Northern Industrial Tools Bench- or Wall-Mount Chain Grinder
Very nice tool. As everyone has stated, the instructions are useless. Go to YouTube for the correct way to set up the tool. This tool should have a DVD with it for first time users. Assuming that everyone that buys this tool only needs a minimal uninformative manual is a mistake.
After watching a video, I bolted the tool to an 18"- 2x4. This way it can be placed in a bench vise and be rock solid when used, and easy to store when not. I drilled a 1" hole into the end of the board and just hang it on a "J" hook on the shop wall. No sense taking up valuable counter room when not in use. Evidently it can also be wall mounted, but I chose not to.
The tool itself will do a nice job of taking care of your sharpening needs. It really doesn't take much time at all once you have your settings adjusted.
I recommend it for the DIY person.
October 30, 2013
This is my first shot at owning/using an electric chainsaw chain sharpener. Decent tool once set-up. As others have already said, the instructions are useless, but there are a few good videos available on youtube that show proper use of the grinder. Sharpened three chains in about 10 minutes, could have gone faster, but had no reason to. Chains went from throwing sawdust before sharpening to throwing nice wood chips after sharpening. My only complaint is the table tilt/angle adjustment; it does not swivel easily and is difficult to adjust both the angle and tilt at the same time.
September 23, 2013
Does what it says it will do
Fairly solid for the price that you will pay for this. People complain about the directions being vague, I'm not sure as I didn't read them. If you have any mechanical ability, which you should if you are running a chainsaw, you can figure out how she goes together. The only paper you need from the box is the settings for each chain manufacture and size. Had a couple old chains hanging in the garage that I had given up on and this brought them back to life.
September 17, 2013
Works well when you get it set up
Per the other 400+ reviews that say the users manual is useless, that is 100% accurate. The only thing it is really good for is the chain angle/grinder settings. Lots of stuff was loose when I set this up and many things worked loose the first time I sharpened an 18" Husqvarna chain. The locking nut on the cam lock for the chain holder came loose. BE CAREFUL if you have to take this carriage apart - there are two small ball bearings underneath that could easily bounce away and they are NOT shown in the schematic in the lame owners manual.
I used some red thread lock on the top and bottom cam lock nuts and had to use a screwdriver to tighten the top nut back into place - it's about 1/8" thick and no wrench on earth would fit that tight of a space and the cam lock handle looked like a real pain to remove. Once I got that fixed and figured out the settings, the unit worked well. It's a good idea to quickly review settings every few sharpenings as things can move around. Overall, it works well and I would agree with other reviewers that buying the Oregon wheels would be a good idea. The ones that came with the unit were chipped. Bottom line is that it's sort of a pain to set up, but it rocks once you figure it out. No more 3 days of downtime and paying $6 per chain at the hardware store. I was able to sharpen 5 chains in less than 15 minutes when I got rolling so it will speed up a lot of jobs that get interrupted by dull chains.
August 3, 2013
Good value for the price
Overall this grinder works rather well for the price. The user guide could be written better and could be difficult for someone not used to sharpening chains. The depth stop could be designed better as with a little extra pressure one can easily push the grinding wheel deeper, best if just done by eye. The spacers in the chain rail are too wide and when you go to lock the chain in place it rocks/tips, I replaced the spacers with two flat washers and now the chain stays upright. Another issue is the turn knob for the tooth stop, each time the stop is flipped up to advance the chain the knob also moves and loosens, a quick fix was to put teflon tape on the threads. The bottom line is this sharpener once set-up works very well and very fast.
June 16, 2013
Tried and True
I normally cut between 10 and 15 ricks of firewood each season. As an old firewood cutter, I have always touched up my chainsaw chains in the woods, using a file. That works fine for a few times, but if your not an expert, you will eventually have uneven cutters, and need to have them trued up by a chainsaw shop. I have been paying $5.00 per chain to have my chains sharpened by a professional. I decided that at this price, I would give it a try. It takes about 15 minutes to assemble and adjust the sharpener, and a little more, if you mount it on a bench, as I have done. I did a trial run on a chain which I thought was beyond use. I goofed on the first cutter, and made it too short. After getting the hang of it, I sharpened the rest of that chain in a couple of minutes. It became addictive, and I sharpened 5 more chains in less than 10 minutes. The guide keeps everything straight, and all of the cutters come out the same. I saved nearly a quarter of the cost of the sharpener in less than an hour. Now my friends bring their chains to have them trued up, and sadly for me, I don't charge anything. If I charged for my service, I could have paid for the tool many times. If your goal is to have a proffesionally sharpened, straight cutting chainsaw, look no further. This tool works as well as any I have seen in the chainsaw shops, and since they are my chains, I take the time to get a better job. Next on my wish list is a chain breaker, and rivet spinner. My wife may have to come to the woods, if she wants to see me.
April 25, 2013
I use this sharpner quite often.it was fairly easy to set up and it serves my needs well. i have sharpend well over fifty chains.I am very happy with this product and would recommend it for everyone that wants to sharpen their own chains.
April 24, 2013
Very handy but not quite great
I have had this sharpener for a couple of years now. It is smooth running has a quite motor and sharpens my chains with ease. My only complaint is the piece on the bottom that keeps the angle from moving around. Mine will not stay tight. I have to constantly check to make sure that it has not slipped. Machine is almost perfect but not quite.
April 23, 2013
good but not the best
i have had my sharpener for three years cut about 30 or more cords of wood a year. it works well for the quality there are many other brands desinged the same i have used a couple for the money this product is the best buy it workes just as well as the carlton one i used and alot cheeper it has minor flaws but a good choice for me
April 23, 2013
Works as good as Oregon
We have an Oregon grinder at our business. I needed something cheaper at home. This does a very good job. I would recommend it to any one. Been sharpening chains with an Oregon over 40 years.
April 23, 2013