It doesn’t matter that if you regularly use a pruning saw or seasonally, the blade of the saw will be blunt one day. Cutting down on some small wooden blocks will be tedious, and it can require lots of effort. There are no other options than buying a new saw or getting the old one fixed by sharpening the blades.
Dull blades can exhaust you easily, and the most reliable solution is to get a file and sharp the blade again. It sounds easy but isn’t for first-timers. There is a technique that helps in getting the right kind of sharpening to the blade. Without wasting any more time, grab your coffee and learn the sharpening method with five easy steps.
1. Cleaning The Blade
Blades of pruning saw are made of steel mixed with alloys to provide better strength, higher durability, and a rust-free surface. However, if your pruning saw exposes to plenty of moisture and you lack maintenance, it can collect debris and small particles of wood. So, the very first step is to clean the blade safely using cleaning agents. You can use brushes and a jaw full of cleaning agents or a household detergent.
2. Remove Blade from Saw
Cleaning the blade when it is in the frame eases up your work and provides plenty of comforts. Now, it’s the right time to remove the blade from the frame. Most manufacturers of pruning saw include a manual to help you remove or install a new blade easily. This manual will be helpful and help you know about the exact method. If you don’t know the right method and lost manual guide, then you can find few videos regarding the pruning saw model you have.
3. Sharpening the Blade Teeth
Holding the blade in your hard and sharpening is impossible. So, begin by safely putting the blade in a vice. After placing the blade tightly, use the grinding rod. If you don’t have any, you can get them from a local hardware store easily. These are small rods that are like a nail filer. There are many sizes, so buying a kit of different sizes will be helpful.
Start by placing the grinding rod in between the blade’s teeth and pushing it at an angle of 75˚. Do it carefully and repeat the same 6-7 times on the same teeth. Follow the entire method on alternative teeth. Once you are done on one side, repeat the same from the other direction. Well, the blade will be completely sharp.
4. Get rid of Extra Burs
If you are new to sharpening, you might not know about burs. When you sharpen a blade, there will be burs in the other direction. These are small metal particles that end up forming in the opposite direction of the blade. You need a hand saw sharpening tool or you can use a sharpener to get rid of these burs. Using the sharpener on the opposite side will get rid of burs.
5. Lubricating the Blade
After completing the whole process, you are done sharpening the blade. Now it is time to lubricate the blade. You should test out the blade on wood or some other material before lubricating. Put your blade in the frame against and check if it cuts through wood easily or you must do a little more sharpening. If everything is all right, lubricate the blade and you are good to go.
Most of the time, a grinding rod can get you prominent results. If you have sharpened the bow several times then the blade isn’t going to offer you such an impressive result after sharpening. Replacing the old blade with a new one would be a better choice. Make sure that you choose the right kind of sharpening tool and use all the safety gears to reduce the risk of cuts.