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Re: Homemade chain vise - In shop hand filing
« Reply #50 on: July 11, 2014, 10:03:32 pm »
Those bar clamps are $27.95 each

https://www.treestuff.com/store/catalog.asp?category_id=229&item=3459

But you could just use a common bench vice
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Re: Homemade chain vise - In shop hand filing
« Reply #51 on: July 11, 2014, 10:22:26 pm »
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Re: Homemade chain vise - In shop hand filing
« Reply #52 on: July 12, 2014, 02:29:52 am »
Handy tool, and great video
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Re: Homemade chain vise - In shop hand filing
« Reply #53 on: July 13, 2014, 01:40:56 am »
ChainMeister as the video showed in the field would be more efficient if the powerhead was still on the b/c and just the 2 upright clamps mounted on the board held the whole saw.
Now in the work shop the setup would work fine sharpening multiple chains but without the board and 2 upright clamps and just the b/c and tensioner  clamped in a bench vise.
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Re: Homemade chain vise - In shop hand filing
« Reply #54 on: July 13, 2014, 12:25:57 pm »
ChainMeister as the video showed in the field would be more efficient if the powerhead was still on the b/c and just the 2 upright clamps mounted on the board held the whole saw.
Now in the work shop the setup would work fine sharpening multiple chains but without the board and 2 upright clamps and just the b/c and tensioner  clamped in a bench vise.

In the vise is how I would use something like that too.
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Re: Homemade chain vise - In shop hand filing
« Reply #55 on: July 13, 2014, 01:54:42 pm »
Slick setup though,  the inventor put alot of thought into and did a nice job building it.
Was the inventor Jim Smith AKA "Tree Machine"?
I think I remember all the discussion of it years back on Tree World. Speaking of TW what ever happened to Ekka?
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Re: Homemade chain vise - In shop hand filing
« Reply #56 on: July 13, 2014, 08:17:35 pm »
Slick setup though,  the inventor put alot of thought into and did a nice job building it.
Was the inventor Jim Smith AKA "Tree Machine"?
I think I remember all the discussion of it years back on Tree World. Speaking of TW what ever happened to Ekka?

His site went down the tubes. Heck he got way worse then AS was in his gestapo ways.  He read PM's too just like AS did.

Also on the cheinmester thing. Guy brought up you have to unclamp both clamps from bar to switch chains. I didnt catch that.
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Re: Homemade chain vise - In shop hand filing
« Reply #57 on: July 13, 2014, 10:37:53 pm »
Slick setup though,  the inventor put alot of thought into and did a nice job building it.
Was the inventor Jim Smith AKA "Tree Machine"?
I think I remember all the discussion of it years back on Tree World. Speaking of TW what ever happened to Ekka?
His site went down the tubes. Heck he got way worse then AS was in his gestapo ways.  He read PM's too just like AS did.

Also on the cheinmester thing. Guy brought up you have to unclamp both clamps from bar to switch chains. I didnt catch that.

Your kidding me.  AS was reading PM's that the members were sending to each other.   That is low life.
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Re: Homemade chain vise - In shop hand filing
« Reply #58 on: July 14, 2014, 12:41:47 am »
The Chainmeister clamps are the ones I showed in Post#17 in this thread; they are very well made. My 'home made' versions are in Post#18; fun to make, and they work too. 

TreeMachine intended the clamps to be mounted to a truck or bench, but I mounted them to a small board so that I could clamp them to any surface, including a picnic table, trailer bed, tailgate, etc.  Anywhere where a regular stump vise would not be convenient.  I also attached a small, pivoting, wooden cleat to the bottom of one board, so that the clamp can be held in my woodworking vise, which is flush with the workbench, as opposed to a mechanic's vise, which is mounted on the surface.  That works well, with the powerhead supported by the bench, instead of being up in the air.

I also modified one of the Chainmeister clamps: cutting off the base and having a 3/4" threaded rod welded on.  This one drops through a hole in a trailer bed, work table, etc.: anywhere that the vise might be used periodically, but not permanently.  It is clamped by a large wing nut from below, holds rock solid, and eliminates the use of clamps, which some people did not like.

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Re: Homemade chain vise - In shop hand filing
« Reply #59 on: July 14, 2014, 12:54:45 am »
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(HolmenTree) ChainMeister as the video showed in the field would be more efficient if the powerhead was still on the b/c and just the 2 upright clamps mounted on the board held the whole saw.
Now in the work shop the setup would work fine sharpening multiple chains but without the board and 2 upright clamps and just the b/c and tensioner  clamped in a bench vise.

I have never used the Chainmeister, but see how it could be a good option for some guys.  Especially, if they sharpen multiple chains that fit the same bar, and they sharpen somewhere where they don't have the powerhead, or don't want to bring a fueled/dirty powerhead (e.g. in their home). Or maybe to sharpen while someone else is running the saw.

In another discussion, TreeMachine noted a feature that was not obvious.  If you file a lot of chains that fit the same bar, you can drill 2 holes in the bar and mount it on the OUTSIDE of the clamps, using the same screw knobs.  This lets you mount and unmount the chains for sharpening with the Chainmeister, without having to remove the bar from the clamps (or a bench vise) each time.

As noted, I like the clamps for holding a saw on a flat surface that may not have a vise. One clamp is sufficient to hold the bar when the powerhead is still attached, just like a conventional stump vise.

Philbert

EDIT: added a photo showing the bar mounted on the outside of the clamps.

 

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