Granberg Bar-Mount Chain Saw Sharpener, Model# G-106B
Found this product very easy to use. Sharpened my first chain in about 10 minutes. Too bad it's made so cheap, I only made it to my second chain and the pot metal cracked and it fell apart. I was being very careful with it. It's just not made well. Worked great for one chain. I will return it.
November 15, 2013
Great jig after you get used to it - poor instr.
When my small electric grinder died a year ago, I bought the Granberg G-106B. The instructions were worthless except for the pictures. Luckily there are a couple of decent how-to videos out there, so set-up went OK. Tolerances and alignment weren't quite right, it was "sticky", hard to push the bar thru the guides for a smooth, full stroke. I tweaked the alignment of one of the guide holders, used fine emery cloth on the sliding bar, and applied a touch of SuperLube grease...now it's action is smooth. I find that my chains are now sharper than they were using the grinder, and they cut faster. It doesn't take me much more time to use the Granberg than the old electric grinder. I go slow, it takes me about 20 minutes to do one chain for the 33" bar on my Stihl 044, and about 10-15 minutes to do a chain for the 16" bar on my Stihl 029. I couldn't be happier. Another plus is that I don't need to carry so many extra chains, I can sharpen a dull one right in the woods.
You need to be careful, the parts are aluminum or pot-metal, so if you bang the sharpener around in your equipment bag you can bend it - best to find or make a box to protect it. Also, the little spring-blade that serves as a stop for the chain links is pretty thin, so again, be careful. But once you get used to this little machine, it will do an amazing job on your chains.
Like other chain sharpening systems, this one doesn't address raker height, so you need a cheap depth gauge and a small flat file so you can check and adjust the raker height after 3 or 4 sharpenings. Otherwise, as the teeth get filed down they get shorter, and pretty soon you're producing fine sawdust instead of nice fat chips.
December 14, 2012
Granberg Bar-Mount Chain Saw Sharpener, Model# G-1
Hard to set up. Instructions are useless and appears to be a piece of junk. Wasted money
December 8, 2012
The instructions with this product are absolutely the worst of any product I've ever purchased -- period. They are worse than useless because the tool comes out of the box in a backward position.
I've yet to make the thing work for me because I'm guessing at every setting.
Only buy this product if you already know how to sharpen a chainsaw. Otherwise, you are in for a frustrating experience.
November 23, 2012
I bought this because my dad had one that he used for his saws. I tried another one but it was all plastic.
This sharpener got very good reviews which prompted me to try it as I have been looking for one for a while. Out of the box it was awfull. The directions to me were worse than awfull. It came packaged reverse of the way it should be set up. The only thing that saved me from sending it back were the pictures and from them I could put it together. Using it started off very slow but got easier as I learned how. All in all it puts a very good edge on my chains and I do now like it. Better directions are a must!!!!!
October 16, 2012
Granberg Chain Saw Sharpener
The sharpener works well once you figure out how to set it up. It would be nice if better instructions were included. However, it is worth the price.
October 8, 2012
Did not work for me
I tried to use the product per the instructions but the file would not engage the tooth on the blade properly. I was also not happy with the way the chain was advanced. I stopped using the product and went back to doing it by hand.
August 20, 2012
Granberg chainsaw sharpening tool
While not the best built of tools (all cast die metal) it does work with some patience. I recommend looking at the set-up pictures on the package over using the directions at first. There is also a lengthy review that may help someone. It worked fine and once I mastered the set up I did 2 chains in 10 minutes. I spent the bulk of my time getting the chain properly adjusted on my Stihl 250 so I am definitely a novice fixing a chainsaw. You will learn a lot about your saw and the chain using the tool.
August 13, 2012
Great tool terrible instruction sheet/set
The tool works very well, but the instructions set/sheet was totally incomprehensible. If I had not used one of the bar mounted chain saw sharpening tool before I would not have been able to set it up and use it using the direction provided with the tool. It would have been a 5 star rating but the instruction set pulled it way, way down.
June 11, 2012
Does a great job
Simple, well built, and easy to use - once you figure out how to use it (which is the hard part). I find it works best when you put your bar in a vise, set it up and do all the teeth on one side, then all the teeth on the other. Know your size file and the angles to hit. It is especially good at keeping the file focused on the upper, biting part of the tooth.
May 7, 2012