How to sharpen a chainsaw in four must follow steps

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Knowing how to sharpen a chainsaw is an essential skill to keep it working effectively and consistently. Like any tool if you don’t look after it properly, it won't work as well and won’t last as long. 

You can engage a professional sharpening service to do the job, but with the right know how any DIYer can tackle the job. You might already have the tools to sharpen garden shears safely but these won’t work on a chainsaw. Here, in our expert guide, we explain which are the right tools to use to sharpen a chainsaw as well as explaining how to do it and the steps you need to take to keep your chainsaw in prime working order.  

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Bosch Power for all UniversalChain18 Cordless Chainsaw | £206 from B&Q Tradepoint

Bosch Power for all UniversalChain18 Cordless Chainsaw | £206 from B&Q Tradepoint
Stabilising tip protector with gripping teeth grips the wood, ensuring a clean undercut and minimizing branch damage

Erbauer ECSP51 500mm Petrol Chainsaw |WAS £199 NOW £149

Erbauer ECSP51 500mm Petrol Chainsaw |WAS £199 NOW £149
Superior anti-vibration system allows you to work more comfortably and for longer periods of time

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.