How To Keep Your Stihl Chainsaw Sharp

Stihl offer a range of chain sharpening options to ensure your chainsaw chain gives you optimum cutting performance every time.

The better value option is the traditional filing kit, this kit comes complete with a file holder,  round file, flat file and gauge in a wrap-around case.  With this you will get an accurate chain sharpen but will need to go around the chain twice – once to sharpen the tooth and then again to lower the depth gauge.


The newer ‘all singing, all dancing’ Stihl EasyFile is a fantastic addition to any chainsaw owners kit!  The settings ensure your chainsaw chain is filed at the exact right point and angle to ensure the best cut,  and lowers the depth gauge at the same time to the correct depth below the cutting edge – ensuring that not too much or too little wood is cut into by each tooth, thus giving a good smooth cut.

Both of these kits are available to match the Stihl chain on your chainsaw in a full range of sizes:-  ¼”p; 3/8”p; .235”; 3/8” and .404”  –  ensuring that if you are a homeowner doing light work with your domestic chainsaw or a professional user the right filing kit will enable you to correctly sharpen your chain.

Replacement round and flat files are readily available to ensure you continue to get the best from your filing kits.

Keeping your chain in a good and sharp condition is extremely important to the overall experience when using your chainsaw…we’ve all tried to cut bread with a blunt knife?!  So, the first obvious benefit is going to be that you will find your chainsaw cuts through wood more efficiently.  However,  there are downsides of using a chainsaw with a blunt chain.  A blunt chain will create more dust rather than shavings,  this dust can distribute into the insides of your chainsaw and can result in blockages.  Also, sawdust can absorb the chain oil before it has opportunity to lubricate around the bar and chain which can cause overheating damage to the sprocket, bar and chain.  The motor may suffer as a result of a blunt chain too as it is having to work much harder to meet performance, therefore losing efficiency – your battery may not last as long as it should before you need to re-charge; you may be using more fuel; cutting time is longer for each cut.

You can pop into the World of Power showroom here in Buxton to view the full range of filing kits,  where our staff can give you advice and a brief demonstration to ensure you are purchasing the right item for your needs and know how to correctly file your chain. 

For those who do not wish to sharpen their chain at home can post the chain to World of Power who will sharpen the chain for you professionally and post this back to you in a timely manner.

For those who are looking to replace a damaged chain or have a spare to hand can use the Stihl and Husqvarna chain guide online to determine the correct chain for your chainsaw.