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File Sizes for Different Chainsaw Chains

by JEREMY HIPA 28 May 2022 1 comment

As a basic tool for chainsaw chain maintenance, the chain file plays an important role in prolonging the lifespan of your chainsaw. Cutting with a dull or blunt chainsaw chain will reduce your day’s work efficiency. Instead of replacing a new chainsaw chain, sharpening it with a right size file would be a much more cost-effective way to get your chainsaw back to its previous glories.

The size of a chainsaw chain determines the file size and not all chains can be sharpened by the same size of chain file.

Now we will tell you something necessary about chain files, and add the file size chart at the end of the blog for your reference.

File Sizes for Different Chainsaw Chains

  • Chain Pitch

The file size is subject to the chain pitch of your chainsaw chain. The higher the pitch is, the bigger the chain file you’ll need. If you sharpen your chain with a wrong size file, you may destroy the saw chain.

  • File Types

There are two common file types: round file and flat file. The round file is designed to sharpen the side and the top plate of the cutting teeth, while the flat one to sharpen the depth gauge. when choosing a right round file, you should make sure the file size is matching your saw chain size, while the flat file is for common use without much limit.

  • Round File Size Chart

As you can see in the chart, the file size must match the chain pitch for accurate results. Please always look up the chart before buying a file so you know which right file to buy.

Chain Pitch

File Size(in mm)

File Size(in inches)

1/4”

4.0

5/32

0.325”

4.8

3/16”

3/8”

5.5

7/32

0.404”

5.5

7/32

 

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31 May 2022 Zion

Nice blog. Very helpful

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