Chain saw question

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Chain saw question

Post by dayle1960 » May 9th, 2019, 6:34 pm

I was cutting a very hard stump with a chainsaw and noticed the saw dust was just that...saw dust. When I first put the chain into the stump nice chips were flying out of the kerf. But, the inevitable happened and the chain bit into a some dirt.

Here is my question...How much contact with the dirt does it take to dull a chain saw chain? Heck, the wood was very hard and the dirt seemed like the stuff you'd pick up off the top of the lawn. Is there that much grit in dirt to dull a chainsaw chain?

Now I will be the first to admit I am NOT a wood cutter, thus the asking of a silly question destined to be answered by professionals. But after five chain sharpenings it seems almost comical the chain would dull so quickly.

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Re: Chain saw question

Post by Trailsawyer » May 9th, 2019, 7:44 pm

Very little dirt is needed to take the edges off of your chain....... as you now know! All "dirt" is not equal, but i've never found any that was good to cut! On the bad end of the spectrum, volcanic ash can ruin a chain VERY quickly.
At least you can sharpen a chain in minutes, rather than hours on a crosscut!