As you sharpen the saw tooth, the depth gauge setting will automatically decrease. Once you have sharpened all the cutting teeth, you must check the depth gauge setting and adjust it if necessary. To check the depth gauge setting, use the appropriate filing gauge for the chain pitch.
To do this, simply place the filing gauge onto the saw chain. If the depth gauge protrudes beyond the filing gauge, it needs to be reworked.
Using a flat saw chain file, file the depth gauge horizontally so that it is flush with the filing gauge. For saw chains with humped drive links, the humps are worked on at the same time as the depth gauge. If the depth gauge is at the correct height, file the top of the depth gauge at an angle parallel to the service marking on the chain – do not lower the highest point of the depth gauge any further. Be careful not to touch the freshly sharpened blade tooth with the flat file. If the depth gauge is too low, it will increase your chainsaw’s kickback.
Theoretically, it is also possible to adjust the depth gauge without a filing gauge. In order to do this, you must work with the service mark at all times. However, this type of freehand sharpening is more prone to errors, which is why we recommend using a filing gauge. Caution: Always use a flat file to reset the depth gauge. Round files are not suitable for this task!
Product tip: you can use the 2-in-1 file holder to sharpen the teeth of your saw chain and reset the depth gauge to the correct height at the same time.