Caring for the chain is just as important as caring for the chainsaw. After all, the chain is doing the work!
Here's a list of chain care rules to keep your cuts sharper than ever:
There you have it! Eleven rules to keep in mind about your chainsaw chain. Now that you've got your chain in proper order -- go out there and make the cut!
- Refrain from hitting the ground, rocks, or any other abrasive material while cutting.
- Never allow your chain to sag down. Check the chain's tension often!
- Don't cut with a dull chain! Forcing it just increases the risk of injury and it will damage the bar and chain.
- When installing a new chain, inspect the sprocket. If the sprocket is worn -- replace it!
- Be sure to always sharpen chain cutters to correct angles.
- With every sharpening, measure the depth gauges. Lower and re-profile as necessary.
- Look over the chain often for visible wear or any damage.
- Verify that the bar groove has proper link clearance, then examine the bar rails for even wear and clean the bar groove.
- Wear protective gloves when handling a saw chain!
- Put a protective scabbard on the bar when you're not using the saw.
- Always make sure that your chain is lubricated properly! Use quality brands for your bar and chain lubricant.