When to change the chain
The need to replace the chain mainly arises when the chain is worn and overstretched. If you can’t tighten the tool with the adjusting screw, you need to replace it. But installing a new part on an old, worn sprocket and the same bar is not recommended, because it will wear out quickly.
Many owners of electric saws know that the chain wears down 2-3 times faster than the bar and sprocket wear out, and resort to a little trick.
- When you have a new chain saw you should buy 3 saw chains at a time.
- After one chain has been in use for a few hours, it must be replaced with a new one. Next, the second chain is changed in the same way.
- After each change, you need to turn the bar for even wear.
Carrying out these simple manipulations leads to even wear of all parts and prolongs their service life.
When you have to shorten or stretch the chain
What to do when the chain needs to be shortened or stretched, when it is necessary to add or remove links?
First of all, let’s find out when we need to shorten the chain, i.e. remove links from it.
The chain is shortened by:
How-To Properly Adjust The Chain Tension On Your Chainsaw. Video
Accordingly, you can make the chain longer if:
- A longer bar will be installed on the saw;
- some links are so worn that they need to be completely removed, which means the chain will be shorter and needs to be lengthened to its former size.
As a rule, remove one or two links. To reduce or increase the size of the chain, you will need these tools:
- machine for removing rivets. puncher (a mechanical device, works on the principle of a press, equipped with tips for squeezing rivets and interchangeable grooves for different chain pitch);
- riveting and rolling machine (designed for chains with pitch from 1/4″ to 0,404″).
Sawing problems and solutions to these problems
Sometimes the operator encounters some difficulties while working with an electric saw. The main question plaguing owners of electrically powered sawing equipment is why the saw slices badly or not at all? Very often, the manufacturer provides a list of the most common faults at the end of the instructions. So you can service your saw yourself and try to correct the problem.
But if the problem is quite serious, it is better to apply to a service center for qualified assistance of a specialist.
Operators also often wonder why the saw cuts crookedly. As a rule, you can learn the approximate causes of such phenomena in the forums. often than not, if the saw cuts sideways, it indicates that the chain links are blunt. It often happens that the chain dulls unevenly. Try to sharpen the working chain and continue working. This solves 90% of the problem.
When to shorten or stretch the chain
What to do when the chain needs to be shortened or stretched, when you need to add or remove links?
First, let’s understand when the chain needs to be shortened, that is, the links need to be removed from it.
Shortening the chain is done:
Accordingly, it is possible to make a longer chain if:
- a longer bar will be installed on the saw;
- Some links are so worn that they need to be completely removed, which means the chain will be shorter and needs to be lengthened back to its previous size.
Usually one or two links are removed. To reduce or increase the size of a chain, you will need these tools:
- machine for removing rivets. a puncher (a mechanical device, works on the principle of a press, equipped with tips for squeezing out the rivet and interchangeable grooves for different chain pitch);
- A riveting and rolling machine (designed for 1/4″ to 0.404″ pitch chains).
How to fit the chain onto your Makita electric chainsaw correctly
When carrying out an impressive amount of carpentry work, a reliable electric saw is essential, no matter where the wood is cut: in the house or outdoors. The quality and performance of the tool is directly related to the condition of the chain and bar. The chain on the bandsaw is the first task of the user, which will make later use of the machine much easier. Practical hints and tips can help you do this even if you’ve never done anything like this before.
How to adjust the chain correctly?
You can install the chain and adjust the tension with your own hands without having to go to a service center, regardless of the class of chainsaw, its age. Each link should be fully checked before beginning work, since slack can also be caused by worn teeth or sprockets. STIHL 180, Husqvarna, Champion, Partner and other models:
- Position the tool on the table with its headset on top. unscrew the threaded fasteners of the protective cover, remove the bar and thoroughly clean each element (it is convenient to use a vacuum cleaner or a cylinder with compressed air);
- determine the correct chain position. The teeth should be on top, running in the opposite direction to the body;
- Pull it straight onto the bar. Check the bolt mechanism, make sure there is enough clearance.
To check tightness
To check tension it is sufficient to pull the chain off the middle of the bar, no more than 2/3 of the chain link shanks may protrude.
- The chain must not be blocked when manually sliding it over the bar if it is properly adjusted.
- Also eliminates squeaking and other extraneous noises around the drive sprocket location.
- After running the chain, you need to check the tightness of the tire thread fasteners and the protective cap.
The chain does not tighten after a long period of use, because of a lack of adjustment travel in the tensioning mechanism. The chain is designed so that it can be sharpened by removing a few links. On the other hand, such economy turns out to be a loss of chain smoothness and accelerated wear of the bar and drive sprocket rim.
How to sharpen a chain cutting link?
There is a lot of information on this subject on the Internet nowadays. I’ve learned, tried, experimented too.
And as a result, I’ve come to a conclusion, if you don’t sharpen the chain professionally, the best way on a domestic level, in my subjective opinion, is sharpening with an ordinary semicircular file.
First of all, it’s not that complicated. you just flatten it on the inner surface of the tooth and that’s it.
The main thing is to do it in one direction, for example, from yourself.
Secondly, it is absolutely not expensive. In short, 15 minutes of effort and the chain is ready to cut wood again.
As I have touched upon the subject of wood, I would like to share with you some more of my experience in the preparation of firewood for winter.
Necessary gadgets and tools for tightening the chain on the chainsaw
In order to tension it correctly, you need some simple know-how and a few simple tools. On STIHL chain saws, tensioning is easy with the integrated chain tensioner. This method is as simple as possible and is very quick to tighten. To tension or adjust the amount of slack in the chain, the manufacturer recommends you do this:
- unscrew the sprocket cover with a wing nut;
- Turning the adjusting wheel determines the required chain length, tightening it to the required degree;
- close the sprocket cover again and the chain is secured to the bar.
If you can not tighten the chain of a chainsaw built-in mechanism, use these tools (by the example of an electric saw Sparky):
- angle grinder with a metal disk;
- Allen wrench, 5 mm in diameter;
- A piece of wire;
- a wooden stick or a sturdy chip;
- flat screwdriver.
After de-energizing the electric saw, unscrew the screws with an Allen key, remove the housing cover, unscrew the tensioning screw with a screwdriver and remove the stem nut. The side of the screw adjacent to the saw body is ground with a disk. Then the saw is assembled in the reverse order. The sawdust is needed to clean the body from sawdust.
How to tighten the chain on a chainsaw correctly: