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Timberline Chainsaw Sharpener

Timberline Sharpener Timberline with Case Stable Platform for Crank Sharpening Carbide Bits Sharpen Evenly Provides Professional Results Provides Professional Results
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Timberline Chainsaw Sharpener

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Body Only
5/32” Carbide
3/16” Carbide
13/64” Carbide
7/32” Carbide

You will need to purchase the Timberline body and the right carbide for you chain.

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Accessory Guides

The Accessory Angle Guides allow the Timberline sharpener to work in the 25-degree or 35-degree position, and can be swapped in for the 30-degree guides that are standard with the Timberline. Comes in a pair with hex wrench.

Accessory Guides

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Replacement Knob

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Remember to get the right bit for your chain!

The Timberline Chainsaw Sharpener is a great tool to get professional sharpening results on your saw chain, and keep your saws cutting at peak performance. The Timberline sharpening tool sharpens every tooth evenly, so you get identical height, length, and angle for top cutting results. The Timberline tool is a solid platform for sharpening each tooth with the carbide cutter, which is operated by a hand crank.

The key to the tool is a solid platform that won't bend, flex, or otherwise move during sharpening. This acts as a fixed guide to sharpen each cutting tooth accurately on the chain with little or no deviation. Each tooth is sharpened individually with the carbide cutter fitted on a hand crank. An adjustable stop or pawl pushes the chain forward into the carbide cutter and thus sets the length of each cutting tooth.

This tool is a great way to increase the performance of your saw and increase safety at the same time. The Timberline Chainsaw Sharpener makes getting sharp chains easy for all levels of users.


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Additional Features

  • Professional sharpening results
  • Sharpens each tooth identically
  • Built to last
  • Increases safety when cutting with sharp chain
  • Limited Lifetime warranty

Choosing the Correct Carbide Size

One sharpener is compatible with all four carbide sizes. The carbide size required is determined by the chain pitch which is usually labeled on the chain saw bar near the motor. This number will be .404, 3/8, .325, or 3/8P.

  • Large 7/32" - 3/8" pitch chain as well as .404" pitch chain
  • Large 13/64" - also for 3/8" pitch, but slightly smaller. Good for 3/8" Stihl chain.
  • Medium 3/16" -.325" pitch chain
  • Small 5/32" - 3/8" small Low Profile chain, Picco, and 1/4" pitch


Manufacturer : Timberline Chainsaw Sharpener
Made in : Assembled in USA of Foreign and Domestic Parts

Carbide Wear

Carbides experience most wear the first time a chain is sharpened. This is due to the carbide not seating properly and binding in the hook of the chain. To avoid this, seat the carbide into the chain by leaving the side knobs loose on the sharpener. Sharpen each tooth of the chain very slightly. You will hear/feel a chatter as the carbide spins which will smooth out as the hook of the chain shapes to the contour of the carbide. This is only necessary the first time a chain is sharpened.

Q: How long will the carbide cutter last?

A: Carbide cutter lifespan is very much based on the user. However, much testing and customer feedback allows us to confidently claim a minimum of 40+ sharpenings. Users may very well exceed twice that number of sharpenings with careful use by not binding the carbide cutter, by always spinning clockwise, and by following the Instructions and reading our Tips and Tricks. Sharpening multiple old chains with a cutter will also increase wear on the cutter as it is reshaping the teeth to the most efficient cutting hook shape.

It is recommended to sharpen the chain often instead of waiting until it is extremely dull. This will make sharpening even faster with a quick touch up while reducing wear on both the carbide cutter and the chain itself.

Level Sharpener

One of the most common mistakes users make when first using the sharpener is not leveling it correctly on the bar. This will cause the carbide to not fit correctly when sharpening the opposite side teeth. First, as the sharpener rocks on the carbide try to visually level the sharpener flat on the bar and tighten the side screws. Remove carbide, pull chain forward to the next opposite cutting tooth and try to insert carbide in the corresponding guide. If it doesn't fit, loosen the side screw directly across and move the sharpener up or down as needed to allow the carbide to be fully inserted.

Sharpen One Side At A Time

By sharpening every other tooth you don't have to fully remove the carbide from the guide. This is much faster and allows you to have two free hands to pull the chain forward to the next tooth.

Chain Not Cutting

If the chain is sharp, but doesn't feel like it is cutting then the depth gauges or rakers need to be lowered. This is the "shark fin" shape directly in front of each cutting tooth. It's purpose is to limit how deep the cutting tooth dives into the wood. As the chain is sharpened not only the length, but also the height is shortened. Eventually these also need to be lowered. Using a flat file, about 2 stokes off the top of each depth gauge is all that is needed. Lowering the depth gauges too much will cause the cutting teeth to take too big of a bite and make the saw jam or worse jump.

Not Cutting Straight

Uneven cutting teeth is often the cause. If one side of the chain has longer cutting teeth they will take a bigger bite out of the wood than the shorter teeth. If the chain is cutting to the left that means the right teeth on the chain are longer, and vise versa. To correct, sharpen only the side with the longer teeth. If the bar has worn unevenly it will also cause the chain to not cut straight.

Even Length Cutting Teeth

Depending on the size of chainsaw, it may be required to sharpen all teeth on the right side before switching to the left side. This is due to smaller saws having a thinner bar which shifts the path of the carbide and moves the intersection point off center. To adjust for this offset, simply readjust or loosen the rear thumbscrew so that the chain is sharpened evenly. By first working the right side teeth and then switching to the left the rear thumbscrew should only need to be re adjusted once.

