Northern Industrial Tools Bench- or Wall-Mount Chain Grinder
I set this grinder up to sharpen blades for my Saw Mill Band Saw. It does a great job sharping the teeth for the 1.5 inch x 144 inch band saw blades. It cuts a 16 foot board out of a log in about 30 seconds, just like new blades.
May 20, 2014
Instructions for setting up was a little unclear but any one with reasonable mechanical ability will figure it out. There is left to right play in the pull down so be sure to pull down and away from the tooth till you get use to the play. I sharpened a chain that I was ready to throw out and the chain cut like a new chain and performed well through three full takes of fuel through my saw. That was three face cord of wood. I resharpened that chain 2 more times and got the same performance. Now I am sharpening chains for friends and they are pleased with the performance of the chains I have sharpened using my Northern Tool Chainsaw sharpener!
May 4, 2014
Northern Industrial Sharpener
Works great. We have the $400 Oregon sharpener at work that I use frequently & this one works just AS GOOD! However there are 3 things that I wish were a little better:(1) the chain vise/clamp. When you clamp the chain in place it is done by swinging a lever which wedges the chain tight. Kinda clunky but works fine, just could use some refinement. (2) needs a stop for how far the motor can swing up. The spring that keeps the cutting head from resting on the table is heavy duty & takes the motor all the way up as far as it can go, which causes you to reach for it on every grind. I put a string on it which only lets it raise up half way & eliminated a lot of reaching. Again no big deal. & (3) the table locking screw/knob that you use to tighten the table down is made of pretty cheap plastic. In order to get the table saddle secure you have to tighten the knob pretty good, after a few times the nut that is embedded in the plastic knob will come out. I just took the nut out & use a wrench to tighten the table down now & tossed the plastic knob. The table doesn't have to be super tight but tight enough to keep it from moving so you get a consistent cut on the chain. Again these aren't a deal breaker by any means. Side by side with the expensive Oregon unit, I would still recommend this one all day long!
April 13, 2014
After using the Northern Industrial bench or wall mount chain grinder I've come to realize that this tool will save me at least 7 dollars per chain that I would be paying somebody to sharpen. Also i'm not driving 11 miles to drop my chains off, then go home, wait for the call that there done. Drive back 1 to 3 days later. Go pick up the chains, then drive home again .That's 44 miles!! This tool sharpens my chains to the point of as good as a new chain. The company that was doing my chains were obviously hand sharpening. I am very pleased with this product. It was money well spent. I had to get help from a friend to show me how to use this product. The directions just confused me. After about 20 minutes I mastered the process. I'm glad I made the investment in this tool. It doesn't feel cheaply made, it looks and feels very durable.
October 8, 2012
awful instruction manual
The sharpener appears to be pretty well made. Assembly was easy and I was sharpening my first chain as soon as I figured out what settings I had to use. I keep several new chains on hand and none of them had any information as to the sharpening angles or depth. The table in back of the manual was of little or no help. Fortunately my Echo chain saw manual had the specs and then using an Oregon manual, I was able to set up the machine. The Northern Industrial manual is very hard to read because of the tiny print and the small photos are of little help in assembling or operating the machine. I went to Oregon's website and downloaded their manual for what looks like an identical sharpener. The instructions were much better written and the many pictures and illustrations helped me understand how to operate the machine.
There are basically two operations when you sharpen a chain. First, you sharpen the teeth and second, you grind down the depth guide. That's basically it. I've sharpened only one chain so far and I'll update this review after I've used it.
3 stars for the crummy instruction manual.
January 12, 2012
Simple and quick to use
The Northern Industrial chain saw sharpener is simple to assemble and easy to use. I put it together in less than thirty minutes. I have sharpened over fifty chains with it and have had no problems. I would recommend cleaning chains before sharpening.
October 17, 2011
Saw Chain Sharpener
We use an upwards of 10 cords of firewood a year, so using and taking care of a chain saw is up on my priority list. I had been sharpening my own chains for years, using a bar mounted sharpener. This works pretty fair, but after a few sharpenings, I would have to take the chain in to the local saw shop and get it touched up.
After reading many reviews, and looking at various brands of bench mounted sharpeners, I settled on the Northern Industrial model. I purchased this sharpener about a year ago, and used it many times during the winter cutting season. Set up was fairly easy, and after sharpening a couple of chains, the sharpener was quite easy to use. I feel that this sharpener is well worth the money, maybe it doesn't compare to a professional sharpener, but for heavy home use it rates at the top of my list.
August 30, 2010
Saw Chain Sharpener
sharpener worked well,directions are not clear.
once set up it takes 10 minutes to sharpen 20 in chain.
Works much better than any files I have used,gets the chain angles right every time.used this sharpener for A year good value.
I would buy it again
June 4, 2010
Idustrial Bench/wall chain sharpener
To the facts. I have always been skepticle about reviews. However before I purchased this sharpener, I read the reviews & tried to read between the lines. Most were good reviews. But! Not until I received my sharpener did I know I had made a good purchase, & really did I not know until I had tried out the first old chain I sharpen that had long been thrown to the side. It was as good cutting as any new chain I've ever used. And, I thought setup would be a work in progressive intervals, NOT SO, this unit went together for me like I had acquired a new thought process. Setting the blade to the chain was as simple as eating hot apple pie. Staying to point here; This unit, especially for the money is as good as it gets for positive results.
I am a skilled tradesman and know the benefit of good equipment. This unit will play an important part with my works and I believe for those that have purpose for sound investment in quality/economy tools this unit will standout. I mounted mine to a 2x8 board that could be moved easily wherever I needed it & clamp down for use. All fact, hope it helps you.
May 31, 2010
Everyone needs one!
Last year I was helping a friend clear some land, we would go there everyday and at the end of each day, came the job of filing the chain saws, which always took forever as most days we had to do it several times in the woods... I purchased the Northern Industrial Bench- or Wall-Mount Saw Chain Sharpener and life seen to instantly become better. Now we only needed to sharpen the saws once a day as it was so sharp, they lasted for hours of continuious cutting. Days end would only take about 15 minutes to sharpen all the four saws we each used. Awesome product...
May 31, 2010