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Re: timberline chain sharpener
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2014, 08:00:11 pm »
I never read anything bad about it.
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Re: timberline chain sharpener
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2014, 09:17:58 am »
Some guys really like it. Never tried one myself but would be curious.

A lot of guys were impressed with the sharpness and consistency of their cutters using this. A few noted that the sharpening angles are fixed and cannot be adjusted, like you can with filing or grinding.

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Re: timberline chain sharpener
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2014, 09:29:11 am »
Some guys really like it. Never tried one myself but would be curious.

A lot of guys were impressed with the sharpness and consistency of their cutters using this. A few noted that the sharpening angles are fixed and cannot be adjusted, like you can with filing or grinding.

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But what comes along with the fixed angles is consistency. Consistency is the problem with hand filing. Even with the typical Oregon and Stihl file plate that attaches to the file.
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Re: timberline chain sharpener
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2014, 09:38:33 am »
There are accessory angle guides for it 30 standard 25 & 35 accessory. See here:

http://www.timberlinesharpener.com/shop/accessory-angle-guides

Still fixed angle for consistency like 660 said.
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Re: timberline chain sharpener
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2014, 03:56:08 pm »


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But what comes along with the fixed angles is consistency. Consistency is the problem with hand filing.

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I'm not arguing against consistency - I mentioned it in my post, and constantly champion it in my sharpening recommendations!  I want all the cutters on a loop to be the same length and at (all) the same angles.

But it is a factor that should be considered among others.  A Granberg type filing jig, and a good grinder, are other ways to get consistency, along with flexibility for different cutting conditions or user preferences.  These aren't important to some guys, but very important to others.

I have heard good things about it and would love to try one sometime, just out of curiosity.

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Re: timberline chain sharpener
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2014, 04:21:11 pm »
At $125 plus $12 for the accessory guides plus ship, that is some expensive curiosity! Add in a spare cutter for $20 (because that little bugger looks easy to loose) and you are halfway to a good grinder.
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Re: timberline chain sharpener
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2014, 09:07:50 pm »
I think that guys need to find something that works for them.  I don't care if it is free-hand filing, or some type of guide, or a grinder, or a Dremel tool, or paying someone to sharpen for them, or buying new chains and selling the dull ones on Craig's List, or using PowerSharp chain, etc.  I am not offended if people do theirs differently than I do.

So if a guy is willing to pay that and it works for him - great.  It is more than a Granberg jig and less than a 511ax.  Doesn't make a lot of noise or dust, and and doesn't require a power outlet.

I am satisfied with what I can do with files, some guides, and my grinder, so for me, there is no incentive to spend money buying one.  But if someone brought one to a GTG, or if I knew somebody nearby that hand one, I would want to try it out.

If it works for a guy who never got filing down, or who just likes this method, $130 could be a reasonable expense to get sharp, consistent chains.  Because I do a variety of chains, I would want the basic unit; plus additional cutters so that I could do 3/8 low profile, .325, and 3/8 chain; plus the angle adaptors = $180 +.  That still might be a reasonable price for the right person - but a lot just to check it out.

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Re: timberline chain sharpener
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2014, 05:09:41 am »
$130 is getting up into the territory of buying a conventional Northern Tool type grinder. They often have a sale that reduces the price considerably. The NT grinder has much more usefulness than the Timberline. Farther more, the NT grinder will do all the common angles you desire without buying additional options.
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Re: timberline chain sharpener
« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2014, 09:45:12 am »
The Timberline product looks to me to be designed for the nich in the market for field sharpening for perhaps those that are 'file challenged'. I mean look at it this way it will probably do a lot better job than a bad file job.
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