Customer Reviews

Rated: Excellent Review by: Allen

“After watching several videos and reading reviews, I purchased a Timberline chain sharpener online from WesSpur June 11,2018 and received it June 12th. I got to try it the next day on my Homelite Super EZ that was really cutting badly.

I've always been successful @ sharpening my chains in the past but for some reason cutting has gone from bad to worse recently. I was getting sawdust, forcing the saw and burning my way through whatever I was cutting. It took me a while to set it up the Timberline on the saw but with the videos and following the written instructions I was able to start cutting the saw teeth. I was sceptical that the process would produce any remarkable difference.

I went into one of my pastures where I had a downed alder tree trunk that I had been working on for a few weeks. The diameter was about 12 - 15" and my Homelite has a 16" bar. Both my saws weren't hacking it at all, just a lot of hard labor and sawdust. I was about ready to take my saws to a shop to get them sharpened but that would have taken two to three weeks.

Well I cranked up my mighty might Homelite, laid it on the trunk and did the chips ever fly. It cut better than if I had just put on a new chain. It cut like a hot knife through butter. I whipped out that tree trunk in no time. I'm a true believer in the Timberline system, now my 20" Stihl is next! ”

Rated: Excellent Review by: Tony G

“I could never get my chains really sharp and they always rainbowed slightly. I used get a friend to sharpen them for me. Now he asks me to sharpen his chains with the Timberline. It works and my Stihl MS 361 screams through trees. I use a 16 inch bar and chisel tooth chain. It took a while to get it adjusted the first few times, but now that I have used it a number of times it only takes about 10-15 minutes to sharpen a chain. Now the only rainbow is made of chips flying from my saw. I am more than satisfied. ”

Rated: Terrible Review by: Stu

“ OK, so where to start with this. Well, it is made solid. Other than that, for use as a paperweight, it is WORTHLESS. If your chain is new and shiny like the demo chains in the youtube videos, it will do OK, sharpening a brand new chain, which ofcourse is stupid. Other than that, if you have actually used your chain, you will spend 15 to 20 plus minutes and if your teeth are not exactly perfect, you will need to readjust every tooth, do that 60 or 70 times and see how happy you are. Also, once your teeth get worn back a bit, you will be sharpening into the tool itself, and it will wear out, and fall apart, like mine did, and I am still on the FIRST CHAIN, I have only used this piece of chit less than 10 times. DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY. Buy a file, learn to sharpen, have a bench mount unit at home, sharpen there, and carry a spare chain or two, the weight is about the same, and the speed is way faster. I cant say enough, this is absolute garbage.”

Rated: Excellent Review by: Phill

“Wish I had this 30 years ago. It is rock solid, easy to set up on different saws and chains, and does an impressively accurate, uniform, razor-sharp job. The NiceGuyDave video convinced me to try it - thanks for posting that, it covers pretty much everything you need to know to get started.

I am tempted to get a spare crank handle so I can leave both carbides permanently mounted and not have to take any allen wrenches or other small parts out in the woods. I will probably still touch up chains with the file while in the middle of a job but this is my go-to for bringing chains back up to factory sharp. Will be interested to see how long the carbides last.

When I'm finally too old to run a chainsaw, this will go to my grandson. He wiill probably pass it on as well. It is rock solid. ”

Rated: Excellent Review by: Dale

“ Followed the easy-to-understand instructions and had a razor sharp chain in about 15 minutes. I am going to love this sharpener. Consistent honing angle and it looks like it will last a lifetime. ”

Rated: Excellent Review by: Resort Owner

“I bought this sharpener from wespur, I got it in about 5 days, I have a new stihl ms 250 with a .325 pitch chain. I used it for the first time today. Once set up it works like a dream. I have cut a couple of cords of wood with new chain. Starting to dull from dirt on wood, and occasionally touching the ground. The Timberline sharpener is a great product. I am not that good with a file. Have used grinder in the past, but heats up chain to easy. Kind of expensive, but so was the Stihl. Get what you pay for, as long as China did not make it. ”

Rated: Excellent Review by: CW

“I've traditionally hand filed chains and having them professionally sharpened in-between when time permitted. I wanted to try this out because I figure after 10 or so sharpenings it would pay for itself. I've tried several hand-filing guides and though this product is more expensive than a file sharpener and guide, it is well worth it. The sharpener is very high quality construction and comes with a nice case. I was able to bring back a poorly sharpened and dull chain within about 15 minutes after I got it set up with no training besides reading the instructions. Just set it up right and rip through sharpening! set it for your "shortest" link and quickly even them all out (tapered bit allows aggressive material removal). An A+ and I don't usually review things. ”

Employee Review by: Niceguydave

“I tested the new saw sharpening jig from Timberline. Let me start off with saying I was highly skeptical of the device. I am biased from over 25 years of cutting, and hand filing with a round file is second nature. My Silvey turns chain into a extremely hungry tree-eating device.”

“Out of the box, the Timberline is extremely well built from anodized aluminum block, with a nice tooth adjustment screw and leveling screws. Setup is pretty easy if one follows the instructions. I used it on .325 pitch chain. The carbide cutter runs through preset angle guides (30 degrees top plate) and after it is setup on the bar you just move the teeth into the stop and turn the carbide. It gets the top plate and side plates perfect.”

“I ran the saw through cured Doug fir, Cherry and Alder, and it cut just fine. The big benefit of this device is it allows those who aren't good at hand-filing a chain to have razor sharp chain quite easily, which translates to less fatigue, longer saw life and increased production. A great tool for both the occasional and pro user.”

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