I met the guy who invented the ChainMeister, but can't remember his name. He even sent me one, but I was grinding my chains at the time. So I never really used it.
Basically the same as using a stump vise, but without the powerhead. It works.
You can tap the unmounted bar with a hammer on a hard, flat surface, with a chain's drivers in the groove.
Or a good practice platform. Clean up the rails using a dresser, then hammer them back into shape. Use a dime as a gauge so you don't go too far.
I can totally appreciate these 3 posts and they're interesting but they also sound too much like the strong streak of penny wise/pound foolish in me. Aside from the learning aspect and being able to make a worn out bar work if I was stuck on a desert isle, I don't think it is worth it. Imma just install a new bar and move forward to all the other maintenance/paperwork/appts that need doing.I try to get ever mile out of chains , bars , .... feel kinda like I won when I wear out a bar (as opposed to bending)
I’m the same way. Bars and chains are interesting maintenance but digging into power head functions makes me wince.Depends on what you want to spend time on I guess. I don't mind fooling with bars, and don't really consider it work. I'm less inclined to mess with chainsaw mechanics. I have little doubt I /could/ do it, I just don't want to. My 026 is still in the garage wanting rings(I think). Should be fairly straightforward, but I can't bring myself to do it without a pressing need.
Thats why you have friends who have done this before once or twice , to help with the process, its really not that hard, and some investment into some basic tools like a 3/8 tension wrench and long 1/4" t27 and you can tackle most saws.I’m the same way. Bars and chains are interesting maintenance but digging into power head functions makes me wince.