Knowing how to replace a chainsaw chain correctly will save users time and money because it’s a common part of chainsaw use and ownership.
Even though the steps for replacing a chain are straightforward and can be completed in under five minutes, it’s important to note a few repair specifics that can mean the difference between a properly fitted chain and one that isn’t.
Of course, finding a matching replacement chain for your chainsaw is the first step toward a proper chainsaw chain replacement.
Please read our article Chainsaw Chain Measurements, Sizes, and Types to learn how to fit chainsaw chains for compatibility. Continue reading for instructions on how to repair a chainsaw cord.
This role can seem daunting, but it is very easy. The following are the resources you’ll need:
Other chainsaw designs vary slightly from the one we’re using as an example. Still, chainsaw designs are similar enough that this article’s steps would benefit most chainsaw owners regardless of the model they have.
The wrench that most apparently came with your chainsaw is the only tool needed for this repair. A flat head hammer and a socket wrench would suffice in most situations.
Remove the Chainsaw Chain from the Old Chainsaw
To begin, remove the side plate. You’ll need to cut the two nuts that keep it together to do this. To gain access to the chain, unscrew the nuts with your socket wrench/t-wrench.
You’ll need to pull back the brake on your chainsaw if it’s stuck to the side plate. It cannot be easy to reinstall it if you don’t.
Tension in the Chainsaw Should Be Released
After removing the side plate, draw the guide bar’s nose away from the saw. The chain will be released from the tensioner as a result of this. You would be able to cut the chain once it has become slack.
Remove the Tillering Screw and loosen it.
The next step is to look for the tensioning screw. This is normally found on the guide bar’s inside. When you find it, use your flat head screwdriver to loosen it up a little so the new chain can slide on more easily.
The Chain is Threaded Into the Saw
After you’ve threaded your chain onto the guide bar, you’ll need to thread it onto the clutch drum on the saw. Ensure that all of the drive ties are engaged in the sprocket. Once threaded, add some tension to the bar to align it. By gently moving the nose away from the chainsaw, you will accomplish this.
Replace the side plate.
Ascertain that the guide bar is level and in the proper place. Replace the side plate on the chainsaw and tighten the nuts using the socket wrench. Don’t twist the nuts all the way yet. While the chain is tightened to the proper tension, the guide bar must shift a little.
All should be tightened.
To add strength to the chainsaw chain, use the tensioning screw. It would be finest if you tightened the nuts absolutely until you’ve achieved the desired stress.
Factor consider when you replace your chainsaw:
When it’s time to replace your chainsaw chain, use this guide to figure out how to calculate your guide bar, as well as your saw’s pitch and gauge; looking at the chainsaw bar is a fast way to verify these numbers. The pitch, gauge, drive ties, and length will all be listed on most bars. In the unlikely event that it doesn’t, check your document or manually count them.
Your light chain must be compatible with the guide bar. It’s also worth noting that not all chains are compatible with all bars. To operate securely, chains must be the proper length.
When to change the chainsaw:
There are three parts to replacing the chain on your chainsaw, which might seem simple. To begin, you must first remove the old chain, but when should you do so? The chain swings at a fast rate, and the last thing you want to do is take any risks; if the chain breaks when in use, there’s a good chance it’ll hurt your saw, or worse, you.
The following are some indicators that it’s time to change your chain:
Broken Cutting Teeth: This occurs when the chain is made of a hard substance, such as rock. The chain would not be able to cut without the cutting teeth, so if you notice that many cutting teeth are missing, it’s time to replace it.
Filed Down or Reduced Teeth: By filing the cutting teeth on the chain, you can sharpen them and make them smaller over time. They are more easily damaged and can snap off in use if they become too small, which is dangerous. Replace the chain when it becomes too thin to sharpen quickly. Check out our range of razor files for sharpening chains.
Cutters become too small: Cutter wear should be about the same as your cutting teeth. If you find that they are falling faster, it is time to replace the chain. If this is the case, you may have too much or too little pull on the chain.
Sagging or Loose Chain: You should be able to patch the chain, but this will become impossible after a certain point, and the chain will no longer be taught against the bar. This could be very harmful because the chain could snap.
When was the last time you sharpened your chainsaw chain? To find a replacement chain for your chainsaw, go to our Chainsaw Chains link.
To find a replacement chain for your chainsaw, go to our Chainsaw Chains link.
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