How to Put a Chain on a Chainsaw

The chains of chainsaws are eventually going to get hot and start stretching if they are used for a long enough period of time especially if the people in question are using them in order to cut wood or do anything else that’s very demanding. People sometimes dislocate the chains of their chainsaws when the chainsaws get stuck in chunks of wood, which is going to happen relatively frequently. Fortunately, putting the chain back on the chainsaw is going to be relatively easy for most people.

Step by Step Guide

  1. The first step of the process involves getting the chain and the ball at least relatively clean. Dirt and debris will make the entire process of getting the chain of a chainsaw back into place significantly more difficult, and dirt and debris can also eventually cause long-term damage to different parts of the chainsaw. It’s more important to get all of the different pieces clean at this part of the process. People will need to wear protective leather gloves at this point, and they’ll need a cleaning paintbrush to get rid of the dirt and the debris.
  2. Take off the nuts and the housing. For this part of the process, people will need a one-half inch chainsaw wrench, and they can use this one-half inch chainsaw wrench in order to get the two bar nuts loose. There is a tension screw located beneath the bar nuts. It’s important to slowly loosen that tension screw, and then the tension on the bar is going to subside. By that point, people can take off the bar nuts and the chainsaw’s plastic housing.
  3. In order to put the chainsaw chain back into place, people should make sure that the chainsaw chain is located in the right direction. The teeth of the chain need to be facing away from the people wielding the chainsaw.
  4. Once the chain is in the right position, people need to get it aligned with the grooves and indentations in the bar of the chainsaw. The guide hole and the tension stud need to be properly aligned as well.
  5. The chain should be pulled in order to tighten it, and the tension screw needs to be adjusted so it is tense enough.
  6. From there, the plastic housing on the chainsaw needs to be replaced and the holes for the screws need to be aligned in the right way. The screws can then be wedged into the holes and tightened using a screwdriver, although some people might be able to tighten them easily enough manually.
  7. When the chain is pulled, it should be able to spin freely. If this isn’t the case, the tension screw requires further adjustments. If the tension of the chainsaw chain is adequate, then the process should be more or less complete.
  8. From there, people should rev up the chainsaw in order to really test it and to make sure that everything else is all right. After turning it off, they should test the tension again in order to make sure that the tension is still adequate. If so, the job is done.

Also read: How to Port a Chainsaw

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