How to Change a Chainsaw Blade

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Regular use of your saw calls for frequent sharpening as well as occasional replacement especially if you do chainsaw art. Moreover, you need to remove the guide bar and chain to clean the oil ports. To make your job easier, a saw comes with a spanner.

Step by step guide on how to change a chainsaw blade

Before delving into the following step by step guide, here are some of the things you will need:

  • A screwdriver that has a flat head
  • A finish nail or 14-gauge wire
  • A rag
  • A socket wrench or spanner

Step 1:

Place the saw on a flat surface. Haul the boot off the machine’s spark plug to avoid an accidental start-up. After this, push the front hand guard towards the handle in order to disengage the chain brake.

Step 2:

Slacken the two nuts that hold the clutch covering using the spanner, which came with the saw. Alternatively, you can use a socket wrench.

Step 3:

Gently remove the cover. If the saw has not yet been used, you will see a transportation ring fitted on one bolt. Take it out and safely store it. You never know when you will need it again.

Step 4:

Shove the guide bar as furthest as possible towards the saw’s rear end. After doing this, lift the chain from the groove around the bar’s rim. Disengage the chain from the sprocket and take it out.

Step 5:

At this point, perform any necessary performance. For instance, you can use a rag to clean the sprocket or use a 14-gauge wire to clear the oil ports. Twirl over the bar and perfectly set it right back on the bolts.

Step 6:

It is now time to put the new chain on the bar. Start at the sprocket as you work along the bar’s top edge, which is at the bottom of the sprocket. As you do all this, make sure that the edges of cutting links at the top of the bar are facing forward.

Step 7:

Firmly tighten the nuts finger and replace the clutch over. Take the screwdriver and place it at the end of the spanner through the cover’s hole. Move the tension-adjustment screw round (in a clockwise direction) in order to make the chain tight. Make sure that you tauten the chain until it does not sag from the bar’s bottom. Additionally, it should not be overly tight that it becomes impossible to twist by hand. The key is to have a balance.

Step 8:

Securely make the nuts that hold the clutch covering tight using a socket wrench or a spanner.

Tips and Warnings

  1. Ensure the chainsaw blades are sharp for efficient use
  2. You can sharpen and reuse the blades. Consequently, look for maintenance shops within your local area through garden retailers, building supply, hardware and lawn retailers that offer this service.
  3. Keep your spare chainsaw blade on hand always. Discard broken blades since they are not repairable.
  4. Chainsaw blades are sharp — they require utmost respect and care
  5. Always follow manufacturer’s product manual for safety and use
  6. When operating, use eye and hearing protection
  7. Always wear gloves
  8. Replace saw blades with quality blades for best results
  9. Periodically check the rigidity of the chain while you work. If necessary, make it tighter. You might have to repeat the process frequently if you are using a new chain. Before starting the saw, push the chain brake forward in order to prevent the chain from turning, as the engine is idle.

Changing a chainsaw blade is not as complicated as many people think. With the above easy to follow steps, you can replace a chain within minutes or an hour tops.

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