A chainsaw is one of the most important tools in any logger’s arsenal. You can use a cordless chainsaw to cut through logs and branches, or you can use it for firewood. However, if your chainsaw chain needs replacing, then it’s time to take action!
A chainsaw chain typically lasts about 5 years of extensive use. With a couple of exceptions, the time can vary depending on the type and quality of the saw you are using as well as what kind of wood you’re cutting. If your chain is lasting longer than this average or less–it might be due for replacement!
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6 Signs a Chainsaw Chain Needs Replacing
Here are 6 signs that will let you know when a new chain is needed:
The saw cuts slower than normal
This is usually a sign that the chain’s teeth are beginning to wear out. If your chainsaw takes too long for you to cut through logs or it pulls at wood, then this may be a good indicator that it needs replacing.
The saw feels sluggish while cutting into wood
This is another sign that the teeth are wearing down. When your saw feels sluggish while cutting, it’s an indication that you need a new chain to maintain optimum performance levels and get through wood more efficiently. A new chain will help you cut through branches easier and effectively.
There are dents on the chain
Some chainsaw chains look like they are dented but this isn’t always the case. However, if there is a dent on your chain that you can see, then it’s likely time to replace it. The teeth may be worn down and need replacing.
Your saw blade jumps out of the groove
A chainsaw chain has to be in a specific groove for it to run properly. If your saw blade is jumping out of the groove, this may be an indication that you need a new chain.
Your ripping teeth are no longer aligned with their partner tooth on the other side of the bar
The ripping teeth on a chainsaw are designed to be aligned with the other partner tooth that is at the opposite side of your bar. When this isn’t happening, it means that one or both of these teeth need replacing and may not work properly any longer.
The depth gauge shows very little wear
There is one sign that you may be able to use in order to see how well your chainsaw chain needs replacing. If the depth gauge shows very little wear, then it’s likely time for a new chain and blade!
4 Ways to Keep Your Chainsaw Sharp
In addition to replacing the chain when needed, there are three ways in which we recommend keeping your saw sharp so that it will stay working at its optimum level:
Oil your chain regularly in order to prevent it from getting rusty! Chainsaws that are used in wet or muddy conditions will need more oil to keep the chain from rusting.
Every time you use your saw, apply a couple of drops of bar and chain oil on each side of your chainsaw blade before storing it away. This will help prevent any rust or corrosion build-up that could cause damage later!
Regularly sharpen blades with a file
Saw teeth eventually wear down over time which means they lose their edge. Sharpening them regularly helps maintain optimum performance levels by giving them back some much-needed shape and strength. It’s best if you do this every month, but doing it once every two months is still better than nothing at all!
Switch out chains for different tasks
If you’re cutting firewood with a chainsaw, then you should use the type of blade designed for this specific purpose. If your saw is primarily used to cut through logs and branches, then it’s best if you use an aggressive chain that can handle these tasks without any hassle!
Keep the bar lubricated
Another way to maintain the sharpness of your chainsaw is by keeping it lubricated. This will keep the chain running smoothly and also help with improving its lifespan. And you can glide through logs more easily.