 0.325 inch, 3/8 inch, 3/8 low-profile, and the 0.404-inch pitches. You should be able to check the size of your saw pitch by looking at the product information or measuring the distance between chain rivets and dividing this by two.
Extra grinding wheels that suit different pitch sizes will give you further flexibility on the chains that can be used with the chain sharpeners.
You may also want to look for a sharpener that has an adjustable grinding depth, which helps you alter how deeply you cut into the metal. This won’t improve the compatibility of the sharpener but it will give you more control over the end result.
Some of the chainsaw sharpeners we reviewed do state that there are a few brands they are not compatible with or have a reduced list of sizes that they can accommodate this. Always ensure you check full details before you purchase a sharpener for your use.
Q: Why does my chainsaw chain dull so quickly?
If you are concerned that your chainsaw is dulling too quickly, you should first check that the chain is fitted correctly.
Next, you should check the guide bar to ensure there is no damage or twists, which would interrupt the smooth running of the chain.
If the guide bar and chain are correct, then the blades could be getting dull because you are cutting through dirty, damp wood, or bumping earth while it is operating. Any of these obstacles will quickly dull a chain.
Q: How often should you sharpen a chainsaw chain?
Using a blunt instrument, in this case, a dull chainsaw can cause serious injury. A dull saw will kick back more, and in an unpredictable pattern, making it difficult to control. Additionally, the performance and power of the tool will be impacted. If this is the case, you can switch to a pole saw until you sharpen your chainsaw blade correctly.
How often you need to sharpen your saw will depend on how heavily it is used but as a rough guide it should be sharpened every five hours, after especially tough jobs, or when you feel it is not performing as well as usual. A quick tip is to look at the waste material that your saw is creating. Wood chips are normal, but sawdust is a sign that sharpening is needed.
Q: What angle should you set an electric chainsaw sharpener?
The required angle for sharpening will vary according to the blade and the device that you are using so you should always refer to the manufacturers' guide. As a very rough guide, most chains have a 30degree angle, so your sharpener will perform best at a similar angle to this.