Wanted: Recommendation for chainsaw blade sharpener

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After spending some coin on this 16" chainsaw, I imagine it would be far smarter to sharpen the blade when getting dull rather than just replace it with a new one.  

I have seen quite a few videos on YouTube with sharpeners that look like they clamp onto the blade and will index themselves to the correct position where the file can be run through to properly sharpen the blade.  

Where would be best to get one of those and is there a particular brand that is better than others?  
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Home Depot has all that stuff.  Just be sure to get the correct diameter round files.  there are 3 popular sizes.  For the 14" that I have, the smallest size ( 5/32") is the correct one.  I also bought the guide plate that doubles as a handle.  It's pretty easy to file the chain correctly, using the guide.  I'd never done it before and had no problems doing it properly by utilizing the guide.
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I should add that I am in Canada, so our home depot really sucks and doesn't have half the items that are stocked in the USA.  
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I did look that up, and the manual says:

Use a 0.177" (4.5 mm) diameter round file and holder (available separately). Do all of your filing at the middle position of the guide bar.

I can't seem to find a 4.5mm round file.  The 5/32" is too small, and the 3/16" is too large.  I'd rather not have to import a file from Europe to get the one specified in the manual.  What should I use?
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weird.  chains should be standard sizes.  can't help further.
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The Oregon website, who is the OEM for the bar/chain says that the 4.5mm is the right one.  For a while, I only had the 4.0mm file, and it worked "okay", but once I got the 4.5mm files, the final tooth shape is much better. I also filed the bumpers down, maybe 0.010", after which it cuts like brand new.  Here is a link to the 4.5mm Oregon files on Amazon (12 pack), which is a just a little more than the 2 pack.

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B000VYAWQ2/
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Official Response
Here are our official suggestions:
https://amazon.com/Oregon-4-5mm-Chain...
https://www.amazon.com/Oregon-32-Inch...

Both of these will work!
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The EGO chainsaw isn't stout enough for me - I have a Stihl 291 - but I think all chainsaw chains are like enough and they all need to stay sharp. I actually just bought the Timberline sharpener. Haven't even had a chance to use it - but I love the concept and the quality of this unit is second to none based on the comments and reviews. I plan to sharpen my chain tomorrow for the first time, so I'll come back with some feedback if I remember.  http://www.timberlinesharpener.com/
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I had seen that.  They sell them at LeeValley here in Canada, but they are quite expensive considering.  Around the $200 mark when you add in the required burrs and bushings.

I ended up buying the Deluxe sharpener for $50  
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I don't own a chainsaw as I don't have a need for it - however, that sharpener looks "wicked."
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LOL!   EVERYTHING at Lee Valley is pricey.   Having said that, because I wanted nice planes, I ended up with 6 of their awesome planes--some I got as gifts and some I purchased myself.  The LV catalog is pure tool-porn!  
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Granberg Bar-Mount Chain Saw Sharpener, Model# G-106Bhas decent review, and costs about $35 on Amazon:

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002ZY1WG
I have a better idea. Why doesn't EGO incorporate a built-in chain sharpener? It uses the Oregon bar and blade, and the Oregon PowerNow 40-Volt MAX CS300 Chainsaw has a built-in sharpener, so why not EGO?  
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Good idea Henrick. This is something we're looking into but not something we have planned in the immediate future, at the moment.