Chainsaw curves when cutting

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by canfossi, Nov 26, 2005.

  1. canfossi

    canfossi Well-Known Member

    Sep 18, 2005
    My husky chainsaw hasn't been cutting straight lately. When I cut through wood is curves to one side a bit. I am holding the saw straight, the chain is pretty sharp and the bar is straight as far as I can see. Any suggestions? Hope you can help, thanks Chris
  2. TxCloverAngel

    TxCloverAngel Happiness is Homemade

    Jun 20, 2005
    Kenefick Texas
    hubby says get a new bar & chain. lol why? he said cause they arent working right! lol geesh men lol Good Luck

  3. norris

    norris Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2004
    Just getting your chain sharpened professionally will make a world of difference. The bar is probably OK. That's why I quit sharpening my own chains, I'm no good at it.
  4. TnAndy

    TnAndy Well-Known Member Supporter

    Sep 15, 2005
    EastTN: Former State of Franklin
    The cutters on one side are sharpened differently ( either the angle or the amount of 'sharpness', or even the length of the tooth ) than the other side.....hence it leads to one side.

    If you hand file, you need a jig to help you hold the angle correctly, and make sure you have each tooth close to the same length.

    Probably the best thing to do at this point is take to to a place that does a machine sharpening, as this will get all the teeth back to the same length and angle. I don't like to use them because I know HOW to sharpen, and they remove way too much tooth for my money.....couple grinds and most times the chain is gone.

    Best thing to do when hand sharpening is touch up the teeth with each tank of gas....way eaiser to KEEP a chain sharp than bring it back from the condition yours is in.
  5. ace admirer

    ace admirer Well-Known Member Supporter

    Oct 4, 2005
    Yeah, new bar is the sure thing...but make sure the angle you are sharpening the chain is constant left and right..its best to have it sharpened on a machine if you are unsure of that....then while chain if off bar. look at the bar itself.. the shoulders to the left and right of the chain groove should be level with each other and show no unusual wear...if not even or shows a wear groove, take a flat file and dress the length of the bar. both side while you are at it. if after all that,,the groove itself could be worn and not supplying good easy fit for that...except the new bar deal.
  6. Evan Fryman

    Evan Fryman Well-Known Member

    Jul 5, 2003
    Oregon, Coos Bay
    Get a 12 volt Sharpening kit , so you can do it rite every time, Or
    that little Chop saw looking thing !!!!
    The chop saw one is what the pros use, Makes it Quick and Accurate
    ever time !!
  7. agmantoo

    agmantoo agmantoo Supporter

    May 22, 2003
    Zone 7
    Ditto what TnAndy said. From the operators view if the cut is ) then the left side of the chain has a problem and obviously if like this ( then it is the right side that is dull or improper.
  8. LittleJohn

    LittleJohn Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2005
    Well obviously the chain is sharper on one side than the other. Usualy means you hit a rock/gravel or a wire be very carful where you cut if I'm cutting close to the ground I always feel for rocks first. As others stated it could be the way you sharpen it I always count strokes when sharpening to get them all the same. Also need to keep the same angle on both sides not as easy as it sounds when changeing sides. Like the others said if it gets bad take it to a pro to sharpen. You might even get someone to show you how if your lucky.
  9. Iddee

    Iddee Well-Known Member

    Sep 25, 2005
    Middle of NC
    It looks to me like everyone is making a mountain out of a molehill.
    If you look at the cutting teeth, you will see they alternate, one on the left, one on the right. If it is cutting to the right, file one stroke only on each tooth on the left. Try it. It will then cut less to the right than before. If it needs it, give it one more stroke of the file on each left tooth. It won't take long to get it cutting straight again. If cutting to the left, do the opposite.
  10. horselogger

    horselogger Well-Known Member

    Jan 9, 2004
    a covered wagon crossing america
    find a professional to teach you to mproperly isn't rocket science...notice my name...I am a sawyer.
  11. Hoop

    Hoop Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2003
    Northern Wisconsin
    Well put horselogger

    The first thing to do is see if the chain is sharp. If you are unable to hand file it, then you'll have to get one of those machine type filing things. Of course, those only get the chain about 1/2 as sharp as a good hand filing does.

    If, after filing, it still cuts to one side, it means your bar is slopped out. If you have a bar rail tightener, give it a few runs. Otherwise, replace your bar. If it still cuts to one side, replace your chain as well.

    This is a common malady and its happened to me often. Particularly when cutting "softer" woods in summer.
  12. Scomber

    Scomber Well-Known Member

    Jan 30, 2005
    I believe the problem is not in how sharp the teeth are, but how deeply they cut. I've had a similar problem at times, and it's always shown up after I've touched up the rakers. I find them much more touchy about how much is enough than the teeth are too, so if you find one side has been filed a little too much, it may take several sharpenings before you wear the teeth down enough to match them and get the chain to really cut right.

  13. bill not in oh

    bill not in oh Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2004
    My saw was pulling to the left when I was cutting - took the chain to the shop, the next morning and six bucks later I was cutting really straight and fast...

    Hoop (or anyone else) why particularly soft woods and why during the summer?

    And do soft woods dull a chain faster than hard woods?
  14. woodspirit

    woodspirit Well-Known Member

    Aug 3, 2005
    Bristol, ny
    I sharpen mine pretty much everytime it runs out of gas. Sometimes I hit it with a file, sometimes with mechanical sharpener. About every ten times I take it to get done at a Stihl place. You'll spend more on bars and gas and fatigue with a dull blade. Just plain dangerous.
  15. HermitJohn

    HermitJohn Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2002
    The bench mounted "chop saw" type sharpener is my preference too. You get a very even sharpening and unlike the high school kid in the hardware store, you dont need to take off much metal, just set it to barely bump the cutting surface. And if one tooth gets damaged, dont grind all other teeth down to match it. You will waste lot of your chain's life. Just ignore the damaged tooth and sharpen as normal and then sharpen damaged tooth separately. I got an Oregon bench type sharpener from place closing out on them some years ago. They are rather pricey now (over $300) and if I were buying such now, would look hard at one of the China made ones for under $50 off ebay.

    I like my present system of a bench sharpener with couple spare chains, but you can of course get bar mounted jig to let you use regular file out in woods. Those dremel style sharpeners require great care not to burn the metal. I personally dont like them. Free hand with file is pretty much only for those who use saw regularly year round and thus are well practised or else have a very good eye. I can sharpen a chain with a file but get lot more life out of a chain with the bench mounted "chop saw" style sharpener. With prices they want for chains anymore, you will pay for such a sharpener quickly and the lack of frustration is priceless.