For a chainsaw to do its job properly, its chain needs to be in first-class condition. However, one common problem with just about any electric chainsaw is that it requires maintenance, especially to avoid problems such as corrosion and breaking of a chain.
Despite taking care of your tool, over time, there will be wear and tear, and you will have to replace the chain. But how does one do that?
How Will I Know If a Replacement is Necessary?
In the following conditions, you should consider a replacement:
Cutters Reduced in Size
If you see that cutting teeth and cutters are roughly about the same size, it is time to consider changing the chain.
Cutting Teeth Are Broken
If this chain has hit something that is rough, such as a rock, it could break down cutting teeth. Take note of the area carefully; if you see missing teeth, then it is time for a replacement.
It should be possible for you to tighten this, but if you fail to do so, the chain will no longer be taut against concerned chainsaw’s bar. As a result, there will either be too much or too little to pull.
Filed Down Cutting Teeth
With time, cutting teeth will get filed down, which is fixable with a chainsaw chain sharpener. However, if the teeth become too short to sharpen anymore, it is time to replace your chain.
How to Remove a Chain?
Even if you have never done this before, if you follow instructions carefully, you will notice that the process is pretty easy. First of all, pull the chain break towards yourself, which will release the chain.
Using a tool, remove two bolts present and keep them safely near you. Next, remove the clutch cover, which is also known as a side casing, which will expose the entire chain and bar.
Next, remove the bar from the tensioner of the chain and pick chain off. Make sure to have a pair of gloves on to avoid getting hurt by any sharp parts. Take the chain off the nose of saw first. After that, take the bar off without touching the clutch sprocket.
How to Put on a New Chain?
Since a chainsaw is a sturdy and handy tool, you need to know how to replace its chain when the occasion arises. The instructions above should help you with this process.