Chainsaws are powerful tools that require careful maintenance and handling. Whether you're an experienced construction worker or an amateur chainsaw user, you will undoubtedly come across some common questions about chainsaws and chains that require expert advice. Whether you need to replace your chain to learn how to open a new chain up to make it cut freer, this blog and video will provide you with answers and expert tips to help you use your chainsaw safely and efficiently. Keep these tips in mind next time you're using your chainsaw to get the best results out of your tool while staying safe at all times.

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When do I need to replace the chain?

One of the most frequently asked questions about chainsaws is, "When do I need to replace the chain?" The experts at ICS suggest that you need to replace the chain when the segment is worn down to the weld plate where the segment is attached to the chassis. You can use a file to check the distance between the chassis and the segment. If you notice that the segment has worn down, it's time to replace the chain to maintain the efficiency and safety of your saw.

What is the proper tension of the chain?

The chain's proper tension should enable you to spin the chain on the saw, by hand, without much effort. If the chain is hanging down anywhere from a half to three quarters of an inch below the bar, you will need to tighten it. If the chain is too loose, it can jump and skip on the drive wheel and come off the bar. However, if it's overtightened, it could cause premature damage to the chain, making it stretch and cause damage to the nose bar.

How can I make a new chain cut a little freer?

When you put a new chain on your saw, you may want to open it up to make it cut a bit freer. To do so, find a good abrasive material like a cinder block or other similar material. Use the abrasive material to make a few plunge cuts to ensure that it's running as it should. However, remember to wear your personal protective equipment and have enough water pressure during the process to ensure your safety.

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