If you look at the top of the rod, the chainsaw is facing towards the end. It’s a straightforward concept. The chainsaw moves from the top to the bottom and outwards. To gain a better understanding of where the chain is located on the rod and when it will be cut, refer to the chainsaw diagrams and chain images provided. If you’re unsure, it’s best to consult with your local chainsaw dealer who will gladly assist you, especially when replacing the chain for the first time. Chainsaws can be extremely dangerous, with up to 36,000 people getting injured by them annually, so it’s crucial to keep the chain away from you. Just like with scout knife safety, it’s essential to detach it from your body.
1. Remove the chainsaw body
To begin, prepare to replace the chainsaw chain. Start by removing the side cover of the chainsaw, which will give you access to the rod and chain. Make sure everything is in order before proceeding.
2. Remove the chain.
Once you have access to the rod and chain, remove the chain and the screwdriver rod from the chainsaw. Put everything back in its place.
3. Find the sawing direction.
4. Assemble and tighten.
Now, it’s time to find the sawing direction. Once you have determined the direction of the chain, you can begin to reassemble everything. If you’re unsure how to do this, refer to a step-by-step guide with pictures.
Additionally, check the saw from the front to ensure the blade is moving in the correct direction. If it is moving from top to bottom, then you have set it up correctly. However, if it moves in the opposite direction, then it is not set up correctly and will not cut effectively.
Tighten the blade
- Once the chain is turned and the motor is on the rod, you can tighten it and get back to work.
- Do not tighten or overtighten the chain.
- Not only should the chain turn smoothly, but it should be perfectly tilted for safety.
- It doesn’t take long to replace or rebuild a chain, but it’s always much easier to get it right the first time. So take your time and do it right.
- Chainsaws of all types are familiar with this process because chains need to be replaced over time. If you are in the market for a new chain, you can read the product guide below.
- Again, when the chain is installed again, it doesn’t cut. The motor moves the chain, exposing the metal to the wood and reducing erosion, but there is smoke and minimal cutting. Make sure everything is done correctly.
How do I make sure the chainsaw blade is working in the right direction?
- Reconnect the chainsaw blade.
The first step in replacing the chain is to connect the chain saw bar to the chain. To do this, unscrew the bolt. After removing the bolt, carefully set the screwdriver rod in the correct position. After installing the rod, lightly tighten the bolt and adjust. The rod should be the perfect length for your chain attachment requirements.
If you want to adjust the rod, you can easily adjust the chain to ensure a perfect fit. Chainsaw chains should not be too tight. Try loosening the chain links slightly. You will get the perfect result. You should also make sure the chain is pointing in the right direction. To find out, read the instructions on how to check the chain direction.
Checking the chain direction
Now comes the crucial moment. It’s safe to assume that the chain probably needs to be replaced because it has the wrong direction. So when looking for problems, pay close attention to the accessories and make sure the chain is aligned correctly.
If you can do this, your chainsaw will be able to work in the right direction again without malfunctioning. If you already know how to check the correct chain direction, follow the procedure and make sure you have done everything correctly.
The chain should hang very partially from the drive link with a maximum deviation of 1 cm to check the tension. This is a typical measurement to ensure the safety and proper functioning of the chain saw. After setting the correct tension, tighten the crankshaft screw with a 13mm wrench.
How tight should the chainsaw chain be?
Chain tension is very important. In the long run, the chain should not come loose when you look at it. Optimal chain tension is achieved when the chain is stretched so that it can be lifted 3 to 4 mm above the top of the drive bar.
The chainsaw chain, together with the drive rod, experiences the greatest stresses during operation, unlike other parts of the chainsaw.
Over time, the links expand and therefore increase in size. This process occurs in all types of chains, so it is important to check the tension and wear of the chain regularly when using a chainsaw.
If the chain is too tight, sawing performance is reduced and the engine and gearbox are under increased stress.
Increased friction causes the drive rod to become very hot and the chainsaw becomes overloaded, consuming more fuel.
When the cover is in place, loosely tighten the nuts to lock the cover in place, but not completely. Now you can adjust the bars for the correct voltage. To do this, simply tighten the screws on the sides of the bar.
How to remove the old chainsaw chain?
- Use a wrench or adjustable wrench to loosen the nut and remove the plate to access the chain.
- Chainsaw brakes are sometimes mounted on the side plate of the drive bar, like on our chainsaw.
- If your chainsaw has the brake mounted on the side plate, make sure the brake is unlocked before removing the toothed plate. Removing the outer plate with the brake locked makes it difficult or impossible to replace.
To lengthen the chain, turn the adjusting screw clockwise, to loosen the chain, turn the screw to the left. It is important to note that a very relaxed chain can come off when the chain drive is rotated. On the other hand, a very tight chain, even if unlubricated, can accelerate wear on the chain drive rods and tobacco.
