How to Measure a Chainsaw Chain

Chainsaws are a handy tool to have around the house, but they require some maintenance to keep them running properly. Sometimes sharpening the chain isn’t enough and you need to replace it entirely. I assume that’s why reading this article, right?

Most chainsaws have the chain measure stamped on the bar, but if you can’t find it there, here’s how to measure it yourself.

How to measure a chainsaw chain

There are two standard measurements for chainsaw chains: the pitch and the gauge. The pitch is the distance between any three consecutive rivets divided by two, and the gauge is the width of the drive link. You can measure both of these with a simple ruler or tape measure.

To measure the pitch, first find three consecutive rivets on the chain. Then, use a ruler or tape measure to measure the distance between those rivets. Once you have that measurement, divide it by two to get the pitch.

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To measure the gauge, find the width of the drive link, which is the part of the chain that fits into the guide bar. You can use a ruler or tape measure to get this measurement.

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Once you have the pitch and gauge measurements, you can use them to find the right replacement chain for your chainsaw.

What if the chain is too tight or too loose?

If the chain is too tight or too loose, it can cause problems with the saw. If the chain is too tight, it can cause the saw to overheat and damage the guide bar. If the chain is too loose, it can come off the saw entirely. To adjust the tension on the chain, most chainsaws have a tensioning knob or screw near the base of the handle.

Read more: The different types of Chainsaws

How to replace the chainsaw chain

To remove and install a new chainsaw chain, first consult your saw’s manual to find the correct procedure. Generally, you’ll need to remove the bar cover and the old chain before you can install the new one. Once the old chain is off, you can thread the new chain around the guide bar and tension it according to your saw’s instructions. Then, put the bar cover back on and you’re ready to go.

With these tips, you should be able to measure and replace your chainsaw chain with ease. Remember to consult your saw’s manual for specific instructions on how to remove and install the chain. And if you’re ever thinking about buying a new chainsaw, this guide should come in handy.


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