Chainsaws are a versatile tool for any homeowner, but like all tools, they require proper safety measures and handling.
Chainsaws are notorious for being difficult to operate, and one of the things that can go wrong is putting the chain on wrong. In this blog post, we’re going to give you a comprehensive guide on how to put a chain on a chainsaw.
We’ll cover everything from what type of chain to use to how to tension it correctly. So whether you’re a beginner or an experienced chainsaw user, read on for all the information you need to know about putting a chain on a chainsaw.
Which way to put a chain on a Chainsaw?
Most people think that the chain goes on a certain way, but there are two ways to do it. The first way is with the teeth facing towards you, and the second way is with the teeth facing away from you.
There are benefits and drawbacks to both methods, so it’s really up to you which one you choose. If you’re unsure, we recommend trying both methods and seeing which one works best for you.
Method 1: Teeth Facing Towards You
The main benefit of this method is that it’s easier to see what you’re doing. The drawback is that the chain can sometimes get caught on something and pull your hand towards the blade.
Method 2: Teeth Facing Away from You
The benefit of this method is that the chain is less likely to get caught on something and pull your hand towards the blade. The drawback is that it can be more difficult to see what you’re doing.
Right direction of the chain
No matter which method you choose, it’s important to make sure that the chain is installed in the correct direction. The chain should always be installed with the teeth facing in the same direction as the blade. If the chain is installed backward, it can come off of the saw and cause serious injury.
Steps on How to Put a Chain on A Chainsaw
Now that you know which way to put the chain on, it’s time to learn how to do it. Follow these steps and you’ll have the chain on your chainsaw in no time.
Remove the guide bar side panel.
Using a chainsaw can be dangerous, so it’s important to take all safety precautions. One of those precautions is removing the side panel of the guide bar before you start. This will prevent the chain from coming off of the saw and hitting you.
Locate the sprocket nose.
The next step is to locate the sprocket nose. This is the part of the saw that the chain goes around. It’s usually located at the front of the guide bar.
First of all, disconnect the spark plug connector plug wire from the spark plug to avoid accidental starting.
Next, find the two nuts that hold the bar and chain in place on either side of the sprocket nose.
Loosen, but do not remove, these nuts.
Release the Chain Tension
The first step is to release the chain tension. This will make it easier to work with the chain and avoid any accidents. To do this, locate the tensioning screw on the side of the saw.
Turn the tensioning screw counter-clockwise to release the tension on the chain.
You’ll know the tension is released when the chain is loose and can be moved by hand.
Remove the Old Chain
Once the tension is released, you can remove the old chain. To do this, simply pull it off of the sprocket nose and guide bar.
If the old chain is difficult to remove, you can use a pair of pliers to help.
Loosen the Tensioning Screw
With the old chain removed, you can now loosen the tensioning screw. This will make it easier to install the new chain.
To do this, simply turn the tensioning screw clockwise until it’s loose.
Do not remove the tensioning screw completely. You’ll need to be able to tighten it again later.
Thread the New Chain Onto the Saw
With the tensioning screw loosened, you can now thread the new chain onto the saw. Start by feeding the end of the chain through the sprocket nose.
Then, wrap the chain around the guide bar and feed it through the tensioning screw hole.
If you’re having trouble feeding the chain through the tensioning screw hole, you can use a pair of needle-nose pliers to help.
Align the Guide Bar
Before you start tightening the tensioning screw, you need to make sure that the guide bar is properly aligned with the chain.
To do this, simply hold the guide bar in place and make sure that the teeth on the chain are lined up with the groove in the guide bar.
If the guide bar is not properly aligned, the chain will not cut properly and can come off of the saw.
Replace the Side Plate
With the guide bar aligned, you can now replace the side plate. This will help to keep the chain in place and prevent it from coming off of the saw.
To replace the side plate, simply line it up with the holes on the guide bar and screw it in place.
The side plate is ready to go back on as long as the guide bar is properly positioned beneath.
Tighten the Chain to the Correct Tension
Now that the new chain is in place, it’s time to tighten it to the correct tension. To do this, locate the tensioning screw on the side of the saw.
Turn the tensioning screw clockwise until the chain is tight. You’ll know the chain is tight enough when you can no longer pull it away from the guide bar.
If the chain is too loose, it will come off of the saw. If the chain is too tight, it will break.
Test the Saw
Before you use the saw, it’s important to test it to make sure that the chain is installed correctly. To do this, simply turn on the saw and let it idle for a few seconds.
Then, slowly move the saw back and forth to make sure that the chain is moving smoothly.
If the chain seems to be catching or moving unevenly, likely, it’s not installed correctly.
Shut off the saw and double-check the tensioning screw and side plate to make sure that they’re securely in place.
With the new chain installed, you’re now ready to get back to work. Just remember to always follow proper safety procedures when using a chainsaw.
Chainsaws are a versatile tool for any homeowner, but like all tools, they require proper safety measures and handling. Installing a new chain on a chainsaw is not difficult, but it’s important to do it correctly.
In this blog post, we’ve given you a step-by-step guide on how to put a chain on a chainsaw. We’ve also covered some important safety tips to keep in mind when using a chainsaw.
If you have any questions about how to put a chain on a chainsaw, feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to help.
What type of chain should I use?
The type of chain you use will depend on the type of saw you have and the type of wood you’re cutting. Consult your saw’s owner’s manual for specific recommendations.
How often should I replace my chainsaw chain?
The frequency with which you replace your chainsaw chain will depend on how often you use the saw and what type of wood you’re cutting. A general rule of thumb is to replace the chain every few years, or when it starts to show signs of wear.
How do I know if the chain is too tight or too loose?
The chain is too tight if you can’t pull it away from the guide bar. The chain is too loose if it comes off of the saw.
What should I do if the chain seems to be catching or moving unevenly?
If the chain seems to be catching or moving unevenly, likely, it’s not installed correctly. Shut off the saw and double-check the tensioning screw and side plate to make sure that they’re securely in place.