Buffalo Tools ECSS
The best-selling Buffalo Tools ECSS is designed to be mounted to either a bench, a wall, or a vice, and has an industrial-duty, 85-watt, 60-Hz motor capable of an impressive 4,200 RPM, making it good for quick work. It adjusts to most popular chain types.
The compact and portable Oregon 30846 runs off any 12-volt battery, so you can maintain your equipment while on site, and it includes two sharpening stones that extend its work life. It also has a built-in depth gauge for precision work.
Oregon 310 Mini
The Oregon 310 Mini provides the efficiency of a bench grinder-style model, and its small size makes it convenient for those who don’t have a ton of workspace. It’s designed to handle all popular chain brands, and beginners will appreciate the included grinding template.
The Granberg G-106B is a bar-mounted model that sits firmly and attaches easily to most chains within seconds. It’s a good manual option for those who prefer to feel their blade, though keep in mind it does not include the files you will need.
The Husqvarna SharpForce comes in different sizes to best suit your saw style and tooth grit. The file is replaceable, but you won’t need to swap it out any time soon, because the hardened steel can be maintained with a simple file card.
For those who specifically enjoy the experience of working with their hands, the Husqvarna 531300081 includes a combination gauge that helps you keep the file at the ideal angle to produce the most effective bevel on the chain’s teeth.
Stihl Easy File
If you don’t mind putting in the effort of maintaining your gear without the assistance of electricity, the Stihl Easy File may work for you. It takes up virtually no space, has comfortable handles, and is one of the most affordable solutions out there.
The Katzco Kit is a great option for keeping your saw sharp while working in the field, where bulky grinders and bar-mounts just aren’t practical. Its roll-up design makes it extra portable, and the hardwood handle provides a safe and secure grip.
The Oregon 520-120 works on chains with a whole range of pitches, including 1/4, 3/8, 0.325, and 0.404-inch. It features a self-centering vise and customizable handle positioning, so you can always get the perfect edge with minimal chance of mistakes.
The ergonomic and portable Timberline Sharpener clamps onto your blade bar and, using a high-grade, tungsten carbide cutter, sharpens each tooth as you pull the chain through it. It’s the ideal tool for those who work in the bush or on a farm.