How to install a chain on a chainsaw in simple steps?
Set up your chainsaw on a suitable surface, get all the tools you need, review these basic steps and get ready to work on the chain yourself.
- Disconnect the power and loosen the two screws holding the screwdriver rod.
- Disconnect the chain tensioner and remove the chain.
- Before installing the new chain, check the direction of the chain, making sure the teeth are facing the front of the dry bar, and position the chain correctly.
- Replace the chainsaw cover and hold the chain in one hand and the screwdriver rod in the other.
- Tighten the stretch screw with the flathead screwdriver and move it back and forth to keep the pace.
- Wear gloves while doing all of these things to protect yourself from injury when putting the chain in place.
How do I install the chain on an electric chainsaw?
Electric chainsaws, including cordless chainsaws, need a chain change from time to time. In order for this procedure to go smoothly, the following steps must be followed.
- The first step is to remove the old chain from the saw. This requires loosening the cutting rod that holds the chain in place. On chainsaws without tools, there is a button on the right side that you can bend, but if the chainsaw needs tools, you will need to deal with the nuts and screws next to the chainsaw.
- The next step is to loosen the chain tension and remove the entire chain from the cutting rod. Find the buttons next to the cutting rod and turn them on to remove the entire chain.
- At this point, you need to put the chain back on the chainsaw. Choose the right chain, pay attention to the direction and make sure the teeth are very sharp and fit perfectly. Place it on the cog wheel and keep it parallel to the cutting rod.
- Take care of the teeth and make sure they are properly aligned.
- Continue to extend the cutter bar for now to reach the correct tension point.
- Clasp the chain and try moving it back and forth to make sure it is secure.
The main reason is insufficient tension. If the chain is too loose, it will slip off the tire. Another problem may be the chains themselves. They do a lot of work and are under a lot of stress. Eventually, they get stretched. At some point, the voltage adjustment screw won’t be able to be tightened enough to provide enough tension, and it will be time for a new chain.
Install the chain rod and chain
Next, replace the chain rods and install the new rods. Once they are in place, you can begin replacing the chain.
To make sure the chain is installed in the correct position, it should be pointed at the joints of the blades. These are the sharp edges of the blade that indicate which direction it will turn. This is done along the top and top. After making sure that the chain is in the correct position, it can be run through the cog wheel and the drive hinge tightened into the slot on the rod.
Remember what we have already discussed. When the cutter is on top of the rod, point it toward the end of the rod, making sure that the sharpened end of the drive coupler enters the slot on the rod in the same direction.
How to position the chain correctly on the chainsaw?
Before you start, you need to prepare and clean your workspace. Take some newspaper or cardboard and spread them out on the workbench; don’t skip this step to avoid mis-positioning or losing chainsaw components.
How To Put A Chain On A Chainsaw Properly
1. Removing the chainsaw gear cover
It is important to begin with preventative measures. First, remove the spark plug from the chainsaw. This is necessary to avoid accidents during operation. Then, using a 13mm tube wrench, loosen the two screws holding the body and chain drive in place.
After the screws have been successfully loosened, pull the housing aside and release the two screws. This provides access to the chain drive and helps provide additional power.
2. Remove the chain tensioner.
To gain access to the chain tensioner, start removing it with a screwdriver. Make sure that the chain tensioner slides back smoothly. Then remove the chain spring cap by turning it clockwise and loosen the wing nut. Without stopping, rotate the chain tensioner wheel to the level of the tire to finish the job.
To avoid the risk of hand injuries, always remember to wear protective gloves when performing this task. Finally, taking the chain and screwdriver rod, install and secure the first rod in 1 second.
3. Remove the old chain.
Using a flathead screwdriver, gently loosen the faulty chain from the screwdriver rod. This will remove the drive bar + chain complex from the engine pulley.
Often, especially beginners, do not know where the chain should be located. An improperly connected chain to the chainsaw should never happen! In this article, you can read how to position the chain correctly and other things to consider when attaching the chain.
How tight is the chain on a chainsaw?
The chain should be tightened so that the drive link is not completely pulled out of the bar when the chain is tensioned. If the chain is too loose, it can slip off the bar while you are working. At best, this will be an inconvenience. At worst, it is very dangerous.
However, do not tension the chain too tight, so tight that the engine has to exert more force to turn it. The chain should be slightly taut, but not so tight that the links come off the sprockets.
Why does the chainsaw keep throwing the chain?
Finally, if the drive gear wears out, the chain will not be able to maintain tension for long periods of time. Drive gears are replaceable, so if your saw suffers from this, there is no need to buy a completely new chainsaw. It’s up to you, though, as it’s interesting.
The nut you just removed not only holds the body in place. It also holds the guide bar against the body of the saw, so when the sleeve is removed, the bar will sag and shift. To remove the guide bar, you have to loosen the tension adjustment screw, which will be discussed later.