ChainMeister Filing Device
The ChainMeister is a revolutionary time-saving device that solves a longstanding problem; the issue of having to incorporate an entire chainsaw into the sharpening of a chain. As we all know, the chainsaw powerhead itself has nothing at all to do with sharpening a chain, except for the tensioning device within the saw.
The ChainMeister IS the tensioning device. It is designed to do one thing, and one thing well: mount and tension a chainsaw chain on a chainsaw bar, allowing you to hand-file chains without bringing an actual chainsaw into the mix. This means you never have to put a dull chain back onto a chainsaw. You sharpen dull chains on the ChainMeister and your chainsaw gets only sharp chains from now on.
In use, you only tension 1/2 turn to sharpen, 1/2 turn the other way to loosen and advance the chain. Removing the sharpened chain can take as little as 5 seconds. Putting on a dull chain back on, about 10 seconds.
The ChainMeister is designed to accommodate any length chainsaw bar, from power pruners and top-handles up to the Magnums. Any pitch chain ; 1/4", .325 and 3/8" will work. All gauges of chainsaw driver links will work; .043, .050, .058 and up to .063 . As well, all bar mount slots are accommodated, all the way up to the Stihl .475 widths will work on the ChainMeister. Any bars or chain from any manufacturer will work.
You supply the bar for the length chains you will sharpen. Old, retired bars can be used, as long as the sprocket nose still works and the guide rails are dressed and the guide rail slot is cleaned and lubricated. Bent or old, rusty bars are not recommended.
The ChainMeister is the most innovative chain management device inside the logging, forestry and arboriculture industries. Apply the ChainMeister onto the bar and chain, secure the bar into a vise or other clamping mechanism and begin sharpening with a new level of control, speed and precision. Longer bars and chains, from 18" to beyond 48" will realize the greatest benefit. You no longer have to tie up a chainsaw to sharpen a chain.
The ChainMeister is now available in both Zinc-Galvanized, or in a long-lasting All-Stainless Steel.
4.8 out of 5 star average customer rating based on 6 reviews - See all reviews
Except the 880. - 10/04/2014
The ChainMeister is more convenient than sharpening with the power head attached. Using the bar clamps it's pretty easy and quick to file a chain with out the power head moving around as you file. The only bars that it does not fit are those for my Stihl 880. That being said, it is possible to snug the chain up enough and then tighten the 'wing nut' to achieve a reasonable chain tension to allow chain filing.
Good gear - 12/12/2013
Reviewer: Chip Hildreth
Makes sharpening at a bench much easier than leaving the bar on the saw. Haven't tried it in the field yet.
I find that I can do 5-6 cutters (both sides) before rolling the chain. Doing just cutters you can do a precise job on a dirty 24 inch chain in like, 3 or 4 minutes.
It could be refined in spots but this tool is easily worth every penny if you hand sharpen chain.
I like Kevin's idea of using it to store a bar with chain, ready to work.
Just bought the bench vise.
bar swap - 12/04/2013
Reviewer: Kevin Bingham
what I love is having my 28" 36" bars and chains set up on the Chainmeister ready to go when I get to a job. I start out the day with the 24" on there and then when I get into the bigger wood I can go easy swap. The chains and bars are stored nice and neat and ready to be sharpened. I like to reserve the 28" and 36" inch bars and chains for only the very absolute necessary time on the saw. The rest of the time they are chillin on the chainmeisters in their condoms waiting to go to work.
Just get one! - 10/30/2013
I just tried the ChainMeister on my first rocked out chain and all I can say is, "WOW!"
I mounted the bar in my bench vice and I didn't have to fight the chainsaw to sharpen the chain. It took me less time and I did a better job sharpening the chain with the ChainMeister.
The added bonus, if you flip the bar upside down the alternate side cutters are right there in the perfect position.
If you are a die hard hand filer get a ChainMeister, you won't regret it.
Speed indeed - 04/23/2013
Reviewer: Sharper than Sharp
Finally an improved way of handling chain sharpening duties. This is the missing link (get it?) in my sharpening setup.
This is one of those tools I wish I'd had 20 years ago.