Oregon Bench- or Wall-Mount Chainsaw Chain Grinder, Model# 108181
The grinder is made of plastic and very thin metal castings. The plastic arm frame has a lot of flex. The motor is very small. Results could be made to vary based on how much weight I allowed my hand to exert on the grinder. I was very disappointed with this machine.
October 4, 2013
Sharpen chains all day
Purchased it last year I bought a smaller wheel for smaller chains. Takes a minute to change. Can sharpen all my chains under an hour. A little practice and you are on your way.
September 19, 2013
Oregon Chainsaw Chain Grinder
Very usefull tool well worth its price. After reading the instructions I set the sharpener and started. After reading the instructions I also went to youtube to watch a video to see if there was any pointers, also very helpful. I have about 20 chains laying around the garage because it was easier to buy new ones then sharpen them by hand. Now with the Oregon grinder it takes me about 5 to 7 minutes per chain.
April 23, 2013
Great Item for our shop, Quality machine.
Very nice unit, took less then 3 minutes to set up, and sharpen first chain perfect and it only took about 7 -8 minutes to do. Very nice unit, will be buying several more for my shop. We employ disable veterans, and need good tools and equipment that will be simple to use, but that will perform. This tool was better then expected.
August 13, 2012
Chain Saw Sharpener
An excellent piece of machinery that will pay for itself quickly. It allows full sharpening jobs, and your chains will last longer than if you send them out. As well, it's easy to touch up after any number of usages to have the chainsaw operating at maximum efficiency. I highly recommend this product.
May 14, 2012
Doing it right!
After years of "sharpening" by hand, I now am doing it much faster and with better results. This sharpener pays for itself by prolonging chain life as well as helping to speed up saw time. I've even taken an old chain which I "butchered", and cleaned it up as good as knew. Easy to assemble and use. Did not even need instructions.
March 14, 2011
Sharpen the chain saw!
We live in the mountains of Northern California, and my husband cuts 6 cords of wood each year. Obviously, his chain saw needs frequent attention, and when we were unable to find the grinding disc for his present sharpener (that his Dad had bought 30-40 yrs ago!) we looked and looked for the best tool, for the best price. We purchased the Oregon Bench Mount sharpener. My husband went right to it, just as soon as it was delivered...and WOW! What a great tool. He is more than happy with the ease of working the product, as well as the success that he felt immediately. He feels as though it did such a great job, that he won't have to sharpen it as often.
November 17, 2010
Easy to use does an awsome job on my chains...its so easy I sharpen my chain gas, and oil my saw every time I use it.... You have so much control just a lite touch its right back to like new. I have had my friends ask to sharpen theirs they said it so sharp they can't belive it their saw. I was going to buy the DR sharpener till I saw it was this brand they are shipping out... I cut 40 face cord to feed my Heatmor another awesome stove.....thanks for making my life that much easier....
November 16, 2010
This sharpener compares to a sharpener at one forth the cost. but at a very inflated cost. It comes with one wheel and has one adjustment for sharpening and made of plastic. When sharpening a saw chain there is 3 important angels not just one. Does have a good motor. Very unhappy sent it back.
November 16, 2010
AWESOME product, assembly instructions need work
Awesome product, but I did not like the assembly instructions (they should be more detailed, and with better pics), and it does not include the nuts and bolts for mounting (you need large ones, at least 1/4 inch thick x 2 inches long; the holes are even thicker than 1/4 inch, but I did not measure the exact diameter), and it does not include some other parts for grinding the guides on the chain instead of just sharpening the cutters. For these reasons I gave it a 4 instead of a 5.
For example in regards to the instructions: The arbor came unattached to the drive shaft, but it is not included in the picture & list of assembly parts, nor as part of the assembly instructions. Therefore, they don't tell you that youhave to attach it to the drive shaft. OK, this is common sense, but it still takes a bit of thinking about it. PLUS, it turns out that the arbor will fit on the drive shaft VERY loosely at first, with no screw or anything to hold it tightly in place on the shaft. But then it tightens up automatically onto the shaft once you first turn it on with the grinding wheel attached, so all the while you're worrying about how the heck the arbor will stay attached to the drive shaft since there is nothing to hold it in place initially, until you turn it on and see that it has self tightened. A bit of unnecessary anxiety that could have been avoided with better instructions.
Also, they don't tell you that the on/off switch will not lock into the on position when the product is not plugged into an outlet, so initially you think that the switch must be broken & you start worrying about having to send it back. But then you plug it in and turn it on & the switch stays in the on position. A nice feature since it prevents you from plugging it in with the switch inadvertedly turned on, but again, better instructions would have been appreciated.
Also, they don't tell you that you should attach the operating handle BEFORE attaching the grinding wheel and the cover...then when you realize this yourself, you have to take it apart again and re-attach everything. It doesn't take very long, but it is a bit annoying and something they can easily improve upon.
And the cover assembly instructions could have been better, with a close up pic of how it attaches, and where the screw goes.
And the spring loaded guide to keep the chain from traveling to the left could have been explained better, as well as how to set the depth guide on it and on the grinding wheel too. But you just have to use common sense and figure that out yourself.
If you want to attach this to a vise instead of directly to a table, then be sure to get the separate mounting bracket. It would be nice if the sharpener and the bracket came with the nuts and bolts for mounting, but no, you have to get them separately. As stated above, at least 1/4 inch x 2 inches is what you need, and even thicker than that is better. Also, the mounting bracket is a bit too short and narrow; it doesn't extend the full width of the bottom of the unit, and if it was a bit wider then it would support the unit better. I am thnking of adding a piece of wood or thick sheet metal between it and the unit so that it extends to the full width of the bottom of the unit and holds it up better.
If you want to file down the guides on the chain then you need to separately buy a second griding wheel (the larger size one), a guide, and a file.
OK, apart from all of that (and I know it sounds like a lot, but it only took away 1 star from my rating of it) the product is pretty awesome once you get it assembled & figure everything out. It will sharpen a 20 inch bar chain in 5 minutes, and put a niiiiice, sharp edge on it, and save you lots of money in the long run.
I would definitely recommend it; just keep everything I wrote above in mind when you get it (or even to prepare ahead of time) and you'll be fine.
September 9, 2010