I recently got a Craftsman chainsaw. The starting instructions on the the
saw tell you to adjust the tension on the chain before starting. The saw
didnt come with a manual so I dont know how tight the chain should be?
Should I be able to pull the chain away from the bar at all or just make it
as tight as I can? Thanks.
firstname.lastname@example.org (mark Ransley) wrote in message
tighten it until you can't pull it around by hand easily then back it
off until you can. that's perfect. the whole how far can i pull it
away thing is bullshit!!!
i worked on logging saws and all others for about 7 years .
doesn't mean i know everything but i won't give advice unless i'm
sure of it.
never tried doing that way chip. I don't look at how high it pull away from
the chain or how many drive links show when lifting from bar I do it by feel
when turning it but never did the tighten then loosen off. Ill give it a try
and see how it works for me, if it goes good thanks for the tip.
For the the person who are this is my 1st saw I would recommend the other
posts that follow the lift chain etc. until you get a feel of what is proper
tension. Onlt tid bit Ill ad is when adjsuting the chain make sure the bar
is not allowed to rest down, hold handle in air with tip of bar resting on
work area when adjusting, & pull chain around , recheck tension, also check
tension often when useing as chains tension changes while in use. (ensure
the saw is turned off of course)
The descriptions vary from brand to brand. A good general rule for a cold
chain is, should look tight (no sag on the lower part) and when you lift on
the upper part the guides should still be in the bar. About 2 nickels worth
of lift is another way I have seen this expressed.
The way you test a chain for proper tension is to pinch and lift it up by
one of the links. If you can see more than three of the guide teeth exposed
then it is too loose. Less than three and it is too tight. The guide teeth
are the ones that run in the grove of the bar. The chain should glide
gently to a stop seconds after you release the trigger. If it stops
suddenly then it is also too tight. There should be no sagging of the chain
while in use.
To tell if your chain is sharp, inspect the wood particles that it is
throwing off. If they look like sawdust or powder, the chain needs
sharpening. If they look more like chips or shavings then it is still
sharp. Never let your blade touch the dirt as this will dull it instantly.
A chain needs to be sharpened prior to major projects. I usually get about
a half a cord of cutting out of one sharpening if I don't hit any dirt or
rocks. Let's be careful out there.
Depends on the bar. Hardnose requires looser chain than sprocketnose,
and more frequent adjustment. I've learned over the years to adjust
Hardnose: slacken adj, then tighten until max chain droop is 1/8".
Sprocket: no droop.
Of course, while doing this, you must keep bar position fixed relative
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