Oregon Bench-Mount Chain Grinder, Model# 511AX
What's owning professional grade worth to you?
I cut 6 cords of wood on average per year, so keeping sharp chains is important to me. I was a sworn advocate of hand filing for years, thinking I could do as good of a job as the shops would do for no money. I was wrong.
My biggest issue was that my angles were inconsistent across the chain. This would lead to quite a bit of vibration, and issues with not cutting straight. Once I realized that, I started taking my chains to a shop twice a year. While I loved the way they cut, it became obvious that the guy at the sharpening shop wasn't concerned with how long my chains might last. He took quite a bit of the tooth with each sharpening, reducing the lifespan of the chain.
I checked out what some of my friends were using, and recognized that the investment in a good bench grinder would pay me back over time. The Oregon 511ax is a professional unit. That means that while it is not the least expensive model out there, it is made to last. All of the parts are replaceable by Oregon, which means repairs are simple.
I recognize that the instructions leave a bit to be desired if you've never touched one of these before, but realistically it can only go together one way. I would recommend purchasing a chain grinder stand as a partner for this unit unless you have a portion of your workbench to dedicate to it.
Use caution setting up your angles on the three adjustments - Oregon may list angles for chains in a different format from your chain's manufacturer.
Not included in the box are the m8 hardware of appropriate length to secure the grinder to your stand or bench. Plan on purchasing 4 m8 bolts, washers and nuts.
One thing I dont like is that the handle for the vice interferes with seeing the angle markings for setting the chisel angle. Not a show stopper, but it seems that there should be a better way.
in response to the issues with the vice handle breaking, I noticed that new units now have a spare handle included in the package. Also included is a spare chain stop.
This is very possibly more grinder than you need, but you can safely expect a long life from the tool, and purchase it knowing it will stand up to almost anyone's chain sharpening workload.
May 7, 2012
This is a very good sharpener, well built and solid. The only problem was the assembly. The directions were very poor which made it difficult to assembly. For the price I paid it should have been already put together or at least came with better directions.
January 19, 2012
set up instructions vague
I had a great deal of difficulty setting this unit up. The instructions are completely useless. I eventually figured it out by looking at the pictures to see how to attach the two seperate pieces. I used a wire tie to colapse and hold the spring while connecting the seperate assemblies. I believe you will find this as difficult as I did. It is simple after several hours of trying to figure it out. The instruction come in 3 different languages and I must assume the other two are just as sorry as the English version! I have sharpened 2 chains and find this product to be good so far. I would have rated 5 stars except for the sorry instructions!
August 1, 2011
Oregon Bench-Mount Chain Sharpener
If your need the BEST Sharpener out there, look no further. Very accurate and is repeatable at the same setting. It pays for itself.
July 11, 2011
i found that it was a good investment
i only had one problem with it the hand tightener messed up on me to keep chain tight in the vise while sharpening try to find were to get another one at
July 9, 2011
Worth the Buy
Easy to use. Instructions are user friendly. Has made my side income of tree removal and stove/campfire wood sale to atleast pay for operational expenses. This sharpener has more than paid for itself and then some.
September 1, 2010
Oregon 511AX Chain Sharpener
Very happy with this sharpener. Simple set up with easy to follow instructions. Controls are handy and easy to operate. If you want a fast and simple to use sharpener. This machine is for you.
June 2, 2010
I have the earlier version of this grinder and am satisfied with it. Needed a little clean up on the castings and the angle scales are off a bit, so not a '5'. This version has a self centering vice and handles up to 3/4" pitch chain without an adaptor so I would prefer this one. Better quality than the cheaper ones, the Oregon name means that parts are available and keeps its resale value, and worth the additional money.
February 24, 2010
Excellent Sharpener and great customer service.
I was looking for a chain sharpener that would be good for all the various saws I own. This one sharps everything from my wife's little rechargable, battery saw to a three foot monster.. Easy to set-up and easy to use, but takes a liltle practice.
When I originally started using it, one of the wheels shattered and destroyed the entire vise assembly (thankfully the wheel guard did its job and I was not hit by debris). Oregon replaced everything promptly and with no cost to me. Kudos to Oregon for outstanding customer service.
February 22, 2010
Oregon Bench-Mount Chain Shapener
This is my second sharpener for chainsaw chains. This one is far superior to the last one. Once set up for the chain, it does all the work. It came with three wheels, two for sharpening and one to grind the rakers. It came with an allen wrench to change the wheels and it is easy to make the changes. The only improvement I could suggest is makeing the marker for setting the angles easier to see.
I would recommend this to anyone except those who I charge to sharpen their blades
March 16, 2009