Chainsaws are an indispensable tool for home improvement, landscaping projects, and more. But they can be difficult to use correctly. One of the most important things to get right is how you install a new chain on your chainsaw — otherwise, you won’t get the best results out of it!
Get the chainsaw chain direction right
- The direction of a chainsaw chain is essential and gets confusing for some people.
- If you don’t know how to position the chain on your chainsaw, it could result in excessive wear and even break the chain prematurely.
- You want to make sure that your chainsaw chain is in the same direction as both the wood and the saw otherwise they will not work together efficiently.
Remove the chainsaw casing
Remove the chainsaw casing. You’ll need to do this in order to remove the bar and chain. To do so, turn your saw upside down and unscrew the casing screws with a screwdriver. Then take off the cap that holds on the gear case cover, exposing a gearbox lever that connects two parts of your engine together. Pull apart these two halves by hand until you feel them release from each other; once they’re apart and out of their housings, set aside any small pieces of metal or plastic (these are called “cassettes”) from inside your motor housing.
>Remove the bar. Now you can lift up a bar cover at either end of where it meets with its guide tube—one side will have a nut or bolt head sticking out while another won’t—and pull out both ends simultaneously so that when you let go they return automatically into place without falling back into their original position (this ensures proper alignment). Remove all three nuts holding down each end attachment point before pulling off all four attachments completely along with any connecting brackets between them; finally unscrewing one bolt allows removal of all components if necessary although doing so isn’t strictly necessary at this stage unless there’s something broken preventing removal otherwise (for example: if one end attachment has been damaged).
Remove the chain
To remove the chain, follow these steps:
- Remove the chain guard. Loosen and remove the bolts that hold it in place. The chain guard will come off easily once you have loosened it.
- Remove the chain tensioner. Loosen and remove the bolts that hold it in place, then lift out of position over top of your chainsaw bar to expose your saw’s bar teeth beneath (this can be a little tricky). If your model has an anti-kickback device as well as a tensioner (there should be two additional parts), then you may need to first disconnect this before removing other components; see below for more information on how to do this with those models specifically.
- Remove any remaining parts like guides or guards until there is nothing left between its sharp teeth except wood chips.
Identify the direction cut
Now that you’ve located the direction of the cut, take a look at the chain and bar. You should see that each tooth is pointing toward the center of the bar and away from its lengthwise direction. Next, look at your saw’s orientation: if you were to hold it with its teeth facing down, would they be facing left or right? This can help with determining whether or not your chainsaw will perform best when cutting on an angle instead of straight up and down.
If you still aren’t sure which way to turn your saw around when making cuts, take a quick moment before beginning work so that it doesn’t end up being too much trouble later on in terms of performance quality as well as safety measures are taken into consideration beforehand during manufacturing processes so no accidents happen when using them properly (which means having all parts working correctly).
Reassemble and tighten
Reassemble and tighten the chain. To assemble the chain, first, align one of the drive links on the bar with a tooth on one of the bars. Then push down until it snaps into place. Repeat for all remaining drive links until they are all secured to their respective teeth on both bars.
Now you have to check that your tension is correct. If it’s too loose, you risk damaging your saw and cutting through poorly-made cuts; if too tight, you risk harming yourself or others when using your machine improperly (and causing damage to its engine). You can use an adjustable wrench to adjust tension in small increments by turning each bolt clockwise until it feels snug but not tight – this will help ensure that everything stays safe while still allowing users flexibility in how they use their equipment without sacrificing efficiency or quality workmanship!
Finally, before powering up again we need to check all alignment points carefully since this step may require further adjustments after reassembly due to wear & tear over time as well as normal usage conditions such as temperature changes near waterfalls/rivers which can cause slight shifts in position due especially during winter months where there’s more snowfall than usual so be careful not to tighten things too much!
When to replace a chainsaw chain
When you need to replace your chain, be prepared for the following situations:
- The chain is too loose. You should check the tension of your chainsaw’s chain regularly and tighten it if necessary. If you don’t know how to do this yourself, ask someone who does or go to a professional at a local hardware store.
- The chain is too tight. Chains should never be stretched beyond their maximum length; doing so can permanently damage them and make them more prone to breaking when cutting wood with force. If you find yourself in this situation, stop using your chainsaw immediately until an expert fixes it! Don’t worry—they won’t ask any awkward questions about why it was damaged in the first place because they have better things to do (like making sure we have enough supplies on hand). They just want these things gone off our hands as soon as possible so everyone else can enjoy themselves safe while using their own equipment during summer break from school/college/work…etc., whatever suits their schedule best!
5 signs a chainsaw chain is dull
- The chain is noisy.
- You’re not cutting wood.
- The wood isn’t being cut efficiently.
- The wood is not being cut evenly across the whole length of the blade.
- The chain isn’t cutting any wood at all!
Should I sharpen or replace my chain?
As a chain wears, it becomes less sharp and will not cut efficiently. When the chain is dull, it will not cut as fast or as cleanly. As the chain becomes duller, it’s less safe to use. If your chain has become dull after just one use, this means that you should resharpen the chain instead of replacing it.
If you’re unsure of how to do this, it’s best to ask for help from someone who knows about chainsaws and can show you the correct way.