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Q: How long does it take to sharpen a standard 18" chain? A: Approximately 4 minutes.
Q: How long does it take to set up the machine? A: Once the operator is comfortable with the machine, the setup can be done in less than one minute. Usually 30 seconds is all that is needed.
Q: What is the longest chain you can sharpen with the machine? A: Straight out of the box, the machine is capable of sharpening up to a 36" bar/chain (approximately 116 drive links). Additional attachments can be purchased to accommodate larger chains.
Q: Will the machine do any pitch chain? A: The machine will do any pitch chain including ¼", .325" 3/8", and .404." It can also do skip link chain.
Q: Does the machine do both left and right cutters in the same cycle? A: Yes, the sensor head is made up of three hardened steel pieces. They will detect whether the tooth is a left or right by a difference of pressure on the sensor.
Q: What about the depth gauge? A: The machine can be set to do the depth gauge in the same cycle, or you can skip the depth gauge cycle if desired.
Q: Will the machine do carbide tipped chains? A: The machine will have no problem with carbide chains; however you will have to install a Diamond wheel. (A diamond wheel is not included in the sale of the Franzen)
Q: How many stones come with the machine? A: There are three sizes of grinding stones, a large stone for .404" chain, a medium for 3/8" and a small stone for .325" and ¼" chain. Three of each size is included in the cost of the machine. The machine also comes with two stones for the depth gauge.
Q: How many sharpenings can you get out of each stone? A: Depending on the cleanliness of the chain being sharpened, you can get anywhere from 400-600 sharpenings per stone.
Q: Can you use Borazon wheels with the machine? A: Yes, as long as the center hole of the wheel is machined to the proper size for the motor shaft.
Q: What types of power requirements are needed for the machine? A: The Franzen machine runs off 110V and at least 90-psi air pressure is needed.
Q: How big is the machine and how much does it weigh? A: Length - 25" Width - 25" Height - 75" Weight = 290 lbs.
Q: What kind of maintenance is required? A: The Franzen is maintenance free; there are no lubing points, or filters to change. We only recommend that you blow off the sensor head with air at the end of each day and occasionally replace the special abrasive wheels to ensure the machine is performing at its peak.
Q: Who will train my staff on how to set-up and operate the machine? A: We will send a Stens Representative to your facility to train your staff.
Q: What kind of warranty does the machine have? A: The Franzen Chain Sharpening Machine carries a lifetime warranty, with the exception of the grinding motors and grinding wheels. The motors have a one year warranty, while the grinding wheels carry no warranty.
Q: What types of people buy the Franzen? A: Anyone who sharpens chains. Some of our Franzen customers have included rental stores, tree trimming businesses and small engine repair shops.
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