i'm trying to think how the dead wood would cause it to get dull faster, but that seems to be the trend with me. My thinking was that it would be easier to cut with a dull chain? I have a stihl and a poulan. I don't know the model numbers, but i guess i should find them, along with the type of chain size. Correct me if i'm wrong, but aren't those diamond wheels the ones you clamp on the front of the bar on both sides and it has something like a fishing real type (or pencil sharpener handle style) and your done in like 3 minutes?
it is harder to cut dried wood. In live trees the fibers are still moist and soft or pliable.
Those fibers shred easy when cutting wet, they form a hard barrier when dried and shrunk together.
what I use are called mounted points, they have a 1/4 inch shank and appropriate front diameter plated with diamond.
It is applied just like a file would be.
Chains are chains, tooth styles change but the sharpening application is the same for all.
I have have seen those new attachments they advertise but never got into them, they refer to them as self sharpeners.
I assume that is what you are talking about. No chain can be properly sharpened in three min. 15 min. Is about average for me.
I do not do a quick field touch up. I just change saws.
One thing most newbies miss is removing the bark when felling a tree. A lot of sand gets into the first 3 feet and dulls the chain quite fast.
Just notch out the bark where you are going to make a cut with an axe.
You have got to keep the nose out of the dirt at all cost also.
I can get 3/4 of a cord of green oak per sharpening.