I’ve tried that, Dremel makes an attachment just for sharpening saw chains. Unfortunately it doesn’t work real well, it’s very hard to get consistent results with it.Ever hear of a Dremel tool? This has me thinking along the lines of something like that with some type of grinder attachment. I did a Google search of "handheld electric chainsaw sharpener" and "Dremel chainsaw sharpener" and did get some results that popped up. Try searching along those lines and see what you can find.
I thought the same about a flexible light. I've not found one yet, so I started using an LED worklight. It's got a slim profile but still is a bit bulky for this use, however it produces great light for sharpening.Maybe I should try that as well. I don't know why it took me so long, but I just recently put a flexible light directly at my sharpening station, and that's certainly an improvement.
As far as hand-held electric sharpeners... I've seen a few for sale but never used one. I could be wrong, but it strikes me as one of those 'make saw sharpening easy!' gimmick tools. A file and a handle is all I use, freehand everything.
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16 years sober this month. But endorse all else.Hand file and some practice will get chains sharper than brand new. A bench vise at a nice height where you don’t have to bend over, good lighting and away you go. Some music and a few drinks or a doobie. It’s therapeutic at the end of the day. Time to decompress.
Interesting that you’ve had brand new dull chains from Stihl. We’ve bought hundreds of chains from Stihl and never found a dull one out of the box. Makes me wonder if someone used it and returned dull or something.Oh, and to the matter of 'new out of the box chains,' it really is a mixed bag. Regardless of brand, sometimes they come out of the box and rip, other times they can be very dull. Just the other day I put a fresh Stihl chain on one of my saws, and with a quick glance I could tell it was bad. So I walked over to my log pile where I test saws, and it was TERRIBLE, like, 'rocked chain out of the box' bad. Not sure how that happens and it isn't too often, but sometimes it does. Because of experiences like that, I check or test every new chain before bring it to a jobsite, because nothing is worse than being up a tree and being sent a dull saw.