If you are dealing with chainsaws frequently, you have already known that chainsaws need to be checked regularly. Even sometimes you may need to replace some parts to get smooth performance.
And to do this the first thing you need to do is put out the chain from the saw. That means, knowing the process of removing and putting the chain back in its place is the basic skill while working with a chainsaw.
If you’re a beginner, you may think it may be a complicated job to do. But believe me, once you’ve learned the tricks you’ll be able to do it in no time.
I’ve tried to share the process I follow to remove my chain from the saw in this article.
You can have a look at this, hope you’ll get some idea about it.
But before removing and replacing the chain, you need to get prepared with some proper tools & equipment.
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Things You Need
Use your working gloves to protect your hands. Because if the chain of your saw is new, you may get cut by the sharp edges of the chain. You can also use rubber or leather gloves, but they aren’t able to protect your hand, and also they won’t fit on your hand properly.
2. Chainsaw Wrench
For removing or replacing the chain you need to loosen or tighten up the side panel or the bar. Depending on the model you have, use a chainsaw wrench or a screwdriver.
3. Chainsaw Tightening Tool
You can use this tool to loosen the chain to remove it or also tighten the chain while putting it back on the saw. A flathead screwdriver may also work great to do this, you can also check this tool if your machine needs it.
4. Cleaning Brush
As you’re removing the chain to clean and replace any parts of the saw, you definitely will clean the chain. So get a cleaning brush to clean the brush thoroughly.
How to Put a Chain Back on Saw
Once you’re done with cleaning or replacing the parts of your chainsaw, it’s time to put it back again on the saw. For this, you can follow these simple steps-
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1. Prepare Your Saw and Chain
The first thing before putting back the chain in its place is placing your saw on a flat surface. Now remove the casing aka side panel of your saw so that you have access to the bar then remove its guide bar.
After the chainsaw, you need to prepare the chain. If you have a new chain to replace the old one, check the direction of the cutting teeth and be sure that all are in the right direction.
And if you’re putting the old one back, you may need to sharpen it if needed to save time while working with the chainsaw.
2. Clean the Bar and Side Panel
As you’ve dismantled your chainsaw, clean the side panel and bar before putting the chain back on the saw. Use the cleaning brush and get rid of all sawdust and debris that has been gathered during carving or cutting trees with it. Otherwise, they may create clog on your saw and decrease its torque & performance.
3. Attach the Chain
When you’re done cleaning the saw, it’s time to put the chain back in place. So put it back, make sure that this is the right size or length for your saw and its teeth are faced in the correct way.
When you’re sure that the chain is placed properly, put the bar on it and screw it if needed. Put the chain over the tip along with the guide bar, tighten it with your tightening tool, and put the cover of the saw back on.
What Safety Precautions Should I Take When Working With a Chainsaw?
When working with a chainsaw, it’s important to:
- Wear appropriate personal protective equipment, including eye and ear protection, and a hard hat.
- Properly maintain the chainsaw and keep it in good working condition.
- Use a sharp chain and maintain the correct tension.
- Keep a firm grip and maintain a steady stance.
- Never cut above shoulder height or in an awkward position.
- Be aware of your surroundings and avoid cutting near power lines or other hazards.
- Never use a chainsaw while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Take regular breaks to avoid fatigue and remain alert.
- Keep your body in good condition and practice proper stretching before work.
- Always have a first aid kit nearby in case of accidents and know how to use it.
How Do I Secure the Chain After It is Put Back on the Chainsaw
To secure the chain after it is put back on a chainsaw, follow these steps:
- Make sure the chainsaw is turned off and the bar and chain are properly lubricated.
- Position the chain so that the drive links (the links with the small bumps on them) fit into the groove on the chainsaw bar.
- Tighten the bar nuts or bolts that hold the chain in place, making sure they are secure but not over-tightened.
- Adjust the tension of the chain by turning the tensioning screw or knob, if your chainsaw has one. The chain should be tight enough so that it doesn’t sag, but not so tight that it’s difficult to move.
- Test the chain to ensure it runs smoothly and make any final adjustments as necessary.
It is important to always refer to the user manual of the chainsaw for specific instructions and safety precautions.
From the above discussion, I hope you’ve got that removing and replacing the chain of your chainsaw is an important skill you need to know.
And as I’ve mentioned above, the method of replacing the chain is very simple and easy. Just follow the steps I’ve mentioned and you’ll be able to do it efficiently.
If you learn this properly you’ll be able to clean your chainsaw whenever needed so this will be able to perform well for a long time.
If you apply these simple 3 steps, don’t forget to let me know!
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About This Writer
Hello, I am David Rowan. I am a professional contractor with 10 years of experience in home building, different tools used, construction, home remodeling, and other home improvement work. I have already built many custom homes and continued to do several woodworking projects along with how to deal with all categories of tools.